There’s no shortage of end-of-year top-ten lists going around, but we think this might be our favorite.
The TSA – which has a much more entertaining blog than one might expect – has published its list of the Top Ten ‘Good Catches’ of 2011.
From adorable wildlife to plastic explosives, after reading this, it’s hard to blame them for making us take off our shoes.
It has been reported that rising prices of jet fuel are encouraging airlines to cut back on the numbers of flights they are offering from a range of US airports. For instance, one airline is reducing its flights from Newark Liberty International Airport by 3% and from its hub at Houston by 3.8%.
Another airline has been reported as reducing its flight capacity from LAX by 4%, from Washington Dulles Airport by 4.9% and from Chicago O’Hare by 7.2%. Also, Denver International Airport is set to see a reduction in seating capacity from one airline of between 11 and 17%, making it one of the hardest hit airports.
Despite these cuts in flights, possibly due to high prices of fuel, there are few signs that passenger numbers are dropping at the major air hubs such as those mentioned above. This suggests that there will be the same number – or even more, depending on growth – of passengers trying to access fewer flights.
This can lead to TSA delays when checking into airports, which is naturally something that all travelers want to avoid if possible. One option is to book and reserve off-site parking online before you are due to fly; this ensures you have a parking space ready for when you need it, allowing you to park and then take the free off-site shuttle to the airport, rather than driving round in the hope of finding a space at the airport and ending up late.
At a time when anything you can do to make the flying experience easier is welcome, making plans for your airport parking is definitely a good idea.
A new study buy the Regional Plan Association concludes that new runways are needed at Newark & JFK where delays and cancellations often cause a ripple effect of chaos throughout US airspace. The report also admits that doing so will be difficult as extensive development surrounding the 2 airports makes the liklihood of expansion very difficult as it says makes expansion at New Yorks other airport, LaGuardia, impossible. The recent East Coast blizzard is cited as confirmation of how ineffective the NYC airports are at coping with cancellations.
Continental Airlines is planning to start a non stop service from its Newark Airport hub to Port Au Prince, Haiti. Pending Government approval flights will begin on June 9th this year and become a daily service from July 1st. A Boeing 737-800 will be making the route and will include a business class cabin.