Now Boarding: Air Travel Updates for Week of July 22

Newark taxiway under construction; someone cuts the (electric) cord at LGA’s Terminal C; and IAH to get American Express Centurion Lounge. Here are this week’s air updates.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey began a construction project at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on one taxiway and other work areas. Construction is expected to continue through Aug. 7, 2015. JetBlue Airways urges travelers to check their flight status prior to leaving for the airport.

JetBlue began selling its new Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Providenciales International Airport (PLS) in Turks and Caicos route. The year-round, daily service starts Nov. 19, 2015.

American Airlines announced that its new, nonstop route from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD) will go on sale this Sunday, for an inaugural flight on Dec. 17. The flight is part of a joint venture between American Airlines and Qantas.

Travel Weekly reports that United and Delta will add seasonal flights to Bonaire this winter season. Starting Dec. 19, Delta will fly from Atlanta (ATL) three weekly flights, departing Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Tuesday flight will not take off Jan. 9 to Feb. 9 but will then fly through March. United’s Newark-Bonaire (Flamingo International Airport-BON) service will start Sept. 26, and it will depart both Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 11 to Jan. 4. The Houston (IAH)-Bonaire route will fly from Nov. 20 to Dec. 1, and will depart Fridays and Saturdays and return to Houston on Saturdays and Sundays.

More than 100 flights were cancelled and others saw delays in excess of three hours at LaGuardia Airport on Friday morning following a major power outage in Terminal C. Delta Air Lines had the most cancellations with more than 119 flights unable to take off. The power outage occurred at 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning and was caused by a contractor working at Terminal C who accidently cut through two electrical feeder cables.

Houston Business Journal reports that George Bush International Airport will house an American Express Centurion Lounge, which is scheduled to open in the first half of 2016 in Terminal D. The new lounge will boast have noise-buffering workspaces, a family room, private showers, free Wi-Fi and a full bar and food buffet. Card members will have access to the lounge. Other airports with Centurion Lounges include Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Las Vegas McCarran international Airport, and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, San Francisco International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The Independent reports that EasyJet overbooked thousands of flights during its peak season and then broke up family groups and forced some travelers to fly circuitous routes to their destination. EasyJet reportedly made no attempts to persuade passengers to take later flights with incentives, which the EU passenger-rights states.


Last Week’s Highlights

American Airlines is adding eight new routes to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latin American. This includes expanded service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Mexico City International Airport(MEX), starting Dec. 18 five times a week; General Rafael Buelna International Airport (MZT) in Mazatlan, Mexico, starting Nov. 7 on Saturdays and Sundays; and Sangster International Airport (MBJ) in Montego Bay, Jamaica, starting Dec. 18 on Fridays and Saturdays.

From Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, North Carolina, American is adding flights to Curacao International Airport (CUR) and Gregorio Luperon International Airport (POP) in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays.

From Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW), American is adding flights to Punta Cana International Airport(PUJ), starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays; and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, Ecuador, starting on Dec. 18 five times a week.

From Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) in Chicago, new flights will head to Punta Cana International, starting Dec. 19 on Saturdays.  All new flights are subject to government approval.


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