After United Airlines made headlines for dragging a passenger off a plane, U.S. airlines bumped the fewest passengers on record, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The DOT’s Air Travel Consumer Report showed a bumping rate of 0.34 per 10,000 passengers in 2017, the lowest yearly rate since records started in 1995. The previous low was 0.62 in 2016.
The new figures don’t include passengers who accepted travel vouchers or other offers to voluntarily give up their seats on overbooked flights. Airlines use these strategies to lower bump rates.
Overall, things are improving: Airlines have also done a better job when it comes to mishandling bags. In 2017, U.S. airlines had a mishandled bag rate of 2.46 per 1,000 passengers, an improvement over the 2016 rate of 2.70.
On-time performance is mixed depending on which airline is studied. The best were United Airlines (84.6 percent on-time arrivals); Delta Air Lines (83.5 percent on-time arrivals); and Alaska Airlines (83.4 percent on-time arrivals). At the bottom were JetBlue, Frontier Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines, with on-time arrival rates of 74.1 percent, 75.8 percent and 76.4 percent, respectively.
Alaska Airlines and American Airlines announced intentions to create an alliance. Benefits to passengers include access to more international destinations after Alaska joins the oneworld alliance in 2021, new service on American between Seattle (SEA) and Bangalore (BLR), new service on American between Seattle and London (LHR), a domestic codeshare expansion to include international routes from Los Angeles (LAX) and Seattle, and loyalty member benefits across both airlines. Loyalty members with additional lounge membership enjoy access to nearly 50 American Admirals Club lounges worldwide and seven Alaska lounges in the United States for same-day travel on American or Alaska flights.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle recently unveiled a new stand-alone menu designed for travelers living a plant-based lifestyle. The wellness-focused, wholesome and altogether appetizing menu includes 10 new dishes.
The new Hotel Indigo Brussels – City boasts a botanical theme. The hotel in Brussels’ Little Manhattan is located near the city’s Botanical Gardens, making the theme fitting.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
A new culinary destination, Richmond, British Columbia, in Canada, was named on Eater’s annual Top Places to Eat list. The food authority website named 19 destinations around the world, many expected, but some not so much.
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