Southwest Airlines had big plans for 2019 with the expansion of its Hawai’i service, but the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX planes threw a wrench into these long-awaited plans. However, the airline recently announced, in 2020, it will once again be able to serve the Hawai’ian islands, thanks to a decision to terminate existing long-haul services based at Newark Liberty International Airport, therefore diverting a large portion of its fleet to the new Hawai’i routes.
Southwest was only able to enjoy the fruits of these routes for two months when, in May 2019, Boeing grounded its 787 MAX planes until further notice. The airline was operating six daily trips between Oakland (OAK) and Honolulu (HNL), and San Jose (SJC) and Kahului (OGG), as well as 16 additional daily flights among the Hawai’ian islands.
New routes for 2020 will include Sacramento (SMF)–Honolulu; Oakland to Kona (KOA) and Lihue (LIH); San Jose to Kona and Lihue; and nine additional daily round-trips among Honolulu, Lihue, Kona and Kahului.
Southwest hopes to launch these routes (two of which include new destinations of Lihue and Hilo), Jan. 19–21, 2020.
The Mirage in Las Vegas welcomed a new addition to its Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. A baby bottlenose dolphin, born Aug. 16, represents the fourth generation of dolphins living in the habitat.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
United unveiled a unique new livery at its Newark (EWR) hub last month. A Boeing 757 aircraft features livery designed by a New Jersey artist and the design prominently focuses on imagery from both New York City and New Jersey. The artist, Corinne Antonelli, won United’s Her Art Here contest, a competition that invited women around the country to submit their livery designs.
Hertz put together an exciting offering for travelers in France. The new Voyage à la Française experience gives travelers a taste of luxury while exploring some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes. The experience includes five different routes, one for each sense. The first of the five is available now and focuses on smell, with special focus paid to France’s lavender fields and Côte d’Azur.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
With the opening of Hyatt Regency Hesperia Madrid, the Hyatt Regency brand enters the Spanish market for the first time. The property offers nearly 170 guestrooms in a desirable location on Paseo de la Castellana, just a half-hour drive from the airport (MAD).
Thessaloniki is the second-largest city of Greece and the most important center of the area. Built near the sea, elegant and refined, the Greek “Lady of the North” is a modern, vivacious city that welcomes visitors eager to learn about its history and culture, and at the same time have fun, relax, go shopping or simply explore the cityscape by the sea.
Luxury Travel Intelligence compared luxury hotel brands worldwide against more than 120 factors relevant to the luxury hotel sector, including brand performance, ethos and values, staff quality and more. According to the results, it released its 2019 top luxury hotel brands.