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Winter Storm Hammers Midwest, Northeast on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

Winter Storm Hammers Midwest, Northeast on Busiest Travel Day of the Year

As more than three million people attempted to fly home Sunday as the Thanksgiving holidays drew to a close, Mother Nature had different plans for some.
The start of the month brought severe weather to many parts of the country, with over a foot of snow expected in parts of update New York and New England and blizzard-like conditions in the Midwest.
On Sunday, as of 9:15 p.m. EST, over 8,400 flights …

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December Travel News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

How up-to-date are you with travel and aviation news from the past month? Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about which two airlines recently dissolved their frequent-flyer partnership (the answer was American Airlines and Alaska Airlines) had the highest share of correct answers, with 84%, but only …

Numerous People Stabbed in ‘Major Incident’ at London Bridge

Numerous People Stabbed in ‘Major Incident’ at London Bridge

At least five people were stabbed near to London Bridge, British police said, during a Friday afternoon rampage.
Metropolitan Poilce said responded “to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge,” in a statement.  The assailant was taken into custody.
“A man has been detained police. We believe a number of people have been injured.”
The London Ambulance Service called it a “major incident” in a statement on Twitter.
“We have now declared a …

Norwegian Air to Drop Key Routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to the U.S.

Norwegian Air to Drop Key Routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to the U.S.

Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian Air said plans to discontinue multiple long-haul routes to the United States and Thailand next spring.
Seasonal flights linking both New York and Los Angeles to Copenhagen and Stockholm won’t return as originally scheduled.  It will also discontinue service from those two Scandinavian cities to Bangkok and Krabi, Thailand.  It has no plans to discontinue current routes from Oslo to the United States, however, nor is it …

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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day: Here’s What’s Open and What’s Closed

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Thanksgiving in the United States, a national day of giving thanks for the harvest and the preceding year followed by a day of retail madness.
George Washington, at the urging of Congress, issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789 that designated Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks, noting that “both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to recommend to the People …

Ritz-Carlton Opens New Property in Pune, India

Ritz-Carlton Opens New Property in Pune, India

Marriott International announced the opening of the Ritz-Carlton, Pune, in India.
The 198-key hotel features guestrooms with hardwood floors, a turquoise-and-grey décor, and a separate seating area, many with city or golf-course views.  Club Level rooms include access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, which offers a private check-in area, a dedicated concierge, and a variety of presentations throughout the day, starting with breakfast.
The 3,154-square-foot (293-square-meter) Presidential Suite has two bedrooms, a walk-in …

Holiday Travel ‘Difficult to Impossible’ as Major Winter Storm Strikes

Holiday Travel ‘Difficult to Impossible’ as Major Winter Storm Strikes

Just as millions of Americans were preparing to start off to their holiday destinations, a powerful winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow over parts of the Rockies.
The National Weather Service has announced winter storm warnings and advisories from Oregon to Arizona and a flash flood watch from north of Anaheim to the border with Mexico.
“Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including Wednesday and Thanksgiving,’’ it said. …