Travel Talk: Air Travel

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This month we’re talking air travel to keep you in the know of new flights across the country and around the world.

Air Canada’s Rouge recently launched a new nonstop service between Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Piarco International Airport (POS) in Port of Spain, Trinidad. This new service connects Air Canada’s domestic and international network through the Toronto-Pearson global hub, and marks the restart of a 60-year route that Air Canada had halted in 2008. The Air Canada service to/from the Toronto hub will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Last month, JetBlue Airways launched non-stop service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (AUA). According to press materials, since Aruba’s 10-year relationship with JetBlue, the island has experienced a 12 percent increase in U.S. visitors. In addition to the Fort Lauderdale service, JetBlue services Aruba from New York-JFK and Boston Logan Airport (BOS) with daily flights. The airline’s weekly Mint flights, seasonally from both airports, offer travelers premium service with lie-flat seating and tapas-style dining.

Emirates is now offering daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Dubai. (Melissa Bryant)
Emirates is now offering daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Dubai. (Melissa Bryant)

Fort Lauderdale is also a new gateway for Emirates, which added a daily, nonstop flight to Dubai International Airport (DXB) from FLL this past December. This new flight is the first scheduled commercial service from the Middle East to FLL, serving the entire South Florida area.

The new service operates from Dubai, departing at 3:30 a.m. local time and arriving at FLL at 10:55 a.m. The return flight departs FLL at 8:20 p.m. and arrives at DXB at 7:40 p.m. the following day; flying time is about 14 hours and 20 minutes. Flights offer three class configurations with eight First Class Suites, 42 Business Class lie-flat beds, and 216 Economy Class seats. For guests departing from other destinations, they can take advantage of Emirates’ partnership with JetBlue Airways, which offers connections from 32 U.S. destinations as well as The Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico and Peru.

And starting this May, Allegiant Air will offer year-round nonstop service from Louisville International Airport (SDF) in Kentucky to four Florida destinations—Fort Lauderdale, Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE).

For clients looking to travel to the Holy Land this winter, recommend El Al Israel Airlines’ low rates, available through March 31—starting at $799 from BOS, $869 from JFK/Newark, and $999 from Los Angeles (LAX). Hotel and air packages are also available starting at $999 pp: Daniel Hotels by Tamares’ roundtrip air and 3-night hotel package starts at $1,079 from Boston; $1,159 from New York; and $1,329 from Los Angeles through March 23.

And for those clients who need to connect in Europe, Finnair will add a fifth weekly frequency to its Reykjavik route (from its hub at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport [HEL]), which begins April 11, with flights on Wednesdays between May 31 and Aug. 11, 2017. In addition, the route will also become a year-round destination with three weekly flights during the winter season. Flights to Denmark will also increase with an added daily flight on weekdays to Copenhagen, as well as a larger aircraft on the Billund route. Starting May 14, five weekly flights will be added year-round to the Copenhagen route. A daily flight will also be added to Warsaw for the summer between June 5 and Aug. 4.

Finnair has also added nonstop flights to Finnish Lapland from London, Paris, Frankfurt and Zurich from mid-December 2017 through March 2018. The airline will fly two weekly flights between London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) and Ivalo on Thursdays and Sundays; one weekly flight between Zurich and Kittila on Saturdays; one weekly flight between Frankfurt and Kittila on Tuesdays; and one weekly flight between Paris (CDG) and Kittila on Tuesdays.

Contact Information
Air Canada: aircanada.com
Allegiant Air: allegiantair.com
Emirates: emirates.com/us/english
Finnair: finnair.com
JetBlue Airways: jetblue.com

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