Travel News: September 21, 2018

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United Airlines to add more Dreamliner flights at Newark hub, report says
USA Today

Expect to see more United Boeing 787 “Dreamliners” flying international routes from New Jersey’s Newark Liberty next summer.

That’s according to trade publication FlightGlobal.com, which reports United plans to deploy 787s on “six international Atlantic routes” from Newark – presumably to European destinations – once the carrier’s 2019 summer schedule begins March 31.

United revealed the plans in an internal letter to pilots, according to FlightGlobal. The letter did not specify which routes would get Dreamliners but did say that a 787 pilot base at Newark would be staffed with 160 pilots, including 55 captains and 105 first officers.

 

Charleston-area tourism expects $65 million loss from Florence
Charleston Post Courier

With many hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions shuttered during the threat of Hurricane Florence, the Charleston-area visitor industry is expected to take a big hit.

“It’s about a $65 million loss,” said tourism official Perrin Lawson, citing an estimate by the Office of Tourism Analysis at the College of Charleston.

Lawson of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau believes the region lost about $9 million a day, based on the college’s assessment of past similar weather-related events affecting the Lowcountry.

 

Chinese millennials dramatically increase travel spending
Travel Weekly

Chinese residents born after 1990 are fueling a surge in international travel, with a preference for local experiences, independent accommodations and long-haul destinations.

And they’re spending substantially more money to fund those trips.

In the seventh edition of Expedia Group’s Hotels.com Chinese International Travel Monitor, researchers found Chinese millennials spent 80% more on travel between May 2017 and May 2018 than they had in the prior 12 months.

 

Best airports? Las Vegas, Orlando and John Wayne are tops, says J.D. Power
USA Today

U.S. passenger numbers are at record levels, but packed terminals aren’t preventing travelers from enjoying their time at U.S. airports.

Air travelers say they are the happiest they’ve been in years when flying through U.S. airports, according to J.D. Power’s 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study.

Overall traveler satisfaction climbed to a score of 761 on J.D. Power’s 1,000-point scale. That marked an all-time high for the survey, up 12 points from the previous record set just last year and up 30 points from 2016. J.D. Power conducted its first airport satisfaction survey for North American airports in 2000.

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