Allegiant Air is rapidly expanding its presence in Hawaii, announcing this morning that it will add five new routes to the state this fall.
To Honolulu International, Allegiant will add nonstop service from four cities. They are Bellingham, Wash.; Eugene, Ore.; Santa Maria, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif. To the Kahului Airport on the island of Maui, Allegiant will add nonstop service to Bellingham, Wash.
All five routes will launch between Nov. 14 and Nov. 18.
Allegiant will offer two flights a week on both Hawaii routes out of Bellingham. The carrier will fly one round-trip flight per week on the other routes.
Tranz Alpine Tourist train numbers could take years to recover
New Zealand Herald
Passenger numbers on the Tranz Alpine tourist train are not expected to fully recover until more hotel rooms become available in post-quake Christchurch.
With most of the major multi-storey hotels in the city either coming down or condemned for demolition, that could be up to two years away.
A week ago, the Tranz Alpine pulled away from the Greymouth Railway Station with just three carriages.
Underwater Hotel to be Dubai’s Latest Extravagance
Skylines are so passé. In an attempt to give travelers better—or at least closer—ocean views, Dubai-based construction company Drydocks World and Swiss consulting, engineering, and brokerage firm BIG InvestConsult will build the Water Discus Hotel, a luxury underwater hotel in Dubai.
Poland’s Deep Ocean Technology designed the hotel, surrounded by a coral reef, to have 21 two-person rooms with huge windows and an underwater diving center. Rooms will be as deep as 10 meters below the surface, and diving training will be offered. The hotel can also rotate. A large disc-shaped structure above the water will have a spa, garden, and upper-terrace swimming pool—presumably for guests at an underwater hotel who don’t actually want to be in the ocean.
Alaska Airlines Wins Approval for Portland, Ore.-Washington, D.C.
Alaska Airlines will offer a daily nonstop flight between Portland, Ore., and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport by Sept. 8, following U.S. Department of Transportation approval today of the carrier’s application to fly the new route.
“Providing residents of the greater Portland area with convenient nonstop service to the closest airport to our nation’s capital has been a priority for us for a long time and we’re delighted this day has come,” said Brad Tilden, Alaska Air Group’s chief executive officer-elect. “We thank the DOT for their vote of confidence in Alaska Airlines.”