Travel News: October 26, 2017

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New ‘security interviews’ to begin for fliers on U.S.-bound flights
USA Today

Travelers on international flights to the United States may face longer check-in and boarding queues this week as new U.S. security requirements kick in.

A set of new security measures for U.S.-bound flights takes effect Thursday, part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to scrutinize electronics brought onboard commercial airliners.

Ahead of that deadline, at least four large global carriers said they have started new “security interviews” for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights. Those airlines said that has come at the request of the U.S. Other global airlines that fly to the U.S. will likely do the same.

 

Azamara’s third ship going places the line has never been
Travel Weekly

Azamara Club Cruises announced the itineraries for its ship coming in 2018, saying they include 15 ports of call never before visited by an Azamara ship.

Currently sailing as P&O Cruises’ Adonia, the Azamara Pursuit will be refurbished in drydock before making its initial voyage for Azamara, a 15-day “Wonders of Iceland” voyage departing Aug. 13, 2018. From there it will move to a 13-night “Wine and Romance” cruise from Southampton to Barcelona. The Pursuit will be Azamara’s third ship.

 

US travellers can get a free passport if they visit Australia
Lonely Planet Travel News

An Australian airline is hoping to convince American travellers to finally book that trip to the world’s smallest continent by covering the cost of their new passport.

Qantas has announced its new promotion “because we heard quite a few people don’t have a valid US passport.” In fact, the most recent stats do reveal that less than half of Americans have a valid passport, meaning they can’t travel abroad. But since Australia was revealed to be the number one dream destination for US travellers, according to a survey from Travel Leaders Group, the new promo might be enough to convince some people to finally make that dream a reality.

 

JetBlue Doesn’t Expect Puerto Rico Tourism to Recover Until Late 2018
Skift

After American Airlines started withdrawing from its San Juan, Puerto Rico hub about nine years ago, JetBlue Airways saw an opportunity, calculating it could make profits in a market abanonded by a legacy airline with higher costs.

For JetBlue, it has been a successful strategy, and in recent years, the airline has been flying about 50 daily flights from the island, the majority of them from San Juan. Puerto Rico has accounted for about 6 to 7 percent of JetBlue’s total capacity.

It’s the largest airline in Puerto Rico, supplanting American, which as recently as 2008 operated more than 90 flights, about half on turboprops flying within the Caribbean. Unlike American’s old hub, JetBlue has focused on taking travelers from larger cities, such as Boston and New York, to Puerto Rico, rather than using San Juan as a connecting hub for the rest of the Caribbean.

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