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Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has struck a $181.5 million deal to build a new parking deck that will be reachable via the airport SkyTrain. The Atlanta airport is building the parking deck to replace parking being displaced during construction of various airport projects including in the West economy lot where a new InterContinental hotel will be built, the park-ride reserve lot that...
Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

It was the leggings policy heard ’round the world. After United Airlines declined to allow several girls who were wearing leggings to board a flight on pass travel, then another passenger tweeted about it, the question of airline dress policies went viral. But some have also pointed out that airlines often have more stringent policies for employees’ friends or family who are traveling...
How Delta aims to make boarding more bearable

How Delta aims to make boarding more bearable

One of the thorniest issues for any airline is how to get people onto planes in a quick and orderly way while also giving privileged status to those who spend the most. It doesn’t help that flights on popular routes are often full these days, or that many passengers are schlepping carry-ons built to maximum dimensions. The tension between crowd-handling efficiency and tiered service is one reason...
UPDATED: Delta restarts Atlanta-Brussels flights, one year after terrorist attacks

UPDATED: Delta restarts Atlanta-Brussels flights, one year after terrorist attacks

Delta Air Lines is restarting its flights from Atlanta to Brussels, one year after the terrorist attacks in Brussels that included bombing at the airport.
Atlanta airport hotel project gets FAA approval

Atlanta airport hotel project gets FAA approval

A proposed InterContinental hotel at Hartsfield-Jackson International has gained clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration, which concluded it will not interfere with radar or airspace safety at the world’s busiest airport. FAA approval was a key hurdle to overcome for the hotel project, which has been in the works for the past three years. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie...
Retracing Cuban heritage in Old Havana

Retracing Cuban heritage in Old Havana

In her café-con-leche-flavored memories, she knew she was of Cuban heritage, but she knew nothing of Cuba. My wife, Eileen Santa Cruz Osinski, grew up in Ybor City, the Cuban-American enclave of Tampa, Florida. Her ethnic identity had none of the bitterness of ideology or revolution, just the sweet, milky mixture of family, food, music and faith. To her, being Cuban meant eating Tio Roque&rsquo...
More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

More airline pilots testing positive for drug use

The number of pilots testing positive for one or more drugs increased in 2015 over the prior five years, though federal officials said the overall number of airline employees testing positive is low. The newspaper’s reporting comes following the March 16 death of Spirit Airlines pilot Brian Halye, who is suspected of overdosing on fentanyl, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s...
After emergency landing at Hartsfield-Jackson, air traffic controllers who helped get medal

After emergency landing at Hartsfield-Jackson, air traffic controllers who helped get medal

Five Atlanta air traffic controllers who skillfully assisted a pilot of a small plane that had to make an emergency landing at the world’s busiest airport will accept a medal of safety award Wednesday evening. On Feb. 14, 2016, pilot Cathy Lewan was flying a single-engine Cessna 172S to take aerial photos about 10 miles southwest of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Her plane’s...
Kempner: Evicting spring break was the easy part for Panama City Beach

Kempner: Evicting spring break was the easy part for Panama City Beach

One of Florida’s most popular beach hot spots is learning how hard it is to kill its reputation as a college and high school spring break guzzle-a-thon and replace it with something safer. Panama City Beach locals this year thought they found a fresh way to woo Atlantans and others from around the nation to the amazing powdery white sand: three weekends packed with Christian music concerts...
Uber, Lyft pick up twice as many Atlanta airport passengers as taxis

Uber, Lyft pick up twice as many Atlanta airport passengers as taxis

Uber and Lyft are having a big impact on transportation options at Hartsfield-Jackson International in their first couple of months of legal pickups at the airport. The ride-share services already pick up twice as many customers at the airport as taxis, according to city of Atlanta figures. The city legalized Uber and Lyft pick-ups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport effective Jan...

Hartsfield-Jackson to host job fair

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will host a job fair March 30, with airport employers hiring for more than 1,000 jobs. The job fair will be held next Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center. Those interested can register online. More than 60 employers will be at the job fair, hiring for positions such as barista, bartender, driver, cook, host, cashier...
Maps show exposure to airport, highway noise

Maps show exposure to airport, highway noise

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics has released new maps showing areas affected by airport and highway noise. >>CLICK HERE FOR INTERACTIVE NOISE MAP>> The maps show the noise impact in a large swath around Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, as well as areas around DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Cobb’s McCollum Field, Charlie Brown...
U.S. unveils new restrictions on travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries

U.S. unveils new restrictions on travelers from eight Muslim-majority countries

WASHINGTON - Passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will be prohibited from bringing laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board with them when they fly, according to new rules set to go into effect Tuesday. Fliers can still travel with these items, but they must be packed in their checked baggage. The ban will remain in place...
Spring break travelers may notice new TSA pat-downs and policies

Spring break travelers may notice new TSA pat-downs and policies

More than 145 million passengers are expected to take to the skies this spring, a record high, according to an airline industry group. Airlines for America said Monday it expects a 4 percent increase in travelers in March and April compared with a year ago. As spring break travelers head to the airport for trips, they may encounter some new airport security policies started this year...

747 jumbo jet exhibit coming to Delta museum

The Boeing 747 jumbo jet, one of the most recognizable planes in aviation, will soon be the focus of a new exhibit at the Delta Flight Museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The “747 Experience” exhibit opens March 28 at the museum that sits on Delta’s headquarters campus on the north side of the world’s busiest airport. The exhibit is inside a retired 747-400...

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Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ to take off March 28

Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ to take off March 28

The iconic Boeing 747 jumbo jet is the focus of a new exhibit opening later this month at the Delta Flight Museum. When the $5 million “747 Experience” exhibit opens March 28 at the museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, visitors will have a chance to walk out onto the wing of a 747, see the cockpit and learn about the inner workings of the plane. The 747 is &ldquo...
Birmingham: 13 places to go

Birmingham: 13 places to go

On my first trip to Birmingham, I spent the entire visit pursuing Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks, the local songbirds who won “American Idol” in 2002 and 2006, respectively. On my second trip, nearly a dozen years later, I was too busy following the rising star of the Magic City to obsess over fallen reality stars. Since Jefferson County crawled out of bankruptcy, Alabama’s largest...
Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Trump supporters #BoycottHawaii as a vacation destination; the fifth Hawaii boycott since 2010

Hawaii is taking a hit once again, but they have certainly been down this road before. In the past seven years, Americans have called for no fewer than five boycotts on the 50th state in the country. This time, supporters of President Trump’s travel ban began calling for fellow Americans to boycott Hawaii as a vacation destination after the actions of a federal judge. On Wednesday, Hawaii Federal...
Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

Trump suffers second defeat as revised travel ban on hold

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was to take effect, marking the second time courts have thwarted Trump's efforts to freeze immigration by refugees and citizens of some predominantly Muslim nations. This time, the ruling came from a judge in Hawaii who rejected the government's claims that the travel ban is about national security...
Checkpoint changes await spring fliers

Checkpoint changes await spring fliers

As spring travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint and encounter some new screening procedures. The widened switchback area at the domestic terminal’s main checkpoint is expected to help reduce back-ups into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and to make room for future growth. Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman...
Flight cancellations continue into Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Flight cancellations continue into Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Delta Air Lines canceled another 40 flights Wednesday morning as it recovers from the massive blizzard that hit the Northeast, causing the carrier to suspend operations in New York on Tuesday. Atlanta-based Delta canceled more than 900 flights Monday night and Tuesday in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and other airports in the Northeast. Hartsfield-Jackson International spokesman Andrew Gobeil...
UPDATE: More flight cancellations coming Wednesday due to Northeast storm

UPDATE: More flight cancellations coming Wednesday due to Northeast storm

Delta Air Lines plans to cancel another 40 flights Wednesday morning as it works to recover from a massive blizzard hitting the Northeast that caused it to suspend operations in New York on Tuesday. Atlanta-based Delta canceled more than 900 flights Monday night and Tuesday in New York, Washington D.C., Boston and other airports in the Northeast. The airline resumed some flights...
A weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C.

A weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C.

Weekend in Brunswick Islands, N.C., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Six island towns on five narrow barrier islands make up the Brunswick Islands in southeastern North Carolina. There are 45 miles of south-facing beaches on Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach, and Bald Head Island. The area...
Delta cancels more than 900 flights due to storm

Delta cancels more than 900 flights due to storm

Delta Air Lines has cancelled more than 900 flights due to the storm to hit the Northeast, including its two hubs in New York. Atlanta-based Delta said snow and high winds are expected to disrupt operations. The airline has a hub at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and a domestic hub at LaGuardia Airport. The airline cancelled 130 flights Monday evening as it re-positions...
Expanded security queuing area to handle crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson

Expanded security queuing area to handle crowds at Hartsfield-Jackson

When spring break travelers head to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, they may notice an expanded main security checkpoint designed to better handle lines during busy periods. The widened switchback queuing area at the domestic terminal’s main security checkpoint is expected to help reduce how much the lines back up into the atrium and the rest of the terminal, and  make room for...
Drones and planes share the skies at the world’s busiest airport

Drones and planes share the skies at the world’s busiest airport

The first federally-approved drone flights have begun at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Drones are generally not allowed in Class B airspace — the type of airspace that surrounds Hartsfield-Jackson and other busy commercial airports — without special permission.
Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

Delta fined $90,000 for inadequate food service during tarmac delays

The federal government is fining Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines $90,000 for not offering passengers adequate food during long tarmac delays in Atlanta and New York. A consent order issued Thursday by the U.S. Department of Transportation says that during lengthy tarmac delays last July on two flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and two flights from Hartsfield-Jackson...
JetBlue jockeys for prime gates at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue jockeys for prime gates at Hartsfield-Jackson

JetBlue Airways is pushing for prime gate space at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport as it prepare to launches flights in Atlanta at the end of this month. New York-based JetBlue plans to start flights from Atlanta to Boston on March 30, but says in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it had expected to be able to operate out of...
Atlanta airport prepares for massive parking deck project

Atlanta airport prepares for massive parking deck project

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is starting a massive project to double the size of its parking decks, an effort expected to take at least eight years and hundreds of millions of dollars. Parking is an important service that can cause frustration for travelers when they can’t find a spot and are rushing to catch a flight. But it’s also one of the biggest sources of revenue for...
Georgia expects drone industry growth with new federal rules

Georgia expects drone industry growth with new federal rules

Georgia’s drone industry is expected to grow with the creation of a new category of rules for commercial use of small drones, according to the state Center of Innovation for Aerospace. The Federal Aviation Administration this week finalized rules to allow commercial drone operators to fly without going through a special approval process. That’s a shift from the current system that requires...
New Delta seats at Hartsfield-Jackson raise hard questions

New Delta seats at Hartsfield-Jackson raise hard questions

As Delta Air Lines renovates its gate areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one feature is gaining unexpected attention: Seats that some passengers say are too hard and uncomfortable. The new seats are made of a solid black polyurethane material, making them durable and easy to clean. Some travelers say the collateral damage is their behinds. “I was sitting there for like half...
Gate skirmish: Qatar Airways super jumbo jet will require manuevering to gate

Gate skirmish: Qatar Airways super jumbo jet will require manuevering to gate

When Qatar Airways brings in a super-jumbo jet to Atlanta to celebrate its launch of flights Wednesday to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the arrival will require some unusual maneuvering to get passengers on and off the plane. Behind the atypical debut are flight scheduling issues and some unresolved friction between two competing airlines. The Middle East carrier will operate its new daily...
Qatar Airways CEO blasts Delta for gate kerfluffle

Qatar Airways CEO blasts Delta for gate kerfluffle

Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker has called out Delta Air Lines for its role in a clash that left Qatar’s super-jumbo jet without a gate to pull up to for its inaugural flight at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported Wednesday, Qatar Airways’ first flight from Doha into Atlanta had to park on the tarmac with passengers disembarking...
In Miami, lap of luxury and heart of the arts

In Miami, lap of luxury and heart of the arts

The problem with staying at the luxurious St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami Beach is it’s easy to forget there is a vibrant metropolis beyond the oceanfront resort, a hub of arts and culture just waiting to be discovered. Who cares about all that artsy stuff when you can chill in a private beachfront cabana all day? One that’s air conditioned, has a bed, a bathroom, a TV and could pass as...
Travel industry to monitor effects of Trump’s new travel ban

Travel industry to monitor effects of Trump’s new travel ban

Travel industry groups say they will monitor the roll-out of President Donald Trump’s new travel ban, looking to minimize disruptions and avoid a drop in overall international travel to the U.S. Travel demand measured by flight searches from international origins declined 17 percent shortly after the first travel ban in late January, according to travel app Hopper. Flight search demand to the...
Delta launches new boarding process at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta launches new boarding process at Hartsfield-Jackson

Delta Air Lines is launching a new boarding process at five gates at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. At the handful of gates on Concourse B, Delta passengers will line up in four parallel lanes at marked pillars. They will continue to board by zone. That will help with “keeping customers out of the walkway” and create a separate area for premium customers to line up, as...
New Trump travel ban has broad implications for Atlanta region

New Trump travel ban has broad implications for Atlanta region

President Donald Trump on Monday signed a revised travel ban for visitors from six Muslim-majority countries, as well as refugees from around the world. The Trump administration is hoping the new ban will withstand court scrutiny after the president’s original executive order sowed widespread confusion, triggered angry demonstrations in Atlanta and across the nation and ultimately stalled amid...
SuperShuttle shutdown in Atlanta comes as travelers change habits, say hotel managers

SuperShuttle shutdown in Atlanta comes as travelers change habits, say hotel managers

With airport shuttle company SuperShuttle abruptly shutting down its operations in Atlanta this week, downtown Atlanta hotel managers say they liked having the service as an option, but the way travelers get around the city is changing. “If this was five years ago, I believe that our industry would have a lot more anxiety about not having that type of [shuttle] service available,&rdquo...
Study suggests Airbnb hosts in black neighborhoods are mostly white

Study suggests Airbnb hosts in black neighborhoods are mostly white

A controversial new survey on Airbnb rentals in New York City suggests the short-term rental start up is creating some racial and economic disparities in predominantly black communities. Airbnb has tried to position itself as an economic equalizer that allows middle class residents to make money by renting their properties short-term, but a new study from an Airbnb watchdog suggests that...
Calling a cruise ship home

Calling a cruise ship home

The round-the-world cruise has long been one of those brass rings of retirement: the ultimate reward for a life well-lived (and planned). Now, some are choosing to embark on such long-haul cruises permanently. “I decided I had enough of the corporate world, and I wanted to spend the rest of my life traveling the world,” said Mario Salcedo. He was speaking by cellphone from Royal Caribbean&rsquo...
Kempner: Beat it! Vacation rentals curbed on pricey N. Ga. lakes

Kempner: Beat it! Vacation rentals curbed on pricey N. Ga. lakes

If you want to rent a vacation home on some of Georgia’s priciest and most tranquil lakes this spring and summer, better move along bub. A bunch of them are no longer available. And they may never be again. That’s because homeowners are being told to stop renting to visiting vacationers at least on land owned by Georgia Power at Lake Burton, Lake Rabun, Lake Seed and more than a dozen...
Hartsfield-Jackson curbside canopies to cost millions more

Hartsfield-Jackson curbside canopies to cost millions more

The price tag for adding massive canopies and making other improvements to the curbside at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is heftier than first expected, with airport officials seeking approval for another $102.5 million in costs. The original amount for a contract with New South-McCarthy for terminal modernization work including the canopies was $163 million, approved in late 2015. But...
Hartsfield-Jackson a constant draw for homeless overnight

Hartsfield-Jackson a constant draw for homeless overnight

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, at the end of a MARTA line and open 24 hours a day, has for years been a draw for homeless people looking for a place to sleep. That’s particularly true during cold snaps, and airport officials have taken various approaches over the years. “Homeless people routinely will come out to the airport,” said Hartsfield-Jackson general manager Roosevelt...
Universal Orlando Resort teases possible new resort robot technology

Universal Orlando Resort teases possible new resort robot technology

The Universal Orlando Resort’s Twitter is always an entertaining and informative follow for Theme Park Fans, and recently they sent out an interesting tweet about a possible new technology coming to the Cabana Bay Resort.
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

After facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft, airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in more than 40 airports using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014. “Essentially, there just wasn&rsquo...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

Shared-ride airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta, after facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in dozens of airports across the country using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy unique, delicious food in Georgia

Jazz’d Tapas Bar, Savannah At Jazz’d Tapas Bar in Savannah, an old Spanish culinary tradition is served with a modern American twist. This chic little spot is in the historic district, but it’s the epitome of 21st-century elegance. The beauty of tapas is the opportunity to sample the unfamiliar without being fully being committed to any one dish. Numerous small plates are meant to...
Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Go Georgia: Places to enjoy music across Georgia

Pack a picnic, grab a lawn chair and head to Matilda’s Under the Pines for an evening of live music. The outdoor music venue hosts Music Under the Tent, a spring and summer concert series that features artists from all over the Southeast, including many from Georgia. Everything — from southern rock, delta blues, funk and folk — is played here.  The hills are alive with the sound...
Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Go Georgia: Memorable historical sites to visit in Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield is a 2,965-acre historic site that marks a Civil War battlefield of a crucial Confederate victory during the Atlanta campaign of 1864. A 20-minute film shown at the visitor center explains how rebels took cover from rifle and cannon fire in entrenchments dug deep into the slopes of Kennesaw Mountain. Many well-preserved artifacts and memorabilia are on view,...
Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to enjoy sports, outdoors, and adventure in Georgia

From the mountains in the north to the beaches in the southeast, Georgia features diverse landscapes with stunning natural beauty — scenery that’s ideal for sports lovers and adventure seekers.  Amicalola Falls, the tallest cascading waterfall in the Southeast, pummels boulders 792 feet below, its thunderous roar echoing throughout Amicalola Falls State Park. Visitors can stay the...
Go Georgia: Where to see and experience art in Georgia

Go Georgia: Where to see and experience art in Georgia

The Folk Pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia explores the 200-year-old pottery making tradition of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Museum exhibits include utilitarian pieces such as handcrafted canning jars, butter churns and other wares that were essential to an agrarian lifestyle. Hideous face jugs with bulging eyes and crooked teeth are also on view. A short video demonstrates pottery making by the Meaders...
Inspiration along Harriet Tubman byway

Inspiration along Harriet Tubman byway

At some point in the swelling rhapsody around Harriet Tubman’s remarkable life, it is easy to wonder, with perhaps a bit of guilt, where Tubman’s heroism ends and tall tales begin. Somewhere between mythic and make-believe slave narratives, “Birth of a Nation” and “Django Unchained” included, you want to hit pause and go searching for the truth of how, for instance...
Airport unveils giant screen in place of Olympic mural

Airport unveils giant screen in place of Olympic mural

After eight months and $2.4 million of expense, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday unveiled the new giant digital screen that’s replaced a well-known Olympic mural. For nearly 15 years, the collage of children at Centennial Olympic Park greeted travelers at the top of the escalators coming up from the Plane Train tunnel. But it hasn’t completely disappared: The center...
Hartsfield-Jackson unveils giant new screen with image from Olympic mural

Hartsfield-Jackson unveils giant new screen with image from Olympic mural

After eight months and $2.4 million of construction and expense, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday switched on its new giant digital screen taking the place of a well-known Olympic mural. For nearly 15 years, the photographic collage of children at Centennial Olympic Park had greeted travelers at the top of the escalators coming up from the Plane Train tunnel. It’s not completely...
A weekend in Ellijay

A weekend in Ellijay

Weekend in Ellijay one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Just 80 miles north of Atlanta, Ellijay, “Georgia’s Apple Capital,” is the ideal country getaway. The spirited downtown offers unique, locally owned boutiques, antiques shops and outfitters to arrange for adventures on the area’s three main rivers, the...
Airport cabbies face struggle amid competition with Uber, Lyft

Airport cabbies face struggle amid competition with Uber, Lyft

At the world’s busiest airport, hundreds of taxi drivers line up in a massive hold lot every day, each waiting hours to pick up a single passenger. There are 1,600 taxis in the city of Atlanta, and many spend their days waiting to carry a few customers a day from Hartsfield-Jackson International into town. And now, there’s increased competition from Uber X and Lyft, which are now legally...
Taxi drivers push for relief from cab age limit

Taxi drivers push for relief from cab age limit

With hundreds of taxi cabs now unqualified to pick up passengers at the Atlanta airport, an Atlanta city councilman said he’ll seek a six-month reprieve from a new 7-year age limit on vehicles as cabbies pushed for relief at a meeting Wednesday. Many drivers cannot afford to buy new cars, and “the elephant in the room is the new competition presented by new companies like Uber and Lyft...
5 best beaches near Atlanta: Where to play, stay and eat

5 best beaches near Atlanta: Where to play, stay and eat

No need to get on a plane for a great beach vacation. Plenty of worthy sandy strands are within driving distance of Atlanta, and one is bound to suit your tastes. Here are five you can reach by car and still have time to catch the sunset if you leave by lunchtime. Driving times listed are from downtown Atlanta. A few miles west of South Walton’s famed highway 30A and all of its master-planned...
UPS partnering with drone company for humanitarian deliveries

UPS partnering with drone company for humanitarian deliveries

UPS is partnering with a company that plans to launch drone deliveries for humanitarian aid in Rwanda. The UPS Foundation gave an $800,000 grant to the California-based Zipline, a startup that has developed drones to quickly deliver vaccines or blood to patients in distress in remote areas. “If you have a resilient and efficient supply chain, you’re going to save lives,” said UPS...
Southwest’s first five years in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest’s first five years in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest Airlines’ move to buy out AirTran Airways and enter the Atlanta market sparked hopes among some that the Dallas-based discounter would give hometown giant Delta Air Lines a bigger run for its money. The reality is that, five years after launching flights, Southwest has significantly fewer flights from Atlanta than AirTran did — 124 daily departures compared with 220 before the...
Here’s why you should buckle your seat belt on flights

Here’s why you should buckle your seat belt on flights

A new report on a flight that ran into heavy turbulence offers a lesson on why it’s important to buckle your seat belt on flights.
The real reason flight crews don’t want you making calls on flights

The real reason flight crews don’t want you making calls on flights

Thousands of comments submitted to the federal government on whether voice calls should be allowed on flights make it clear: Many people worry it would be a major, unavoidable annoyance. But flight crews say there’s an even bigger potential problem. That became more evident when U.S. Department of Transportation took comments on the issue as part of a proposal to require airlines to notify...
Southwest in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest Airlines’ move to buy out AirTran Airways and enter the Atlanta market sparked hopes among some that the Dallas-based discounter would give hometown giant Delta Air Lines a bigger run for its money. The reality is that, five years after launching flights, Southwest has significantly fewer flights from Atlanta than AirTran did — 124 daily departures compared with 220 before the...
Delta to offer free meals on some routes

Delta to offer free meals on some routes

Free meals in coach class are coming back to Delta — at least on some routes in other cities. After a test of free meals late last year, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines is rolling out complimentary meals in the main cabin on some transcontinental flights. During last year’s test, Delta said it “saw a significant increase” in customer satisfaction scores. On March 1, Delta will...
Taxi drivers push back against requirement for newer cabs

Taxi drivers push back against requirement for newer cabs

Atlanta taxi drivers say hundreds of cabs will be disqualified from picking up passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson International under a new ordinance requiring cabs be at most seven years old to pick up at the world’s busiest airport. Dozens of taxi drivers filled an Atlanta City Council transportation committee meeting Wednesday to show their frustration with the new age limit, saying they face...
Sure, there’s golf, but Augusta has a lot more to see and do

Sure, there’s golf, but Augusta has a lot more to see and do

So you didn’t score a greens-side ticket to the Masters again this year? Even if you can’t be in the elite crowd that gets to stand a few feet from some of golf’s greatest athletes as they vie for the honor of wearing the Green Jacket, the buzz that the annual tournament generates makes Augusta a lively place to be from April 6 through 9. Start first with what might be the most important...
The Kodachrome life of the ‘Ambassador of Americana’

The Kodachrome life of the ‘Ambassador of Americana’

Charles Phoenix, the self-proclaimed “Ambassador of Americana,” is known for his “Retro Slide Shows,” comically narrated Kodachrome presentations celebrating travel, entertaining and lifestyles in the mid-20th century using personal slides he’s found or had donated. Based in Los Angeles, Phoenix occasionally leads retro tours of his hometown — taking guests to vintage...
Delta updates app with interactive maps

Delta updates app with interactive maps

Delta Air Lines is adding some new features to its app to ease the travel experience. The Fly Delta app, first introduced in 2010, now includes interactive maps for Hartsfield-Jackson International and 14 other airports. The interactive maps of airports in New York, London, Minneapolis, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Orlando, Los Angeles and Tokyo...
Delta ranks No. 3 in on-time performance

Delta ranks No. 3 in on-time performance

Delta Air Lines ranked No. 3 in on-time performance in 2016, behind Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines in a federal ranking. Atlanta-based Delta had an overall on-time arrival rate of nearly 86.5 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That means about one out of every seven flights was delayed, based on federal calculations. Hawaiian Airlines had an overall...
5 places to visit to get in touch with Georgia’s history

5 places to visit to get in touch with Georgia’s history

“Know your history” is undeniably sound advice, and few things bring us closer to knowing history than standing in the places where it happened. Georgia is so full of traces of the past that someone could spend a lifetime visiting the state’s evocative sites and still only scratch the surface of what’s on offer. Here are a few of our favorite historic spots, places that inspire...
A weekend in St. George, Utah

A weekend in St. George, Utah

Weekend in St. George, Utah, one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: St. George is located in southern Utah on the state border with Arizona. The town is surrounded by the natural beauty of red rock pinnacles and deep canyons, and it’s within an hour’s drive to Zion National Park; two hours to the Grand Canyon North Rim and...
Starbucks gains visibility with atrium spot at Hartsfield-Jackson

Starbucks gains visibility with atrium spot at Hartsfield-Jackson

A temporary Starbucks opened late last year near the domestic terminal atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has gained more visibility than an old location next to the security checkpoint, and will soon move into an even more-prominent permanent spot. The temporary Starbucks location opened in late November next to La Madeleine in the atrium, as a stop-gap measure after the Starbucks...
Should voice calls be allowed on flights?

Should voice calls be allowed on flights?

The federal government wants to know whether you think voice calls should be allowed on airline flights, and the deadline to weigh in is nearing. Members of the public have until Monday, Feb. 13 to submit comments in a federal docket on whether voice calls should be allowed on airline flights. The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking comments as part of a December proposal — made under...
Celebrate Presidents Day by visiting these historic sites in Georgia

Celebrate Presidents Day by visiting these historic sites in Georgia

As Presidents Day approaches, falling on Monday, Feb. 20, this year, several historic sites in Georgia with presidential ties offer an opportunity to celebrate the holiday by honoring and learning about our leaders with visits to spots with strong presidential ties. From some of Georgia’s state parks to an upscale hotel in Augusta to a presidential library and museum in Atlanta, here&rsquo...
Delta and Coke launch flying “art gallery” on airplane tray tables

Delta and Coke launch flying “art gallery” on airplane tray tables

Atlanta corporate giants Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola Co. have partnered on an unusual art project — on airplane tray tables. The two companies worked with 12 artists around the world to transform the tray tables on a Boeing 767 into art. On that plane, the designs will be in place at all of the coach class and Comfort+ seats for about a month. The tray table art will also...
Feud between Qatar Air, Delta continues

Feud between Qatar Air, Delta continues

A feud between Qatar Airways and Delta Air Lines continued Wednesday with more sniping words volleyed between the two carriers. Qatar Airways’ CEO Akbar Al Baker reportedly said the airline’s launch of service to Atlanta from Doha June 1 would “rub salt in the wounds” of Delta, according to a Reuters article. In response, the Partnership for Open & Fair Skies, a coalition including...
Hartsfield-Jackson featured in PBS series giving behind-the-scenes look at air travel

Hartsfield-Jackson featured in PBS series giving behind-the-scenes look at air travel

A series that gives an inside look at how airlines and airports work — including at Hartsfield-Jackson — will air on PBS starting Wednesday evening. The three-part documentary series called “City in the Sky” will be broadcast on PBS on Feb. 8 at 10 p.m. ET. It aired on BBC2 last year. The name of the series produced by the BBC and PBS comes from the idea that: “At any...
MARTA to Hartsfield-Jackson ranks as nation’s best airport transit in study

MARTA to Hartsfield-Jackson ranks as nation’s best airport transit in study

Atlanta has the best transit to the airport in the nation, according to a new study by MileCards.com, a credit card comparison site. The ranking is based on price, speed, convenience and frequency. Taking MARTA from downtown at noon on a weekday is “significantly… faster than driving on Atlanta’s congested freeways” and convenient, according to the study. “The $2.50...
A breakdown of airlines that make Hartsfield-Jackson “world’s busiest”

A breakdown of airlines that make Hartsfield-Jackson “world’s busiest”

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is again the world’s busiest, handling more than 104 million passengers last year, according to Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and airport officials. Of the passengers, about 80 percent were flying on hub carrier Delta Air Lines or a Delta Connection carrier. About 9.7 percent were passengers on Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson...
Family fun in North Carolina: See the universe, ride the rails or shop and play

Family fun in North Carolina: See the universe, ride the rails or shop and play

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute  Who knew NASA had a toehold in the Pisgah National Forest? It’s a well-kept secret, but one visitors can ferret out with a little planning. The one-time satellite tracking station on 200 acres is now home to a nonprofit dedicated to researching the universe through its powerful telescopes. Exhibits of the NASA days remain. The most popular are several...
In Houston for Super Bowl 2017? Check out food, beer, art, outdoors

In Houston for Super Bowl 2017? Check out food, beer, art, outdoors

HOUSTON — Houston, we have a problem. We’ve been eating steadily and we’ve hardly made a dent in this cornucopia of tasty Houston fare. In the meantime, there are parks to wander, beers to drink and rockets to visit. Like Atlanta, Houston is into the sport of competitive dining, and restaurants have been popping up here like mushrooms in a rainy cow pasture. “We think it&rsquo...
History in North Carolina: Learn of a banjo picker, bearded pirate or battlewagon

History in North Carolina: Learn of a banjo picker, bearded pirate or battlewagon

If you’ve ever heard a good banjo picker, chances are the style was influenced by the legendary Earl Scruggs. The Cleveland County native perfected the art of three-finger plucking, and it catapulted him to stardom. The center that bears his names highlights not only Scruggs’ contributions but also others who have made their mark on American music. Special exhibits have explored the history...
3 adventures in North Carolina: Natives, gold miners left their marks, and mustangs run free

3 adventures in North Carolina: Natives, gold miners left their marks, and mustangs run free

Explore a bit of Cherokee legend with a detour off the beaten path to the Judaculla Rock, a soapstone slab etched with Native American symbols. Archaeologists believe the drawings date back as far as 3,000 years, and the Cherokees have long considered it a sacred space dedicated to the god of hunting. Located at the base of a mountain, the rock is accessible by car. An elevated viewing platform provides...
3 places to play in North Carolina: Soak on the sand, soar in the sky or cast a fly

3 places to play in North Carolina: Soak on the sand, soar in the sky or cast a fly

The sweeping sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head are the tallest in the eastern part of the U.S. and offer a variety of outdoor experiences. Stroll an easily navigated 1.5-mile trail, loop around a 1-mile circle or hit the shorter boardwalk trail that spans the hills while still providing sweeping views. But one of the best ways to see the natural wonder is from the harness...
Whatever you’re hungry for, it’s somewhere in North Carolina

Whatever you’re hungry for, it’s somewhere in North Carolina

Need a reason to head to North Carolina? How about to sate your craving for fresh-from-the-water seafood, locally produced cheeses and a delectable range of produce and fruit? The state just a few hours up I-85 has it all, and it’s in the capable hands of chefs who are building reputations for their dedication to showcasing the best of their regions. Here are just a few suggestions where you&rsquo...
Clear launches speedy security option at Hartsfield-Jackson

Clear launches speedy security option at Hartsfield-Jackson

Travelers now have another option for getting through security at the Atlanta airport. Clear, a biometric identification technology firm that sells memberships granting access to special airport security lines, said it is launching service Wednesday at Hartsfield-Jackson International. Clear kiosks are at Domestic Terminal South, near the TSA Pre-Check line entrance and near the Delta Air Lines check-in...
Tech woes dog Delta, other airlines

Tech woes dog Delta, other airlines

Delta Air Lines spent Monday recovering from its second computer system meltdown in a little more than five months, though this one was much less disruptive. The Atlanta airline said about 280 flights were canceled Sunday night and early Monday after an unspecificied systemwide technical issue grounded domestic departures for several hours. Delta said “essential” information technology...
4 outrageous travel fees and how to avoid them

4 outrageous travel fees and how to avoid them

You’ve gone through your ever-growing list of places you want to visit and have finally chosen where your next travel destination will be. As you’re building out your budget for this vacation, you’re seeing the expenses pile up and the supposed stress-free time is losing its luster. But there are plenty of ways to save, one of which is avoiding paying some of those pesky add-on fees...
A weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland

A weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Weekend in Belfast, Northern Ireland, one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: The capital city of Northern Ireland (population 333,000) has seven distinct quarters of neighborhoods. The most popular for the arts (the Mac arts venue, www.themaclive.com), dining, pubs and night life is Cathedral Quarter with some of the city&rsquo...
UPDATE: Delta lifts ground stop after outage, more flight cancellations expected

UPDATE: Delta lifts ground stop after outage, more flight cancellations expected

Delta Air Lines said its flights were slowly resuming after a system outage caused flight delays and cancellations Sunday evening. About 150 flights were canceled, with more cancellations expected, according to Delta. In a sign that effects on travelers could continue, Delta is also waiving change fees for travelers with flights scheduled through Monday. “I want to apologize to all...
Delta rebooking, refunding tickets for those affected by Trump order on immigration

Delta rebooking, refunding tickets for those affected by Trump order on immigration

In the wake of detentions of some travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson International and other airports following President Trump’s executive order on immigration, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines says it is contacting customers who are affected. The Atlanta-based airline posted a notice on its website saying: “Delta will make every effort to contact impacted customers with flexible rebooking...
Give your Valentine a luxurious Florida vacation for a unique gift

Give your Valentine a luxurious Florida vacation for a unique gift

Racking your brain for what to get your Valentine this year? Consider a luxury vacation as a gift, and head to Florida where a bounty of resorts offer unique trips to fit an array of interests — from locations perfect for baseball fans to properties sure to please art lovers, and everything in between. Read on for ideas that will make your loved one see hearts on your next getaway. Hotel for...
FDR’s Little White House and 13 other sites free one day in February 

FDR’s Little White House and 13 other sites free one day in February 

The State Parks and Historic Sites Division of the Department of Natural Resources is offering free admission at several locations on Sunday, Feb. 5. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.” Visitors can walk in the footsteps of Civil War and Revolutionary War soldiers, tour FDR’s modest cottage, explore plantations...
Get to the Atlanta airport three hours early? Here’s why

Get to the Atlanta airport three hours early? Here’s why

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is recommending travelers get to the airport up to three hours before their departure time. The reaction from some people: Seriously? Three hours?!? In recent years, getting to the Atlanta airport an hour and a half early was plenty, and sometimes just an hour or less was enough time. Times have changed. Security lines now stretch through the terminal atrium...
Delta flying Falcons, Patriots to Super Bowl

Delta flying Falcons, Patriots to Super Bowl

Delta Air Lines will fly both the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl, after flying the two teams as their chartered carrier all season. Atlanta-based Delta is a major charter carrier for NFL teams and other professional and collegiate sports teams. For fans headed to the Super Bowl, the airline is also adding six additional flights from Atlanta to Houston’s George...
Prices soar for Super Bowl-goers

Prices soar for Super Bowl-goers

Following the Falcons to the Super Bowl might be a bucket-list trip for some fans, but it will come at a dizzying cost. Prices are soaring for airline flights to Houston, for hotels in the city, and especially for tickets to the game. According to StubHub, the cheapest ticket available Monday was $3,525, while the price for tickets sold has ranged from $2,950 to $15,432. About 8 percent of the sales...