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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...
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...
Your in-flight movie screen might be going extinct

Your in-flight movie screen might be going extinct

Book a domestic flight on any of the big three U.S. airlines, and you won't be sure whether the seat in front of you has a screen. Some do, while most don't. Eventually maybe none will. The proliferation of iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, in tandem with increasingly reliable inflight Wi-Fi, has led to a profound shift by many airlines, which now view entertainment on shorter flights as best delivered...
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...
Houston hosts events, attractions for Super Bowl LI

Houston hosts events, attractions for Super Bowl LI

Houston is the nation’s fourth largest city, a sprawling metropolis larger than some small states. But the good news for Atlanta Falcons fans visiting for Super Bowl LI is that most of the events surrounding the game will be concentrated downtown, making it easy to visit a number of attractions. There are thousands of hotel rooms downtown where fans can stay, and from there it’s about...
UPDATE: Flights delayed, diverted at Hartsfield-Jackson amid thunderstorm, severe weather

UPDATE: Flights delayed, diverted at Hartsfield-Jackson amid thunderstorm, severe weather

Flights at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are being delayed due to thunderstorms and wind, amid severe weather in the area. Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it had diverted about 50 flights. “We are working to safely return the diverted flights to Atlanta and re-accommodate customers on alternate flights,” Delta said in a written statement. The Federal Aviation Administration&rsquo...
Take a peek at what Hartsfield-Jackson’s new terminal entrance will look like, in miniature form

Take a peek at what Hartsfield-Jackson’s new terminal entrance will look like, in miniature form

A multi-million dollar project to build giant canopies over the domestic terminal curbside areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is underway, and a model in the terminal atrium gives travelers an idea of what the new airport entrance will look like. The model has been in the domestic terminal atrium for the past couple of months as the airport began work on the terminal roadways to prepare...
Private jet business makes pitch to Atlantans, with the help of Christina Milian

Private jet business makes pitch to Atlantans, with the help of Christina Milian

Fort Lauderdale-based private jet business JetSmarter is targeting Atlanta for new members, and enlisted singer Christina Milian in the effort this week.
Average Atlanta air fares at lowest level since 2010

Average Atlanta air fares at lowest level since 2010

The average air fares in Atlanta and nationally are at their lowest levels since 2010, according to the latest federal data. The average Atlanta air fare in the third quarter of 2016 was $344.71, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s down nearly 9.7 percent from $381.72 a year earlier. The last time average Atlanta air fares were that low was in the fourth quarter...
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

On any given day, more than 100,000 planes shuttle more than one million people through the sky to destinations around the world. A lot of that daily traffic passes right here through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. The FDA predicts that withing 10 years, the Thanksgiving Day crush that hits Hartsfield-Jackson each year will be an...
Travel on 2 wheels: Bike 100 miles in the Keys

Travel on 2 wheels: Bike 100 miles in the Keys

Driving the 100-plus miles that link the Florida Keys’ limestone and coral islands ranks as one of America’s epic road trips. I wanted to experience it on two wheels instead of four. The plan: Bike the country’s “southernmost century,” cycling-speak for a 100-mile journey in a single day, from Key Largo to Key West. We all know that plans, especially in travel, often...
Airplane etiquette survey: Seat-kicking is worst behavior

Airplane etiquette survey: Seat-kicking is worst behavior

Since there’s nothing worse than being stuck with annoying seatmates for hours on a long flight, Expedia.com in an annual survey asks travelers to call out the most aggravating behaviors in the air. The biggest violator is the “Rear Seat Kicker,” according to the survey of 1,005 people commissioned by Expedia and conducted by market research firm GfK. The results released Tuesday...
A weekend in Winter Park, Colo.

A weekend in Winter Park, Colo.

Weekend in Winter Park, Colo., one of three ways: on a budget, spending a bit more, or when the getaway calls for a splurge. Trip tips: Winter Park Resort is Colorado’s longest continuously operated ski resort (76 years) featuring over 3,000 acres of terrain and 25 lifts covering four peaks. Located just 67 miles northwest of Denver, the laid-back and family-friendly village enjoys an average...
Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ludacris cardboard cutout greets travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson

If you’ve been to the international terminal at the Atlanta airport recently, you may have noticed some unusual new directional signage.
75% of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation in 2017, says AAA

75% of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation in 2017, says AAA

Three-quarters of Georgia residents plan to take a vacation this year, according to AAA Travel. More than half say they will take two to three vacations in 2017, according to AAA’s consumer survey of about 400 Georgia residents from Sept. 28 through Oct. 6, 2016, with a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points. For travelers nationwide, the top domestic destinations are Orlando, Fort Lauderdale...
Hartsfield-Jackson now has more than 100 electric vehicle charging spaces

Hartsfield-Jackson now has more than 100 electric vehicle charging spaces

Hartsfield-Jackson International has installed 102 electric vehicle charging spaces, a $1.3 million investment that Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called part of his effort to have “one of the greenest airports in the world.” The Atlanta airport plans to install another 200 electric vehicle charging spaces over the next couple of years. “These stations reflect Hartsfield-Jackson&rsquo...
Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson ranks No. 1 in guns caught by TSA in 2016

Hartsfield-Jackson International had the most guns caught at airport security checkpoints of any airport in the country in 2016, with 198 firearms discovered last year.

The real meaning behind what airlines say on investor conference calls

Airlines have a funny way of using complex terms to convey simple things. That showed even in Delta Air Lines’ relatively straightforward announcement Tuesday of a $4.5 billion profit for 2015. Airlines use tortuous terminology in part because the things investors want to hear are very different from what consumers want to hear. In fact, consumers’ motivations (low fares) are sometimes...
UPDATE: Delta reports $4.4 billion profit for 2016, but quarterly profit declines 37 percent

UPDATE: Delta reports $4.4 billion profit for 2016, but quarterly profit declines 37 percent

UPDATED: Delta Air Lines reported a nearly $4.4 billion profit for 2016, down slightly from the $4.5 billion in net income it had in 2015 as the carrier faces pressures from higher fuel costs and pay increases to pilots and other employees. While the airline’s costs have been rising, particularly with a new pilot labor contract with immediate 18 percent pay raises signed late last...
From Chihuly to Hemingway: 3 places to appreciate culture in Florida

From Chihuly to Hemingway: 3 places to appreciate culture in Florida

Chihuly Collection, St. Petersburg Thanks to a new home in the 700 block of Central Avenue, it’s more convenient than ever to visit the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg, the only space in the world dedicated to the works of internationally acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. (The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosted a popular Chihuly exhibit last year.) The former...
3 places to find romance in Florida

3 places to find romance in Florida

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Palm Beach The Champagne and Caviar Couple’s Journey at Eau Palm Beach Resort’s posh spa is one way to shut out the world and reconnect with your significant other. The “journey” includes a couple’s massage, facial, manicure and pedicure in your own private garden villa. The experience is customized for each couple — everything from...
3 ways for families to enjoy Florida together

3 ways for families to enjoy Florida together

Segway Tour, Amelia Island A guided Segway tour at Omni Amelia Island Plantation reconnects families with nature and with each other. The flora and fauna of this unique maritime ecosystem in northeast Florida go well beyond palm trees and shorebirds. On this barrier island, you are as likely to find a pine cone as a seashell. Glide along beneath a canopy of moss-draped oak trees as deer peek out from...
Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

Can you eat your way across Florida? Try these 5 restaurants

MIAMI BEACH Atlantikos This upscale Greek restaurant with Santorini-inspired blue and white decor serves the best from the land and sea. The Aegean wild sea bream cooked in parchment is a must-try. Located at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. 9703 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Fla. 305-993-3333, stregisbalharbour.com/atlantikos. NAPLES 1500 South Celebrity chef Art Smith opened...
Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

Go to Florida for the sun, stay for the music at these 5 places

For music lovers, one of the best things about a Florida getaway is checking out the dynamic local nightlife. Whether your style is kicking back at a beach bar while a local band croons Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville,” showing off your best salsa moves at a Latin club or listening to some cool cats jam at a little-known jazz spot, you’ll find your niche in this musically diverse...
Clear security line coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

Clear security line coming to Hartsfield-Jackson

There will soon be another way to get through security lines faster at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Clear, a biometric identification technology firm that sells memberships granting access to special airport security lines for its members, is coming to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in coming weeks. Atlanta airport general manager Roosevelt Council said the Clear...
Hartsfield-Jackson roadwork resumes: Watch for lane closures

Hartsfield-Jackson roadwork resumes: Watch for lane closures

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is resuming roadwork for the construction of massive canopies over the curbside roadways outside the domestic terminal, and that means lane closures.
Airline flight schedules returning to normal after storm

Airline flight schedules returning to normal after storm

Flight operations are expected to be back to normal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Monday after airlines recovered over the weekend from two days of storm-related flight cancellations. Hundreds of flight cancellations and delays on Friday and Saturday left some stranded at the airport. Delta Air Lines said it was in recovery mode Sunday and accommodating passengers whose flights were...
In wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and evacuation, luggage and belongings are left behind

In wake of Fort Lauderdale airport shooting and evacuation, luggage and belongings are left behind

On the day after the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport where Delta Air Lines operates, airline and airport officials are working to assist passengers who were affected, including those who left their luggage behind in the rush to evacuate the terminal. About 20,000 items left behind in the terminal during the evacuation have been collected by the Fort Lauderdale airport....
UPDATE: Hartsfield-Jackson flight cancellations continue Saturday

UPDATE: Hartsfield-Jackson flight cancellations continue Saturday

UPDATE from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: Flight cancellations due to the storm that hit Atlanta continued into Saturday at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, where some passengers have been waiting since Friday for flights out. More travelers who arrived at the airport Saturday morning for departures learned their flights had been cancelled or delayed until later in the day. Traveler...
Flight cancellations leave some travelers stuck at Atlanta airport

Flight cancellations leave some travelers stuck at Atlanta airport

Dozens of travelers settled into chairs and spread out on the floor of the domestic terminal atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Friday night, preparing to wait hours or spend the night until they could catch flights out.
Stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson? Here’s what you need to know

Stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson? Here’s what you need to know

Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have cancelled hundreds of Atlanta flights as they prepared for the snowstorm expected to hit the area, and that means some passengers are going to be stuck. Here are some of the things you should know if you’re stuck at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: There are plenty of airport hotels around Hartsfield-Jackson, but it’s not unusual for...
UPDATE: Delta cancels Fort Lauderdale flights after shooting

UPDATE: Delta cancels Fort Lauderdale flights after shooting

Delta Air Lines said it is cancelling its flights to Fort Lauderdale for the remainder of Friday and that flight disruptions would continue into Saturday, after a shooting at the Fort Lauderdale airport’s baggage claim area in Terminal 2 where Delta operates. The Associated Press reported that the gunman was identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who was immediately...
Delta says its employees are safe after Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Delta says its employees are safe after Fort Lauderdale airport shooting

Delta Air Lines said preliminary reports indicate its employees are safe and accounted for after a shooting Friday at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The shooting occurred in the Fort Lauderdale airport’s baggage claim area at Terminal 2, where Delta operates. BREAKING: Marietta woman killed in Fort Lauderdale airport shooting “We’re grateful to the first...
Southwest Airlines cancels all its Saturday morning Atlanta flights

Southwest Airlines cancels all its Saturday morning Atlanta flights

Southwest Airlines is cancelling all of its Atlanta flights Saturday morning due to the snowstorm set to hit the region. Dallas-based Southwest is the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Flights will be cancelled Saturday morning until 1 p.m. The airline is also reducing its Friday afternoon and evening flight schedule in Atlanta to six flights per hour. The airline...
Hartsfield-Jackson says it’s prepared to clear runways, de-ice planes

Hartsfield-Jackson says it’s prepared to clear runways, de-ice planes

Hartsfield-Jackson International will have some 400 workers on 12 hour shifts in an effort to keep the world’s busiest airport up and running through the storm set to hit Atlanta. But travelers should check with their airlines directly before heading to the airport, warned Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport general manager Roosevelt Council. Delta has already canceled about 350 flights...
Delta cancels 350 flights due to storm

Delta cancels 350 flights due to storm

Delta Air Lines is canceling about 350 flights due to the storm set to hit Atlanta, home of its largest hub. Atlanta-based Delta said the cancellations affect flights scheduled for Friday evening and Saturday. And more flight cancellations are possible. About 4 inches of snow are expected at Hartsfield-Jackson  International Airport, according to Delta. The cancellations are  “an effort...
Hartsfield-Jackson to hold public workshop on plans for Concourse G, cargo buildings

Hartsfield-Jackson to hold public workshop on plans for Concourse G, cargo buildings

As Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport plans to build Concourse G, it will hold a public meeting to present the project, answer questions and take comments.
UPDATE: Atlanta airport, airlines prepare for flight cancellations when storm hits

UPDATE: Atlanta airport, airlines prepare for flight cancellations when storm hits

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is preparing for the weather expected this weekend that will lead to flight cancellations. “We have plans in place to address inclement weather and we are monitoring approaching weather systems closely,” according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman Reese McCranie. Both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines are warning that flights to Atlanta and other...
Delta in No. 3 spot for on-time performance

Delta in No. 3 spot for on-time performance

Delta Air Lines came in third for on-time performance among North American airlines, according to a report on 2016 performance by OAG Aviation Worldwide OAG said that also kept Delta in the “top spot for major carriers.” In the No. 1 spot was smaller Hawaiian Airlines, with 89.9 percent of its flights on time. Hawaiian, which is a perennial high-achiever when it comes to on-time performance...
After Customs outage, travel group pushes for improvements to entry process for travelers

After Customs outage, travel group pushes for improvements to entry process for travelers

A widespread outage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection systems at Hartsfield-Jackson and other airports around the country Monday night prompted a travel group to call for improvements to processing of travelers entering the country. The outage lasted about an hour at Hartsfield-Jackson but led to long lines and waits for many travelers at the world’s busiest airport Monday evening, as thousands...
Uber X, Lyft set for legal pickups at Atlanta airport starting Jan. 1

Uber X, Lyft set for legal pickups at Atlanta airport starting Jan. 1

Calling for an Uber or Lyft pickup at the Atlanta airport is about to finally become legal. Hartsfield-Jackson International will launch regulated pickups by Uber X and Lyft starting Sunday, with rideshare passengers paying a $3.85 surcharge per ride from the airport. Until now rideshare pickups have been illegal because drivers didn’t have permits to serve the airport, and some were cited though...
Holiday crowds keep Hartsfield-Jackson busy

Holiday crowds keep Hartsfield-Jackson busy

Travelers returning home after Christmas and other passengers are keeping Hartsfield-Jackson busy. Security lines stretched from checkpoints at the Atlanta airport on Wednesday morning, with wait times reaching 15 to 30 minutes. Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, expects to handle more than 4.2 million passengers over the holiday period running from Dec. 16 through Jan. 3. Wednesday...
Delta cancels 787 Dreamliner order

Delta cancels 787 Dreamliner order

Delta Air Lines is canceling its order for Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets, after deciding previously to defer deliveries of the planes. Atlanta-based Delta had inherited the order for 787s through its 2008 merger with Northwest Airlines. The question of what Delta would do with the order had been up in the air for years. In 2010, the airline announced it had decided to defer delivery of the 18 787-8 planes...
Top things to see in 2017

Top things to see in 2017

The top event in 2017 is not human-made, but rather celestial — a total solar eclipse. This truly heads-up spectacle has not been seen from coast to coast across America in 99 years. Check out this heavenly sight on our annual calendar, which also touts anniversaries, sports spectaculars and other festivities coming in the new year. 11: Hamburg, Germany: Debut performance at Europe’s much-anticipated...
Hartsfield-Jackson handling holiday crowds

Hartsfield-Jackson handling holiday crowds

Lines at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were stretching into the atrium during busy periods on Friday morning, one of the biggest travel days of the holiday period. The Atlanta airport’s security checkpoints will process about 85,000 passengers Friday, according to Hartsfield-Jackson interim general manager Roosevelt Council. Security wait times this morning ranged from under 15 minutes...
Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshiner wins contract to keep business

Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshiner wins contract to keep business

Longtime Atlanta airport shoeshine operation Master Shine has been selected for a contract to continue shining shoes at Hartsfield-Jackson International, while a small local shoeshine firm was also selected to launch operations at the Atlanta airport.   Master Shine and Final Touch Shoes were each selected for shoeshine contracts. A larger firm from Las Vegas with national aspirations...
Holiday crowds begin streaming into Hartsfield-Jackson

Holiday crowds begin streaming into Hartsfield-Jackson

Hartsfield-Jackson International is about to head into some of the busiest days of the holiday season, as crowds head to the airport for flights to see family and loved ones. On Thursday morning, crowds streamed into the Atlanta airport terminal, but security lines were moving quickly, with posted wait times of less than 15 minutes. Nationally, Thursday Dec. 22 and Friday Dec. 23 are expected to be...
Delta changes policy in response to black female doctor discrimination incident

Delta changes policy in response to black female doctor discrimination incident

Delta Air Lines said this week that after an incident earlier this year involving Dr. Tamika Cross, a passenger who offered to help during a medical emergency in flight but was rebuffed and raised concerns about discrimination, the airline changed its policies. The airline invited Cross to visit Delta for discussion and for Delta to apologize, and Cross also spoke with Delta CEO Ed Bastian. Delta...
UPDATE: YouTube star says he was pulled off Delta flight after speaking Arabic

UPDATE: YouTube star says he was pulled off Delta flight after speaking Arabic

A YouTube star known for pranks and hoaxing says he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after speaking Arabic. In a series of tweets and videos, Adam Saleh described the incident on Delta Flight 1 from London Heathrow Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport. “We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim,&rdquo...
Get the best view of total eclipse

Get the best view of total eclipse

It’s not too early to call the word of the year for 2017: totality. The sun, moon and Earth will align this August, and, to fully appreciate that rare cosmic event, it’s best to be in the centerline of the totality. That will be a hot topic of conversation this year — some tourism professionals have been talking about it for months already. Predicting the future is a gamble, but...
Six firms compete for Green Acres airport recycling and composting facility contract

Six firms compete for Green Acres airport recycling and composting facility contract

Six firms are competing for a chance to develop and operate a composting and recycling facility at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the latest round of contracting for the project known as Green Acres. The firms that have thrown their hats into the ring are Cash Development LLC, Randolph & Company LLC, Columbia Technology LLC, Green Energy & Development Inc., Multiplex LLC and Sun...
Delta’s SkyTeam offers sale on “round the world” tickets

Delta’s SkyTeam offers sale on “round the world” tickets

Delta Air Lines’ SkyTeam alliance is offering a sale on “round the world” fares. The global airline alliance group is offering a 15 percent discount on round the world trips booked by March 31, 2017. Trips can include flights on any of the 20 SkyTeam member airlines, including Delta. SkyTeam’s website has a planning tool for round the world trips, which have three to 15...
Kempner: Who’ll protect us from aisle-seat phone babblers?

Kempner: Who’ll protect us from aisle-seat phone babblers?

A good thing about the world’s busiest airport is that you can quickly ask people from all over the nation for feedback on insane ideas that might one day become reality. And in a country as polarized as ours, it’s nice to have something that so many of us can agree would be an abomination: Allowing other airline passengers to talk on their cellphones in flight. “Horrible idea,&rdquo...
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