Category Transport Issues

Will Amtrak service be restored to the Panhandle?

Despite President Trump’s unwise budget proposals regarding Amtrak, our state might yet see an expansion of service after all. This is because the Gulf Coast Working Group has reported to Congress on the beneficial nature of restoring service along the Gulf Coast  – service that was suspended after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and never restarted. […]

Frontier Airlines announces massive Florida expansion

Ultra low-cost carrier Frontier Airlines announced a massive system-wide expansion which includes several Florida routes. Frontier’s city pairings and nonstop flights will basically double in the next 12 months. The airline’s large Orlando focus city continues to grow as does its emphasis on Tampa and Miami as point-to-point destinations in its network. Frontier’s ramp up […]

Could Trump’s wrong track budget regarding Amtrak be an opportunity from a Florida perspective?

A lot of consternation has been thrown out there about President Trump’s new budget proposals – one of the most damaging portions of the budget included the proposal to cut funding for most long-distance and money-losing routes of Amtrak. To this point Florida politicians have mostly been silent about the proposal which would cut all […]

British Airways begins Fort Lauderdale service

After years of rumors and seeming near misses, British Airways (BA) has finally commenced service to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). BA Flight 2169 left London’s Gatwick Airport about five minutes late this morning but is en route to FLL at this writing. Scheduled landing time is 2:11 pm. British Airways was first rumored to […]

Trump’s infrastructure plans a massive letdown for Florida and the nation

President Trump has rightly pointed out that America’s crumbling infrastructure needs a revitalization. For anyone who has traveled abroad in recent years you’ll note the train stations, the airports the superhighways, the bridges of the western world, the gulf states and even some developing nations put the US to shame. Trump said all of the […]

Allegiant Airlines adds 14 new Florida routes

Allegiant Airlines announced the addition of several no routes to/from the state of Florida today. Flights begin on various dates in the fall and winter months of 2017. New routes are listed below: Fort Lauderdale: Milwaukee, Norfolk/Virginia Beach Punta Gorda:  Flint, Newburgh, Rochester, St. Cloud Sanford: Gulfport/Biloxi, Milwaukee, Newburgh, Norfolk/Virginia Beach St Petersburg/Clearwater: Norfolk/ Virginia […]

Southwest begins service to four international cities from Fort Lauderdale today

Southwest Airlines begins service today from its new International Concourse A in Fort Lauderdale to four cities – Belize City, Cancun, Grand Cayman and Montego Bay. The five gate international concourse was previewed on Thursday by The Miami Herald.  Each route will be served daily initially with Cancun moving to three times a day beginning […]

Norwegian increasing flights between Florida and London this winter among other service increases

Travel to the US might be feeling a “Trump slump” but fast-growing Norwegian Air Shuttle who has become a major transatlantic player in recent years. Today the airline announced many new routes and also loaded additional flights from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando to London this winter. Norwegian will now serve London-Gatwick 4 times a week […]

Spirit Airlines CEO addresses customer service

In the last few months on this site we’ve discussed the efforts of Ultra-Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) Spirit Airlines, based in the Fort Lauderdale area to change its image. Fliers in 17 countries throughout the Americas choose Spirit more for low fares than for service but the reputation of the carrier was so poor in […]

Frontier adding Orlando-Providence and Islip flights

Frontier Airlines, an Ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC) announced this past week it will begin flights from Orlando to two new destinations – Islip, NY and Providence. Both routes are currently flown by Southwest Airlines, who Frontier is competing hard against in Orlando, Las Vegas, Denver and other points. Frontier’s business model is similar to Spirit […]