The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 5 September 2018

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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 5 September 2018. It is a relatively short bulletin this week due to public holidays.

BA Long-Haul Schedule Changes

BA has confirmed a few transatlantic schedule changes for 2019:

– Heathrow to Las Vegas will reduce from 10 to 7 weekly from Saturday 28 October 2018 and will remain so throughout the 2019 summer season.

– London Gatwick to Las Vegas will increase to 6 times weekly from Sunday 31 March 2019. This is no doubt a competitive response to Virgin Atlantic moving the route to Heathrow.

– Heathrow to Phoenix will reduce from 10 to 7 weekly from Friday 26 October and will remain so throughout the 2019 summer season. This was expected after American Airlines announced it was launching this as a summer seasonal route.

Tropical Storm Gordon

As Tropical Storm Gordon is expected to make landfall, according to National Hurricane Center it is expected to gain strength as a Category 1 hurricane.

A number of US airlines have implemented flexible rebooking policies for passengers due to travel in the Gulf Coast region.

The airports expected to be affected are Baton Rouge, Panama City, Gulfport, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans, Pensacola and Destin Fort Walton Beach.

American Airlines, Delta and United have issued a weather waivers for passengers due to travel to the region over the next couple of days.

Also of note this week:

Why did America Give Up On Mass Transit. (CityLab)

Every Generation Gets the Beach Villain It Deserves. (New York Times)

Late Post-Publication Updates

[Reserved for updates during the day.]

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