The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Sunset at the Florida Keys
Sunset at the Florida Keys (Image Credit: London Air Travel)

Welcome to the The Atlantic Update for Wednesday 21 November 2018.

Thanksgiving Holiday

This week of course marks the Thanksgiving holiday.

US airlines expect to carry more than 30 million passengers across the 12 day travel period up to Tuesday 27 November 2018. The busiest days are expected to be Sunday 25 November and Monday 26 November 2018. At the time of writing, whilst it will be very cold in the North East, there are no major weather disruptions expected to travel.

Delta launches La Guardia – Key West

Delta has announced a new seasonal Saturday service from New York La Guardia to Key West, Florida.

The route launches on Saturday 9 March 2019 and operates until Saturday 31 August 2019. Flights are operated with an Embraer E-170 aircraft. Flight DL6007 departs La Guardia at 09:00 and arrives in Key West at 12:43. The return flight DL5914 departs Key West at 13:13 and arrives in La Guardia at 16:24.

Brightline to become Virgin Trains USA

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has announced it is to take a minority stake in the privately owned rail company Brightline.

It recently launched a new rail service between Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Peach, with ambitions to extend to Tampa and Orlando. The service will be rebranded as Virgin Trains USA in 2019.

Virgin Group has long been keen to extend its brand presence in the US, which has diminished of late due to the sale of Virgin America. It does of course retain a presence through Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Hotels. There is clearly scope for significant cross promotion.

Also of note this week:

Nashville International Airport sets out its expansion plans. (BNA Vision)

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