The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 16 October 2019

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Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 GMT.

Norwegian’s Summer Long-Haul Schedule

Norwegian has confirmed its long-haul schedule at London Gatwick for the summer 2020 season.

It’s largely minor tweaks and certainly no new routes – the era of growth for Norwegian is long over.

London Gatwick – Austin – Increases from 3x weekly to 4x weekly

London Gatwick – Buenos Aires – Decreases from daily to 5x weekly

London Gatwick – Denver – Increases from 3x weekly to 4x weekly

London Gatwick – Miami – Decreases from daily to 6x weekly

London Gatwick – Orlando – Decreases from daily to 5x weekly

London Gatwick – Rio de Janeiro – Decreases from 4x weekly to 3x weekly

London Gatwick – San Francisco International – Increases from 5 x weekly to daily

London Gatwick – Tampa – Increases from 2x weekly to 3x weekly

BA’s Club Suite on London Heathrow – New York JFK

The first BA Boeing 777-200 aircraft to be retrofitted with its new “Club Suite” has now been in operation for around a week on London Heathrow – New York JFK.

The aircraft, registration G-RAES, has been operating on this route since 9 October. It has operated flight BA173 from London Heathrow and BA112 from New York JFK. This is of course subject to change at short notice due to operational requirements.

The Empire State Building Reopens 102nd Floor Observation Deck

It’s fashionable to be dismissive of popular tourist attractions. But sometimes tourist attractions are popular for a reason.

Arguably, there is simply no better experience of New York than taking in the view of Manhattan from the Empire State Building, particularly at night. Getting to the observation decks has not always been a pleasant experience. The Empire State Building has this month completed the third and final phase of a revamp which includes a new visitor entrance and a revamped obervervation deck on the 102nd floor. Full details are available from the Empire State Building and New York Times.

Staying in New York the redesigned Museum Of Modern Art reopens on 21 October 2019 following a $450m revamp by Diller Scofidio + Renfo. The revamp encompasses a new entrance, extra gallery space and improved navigation for visitors around the building.

Also of note this week:

California bans smoking/vaping at state parks and beaches from 1 January 2020. (Los Angeles Times)

The Urbanize Guide to Hollywood. (Urbanize LA)

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