AUGUST 3, 2022

Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport has extended its passenger cap and British Airways has suspended short-haul ticket sales from London's Heathrow Airport, reports CNN. Schiphol Airport announced on Tuesday that it will continue its passenger cap through October; the maximum number of daily passengers departing in September will be capped to 67,500 and increase to 69,500 per day in October. The airport stated that the “the independent slot coordinator (ACNL) will consult with all airlines to ensure that the number of passengers is appropriate in relation to the security capacity." Also on Tuesday, British Airways announced that it was suspending the sale of tickets on short-haul flights from Heathrow in response to the airport's passenger cap, with sales expected to resume on August 8. In a statement, the airline noted it will take “responsible action and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to help maximise rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry.”

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced it is reviewing airplane seat sizes in order to determine if a minimum standard should be regulated, reports Travel + Leisure. On Wednesday, the FAA published a notice in the Federal Register, seeking public comment on the pitch, width, and length of passenger seats on aircraft in the US. The review should determine if a minimum seat size is necessary for passenger safety, after Congress directed the FAA to examine seat dimensions in 2018. The agency stated, “Comments should address whether, considering the existing regulatory requirements, one or more of the following seat dimensions have or demonstrably could adversely affect the safety of air passengers by delaying the group egress time of an emergency evacuation.” The FAA also asked those commenting to address a variety of groups, including people over 60 years old and passengers with disabilities. The notice is open to public comment for 90 days, ending on November 1.

Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary Pete Buttigieg has pledged to work toward requiring airlines to allow travelers to remain in their personal wheelchairs on flights, reports Travel Weekly. In a video posted by the advocacy group Paralyzed Veterans of America, Buttigieg noted that "Practically everyone who uses an airline and flies, including colleagues of mine here at the DOT, has a troubling story about an airline experience […] No other form of transportation; trains, buses, boats, forces you to give up your mobility device when you board, and the same ought to be true of airlines.” Currently, flyers are typically transferred from their own wheelchair in the boarding area into a narrow, airline-owned wheelchair. Once on board, they are transferred to a standard airline seat. Last year, a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report concluded that personal wheelchair securement is technically feasible, provided that two successive rows of seats are removed on one side of the aisle. It further noted that many wheelchairs comply with the horizontal crash standards used by the FAA for existing aircraft seats, although further testing needs to be done regarding vertical crash standards.

Tampa International Airport (TPA) has deployed biometric screening at some of its departure gates, following a pilot test aimed at improving safety and efficiency during boarding, reports Airport Technology. According to TPA, this technology has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of time needed for boarding. Typically, the process for a flight with roughly 130 passengers takes about 30 to 40 minutes, while biometric screening can complete this process in 11 minutes. TPA has implemented eight scanners, mainly at international airline gates. Once at the gate, the scanner takes a photo of a passenger and compares it with the passport photo on file with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). After validating the photo and passenger details, the automatic gates open to allow that passenger to pass and then close before the next passenger can board. Going forward, the airport plans to install more biometric scanners.

Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have each announced that they will begin new service to Cape Town, South Africa, later this year, reports Business Travel News. Both carriers had made requests for frequencies between the US and South Africa allowed under the US-South Africa Air Transport Agreement and were granted three weekly frequencies each. Delta will operate nonstop Atlanta-Cape Town service on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, beginning December 17. Flights will be on an Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which will have four cabins: Comfort-plus, Main Cabin, One Suites, and Premium Select. United will begin thrice-weekly nonstop service between Washington DC and Cape Town on November 17, subject to approval by the South Africa government, according to the carrier. United flights will be on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamline aircraft, with 48 lie-flat, Polaris business class seats, 21 Premium Plus seats, and 188 Economy seats. Tickets for all frequencies are on sale now.
Located in the heart of DC, this historic hotel is less than 2 blocks from the White House. There are many restaurants and shops as well as Metro steps from the hotel as well. All Ovation clients receive complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the onsite fitness center with their stay.
While Broadway and Times Square are right outside the door in Midtown Manhattan, all the hustle and bustle of the city will be checked at the door once guests arrive at Millennium Hotel Broadway Times Square. Instead, guests will experience refreshingly friendly staff and a relaxing spot to unwind in the heart of the city. With this incredible location, savvy travelers will love the value of this 4-star comfort hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
One Aldwych is one of the very few hotels in London (or indeed the world) that can say it is truly independent. Housed in a singular beautiful building, at the center of London’s most exciting neighborhood – Covent Garden, stepping into the lobby is to step into a moment in history, dressed up in style.

Built in 1905 as the home of the Morning Post newspaper, today, the luxuries and stylish flair of the contemporary suites and bedrooms sit easily with the stories of heritage, fashioned as modern residences embellished with Art Nouveau flourishes.

Guests are invited for lunch or dinner in Indigo a restaurant celebrating independent producers, or Eneko with its modern Basque flavours. Come teatime there’s a choice between the magical world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or an elegant afternoon tea in Indigo. Cocktails are at the heart of the Lobby Bar or for moments of utter relaxation, guests can be cocooned in the health club.

Exquisite, expressive, original - there is only one One Aldwych.
Nestled amid 16 acres, Rosewood Sand Hill melds the relaxed style and beauty of California Ranch architecture with fragrant gardens and stunning views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Whether relaxing in the spacious guestrooms, indulging at Sense spa, or enjoying Madera’s delicious offerings inspired by the freshest local ingredients, guests will experience unparalleled attention to detail and impeccable service at this urban oasis. Rosewood Sand Hill’s luxurious accommodations feature 121 elegantly appointed guest rooms, including 31 suites ranging in size from 527 square feet for the deluxe guestroom to 2,372 square feet for the two-bedroom Presidential Villa. All guestrooms and suites offer private balconies or terraces with views of landscaped courtyard gardens, the swimming pool, or the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The recently renovated Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile provides 4-star downtown Chicago hotel accommodations minutes from Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Millennium Park, the John Hancock Center, the Chicago Water Tower, and upscale boutiques. Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, this downtown Chicago hotel is a 32-floor prism of glass, boasting 415 rooms, including 33 luxurious suites. Modern design and a refined European approach to hospitality takes center stage. The accent is on comfort within this sleek Chicago luxury hotel. Four hundred and fifteen luxury hotel suites and rooms exemplify "art de vivre" with designer furnishings, spacious marble bathrooms and views of downtown and the John Hancock Observatory.
The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is Houston’s newest destination for the discerning traveler. The sleek 38-story tower boasts 250 ultra-modern guestrooms and suites and 20 executive residences. Located mere steps from The Galleria and River Oaks District, The Post Oak Hotel caters to business travelers with lavish accommodations, deluxe bathrooms, sophisticated technology, and unobstructed views. While the standard guestroom offers over 500 square feet of luxurious and abundant living space, the immense 5,000 square-foot, two-bedroom Presidential Suite is the most opulent of them all and serves as Houston’s unmatched, ultra-luxurious suite offering extra concealment and discretion. Enjoy signature restaurants including the celebrity acclaimed and Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse and Houston-favorite Willie G’s Seafood. The Cellar, the hotel’s expansive wine collection with over 20,000 bottles, offers guests and restaurant patrons access to the world’s finest wines including vintages dating back to the 1800s.
YOTEL Boston is centrally located on Seaport Boulevard with easy access to the US District Court, Financial District, airport, and public transportation. Known for its high-tech, low-touch guest experience, and adaptable design, guests can enjoy a seamless travel experience that includes self-check-in stations and YO2D2 concierge delivery robot.

The hotel boasts two restaurants, Komyuniti and Deck 12. Street-side, Komyuniti is fully immersed in the buzzy Seaport scene with indoor and outdoor spaces, fit for enjoying crave-able eats, craft cocktails, and local brews. Perched above the city with ideal views of Boston’s downtown and waterfront, Deck 12 is the fun go-to year-round rooftop serving a rotating series of seasonal dishes and drinks.

Within its restaurants and additional meeting spaces, YOTEL Boston features flexible layouts for all of today’s unique meetings and events needs, from adaptable areas within Komyuniti restaurant to Studio A and Studio B meeting rooms and Deck 12’s rooftop Sky Cabin.
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