Weekly Travel News Recap: December 9 – 15, 2012

Photo taken from MSNBC/Reuters media.
Photo taken from MSNBC/Reuters media.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week:

  • Delta buys stake in Virgin Atlantic – As was speculated last week, Delta and Virgin Atlantic confirmed that Delta would buy a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines, becoming more competitive in the New York City to London market. (Delta)
  • Southwest Airlines to add no-show fee next year – Budget carriers, such as Southwest, are doing everything they can to survive. Though they’ve never charged a change fee for customers altering dates on their itineraries, Southwest is set to impose a fee in 2013 for passengers who don’t show up to the airport without changing first. (USA Today)
  • JetBlue announces Philly slots to Boston – Philadelphia residents will soon have another choice than the almost-monopoly that US Airways has on the Philly-Boston route – JetBlue. (Philly.com)
  • Security personnel at JFK Airport threaten to strike for X-mas travel – About 300 security employees at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport are threatening to walk off right before the Christmas holiday rush. (USA Today)
Christian "Krzysiek" Eilers is a twenty-something who constantly likes to look up the next flight out of JFK. His life goal is to visit every country in the world; as a young adult working full-time, he often settles on visiting the near countries of Central and South America and the Caribbean, knocking these off the list as it is less of a financial strain than Europe or Asia. Caffeine is his vice, and if he doesn't have a coffee in his hands, then it's probably a green tea. A native of New York City, when he is not traveling, he can find an abundance of cultural influences right in his own city, enough to keep him satisfied until the next country's beckon cannot be ignored any longer. He holds a cigarette in one hand while monitoring his Fitbit's heart rate with the other.