Amtrak travel for July is already up compared to last summer, and more than 320,000 passengers are expected to ride Amtrak during the Memorial Day holiday period, the company said. In preparation for this heavy demand, Amtrak is directing attention toward its most-used Acela Express, Pacific Surfliner and Northeast Regional trains.
In 2017, 62% of agents worked as independent contractors, whereas 71% of agents were classified as employees in 2009, according to a study by The Travel Institute. The shift is being fueled by newbies drawn to the lifestyle of independent contractors, The Travel Institute President Diane Petras said.
Cayos de Villa Clara, which consists of the islands of Ensenachos, Las Brujas and Santa Maria, is perfect for travelers seeking rest and relaxation in Cuba. Travelers can spot flamingos and other birds at the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve, enjoy the sounds of the Conga La Salsa Band in the town of La Estrella and take a stroll along the beach at the Dhawa hotel.
CEO Gary Kelly said Southwest Airlines could add flights to Canada, South America and Europe in the future. "It may take us 25 years, but it is wonderful, of course, to have those kinds of opportunities to grow," he said.
UPS is building up its cross-border infrastructure with new facilities slated to come online this year in Paris, Montreal and Eindhoven, Netherlands, as part of its broader strategy to build a "smart global logistics network" to better meet consumer demand.
American Airlines plans to grow its network by a modest 2.5% in 2018, focusing on its hubs in Charlotte, N.C., and Dallas-Fort Worth. "With DFW and Charlotte, we've got tremendous ability with really cheap gates that are going to fit very well with the kind of capacity -- when and if we add going out into the future," said Robert Isom, the airline's president.
Travelers flying in and out of Bradley International Airport in Connecticut are taking advantage of the lowest airfares in decades, thanks to ultra-low-cost carriers that have entered the market. Average one-way fares, which have dropped 11% since 2000, are around $197.
United Airlines will expand its seasonal service to Eagle County Regional Airport in Vail, Colo. The additional service will include flights from the airline's principal hubs and will be available Dec. 19 through the end of March 2019.