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The Travel Trolley Launches 2010 Travel Outlook Survey

The Travel Trolley ATLANTA – The Travel Trolley has launched a trends survey to gauge travel plans for 2010. “There has been a lot of discussion in the media about how the economy is affecting everything from shopping to financial investments to travel plans,” said Todd DeFeo, editor of The Travel Trolley. “Rather than speculate on what role the economy is playing in people’s plans, I decided to find out firsthand about the 2010 travel

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American Eagle Airlines launches nonstop service between Los Angeles and Reno

American Eagle Airlines, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will begin nonstop jet service between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO). The service starts June 10. American Eagle will operate the service with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 jets. “American Eagle is delighted to introduce service from Southern California to Reno and the beautiful Lake Tahoe area,” Peter Bowler, president and CEO of American Eagle, said in a news release. “Whether it’s winter

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The ‘Niagara of the South’

TALLULAH FALLS, Ga. — Starting in the 1880s, Tallulah Gorge and the surrounding waterfalls gained notoriety as a tourist attraction. Hotels and related businesses soon sprang up in the area around the gorge, and the Tallulah Falls Railway shuttled tourists to see the two-mile-long, 1,000-foot tall gorge and the “Niagara of the South,” as the falls were known. In the 1880s, a tightrope walker named Professor Leon crossed the gorge — a publicity stunt for a nearby

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Wild Adventures new season opens March 6

VALDOSTA, Ga. — Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park (WA) opens for the 2010 season on March 6. “Wild Adventures has a tradition of providing families all the excitement of a big theme park at a family affordable scale.  It offers all in one for less — a theme park, water park and animal park rolled into one,” Bob Montgomery, vice president and general manager, said in a news release. “This year, with 20 concerts,

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American Airlines to expand international presence in New York With three new routes

American Airlines will expand its international presence in New York this spring with three new routes between John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and San Jose, Costa Rica; Madrid, Spain; and Manchester, England. The new flights to San Jose will begin on April 6, while service to Madrid will start on May 1, and flights to Manchester will begin on May 13. The schedule brings the number of international destinations American serves from New York

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Airline on-time performance improves in 2009

The nation’s largest airlines had an on-time performance rate in 2009 that was their best since 2003, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). In addition, the report shows that the carriers’ rate of mishandled baggage last year was the lowest recorded since 2004. According to information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the 19 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival

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TSA expands use of ‘Explosive Trace Detection’ technology

ATLANTA — The Transportation Security Administration is increasing the use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a number of other airports nationwide. “Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security,” TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides said in a statement. “Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances security to keep the traveling

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TSA expands use of explosive trace detection technology at airports

The Transportation Security Administration said it is expanding the random use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at airports nationwide. “Explosive Trace Detection technology is a critical tool in our ability to stay ahead of evolving threats to aviation security,” TSA Acting Administrator Gale Rossides said in a statement. “Expanding the use of this technology at checkpoints and at departure gates greatly enhances security to keep the traveling public safe.” Since the Christmas Day failed

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Akron-Canton airport has busiest January on record

Special to The Travel Trolley GREEN, Ohio — Record snow and freezing temperatures haven’t cooled things down at Akron-Canton Airport (CAK), the airport announced. Customers from throughout the region helped CAK sizzle this January. Nearly 107,000 passengers traveled to and from CAK during the month, making it the airport’s busiest January of all time. That figure is up 4 percent compared to 2009 and beats the airport’s previous best January by 4,425 passengers which was