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St. Petersburg adds inexpensive flights to Florida

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

St. Petersburg International Airport has added more flights to Key West and Fort Lauderdale. Silver Airways will offer two flights every weekday starting at $66.20. One flight per weekend will be offered, with no flights on Sunday. This means Silver Airways will be the second-most frequent carrier behind Allegiant. Last year made the airport a record-breaker regarding passenger numbers. Silver flies out of Tampa International Airport; the airline has 11 airports in Florida so far.It offers flights to seven destinations in the Bahamas and eight in the mid-Atlantic states. The largest is Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrate Elvis’ 80th birthday with Cheapflights

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 and if he was alive he would be celebrating his 80th birthday. Cheapflights has put together several vacation destinations where you can celebrate all things Elvis. First off is Sun Studio in Memphis: this is where Elvis first recorded a song and all his early classics were recorded there as well. Porthcawl, Wales supposedly has the largest Elvis impersonator convention in the world, held every September. Hawaii is another great destination because Elvis made three films there and also performed at “Aloha from Hawaii” which was the first live concert that was broadcast over satellite.

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Too expensive to track all airliners in flight

Monday, January 5th, 2015

In a December 29th article in the New York Times, Christopher Drew said that airlines use satellites don’t stream data in real time about a plane’s condition and location. Two days later, editors said that information about airlines is only updated once every 15 minutes. While not always true, it is true that there is no constant congaing tracking of every airplane in the sky. They are in contact with company dispatchers on the ground and by air traffic control, and in busy airspace, tracked and monitored by VHF radio contact and radar. Over oceans, cockpit equipment allows for almost real-time monitoring. In some places in the world, though, location reports are sent only intermittently. To do otherwise would be much too expensive and unnecessary. In order to keep flights as cheap as possible, it’s unlikely those untracked flights will ever be upgraded to allow continuous location tracking.

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“SkipLagged” site remains operational despite law suit

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Despite being hit with a lawsuit in December from Orbitz and United Airlines, the 22-year-op founder of SkipLagged, Aktarer Zaman, is still operating his cheap flight website. The two companies are claiming that his site promotes “unfair competition” because it uses a “hidden city” tactic that allows users to book a ticket with a layover at their actual destination; customers then skip subsequent flights to the final booked destination. Zaman asked CNBC “It’s not illegal for travelers to miss a flight so why is it illegal to miss one leg of their flight?” The plaintiffs are suing him six claims of $75,000 each; if he loses, he could pay approximately $500,000. Despite the lawsuit, he has continued to run his website and told CNBC in the interview that he has had a lot more traffic because of the increased attention.

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