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Southwest Airlines announced Thursday that the budget airline will launch its nonstop service to Cuba beginning next month, making even more flights available for eager travelers wanting to visit.
The airline will offer two daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and the northern Cuba city of Varadero starting Nov. 13. About one month later, on Dec. 12, customers will be able to fly on two daily nonstop flights to Havana from both Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. Southwest Airlines said it has plans for a third route from Ft. Lauderdale to Santa Clara, and will announce dates soon.
A year of mourning has been announced following the death of Thailand’s beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, at the age of 88, the Royal Palace announced on Thursday.
In addition to a year of mourning, the Thai prime minister said that entertainment must be “toned down” for a month, according to the AFP.
In response, the Foreign Office (FCO) has issued an alert advising Britons in the country how to behave. “You should respect the feelings and sensitivities of the Thai people at this time,” it said. “Access to entertainment, including restaurants, bars and shopping areas may be restricted and you should behave respectfully when in public areas; if possible, wear somber and respectful clothing when in public; check local media regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.”
The U.S. airline industry used mergers to hike up ticket prices, a new report from ProPublica found.
The report, published Tuesday, delves into the political dealings behind the 2013 American Airlines and US Airways merger, suggesting that those against the combination of airline companies faced tremendous pressure while trying to block the deal.
Staff attorneys with the Justice Department who had built a case against the merger had documents showing airline executives bragging about how the mergers allowed them to jack up prices for travelers.
“Three successful fare increases—[we were] able to pass along to customers because of consolidation,” Scott Kirby, who would become the president of the new American Airlines, wrote in a 2010 internal company presentation.