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Today’s Top Story
Flight delays carry economic impact
While declining on-time performance rates have drawn the most public attention, an analysis of government data reveals another staggering toll of late flights: lost time and money. (The Washington Post)
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Norwegian Gem has all the Freestyle facets
It’s hot, it’s hip, and it’s Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship: Norwegian Gem. NCL’s new investor has put $1 billion into the company, so the cruise line with the tagline “You’re free to … whatever” is now free to spend “whatever” on making its cruises even better. Meet the poster ship for what’s to come fleetwide. (Anita Dunham-Potter)
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More travel news
Continental pilots say they’re planning for merger
Pilots’ union leaders at Continental Airlines say they’re taking steps to look out for workers’ interest in case the carrier merges with another airline. (AP)
Good-for-you airport grub
While waiting for a flight, boredom can drive you to eat. But what, and where? The healthiest choices at the country’s 10 busiest airports. (Forbes)
New terminal at Detroit airport
Almost six years after the McNamara Terminal opened to rave reviews, Detroit Metropolitan Airport is hoping for another round of kudos for its North Terminal. (AP)
Hawaii on a dime
The Frugal Traveler heads to the Big Island and Kauai, seeking that ever-elusive bargain vacation in paradise. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Carnaval on a smaller stage
It may be too late to join in this year’s festivities in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife, but here are some suggestions for a few of the more popular alternative carnivals. (The New York Times) (Registration required.)
Today’s Travel Blogs
Help! I’m stuck in London’s congestion pricing trap
Planning to rent a car during your next visit to the U.K.? Beware of big-time congestion charges. If you’re driving into London between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., your vehicle will be docked Â£8 for the privilege of using the road. But Graham Morris ended up paying much more when his Alamo rental car passed through the congestion zone recently. Even after he asked his car rental company how to pay the fee. (Elliott.org)
Will Lion Air roar into Australia?
The skies are really heating up in the southern hemisphere and right now it’s Lion Air that’s making news. It’s an Indonesian-based low cost carrier that’s looking to crack the Australian market, through a partnership with Aussie-owned SkyAirWorld. (Jaunted)
Things not to do at Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Despite it’s relaxed, party atmosphere, the city of New Orleans has laws — even during Mardi Gras. Further, the city has a concentration of NOPD officers, ATF, and undercover police in the French Quarter during Carnival to enforce these laws. If you’re heading to the Big Easy for the Mardi Gras, here are a few things you might be tempted to do, but should consider otherwise. And remember: just because you see other people doing it doesn’t make it legal! (Gadling)
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