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Saturday
Dec292012

New Hampshire Airport Offers Holiday Travelers $12 Flights to Boston, NYC

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LEBANON, N.H.) -- Just in time for the end of the busy holiday season, Cape Air and a regional airport in New Hampshire are promoting flights to Boston and New York for $12.

In attempt to qualify for federal grant money by flying out at least 10,000 passengers this year, the airport and Cape Air, its only airline, are offering holiday travelers the last-minute steal of a deal – $12 each way.

“We’re basically sold out,” said Trish Lorino, director of marketing and public relations for Cape Air. “That’s the highest number of enplanements for Lebanon Airport in quite a long time.”

The promotion, introduced on Christmas Eve, is an attempt to reach 10,000 enplanements – a term to describe people flying out of an airport - for Lebanon Airport, a small, regional airport in the upper valley of New Hampshire. Once the airport hits the 10,000 mark, the FAA will give $1 million in grant money to help fund projects for the community airport.

“The typical projects would be safety, runway and taxiway projects, and equipment purchases,” said Rick Dyment, manager of Lebanon Airport. “We would be able to improve the city’s airport with these funds.”

With the last-minute push to entice holiday travelers, Cape Air expects to hit that 10,000 level within the next day or so.

“By us [Cape Air] lowering that fare, it was our attempt to support the airport and get them to the 10,000 enplanement level,” said Lorino. “The timing was ideal because it was a holiday week and people had flexibility and the freedom to travel.”

Prior to the economy-friendly offer, a round-trip flight from Lebanon Airport to Boston’s Logan Airport would cost travelers an average of $130. One-way flights to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., would cost flyers $160.

The $12 fare reflects the fees and taxes on the individual flights.

Upon landing in White Plains,  passengers are offered ground transportation to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan – a service that’s included in the $12 fee. Free parking at the New Hampshire airport is also available.

“The total time from Lebanon Airport to midtown Manhattan is two and a half hours,” said Dyment.

“You can fly from Lebanon Airport to Boston in 55 minutes and then connect to other airlines in Boston.”

But the deal won’t last long. Cape Air’s offer is only good through the end of the year.

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Friday
Jul272012

Mayor Bloomberg: Chick-fil-A Ban Is 'Inappropriate'

Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg may have a bone to pick with jumbo-sized sodas, but he has no qualms with Chick-fil-A.

While his fellow mayors in San Francisco, Chicago and Boston have shunned the chicken sandwich chain from their cities for anti-gay marriage comments its CEO made this week, Bloomberg said Friday that a similar ban in New York City is “not going to happen.”

“I disagree with them really strongly on this one,” Bloomberg said on WOR Radio. “You can’t have a test for what the owners’ personal views are before you decide to give a permit to do something in the city. You really don’t want to ask political beliefs or religious beliefs before you issue a permit. That’s just not government’s job.”

“This is just a bad idea and it’s not going to happen in New York City,” Bloomberg added.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was the first mayor to come out against Chick-fil-a after the restaurant’s CEO Dan Cathy said this month that he was “guilty as charged” for supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.” Menino wrote a scathing letter to Cathy last Friday urging him to keep his restaurant out of Boston.

Days later Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel followed suit, saying he does not believe Cathy’s comments “reflects who we are as a city.”

San Francisco became the third city to turn a cold shoulder on Chick-fil-A when Mayor Edwin Lee tweeted his distaste for the company’s anti-gay stance on Thursday.

“Very disappointed #ChickFilA doesn’t share San Francisco’s values & strong commitment to equality for everyone,” Lee tweeted, adding in a subsequent tweet, “Closest #ChickFilA to San Francisco is 40 miles away & I strongly recommend that they not try to come any closer.”

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Monday
Apr232012

Report: Boston Is Most Expensive Destination in US

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The city of Boston has earned the dubious distinction of being the most expensive destination in the U.S.  That’s according to a new Budget Hotel Report released by CheapHotels.org.

The report examined the dollar amount travelers will have to spend, on average, to get the cheapest available double room this upcoming May 30.

Visitors to Boston will have to pay, on average, at least $194 per night to stay overnight in a double room.  New York City ranks second with visitors, on average, paying $172 to stay overnight.  Orlando offers the cheapest double rooms: $33 per night.

For comparison purposes, the report only included hotels that are located in or very close to either the city center or its main attractions.

Here’s a rundown of U.S. cities, ranked according to the cost of their accommodations:

1. Boston - $194
2. New York - $172
3. Philadelphia - $154
4. Washington, D.C. - $145
5. New Orleans - $117
6. Chicago - $116
7. Houston - $108
8. St. Louis - $104
9. Baltimore - $103
10. Tampa, Fla. - $102
11. San Francisco - $91
12. Seattle - $88
13. Atlantic City, N.J. - $87
14. Honolulu - $83
15. San Diego - $82
16. Austin, Texas - $81
17. Nashville, Tenn. - $80
18. Dallas - $79
19. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - $72
20. Miami - $71
21. Denver - $68
22. Portland, Ore. - $66
23. Los Angeles - $63
24. San Antonio - $61
25. Salt Lake City - $59
26. Atlanta - $52
27. Myrtle Beach, S.C. - $51
28. Anaheim, Calif. - $45
29. Las Vegas - $36
30. Orlando, Fla. - $33

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