Local airports on the rise, new cruise search engine, and more
The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has released its 2011 passenger statistics.
According to the report, Reagan National served 18.8 million passengers last year, a nearly 4 percent increase over 2010. Meanwhile, 23.2 million passengers passed through Dulles. Although that was a drop of 1.6 percent from 2010, the number of international passengers rose by 1.6 percent, to 6.5 million.
New happenings at the airports include:
At Dulles, United will offer daily service to Doha, Qatar, and Manchester, England, beginning in May and to Dublin in June.
At National, US Airways will bring new and expanded service to destinations nationwide and one in Canada (Ottawa). And JetBlue will increase service to its existing cities (Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando) and in June will start new daily service to Tampa.
Cruise deals, once so hard to find on the Web, are now c orralled onto one Web page by a new online company.
San Francisco-based CruiseWise, launched this month, gathers cruises by such criteria as date, departure port and destination, then lists its findings with prices for easy comparison shopping.
The site also clearly displays itinerariers, seating times for dinner, ship size and other valuable info.
It features Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean and Princess cruise lines and will add Holland America, Norwegian, Crystal, Cunard, Disney and Azamara before the end of March. Info: 888-410-WISE (9473), www.cruisewise.com.
Island Travel & Tours is postponing plans to offer charter flights from BWI Marshall to Havana from March to October. NB: The flights are not available to individual travelers but only to groups approved by the U.S. government.