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Last week, " significantly more" passengers were using the hourly US Airways shuttle from Reagan National to LaGuardia, said airline spokeswoman Amy Kudwa. Independence, which flies to both Newark and JFK from Dulles, also reported an increased number of passengers last week. Delta, which flies shuttles to LaGuardia from National, "hasn't been tracking" capacity, said spokeswoman Benet Wilson.

Bottom line: Reservations, always a good idea, are even smarter now as the fallout settles for both Amtrak and the airlines that compete on the heavily traveled route.


Crime in Cancun is on the upswing, with "numerous allegations" of extortion by taxi drivers and crooked cops or imposters posing as police, the U.S. State Department said in a recent public announcement. The department also urges Americans to avoid nonessential travel to the far south of Thailand. Details: www.travel.state.gov . . . Tourists to Jamaica will pay a "tourism enhancement fee" starting May 1. The $10 fee for tourists arriving by air will be added to taxes embedded in airline tickets. Cruise passengers will pay $2.


Florida Fling

Fly to Florida for $77 round trip, including taxes. Details: What's the Deal?, Page P3.

Reporting: Cindy Loose.

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