Frontier Airlines adds flights at PBIA

Just in time for spring break, Frontier Airlines plans to add flights between Palm Beach International Airport and Philadelphia. Frontier Airlines

Frontier will offer four flights a week between PBIA and Philadelphia International Airport.

The airline already offers service between PBIA and three other cities — Trenton, New Jersey, Chicago and Denver.

“The Spring Break season lasts for a number of weeks, and customers are always looking for great deals to warm weather getaways,” said Daniel Shurz, Frontier’s senior vice president – commercial. “With this new service, even more travelers will get to experience Low Fares Done Right to many popular Spring Break destinations in Sunny Florida or the Historic Northeast.”

As part of its announcement, Frontier said it plans to offer more than 50 daily departures this spring from throughout the United States to eight Florida destinations including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Punta Gorda, Tampa and West Palm Beach.

 

FAA: PBIA navigation points once named for Trump now equestrian-themed

A set of navigation points near Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach that once honored part-time Palm Beacher and President-elect Donald Trump now have more of an equestrian bent.

The Federal Aviation Administration — which announced it would change the names of the navigation points early in Trump’s presidential campaign — said the new so-called “fixes” are now in line with Palm Beach County’s role as a top equestrian destination. In July 2015, when the agency said the points would be renamed, new names had not yet been chosen.

President-elect Donald Trump (from left) stands with his son, Barron, wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka after delivering his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York City. (Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump (from left) stands with his son, Barron, wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka after delivering his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning in New York City. (Getty Images)

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“In general, the FAA chooses names that are non-controversial and relate to the area in which the fixes are located,” the FAA said in announcing its decision. The Trump names had been in place since 2010, part of a batch of fixes named for prominent Palm Beachers including Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and musician Jimmy Buffett.

It’s common for the FAA to give navigation points five-letter code names, each with a local twist. For example, Orlando International Airport has several nearby points named for Disney characters.

The Trump points were UFIRD, short for “you’re fired,” Trump’s catchphrase on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice”; DONLD and TRUMP; and IVNKA.

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One point was not renamed with the western communities of Palm Beach County in mind: The FAA said UFIRD became CRRMN, in honor of an FAA employee named Carman.

Here are the other points formerly named for Trump, with their new names and meanings from the FAA:

• DONLD is now RIDRR, short for “rider,” because Palm Beach County is home to a large equestrian community.

• TRUMP is now RBACK, short for the “rollback” equestrian maneuver.

• IVNKA is now SLIDZ, after the sliding stop some horses are trained to do after a rundown maneuver.

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PBIA has the same system that kept Mike Pence’s plane from sliding further

Were it not for the crushable concrete system in place at LaGuardia Airport, the charter plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence to New York on Thursday night could have skidded through a fence, across a feeder road and onto a busy highway.

But because the pad — technically known as the Engineered Material Arresting System, or colloquially known as an arrestor bed — was in place, the plane was brought to an abrupt stop.

The campaign plane of Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sits off a runway at New York's LaGuardia Airport Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, after it slid off a runway during a rainstorm during landing. Pence told reporters that no one had been injured. (Ines DeLaCuetara/ABC News via AP)
The campaign plane of Republican vice presidential candidate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence sits off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, after it slid off a runway during a rainstorm during landing. Pence told reporters that no one had been injured. (Ines DeLaCuetara/ABC News via AP)

Palm Beach International Airport has had arrestor beds in place since 2011, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport has had them since 2004, and the Boca Raton Airport is installing them this year.

More than 60 airports in the U.S. have arrestor beds installed, the FAA reports.

The arrestor beds are made of crushable, lightweight concrete, which collapses as a plane moves across it, causing the aircraft’s wheels to sink.

The system is designed to stop a plane going up to 80 mph. Pence’s plane had a rough landing on the rain-slicked runway, with the pilot slamming on the brakes and passengers smelling rubber once the aircraft came to a stop, The Associated Press reports.

The FAA also credits an arrestor bed with helping halt a Cessna 680 Citation that overran the runway at PBIA in October 2013.

There were no injuries in Thursday evening’s incident, the AP reports. The plane was removed from the runway about 4 a.m. Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday night it would investigate the incident.

PBIA’s winter schedule features new destinations; more frequent flights

Passengers flying out of Palm Beach International Airport can reach 27 domestic and international destinations on more than 200 daily flights this winter, airport officials said.

A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)
A plane comes in for a landing at Miami International Airport. (Getty Images)

The airport on Monday released its 2016-17 winter schedule, which includes service from one new air carrier and the return of Frontier Airlines‘ seasonal nonstop service to Denver.

New this winter, Frontier Airlines will also be offering nonstop service to Chicago from PBIA, the airport said.

Air Canada will be offering daily flights to Montreal this winter, as well as increasing flights to Toronto.

Both Sun Country and Delta Airlines will be offering service to Minnesota.

The airport serves roughly 6.5 million passengers a year.

Here is PBIA’s complete winter schedule:

AIR CANADA

·         Toronto service resumes – October 30, 2016

·         Montreal service increases to 1X daily and resumes – December 16, 2016

AMERICAN AIRLINES

·         New York (LGA) service resumes – December 15, 2016

·         Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington all receive an additional daily flight in November/ December

DELTA AIR LINES

·         New service to Minneapolis commences- December 17, 2016

·         New York (JFK) service resumes – December 22, 2016

·         Boston (BOS) service resumes – December 21, 2016

·         Atlanta and New York (LGA) receive additional daily flights in December

 

FRONTIER AIRLINES

·         Denver and Trenton service resumes – October 31, 2016

·         New service to Chicago (ORD)  commences – October 31, 2016

JETBLUE AIRWAYS

·         Boston, New York (JFK), and Newark service resumes – December 20, 2016

SILVER AIRLINES

·         Marsh Harbour service resumes – November 19, 2016

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

·         Long Island and Philadelphia service resume – November 5, 2016

·         Chicago, Hartford, Pittsburgh, and Providence service resume – March 9, 2017

·         Baltimore receives an additional daily flight – March 9 2017

SPIRIT AIRLINES

·         Atlantic City and Boston service resumes– November 10, 2016

SUN COUNTRY

·         Airline commences at PBI with Minneapolis service- December 15, 2016

UNITED AIRLINES

·         Houston service resumes – October 6, 2016

·         Newark received additional daily flights – November 3, 2016

WESTJEST

·         Toronto service resumes at more favorable timeslot for travelers – December 9, 2016

This airline is adding flights at PBIA

Silver Airways announced Friday that it plans to launch new service at Palm Beach International Airport as part of a push to expand its footprint in the South Florida market. 071414 biz peoplexp 04

Beginning in May, Silver Airways will offer nonstop flights to Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport from Tampa, Palm Beach, and Fort Myers. The new service will include four weekly flights between Palm Beach and Nassau.

Silver currently offers nonstop service from PBIA to Tampa and Marsh Harbour (Abacos).

“Silver Airways is an integral part of travel from PBI to the Bahamas,” said Bruce Pelly, Director of Airports for Palm Beach County. “We are very excited to offer our travelers the opportunity to fly Silver Airways nonstop to Nassau, Bahamas from PBI.”

Silver Airways said it is offering introductory fares for the new flights, including $79 one-way tickets from Palm Beach to Nassau. The promotion runs through Feb. 29 and is good for travel between June 1 and July 29.

“We are looking forward to continuing our commitment to serving travelers by growing our core markets in Florida and the Bahamas,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen. “We are also excited about Silver’s future continued expansion as we anticipate the U.S. and Cuba governments signing the bilateral agreement, which will open additional opportunities for scheduled service in the Caribbean and Cuba.”