“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.”