In brief: Swimming from Cuba to Key West
Airline ticket priced may drop in the coming months, a 3,000ft dust storm rolls through Arizona, a 61-year-old woman prepares to swim from Cuba to Florida, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Storms continue to cause US flight delays
Another giant dust storm rolled through Phoenix, temporarily grounding an undetermined number of flights and limiting visibility for drivers. The 3,000ft wall of dust created winds of 25 to 30mph, but was reportedly not as severe as the "haboob" that ripped through the area earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Frontier Airlines cancelled flights for the fifth straight day Monday as damage from a hailstorm kept about 20% of its Airbus fleet on the ground, bringing the total number of cancelled flights to 220. Fortunately, the airline has managed to charter flights for its passengers to replace 36 of the cancelled flights this week, the Associated Press reports.
Airlines remain profitable, and ticket prices might drop
After looking at last week's earnings reports, experts seem optimistic about the financial security of US airlines. However, the shaky economy and rising gas prices might make it more difficult for airlines to maintain their profits through the second half of the year. For consumers, this could mean slightly decreased prices, Reuters reports. The airlines have already shown hesitance to continue their six-month series of price hikes. After an industry-wide price increase of $4 to $10 for round trip US flights Friday, airlines began rolling back the prices early this week.
Startups have ability to disrupt travel industry
New travel startups are constantly popping up, and of course, some have more value than others. Last week, Techcrunch took a shot at startups that aggregate travel experiences, and yesterday Tnooz responded in defence such sites. However, Tnooz did support Techcrunch's idea that a travel startup's goal should be to "disrupt the entire travel industry". Tnooz listed some ideas that are changing the landscape of the travel industry, including sites like Room 77, which focuses on informing consumers about the nicest rooms rather than the nicest hotels, and person-to-person companies like Airbnb, which connects travellers with locals.
"Every hour and a half, she will stop to tread water for a few minutes as she swallows a liquid mixture of predigested protein and eats an occasional bit of banana or dollop of peanut butter. She will most likely hallucinate and endure the stings of countless jellyfish. Along the way, sea salt will swell her tongue to cartoonish proportions and rub her skin raw."
At 61, Diana Nyad is prepared to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Key West, a journey through shark-infested waters she expects to complete in about 60 hours without ever leaving the water, the New York Times reports.