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Hollywood screenwriters rejoice. When you are needing an authentic cheesesteak to relieve writer's block you can hop on Virgin America and take one of three daily nonstops to Pat's (or Geno's if you swing that way) starting April 10th.
Furthermore, Virgin America will be offering two daily nonstops from SFO to PHL. So if Niner fans want to make a pilgrimage to the Rocky statue if and when they complete their improbable Super Bowl run, now they can. Here is what the Cusher had to say about the latest VX destination:
When more airlines compete, consumers win – with lower fares and better service. Travelers deserve more options than just the typical legacy airline cattle car, and we hope our unique brand of low fares and inventive service will be a breath of fresh air for Philadelphians.
Here is an interesting line in the release, possibly foreshadowing things to come:
Currently, only legacy carriers serve the West Coast-PHL routes nonstop. When entering markets that offer little low-fare competition, Virgin America has historically seen fares drop by up to one-third.
Hmm, sounds like a direct assault on US Air and other lagging legacy carriers. We see a possible 2012 scenario where VX launches in CTL (US Air), ATL (Delta), and Houston...all direct to SFO and LAX of course...stay tuned...
In honor of its newest city, Virgin America is also launching a system-wide “The City of Brotherly Love: Just Got Lovelier” fare sale, with PHL-LAX fares from $129 and PHL-SFO fares from $149* (restrictions, taxes and fees applying). Tickets are available for purchase now at www.virginamerica.com and at 1.877.FLY.VIRGIN.
Btw, if you guessed the right city on Facebook, start planning your trip because you just won yourself 20 percent off a flight!
Airport Restaurants / PIT / Airports / Airport News / Michael Symon / Pittsburgh Travel / CLE / → All Tags
If you’re an Iron Chef it’s clear that you are more than half-way decent at cooking, but it also means that you have a passion for restaurants—especially those at the airport. Cat Cora is already slinging stuff in San Francisco and Houston, and now Michael Symon is planning to do something similar.
Bar Symon is headed to Pittsburgh International Airport as soon as this May, and the plan is to ensure that hungry travelers are well fed and are provided with something a little more substantial than a bag of pretzels and a Diet Coke. We’re most looking forward to taking a crack at the restaurant’s "Lola Burger," which will be topped with a fried egg and pickled red onions.
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MTV's The Real World has called more than 20 cities homeincluding New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegasover the past 26 seasons and now it looks like they may be adding Pittsburgh to that list.
Though there is no official confirmation from MTV about the show's 27th location, and the Pittsburgh Film Office has remained mum about the possibility, many local websites, Twitter reports, and even Wikipedia, seem to agree that The Real World: Pittsburgh is finally happening in 2012.
Unfortunately Santa doesn’t open up the North Pole in the offseason for a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place in his workshop, but we might have found the next best thing. If the holiday stress and shopping is taking a toll on you this season, just consider taking a holiday timeout to visit the National Christmas Center. There’s no official museum all about Christmas, but this is pretty darn close.
Located in Paradise, Pennsylvania—right in the heart of Amish country—the place is dedicated to preserving and sharing memories of Christmas present and past. We don’t think there's exhibits dedicated to embarrassing holiday sweaters or home movies, but there are 15 different galleries and exhibits—along with a handful of smaller displays. In total there’s like 20,000 square feet of stuff to see and displays to wander through.
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We know it’s surprising, but we actually have a little bit of good airport security news to share. It looks like the brave men and women in blue—the TSA—have launched a new express lane at Pittsburgh International Airport. Obviously anything to get us through the gingerbread scanners and metal detectors faster is a positive, so we’re curious to check things out in person next time we’re in town.
The Express Security Line isn’t just for frequent flyers or airline personnel, but it is only for those with just one bag. The TSA will be on the lookout for approved carry-on baggage only, so those who push the limit—us included sometimes—need to review the rules.
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Ever since Flight 1549 unexpectedly found itself in the Hudson River thanks to some pesky geese, there has been much made about getting birds away from runways to avoid a similar situation. Suggestions have included sound makers, nets, and even plans to just fill in waterways in order to relocate flocks of feathers anywhere but near an airport. Now there’s another option that airports are thinking about...
The latest plan would involve New York City officials collecting unwanted airport birds—primarily Canada Geese—and shipping them off to Pennsylvania. Upon arrival in the Keystone State, the birds will be cooked and fed to those in need of a warm meal. Apparently the Department of Environmental Protection is all in favor of this plan, as they’re thinking utilizing the birds as food is probably better than just getting rid of them by tossing them into a landfill. We guess they’re right, but it still seems just a little odd.
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It's a damned shame that no US airport boasts one of the funky, sleep-at-the-airport Yotels. Those things are amazing. Instead, travelers faced with delayed flights and long nights at the airport have to spring for an airport-area business hotel or a Holiday Inn Express when they likely don't need all those amenities. Just a good sleep is all some people want, and luckily a few Minute Suites are slowly popping up at airports like
PHL just opened their mini-hotel of 13 Minute Suites and 2 workstation cubicles, the second Minute Suites after the original at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Here's the deal:
HallelujahPunxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow early this morning, when the little famous groundhog was removed from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney, PA. This means an early spring, which is lovely to hear since it's already like Mother Nature took six extra weeks of winter and just layered them on top of the last six weeks.
In order to allow people to show their love for the cute critter and gain a special Foursquare badge at the same time, Pennsylania's Tourism Board has added a fourth badge to their current collection. Unlike the previous three badges, you don't have to be in Pennsylvania to score the Groundhog Day one, but there are still some requirements:
On the outside, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, looks like a gothic castle. But in the inside, the eclectic six-floor museum looks like hoarder heaven. We don't mean like those scary homes on A&E's Hoarders that you can't walk through and have dead animals under the clutter.
The museum's founder, Henry C. Mercer, collected pre-1850s junk, everything from a stagecoach to ornate tortoiseshell hair combs. As Mercer saw tools and handmade objects get replaced with machine-made goods, he had the foresight to know that those obsolete items would be of interest to archaeologists and historians.
For better or for worse, we’ve been in and around our fair share of international airports and we definitely have our favorites. Unfortunately Philadelphia’s airport is not in our top five..or ten...or twenty (you get the picture). That’s why we were excited to hear about the $5.2 billion in renovations, expansions, and Sbarro locations that the airport will be getting over the next several years.
Most of the cost comes from all the updates and upgrades that they’ll be adding to the airport’s runways. The Federal Aviation Administration just gave its stamp of approval to the whole project, but unfortunately things will be a work in progress for the next 12 to 15 years. To help decrease congestion and airline delays, two of the airport's runways will be getting additional space, and they’re even planning to build a fifth runway right along the Delaware River.
Your local mall gets decked out for the holidays, but to get a different feel for the festivities, pay a visit to Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The shopping spot turns into a winter wonderland when December rolls around.
It's an especially good time to travel to Peddler's Village because it will hold its Christmas Festival December 4 and 5. The fest will feature a Christmas Parade, Santa and more. But more importantly, it signals the time of the year that the village gets illuminated in colored bulbs and Victorian-style holiday decor.
Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal made appearances on several TV and radio talk shows to promote his new movie, Love and Other Drugs, which also stars Anne Hathaway. But Jake wasn't just singing the praises of his co-star during the interviews; he was also raving about a special sandwich he had while they were filming the movie in Pittsburgh.
On Friday he told Jimmy Fallon, "My favorite sandwich is a Primanti Brothers' sandwich, it has the french fries in the sandwich and cole slaw."