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Virgin Airlines to ditch Melbourne to LA Route

Virgin-Australia-A330Virgin Australia has announced it will cease flying it's Melbourne to Los Angeles route in preference of adding extra Brisbane to Los Angeles services for it's Australian passengers.

No change will be made in the amount of passengers Virgin will fly to and from Australia - but the change sees Melbourne passengers needing to fly to either Sydney or Brisbane for a connecting flight to America if they choose the Virgin brand.

Virgin Australia’s Chief Commercial Officer Judith Crompton said: “We work closely with our alliance partner Delta Air Lines to review our trans-Pacific services and ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers and our commercial objectives.

“The changes announced today are a result of extensive market analysis. Having the right frequency is very important to corporate and leisure customers and moving to daily flights from Brisbane enables us to provide more choice and flexibility to those travelling to and from Queensland.

“Those travelling from Melbourne will still be able to travel to Los Angeles on one ticket with through-checked baggage, connecting through Sydney or Brisbane, and we are committed to providing competitive fares on these routes.

“North America is an extremely important market for Virgin Australia and we continue to work with our partner Delta Air Lines to enhance our customer offering on the trans-Pacific”, Ms Crompton said.
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NYC to Couples: Stop Putting Padlocks on Our Bridge

CITYROOM-FLOATER-LOCKS-blog480New York City wants couples to stop putting padlocks on the Brooklyn Bridge and claims the custom intended to symbolize eternal affection is causing damage to the span, according to a published report.

Maintenance crews have removed about 5,600 padlocks from the bridge since July, transportation officials tell the Daily News, which is nearly one padlock for every 5,989 feet of the span.

Transportation Department spokeswoman Nicole Garcia told the News the locks present a danger for people driving under the pedestrian walkway because they could potentially fall. She also said the locks cost a lot to remove, and costly repairs and modifications must be made to the 131-year-old bridge once they are.

"When a minor component such as a hand railing is impacted by the number or weight of the locks, these custom elements of this national landmark must be removed and a replacement must be newly fabricated, further increasing costs," Garcia told the paper.

The padlock ritual originated in Italy many years ago and was first spotted on the Brooklyn Bridge around 2010. Since then, couples have made it a point to clip their inscribed padlocks onto the span.

"It's a sign of our love," 31-year-old German tourist Krissie Walder told the News as she put a heart-shaped padlock on the bridge. "As long as this bridge is standing, our love will be too."
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