September 13, 2006

JetBlue Airways has begun service from Houston's Hobby Airport. The carrier now offers three daily nonstop flights between Hobby and New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Two PowerPort computer stations have been introduced at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. The stations supply Internet access, laptop rentals, battery and cell-phone chargers, USB ports and free printing. Each station has four walk-up computers and two laptop desks. The charging bays allow users to leave their laptop, cell phone or other electronic devices in a secure, locked area while they are being charged. Prices are $2 for 10 minutes of walk-up Internet access, $2.50 for 10 minutes using a PowerPort computer, and $6.95 an hour for wireless laptop rental and Internet use.

The Trinidad and Tobago government will fund a new carrier, Caribbean Airlines, to replace the ailing BWIA. Subject to regulatory approval, flights will begin in early 2007. BWIA will remain in operation during the transition, and BWIA tickets will be honored by the new carrier. Details about Caribbean Air's routes will be released in the coming weeks.