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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

Allegiant to add nonstop to Sarasota for winter

Staff and news services

Allegiant Air will begin a new seasonal nonstop route from Fort Wayne International Airport to Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport beginning  Nov. 24. The route will operate twice weekly through late spring 2020, Fort Wayne International announced Tuesday. 

“The Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority works hard to attract and retain new air service to northeast Indiana and this is a direct result of those efforts,” said Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports. “Allegiant has been a great partner with FWA over the years and we are excited to see that partnership continue to grow into new markets. This new route adds yet another low-cost nonstop destination for northeast Indiana residents to enjoy.” 

This new route is the 13th nonstop destination that Fort Wayne International offers and the sixth nonstop route by Allegiant Air. In addition to the new Sarasota flight, Allegiant also flies to Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg and Orlando/Sanford in Florida; Myrtle Beach (seasonal) in South Carolina; and Phoenix/Mesa (seasonal) in Arizona.

Norwegian Air ends US-Ireland service

Norwegian Air says it's ending trans-Atlantic service between Ireland and three U.S. and Canadian airports because the grounding of Boeing 737 Max aircraft makes the routes “no longer commercially viable.”

The Oslo-based carrier announced Tuesday its last flights to Ireland from Stewart Airport in New York's Hudson Valley and T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, would be on Sept. 14.

The airline says the decision reflects uncertainty about when or whether the troubled Boeing 737 Max will return to the air.

Planned theme park loses its funding

President Donald Trump's son and his Indonesian business partner said Tuesday that a theme park that also features a Trump hotel and condos will no longer have Chinese financing.

In a move that alarmed Trump critics, MNC Land, the Indonesian company that is developing the theme park owned by Indonesian billionaire Hary Tanoesoedibjo, said in May that it had hired a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned Metallurgical Corp. of China to build the park in its West Java Lido City development just outside Jakarta.

“The theme park has nothing to do with the Trump Organization, we have to make it clear,” Tanoesoedibjo said at a news conference in the capital that was also attended by Donald Trump Jr. to introduce the launch of Trump Residences in West Java and Bali.

In spite of Brexit, British wages rise

Wages in Britain are rising at their fastest rate since the global financial crisis over a decade ago as the number of people in work hit a record high despite Brexit headwinds, official figures showed Tuesday.

Average weekly earnings were 3.9% higher in the three months to June against the same period a year before, the Office for National Statistics said.

That was 0.1 percentage point higher than the first-quarter figure and is the highest rate in 11 years.

The number of people in work rose by an annual 425,000 to the record 32.81 million. Overall, the proportion of people in work stood at a joint-highest level of 76.1%.