What we’re reading: Las Vegas Strip is most visited attraction, Spirit Airlines may add Miami flights, how old is your plane?


Las Vegas Strip is world’s most visited tourist attraction

According to a survey by LoveHomeSwap.com, the Las Vegas Strip is the most visited attraction, edging out New York’s Times Square.

The top ten among the 50 most visited attractions worldwide and annual visitor numbers (in millions) were…
1. Las Vegas Strip 39.7
2. Times Square, NYC 39.2
3. Central Park, NYC 37.5
4. Union Station, Washington, DC 32.8
5. Niagara Falls, NY 22.5
6. Grand Central Station, NYC 21.6
7. Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston 18.0
8. Disney World, Orlando 17.5
9. Disneyland, Anaheim 15.9
10. Forbidden City, Beijing 15.3

Fort Lauderdale-based Spirit to add Miami flights?

Spirit Airlines may add flights out of Miami, according to a report in USA Today.

Miami airport officials confirmed talks with Spirit to the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, though they offered a more general statement that did not single out the possibility of an outright shift of flights.

“Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio Gonzalez and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez have been in ongoing discussions for many months with Spirit Airlines about them starting operations at MIA, but nothing has been finalized yet,” MIA says in that statement to the Sun Sentinel.

How old is your plane? These airline fleet age rankings may surprise you

One of the cost factors of an airline is the age of the planes in its fleet. Sean Williams of The Motley Fool takes a look at the advantages and disadvantages of both new airplanes and older ones.

With that being said, there are a number of clear disadvantages to an older fleet. Obviously, worse fuel efficiency is going to be a big extra cost for the bottom rung of airlines, such as Delta Air Lines and Allegiant, which are running, by far, the oldest fleets.

Passenger comfort and amenities could also be affected as a number of older airplanes simply don’t have in-flight entertainment systems.