What we’re reading: OTAs owe Hawaii $150 million, Spirit launches DFW-New Orleans, A380 cockpit tour


Judge rules that OTAs owe Hawaii $150 million in taxes, interest

A Hawaii tax appeals court judge ruled that online travel agencies such as Orbitz and Travelocity owe the state $150 million in unpaid back taxes and interest related to revenue from hotel bookings.

The taxes apply to the more than $2.7 billion in Hawaii hotel room sales made by online travel companies since 2000, suggesting that OTAs withheld about 4 percent of the room revenue they’ve booked during the past dozen years from state coffers.

OTAs have won almost all of these cases. You can bet they are going to appeal this ruling.

Spirit Airlines launches DFW – New Orleans service

Spirit Airlines has launched service between Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans.

“We’re excited to offer travelers our popular ultra low fares to New Orleans just in time for many of 2013′s premier events and festivals. And now travelers from New Orleans have easy access to the same super low fares that our growing customer following has come to know and love.”

Lufthansa A380 cockpit tour

For our aviation enthusiasts, Lufthansa’s captain Juergen Raps gives the public a tour of the A380 flight deck.