Hugo Martin

Writer

Hugo Martin covers the travel industries, including airlines and theme parks, and writes the weekly Travel Briefcase column for the Business section. A native Californian, Martin was part of the Metro staff that won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1993, 1995 and 1998. He was also on the Travel section staff that won the Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers in 2008. He is an avid outdoorsman, gardener and Lakers fan. 

Recent Articles

  • Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    Main Street Electrical Parade returns to Disneyland on Jan. 20

    About a decade after the Main Street Electrical Parade left Disneyland, the cavalcade of lights and music is scheduled to return to the Anaheim park starting Jan. 20 and running until June 18. The Electrical Parade was a fan favorite at Disneyland from 1972 until 1996. For the last six years, the...

  • Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    Justice Department approves Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America

    The Justice Department on Tuesday cleared the parent company of Alaska Airlines to buy Virgin America, but imposed some route-sharing conditions. The $2.6-billion purchase of Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America by Alaska Air Group, which will create the nation’s fifth largest domestic carrier, is...

  • Universal Studios Hollywood drops 3-D from Harry Potter attraction

    Universal Studios Hollywood drops 3-D from Harry Potter attraction

    Universal Studios Hollywood has removed the 3-D special effect from its Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride only eight months after the attraction opened as the centerpiece of the park’s most expensive expansion. The Harry Potter dark ride, a complex combination of 3-D video images projected...

  • Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests

    Making TSA PreCheck free could save millions of dollars, study suggests

    By offering frequent travelers free membership to the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program, the agency can save money and speed up the screening process at airports across the country. That is the conclusion of a study by professors at the University of Illinois...

  • More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

    More hotels are checking out of the Bible business

    When the ultra-hip Moxy Hotel opens in San Diego next year, the rooms will be stocked with the usual amenities — an alarm clock, hair dryer, writing desk and flat-screen TV. But you won’t find a Bible in the bedside nightstand. Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, supplies...

  • When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home

    When taking a commercial flight, leave 'Lucille' at home

    Negan, the homicidal villain who wields a bat wrapped with barbed wire, was introduced only a few weeks ago in the AMC series “The Walking Dead” and already he has become a headache for airport security officers. The Transportation Security Administration said officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International...

  • Supersonic passenger planes may begin test flights next year

    Supersonic passenger planes may begin test flights next year

    The time it takes to fly from New York to London may be cut by more than half if Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and a Denver start-up are successful in their effort to create a new supersonic passenger plane. The manufacturing team for Branson’s Virgin Galactic company is working with Boom...

  • What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    What does it take to get banned for life by an airline? Ask this Trump supporter

    Delta Air Lines’ lifetime ban of a profane supporter of President-elect Donald Trump highlights a little-known but growing club of travelers who have earned the ultimate airline punishment. As the Trump fan discovered, airline tolerance only goes so far. The unnamed man whose loud pronouncements...

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