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Charlotte travelers can get Bojangles fix as restaurants open at Love’s Travel Stops

Carolina residents can now get a taste of home while traveling with the opening of new Bojangles restaurants at Love’s Travel Stops.

On Thursday, Bojangles opened at the new Love’s Travel Stops in Marion, Illinois, according to a statement from Bojangles.

Another Bojangles opened in Blyethville, Arkansas, at Love’s earlier this month.

It’s the first location in both states for the iconic Southern chain, according to Bojangles.

“We’re honored to commemorate the first of many locations with Love’s,” said Brian Unger, chief operating officer for Bojangles.

The Charlotte-based chicken chain known for its scratch-made biscuits and the national leader in 24-hour truck stop and convenience stores announced in December an agreement to open 40 locations in the next decade.

Other Bojangles also will debut at Love’s in Oklahoma and Mississippi.

According to Love’s, a Bojangles also opened with the new truck stop that opened Thursday at Cordele, Georgia.

The new Bojangles stores will serve breakfast all day with hours from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Eventually, the restaurants will be open 24 hours a day, according to the company. The restaurants will offer a full menu, drive-thru and dine-in.

Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, Bojangles has about 750 restaurants in 11 states. Bojangles plans to hire more than 30,000 people over the next year, the Observer previously reported.

Love’s Travel Stops, founded in 1964 and based in Oklahoma City, has more than 530 locations in 41 states and employs more than 27,000 people.

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Charlotte Airport Sees Thanksgiving Travel At 60% And Concedes It Cannot Stop The Unmasked

At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, now among the country’s busiest airports with nearly 5% of all U.S. traffic, airport and American Airlines officials expect Thanksgiving holiday travel to reach about 60% of last year’s level.

Sixty percent is a high number at a time when the coronavirus crisis is hindering travel. But American Airlines has focused on Dallas and Charlotte, its two largest hubs, because they serve the Sunbelt and Caribbean destinations that leisure travelers prefer.

Nationwide, airport security clearances on Wednesday totaled about 34% of the total on the same weekday a year ago, the Transportation Security Administration reported, conforming to what industry trade association Airlines For America said Monday, in a media briefing: TSA checkpoint traveler throughput is running 65% below year-ago levels.

During the Thanksgiving travel period, A4A said, major carrier schedules expect to operate about 61% of the departures they operated in 2019 – up from about 54% in the preceding and following two-week travel periods.

In a column published Wednesday in The Washington Post, seven governors from both parties advised Americans to stay home this Thanksgiving.  

On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against travel during the Thanksgiving period. Also Thursday, United Airlines said it has recently seen a drop in bookings and an increase in canceled reservations. United had planned a 55% fourth quarter scheduled cut and said it may cut more.

While the aircraft environment is widely felt to be safe, the total travel experience has safety gaps.

Airlines have mask policies and generally enforce them on the aircraft, but in general, at U.S. airports, no one enforces mask policies —-Not airline workers, not airline employees, not airport police, not the Transportation Security Administration.

“We have to rely on people to do what they’re supposed to do,” Jack Christine, Charlotte Douglas chief operating officer, told reporters Wednesday. “The airport does not have the authority to have someone leave the airport unless they are causing a disturbance.”

Asked if the airport could force a person with Covid-19 to leave, Christine said that airport police – who are members of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department- can remove passengers who create a disturbance.

But there is no clear path to manage people who won’t wear masks or who are found to be infected with Covid-19. Christine said he knew of no cases of infected passengers traveling through the airport. As far as an inability to remove people who refuse to wear masks, “airports around the country have that issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, American’s strategy to focus Charlotte and Dallas will be in full force during the Thanksgiving travel period.

On a recent investor call, American President Robert Isom said passengers “want to go to places in the Caribbean, the Sunbelt (and) places in Mexico, adding, “You will see us continue to try to leverage our assets in Dallas and Charlotte.

Isom said that in the third quarter,

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The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte

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