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A4A Claims 80 Percent of Passengers Satisfied: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 15, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 15, 2016

A4A Claims 80 Percent of Passengers Satisfied: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 15, 2016

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These are the air travel stories taking off on the internet today.

According to A4A, 80 Percent of Fliers are Satisfied
Airline trade group Airlines for America just released the results of a survey which claims that 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their air travel experiences. More than three thousand people participated in the online questionnaire.

Fares from New Zealand to U.S. Dropping
Increased competition has led to much lower fares on flights between the United States and New Zealand. Air New Zealand has expanded in the U.S. and both American and United have added flights to Auckland.

Auckland Airport Tries to Crack Down on Uber Drivers
Auckland International Airport GM Richard Barker has said that he is aware that Uber drivers are trying to avoid the rule that bars them from picking up passengers at the terminal unless they are licensed. The airport is looking for an effective way to fight this issue.

Alaska Airlines Hosts In-Flight Folk Concert
At the end the Alaska Folk Festival, musicians returning from Juneau to Seattle gave an unexpected performance at 35,000 feet. The pilot announced the show over the PA system.


More people are flying for pleasure instead of for business. The results of a recent survey said that 48 percent of fliers were traveling for leisure reasons, and only 31 percent for business. 

Delta Air Lines is dropping some of its fees. People will no longer have to pay more to book tickets via their smart phones. The airline will also drop fees for tickets bought at the airport.

Fliers are probably unhappy that a lot of passenger-friendly amendments have been dropped from the Senate’s FAA bill. One important one still remains: if an airline loses your bag or if it is delayed, they will be required to refund the baggage fees you had to pay. 

JetBlue’s new Mint service is being offered on an increasing number of routes. This should help the airline compete with low cost carriers, who offer no such service and have meager in-flight entertainment options in comparison to JetBlue. 


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