Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 2, 2016
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Porter Airlines, "The World's Best Small Airline," Turns 10
Lufthansa Challenged by Low-Cost Carriers
Ultra-Budget Airlines Expanding Service in Atlanta
Emirates Ad Confuses New York and San Francisco
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According to the state-owned company that runs it, Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has designs on becoming a major regional hub like Kuala Lumpur International and Singapore Changi. Safety concerns and overcrowding could make this difficult, but a new terminal slated to open in 2017 will certainly help.
A British Airways cabin crew member crashed his car on the way home from the airport. He was found to be four times over the legal limit for alcohol thanks to free drinks he consumed while flying home as a passenger from Singapore.
Buffalo will soon have a new connection with the West Coast. The Upstate New York metropolis is getting year-round service to Los Angeles from JetBlue. Until the service starts in June, Buffalo will be the fourth largest destination in the U.S. not connected to Los Angeles by a direct flight.
Southwest’s pilots are getting ready to picket, but the airline’s flight attendants are quietly heading back to the negotiating table. They hope to replace the existing contract, which became amendable in 2013.
Hong Kong has joined a growing list of Asian destinations that are doing away with fuel surcharges. The territory’s flag carrier, Cathay Pacific, has done away with the surcharges and other carriers have followed suit by dropping the fees for passengers on their Hong Kong routes.
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