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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 2, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 02, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 2, 2016

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Porter Airlines, "The World's Best Small Airline," Turns 10
Canada's Porter Airlines, the little carrier that flies turboprop planes to destinations in the U.S. and Canada, has become the country's third largest carrier. It just celebrated its tenth birthday and its ninth international route (to Melbourne, Florida).

Lufthansa Challenged by Low-Cost Carriers
If projections prove true, this will be the first year that Ryanair carries more passengers than German giant Lufthansa. The success of LCCs is putting pressure on Lufthansa to develop its own new low cost brand, Eurowings.

Ultra-Budget Airlines Expanding Service in Atlanta
Both Spirit Airlines and Frontier are expanding in the world’s busiest airport. Starting this spring, Spirit will have 17 flights from Hartsfield Jackson, and Frontier will have 22. Overall, fares are down 23 percent at ATL compared to last year.

Emirates Ad Confuses New York and San Francisco
An Emirates ad for service from Milan, Italy to New York JFK features an unfortunate image choice: San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Savvy Italians picked up on the mistake right away, with some assuming that the famous Bay Area bridge was mistaken for the equally well known Brooklyn Bridge.


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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