Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 5, 2016
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British Airways Threatens to Leave London City Airport
Kuala Lumpur Clarifies Rules for Seeing Eye Dogs
More Canadians Staying Home
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Kuwait Airways has cut 1,350 jobs over the past two years as it tries to get back to profitability by 2019. One of the main problems is that the airline simply has too many employees and a complex, bureaucratic leadership system. These issues have kept it from experiencing the boom enjoyed by other Gulf-area airlines over the past few years.
It is not just Heathrow and Gatwick that are waiting for England's government to decide about funding airport expansion projects. The country's regional airports are also in need of upgrades and have been critical of parliament's inability to move forward with a workable plan.
Icelandair is offering a flash sale to destinations in Europe. Fares start at $546 round trip (including taxes). The booking window is Feb. 5-10 for travel between April 5 and June 9. The destinations are Paris (Orly), Copenhagen and London.
Another secondary city in China is getting direct international flights. West Air will fly from its home base in the city of Chongqing to Singapore three times per week. Though Chongqing is near the famous Yangtze River, most of the new service's passengers will probably be business travelers heading to the city that has become a financial and manufacturing hub for Central China.
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