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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 5, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | February 05, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Feb. 5, 2016

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British Airways Threatens to Leave London City Airport
London City Airport, located near the famous Docklands, is popular with business travelers. British Airways runs a twice-daily all-business-class service from New York JFK. However, the airline is threatening to take its flights elsewhere if the airport goes through with a plan to raise landing fees.

Kuala Lumpur Clarifies Rules for Seeing Eye Dogs
After the media published a letter from a blind traveler whose guide dog was not allowed to enter Kuala Lumpur International, the airport is trying to clarify its rules. It claims that guide dogs are welcome provided the airline that the passenger is flying on is notified beforehand.

More Canadians Staying Home
A survey by Canadian online travel agent FlightHub has shown that people are still traveling despite the weak Canadian dollar. However, most Canadians are traveling inside the country so that they are not affected by the unfavorable exchange rate.


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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