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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 13, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 13, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 13, 2016

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The Last Day for JetBlue’s ‘Big Winter Sale’
JetBlue has decided to bring back its Big Winter Sale for a second time. The sale runs through the end of the day today. Fares start at $34 (Buffalo-Boston), and there are more than a dozen sub-$100 offers. San Francisco-New York (JFK) is only $139.

Emirates Expands D.C.-Dubai Flights after United Ends Service
Emirates plans to fill the void left by United Airlines. The U.S. carrier will stop its flights from the capital to Dubai on Jan. 25. and Emirates will begin flying the route using its new Airbus A380s on Feb. 1.

Aeromexico Ups Frequency on Mexico City-London Route
Aeromexico previously announced its plans to operate five flights per week between Mexico City and London Heathrow. Because of high demand, the Mexican carrier will offer a sixth weekly flight starting in June of this year.

African LCC fastjet Expands into Kenya
Tanzania-based fastjet has become the leading low cost carrier in Africa. On Jan. 11, it made Kenya its seventh market. The airline will offer daily service to Nairobi from two of its hubs, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro


American Airlines will write off more than half a billion dollars in revenue that is stuck in Venezuela. The South American country makes airlines sell tickets using Venezuelan bolivars, but then makes exchanging the currency for U.S. dollars difficult.  

Salt Lake City is one of seven major airports in the U.S. that has designated smoking rooms. The state legislature is trying to pass a law that would close the five rooms that are currently open at the hub. 

Frontier Airlines, which is based in Denver, has decided to return to Colorado Springs after a nearly-three-year absence. The budget carrier will begin service to Las Vegas in April.  

Hong Kong Airlines is experimenting with summertime service to Australia’s Gold Coast. The three weekly flights from Hong Kong to the Gold Coast will run through March. The flights will return to Hong Kong via Cairns.  

Southwest will begin flying from LAX to Costa Rica in April. Introductory one-way fares start at $149 (tickets must be bought by Feb 1). The daily service will launch on April 12.  


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