Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 22, 2016
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United To Give In-Flight Treats To Mileageplus Elites
Amsterdam Schiphol Close To Cargo Record
United Upgrading Fleet With 40 New 737s
Saudi Arabia To Privatize All Of Its Airports
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Oman may soon join the low-cost carrier industry. The country wants to follow the lead of its Arabian Peninsula peers and focus on the airline business instead of only on oil. Oman is planning to launch a budget airline that would serve Africa, Europe, Central Asia and the Gulf.
Thai Airways was saved from a European ban, but it is still struggling when it comes to impressing investors. Thailand’s flag carrier has cut its operating costs and improved its finances, but its shares are still falling.
Turkey is offering fuel subsidies to airlines who fly to its five most popular tourist destinations. After a spate of bombings, including one that killed 10 German tourists in Istanbul, the country’s tourism industry is in danger of losing a huge number of international visitors in 2016.
IndiGo is still going strong after its IPO late last year. The budget carrier leads all airlines in the domestic market in terms of number of passengers served. More than one third of all domestic fliers in India travel on IndiGo.
Canadians are scaling back their travel plans because of their country’s comparatively weak currency. The slow down is even being felt across the border at Bellingham International Airport in Washington. The number of Canadian fliers who cross the border to fly has dropped significantly recently.
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