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Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 27, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 27, 2016

Airline Pulse: News and Notes for Jan. 27, 2016

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Ryanair Forced To Cancel 200 Flights Because Of French Strike
A strike by airport employees in France has caused a number of airlines to cancel flights. Ryanair was one of the hardest hit. It had to cancel 200 flights to France or that used French airspace.

Bristol Airport Most Expensive For Ground Transport
Bristol has been named the most expensive airport to reach in the UK. The cost of ground transport to and from the airport was more, on average, than any other hub in the country. This is mainly because of the lack of an adjoining train station. Most passengers flying out of Bristol are forced to travel by taxi or private car.

JetBlue To Offer Cross Country Flights to San Diego This Summer
JetBlue has announced that it will begin offering flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego this summer. This is the first flight to San Diego from Fort Lauderdale in recent memory. Introductory fares for the first two weeks of the service are on sale for $99 one way.

Cancun Passengers Avoid Immigration And Customs 
Passengers on a flight from Cancun to New York JFK were able to leave the airport without going through customs or immigration. TSA officers waived passengers through the international arrivals area without making them go through any checkpoints. American Airlines was apparently to blame. AA eventually sent an email to passengers telling them that they had to return to the airport to go through customs checks.


Newark had it worse than other airports when it came to cancelations from winter storm Jonas. More than 400 flights were canceled yesterday as the airport had to deal with snow removal and a schedule backup. It is unclear why it is taking Newark so long to get back on track. JFK and LaGuardia have more or less recovered from the storm. 

Both American Airlines and United are offering expanded summertime service to Aspen, Colorado, a destination that is normally known for its winter attractions. Both airlines have said that they now recognize the growing popularity of these destinations during the summer.  

An appeals court in New York has rejected the claims by animal rights groups who have said that the practice of killing migratory birds near New York City airports is excessive and unnecessary. A permit to shoot the birds was issued to the Port Authority of New York, which says the practice is necessary to protect against bird strikes.  

Emirates airlines is looking for pilots who want a change of scenery. The Dubai-based carrier has issued an open invitation to Malaysia Airlines pilots who would like to apply for a cockpit job.  

A judge has ordered striking LATAM workers in Argentina to return to work and the negotiating table after a work stoppage caused a four-hour delay at Buenos Aires main airport.


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