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

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | January 05, 2016

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

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Hawaiian Airlines Offering Special Rates This Week
Hawaiian Airlines is offering cheap fares to Maui from the West Coast. The catch for these sub-$400 round-trip fares is that you have to book by Jan. 7 and fly between Jan. 11 and Mar. 16.
Source: Maui Now

Business Travelers Get Creative With In-Flight Meals 
Rather than relying on airline food, more and more business travelers are looking to other forms of sustenance when they fly. Some grab a hot sandwich at the airport to take with them, while others go as far as prepping and cooking their own meals at home.

Poor Infrastructure Hurting Africa’s Low-Cost Carriers 
Tanzania-based Fastjet has been growing rapidly. The low cost carrier has been successful in competing with the continent’s established flag carriers. However, Tanzania lacks airports that can accommodate the Airbus A319 that Fastjet uses. This has tempered the upstart carrier's growth.

Saudi Arabia Suspends Flights To Iran
Another international argument is affecting air travel. This time, it is in Saudi Arabia, which suspended flights to Iran after tensions sparked by mass executions caused violent protests at the Saudi embassy in Tehran.



South Korea will audit its low-cost carriers after an air leak on a Jin Air flight returning from the Philippines forced an emergency landing. This happened one month after a near-crash on another local low-cost carrier, Jeju Air.  

U.S. airlines are excited about the new opportunities brought by the air agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Mexican low-cost carriers like Interjet, Volaris and VivaAerobus are poised to take advantage of the open skies as well. They will now be able to fly between US cities and Mexican vacation destinations without restrictions.  

A new airline is set to launch in Cyprus. Cobalt Air will connect the Mediterranean island nation, which is growing in popularity as a travel destination, with cities in Europe.  

Singapore Airlines wants to become the go-to airline for Australians traveling to Europe. The Singapore-based carrier has inked deals with Lufthansa and Swiss Airlines to offer smoother connections for people traveling between Oceania and Europe. 

JetBlue Airways has announced new daily flights between JFK and Daytona Beach. Local business people and community leaders in the Florida city had been lobbying to get the low cost carrier to offer service to compete with its airport's other tenants, Delta and American. 


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