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Alaska Won’t Close Virgin Deal Until Sept. 30: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 21, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 21, 2016

Alaska Won’t Close Virgin Deal Until Sept. 30: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 21, 2016

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Iceland Airport Still Affected By Striking Air Traffic Controllers
Despite a ruling by Iceland’s government that mandated a resolution to the ongoing pay dispute with air traffic controllers, operations at Keflavík International Airport were stopped for several hours when ATC employees walked off the job. More than 1,000 passengers were affected.

O’Hare Sends Quiet Flying Plan to FAA for July Approval
Chicago has submitted a plan to reduce noise at O’Hare International Airport. The plan involves using more diagonal runways to steer nighttime traffic away from the residential neighborhoods that surround the airport.

FAA Affirms City Control of Charlotte Douglas
The FAA has made a ruling on airports operated by public entities such as cities. The agency has said that cities will remain in control of airports that they currently oversee (like Charlotte Douglas) until there is a definitive legal ruling otherwise.

Alaska Will Not Close Virgin Deal Until Sept. 30
Alaska Airlines has promised that it will not close its $4 billion deal to buy Virgin America until Sept. 30 unless the Department of Justice completes its antitrust investigation before then.


British Airways has started thrice daily service between London City Airport and Berlin. This means that the English flag carrier now has 70 weekly flights between City Airport and Germany.  

Air Transat has launched two new international routes this week. The Canadian airline will fly weekly between Zagreb and Toronto Pearson and also once per week between Vancouver and Rome.  

London Gatwick has opened a new pier to passengers. So-called Pier One features a baggage claim area and five gates. The project cost £186 million ($273 million) and will allow the airport to handle an additional 4,250 items per hour.  

India’s government has decided to allow foreign investors to own up to 100 percent of domestic carriers. Foreign airlines cannot own Indian airlines, but investors not affiliated with international carriers are able to purchase all the shares of Indian airlines. 


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