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Delta's New Denver Flights Take Off: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 13, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 13, 2016

Delta's New Denver Flights Take Off: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 13, 2016

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Canadian Budget Ticket Seller NewLeaf To Take Off Again
After its initial launch was stalled by regulators, Canadian brand NewLeaf is set to take off this summer. The company is not officially an airline, but a brand that will sell tickets for commercial flights operated by charter service called Flair Airlines.

Hole in Gatwick Runway Causes Chaos over The Weekend
A hole in the runway at Gatwick Airport caused a number of flights to be diverted. Other planes were forced to circle while the problem was fixed. Some residents around the airport called complaining about the noise from the waiting planes.

Strike Causes Air France to Cut Its Schedule
Air France has announced a string of flight cancelations because of an ongoing pilot strike. The carrier will still operate 85 percent of its long and short haul flights and 70 percent of its medium range flights.

Chinese Travelers Will Take Advantage of New Nonstop Flights
United Airlines could be right about China. The airline has announced several new routes between the US and China, and the latest estimates suggest that as many as 23 million Chinese travelers could visit the US over the next five years, swelling demand for United’s service on these routes.


The sighting of an unauthorized drone above Dubai Airport halted flights for more than an hour over the weekend. This is the second such incident in the past two years. A spokesperson for the airport said that such a stoppage at the busy hub costs about $1 million per minute. 

JetBlue has lowered its expectations slightly. The airline had hoped to expand by 10.5 percent this year, but it now plans to only increase capacity by between eight and 9.5 percent. 

Delta has a new service between Los Angeles and Denver. The airline will fly between the two cities 32 times per week. This is a major move for Delta, which is competing with American and United for a bigger share of the market at LAX. 

United Airlines and Iberia have already canceled flights into Nigeria because of currency exchange issues. Now, reports suggest that a number of other carriers, including British Airways, are also considering dropping their routes into the African country. 


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