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Delta’s No-Frills Fares Proving Popular: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Monday, April 25, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 25, 2016

Delta’s No-Frills Fares Proving Popular: Airline Pulse News and Notes for Monday, April 25, 2016

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Gary, Indiana Airport Expansion Could Bring New Opportunities
After lengthening its main runway to 8,900 feet, Gary/Chicago International Airport is ready for more commercial air traffic. The hope is that the airport will bring jobs and opportunities to an area that has struggled economically for decades. The goal is to have as many as 2,000 new jobs at the airport by 2025.

Delta Could Make Major Airplane Order Soon
Rumors of a major Delta airplane purchase are continuing to surface. Both second-tier manufacturers, Bombardier and Embraer, could be in the running for significant orders. An announcement is expected soon.

Delta’s No-Frills Fares Proving Popular
Delta Air Lines now offers no-frills fares on about one tenth of all its domestic routes. The "basic economy" option has earned about $20 million for the airline so far in 2016, and there are plans to add these fares to more and more routes going forward.

Upgrades To Heathrow Infrastructure Could Cost £16 billion
The group Transport for London has said that the proposed cost of adding a third runway at Heathrow Airport will be much greater than expected. Heathrow estimates that the runway will cost £2.2 billion, but that does not include the cost of upgrading road and rail systems and building the additional space needed to accommodate the increase in passengers. TfL estimates that the cost for the entire project could be more than £16 billion.


Workers at several major airports in Germany will strike on April 27. The work stoppage will affect Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports. The workers are demanding higher wages.   

Istanbul Ataturk Airport will be closed in 2018 after the Turkish city’s third, and newest, airport opens. That plan is surprising to some, especially since Ataturk has been making improvements in recent years and has finished near the top of several European airport quality ranking surveys. 

Lufthansa is weighing the possibility of either purchasing leisure airline Condor or buying a controlling stake. Condor, which is owned by Thomas Cook, is one of several indebted carriers that Lufthansa is interested in. The others include Brussels Airlines and SAS.   


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