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European Airport Fails Undercover Security Test: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 19, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 19, 2016

European Airport Fails Undercover Security Test: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 19, 2016

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These are the air travel stories taking off on the internet today.

South African Airways Cancels Flights Because of Airport Conditions
South African Airways has decided to cancel flights to Lilongwe Airport in Malawi. The airport’s category status was downgraded recently and there are also significant security concerns. The airline has said that it could eventually resume flights if improvements are made at Lilongwe.

Airbus Opens Flight School in Asia
There is a shortage of pilots because of the rapidly growing air travel market in Asia. Airbus is stepping in to help with this issue by opening a flight school in Singapore. The plane maker is partnering with Singapore Airlines on the $100 million project.

Omaha Getting New California Connection
United Airlines will start daily nonstop flights between Omaha and San Francisco this fall. The carrier already offers nonstop flights from Omaha to Chicago, Denver, Houston and Newark.

Security Experts Smuggle Bomb Parts through Cologne Airport
During open tests in February, security officials were able to smuggle nine of 12 banned objects through security checkpoints at Cologne Airport. More worrying were so-called undercover tests in which 50 percent of weapons and bomb parts were not detected by security personnel.


Monarch Airlines is reportedly looking to expand by purchasing another carrier. News outlets in the UK have cited anonymous sources as saying that Air Berlin, TuiFly, and Thomas Cook Airlines are likely targets for a takeover. 

U.S. regulators have finally approved an application by Norwegian Airlines to fly to the States from Ireland. Labor groups and airline lobbyists in the U.S. had opposed the deal because it would mean more competition from low cost carriers. 

Delta Air Lines is preparing to add a new route from Salt Lake City to London Heathrow. The daily service takes off on April 24. During the winter, flights will operate four times per week. 

Delta Air Lines will keep its hub in Atlanta for at least another two decades. The carrier has extended its lease for another 20 years. In addition to keeping its large presence in the terminals and on the tarmac, Delta will, for the first time, also help out with the cost of securing the airport. 


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