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European Planes Grounded by Strike: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 21, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 21, 2016

European Planes Grounded by Strike: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 21, 2016

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French Air Traffic Controller Strike Could Ground Thousands
A strike by French air traffic controllers could delay or cause the cancelation of hundreds of flights over the next few days. easyJet confirmed that it was forced to cancel 82 flights on Sunday because of the strike.

Delta Adds Airbus A321 to Its Fleet
Delta Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A321 last week. The larger sibling of the A320, the A321 will be used by the airline to replace some of its older aircraft and increase capacity on domestic flights.

Little Rock Losing Flights
Another small airport is struggling as airline mergers have led to fewer flights. Little Rock’s Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field has lost at least 12 air links as airlines merge services or pull out of smaller airports altogether.

Air Canada Raised Ticket Change Fees
Air Canada quietly changed its fee structure for ticket changes. Fliers in two fare classes (Tango and Flex) will have to pay $25 more if they want to change their ticket. Changes will now cost $75-$100.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will approve more airports to accept flights from Cuba. Currently, only 22 airports are able to allow planes originating from Cuba to land. 

Last week, Philippine Airlines began three-times-per-week service from Cebu to Los Angeles. The Filipino flag carrier already flies to LAX 11 times per week from Manila. 

With new slots opening at Tokyo Haneda Airport, American Airlines could be interested in restarting service to Haneda from New York. The airline dropped the JFK-Haneda route in 2013 because it was unprofitable. 

Last Saturday’s flydubai crash in Russia was the first fatal accident for any airline based in the United Arab Emirates. Furthermore, the plane involved, a Boeing 737-800, has one of the best safety records of any aircraft in the skies. 

Virgin America will be launching daily nonstop flights from LAX to Honolulu on June 14. The airline has already launched service from San Francisco to Honolulu and Kahului.


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