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JetBlue Brings Mint to Boston: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 25, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 25, 2016

JetBlue Brings Mint to Boston: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 25, 2016

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Boston-SFO JetBlue Fliers Will Get a Taste of Mint
JetBlue has announced that it will now offer its new Mint class, which includes lie-flat seats and better food, on flights from Boston to San Francisco. Mint will also soon be available on other flights from Boston (to Los Angeles and Barbados).

Passenger Numbers Surge at Las Vegas McCarran
3.4 million passengers passed through Las Vegas McCarran in February. That is a 9 percent increase compared to last year. So far this year, passenger numbers are up more than 8 percent for the year compared with 2015.

Heavy Spring Break Traffic for Midwest Airports 
Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport experienced a holiday-like surge in passengers during Spring Break season this year. Winter-weary Wisconsin residents, like others who live in northern states, created high demand on flights to warm weather destinations.

Airlines Extend Free Changes during Brussels Airport Closure
As Brussels Airport remains closed, airlines are offering passengers the chance to rebook or request a refund without incurring penalties. Most airlines have extended the period for free rebooking to include flights through March 31 (March 29 for AA).


European regional carrier Cityjet has been bought once again. The airline was bought by Air France/KLM and then by German firm Intro Aviation. The airline’s founder, Pat Byrne, has agreed to repurchase Cityjet with the help of a group of private backers.  

People flying out of Barbados yesterday found themselves stranded after air traffic controllers decided to strike. They claim they are owed millions in back pay.  

Republic Airways has reached a deal with Delta to restructure its current code-share agreement. The bankrupt regional carrier has been seeking to redo its deals with all the legacy carriers that it flies for.  

Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport will get a $764 million makeover as authorities try to increase capacity to meet rapidly rising demand. Over the next decade, the airport’s capacity will be raised by 33 percent. It will eventually be able to accommodate 40 million fliers per year, most of whom will arrive on low cost carriers. 


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