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Midway Becoming International Gateway: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 20, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | June 20, 2016

Midway Becoming International Gateway: Airline Pulse News and Notes for June 20, 2016

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Mexico Routes Turns Midway into International Hub
Both Volaris and Southwest now fly to Mexico from Chicago Midway. Long known for its domestic routes, Midway has seen a 16 percent surge in the number of passengers traveling to Mexico. 180,000 people flew south of the border from the Chicago airport last year. That is a vast improvement compared to 2009 when no one flew to Mexico from Midway.

JetBlue Warns Passengers about Detours at JFK
As JetBlue renovates Terminal 5 at New York-JFK to meet growing demand, it is closing several important areas, including the main taxi stand. The airline has warned passengers to expect detours and slight delays during the project.

Is Boeing’s 787-10 A Bust?
Boeing unveiled the largest incarnation of the Dreamliner, the 787-10, three years ago this week. After an initial flurry of more than one hundred orders, interest in the model has stalled over the past two years. Because it is longer and larger than the 787-9, the 10 is slightly less fuel efficient. Also, because it is size, its range is slightly shorter. Despite its lack of size, the 787-9 seems to have the balance of range, fuel efficiency and capacity that airlines prefer.

Third Runway at Heathrow Would Help Northern Routes
According to Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye, a third runway at Heathrow would be a huge benefit for cities in the Northern UK. Currently, there is a lack of flights between the capital and the cities in the northern part of the country.


Uber and Lyft will join the queue alongside taxis and shuttle buses at Phoenix Sky Harbor International. The ride-sharing companies had previously been able to drop off passengers, but only had limited ability to pick up passengers until now. 

Citilink and Batik Air have been approved for flights to Europe alongside their Indonesian peer Lion Air. However, none of these three airlines currently have plans to launch flights to Europe.   

The autonomous region of Somaliland, which has enjoyed more peace and security than Somalia’s other regions, will invest 11 percent of its total infrastructure budget to developing airports. Additional funding will be given to improve airports in major cities like the de facto capital, Hargeisa.   


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