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Munich’s New Terminal Opens Today: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 26, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 26, 2016

Munich’s New Terminal Opens Today: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 26, 2016

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Munich Opens Germany’s First Midfield Terminal Today
Munich’s new $1.2 billion midfield terminal will open today. The new terminal will be used by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance allies, reachable via automated trams. It will be able to serve about 11 million passengers per year through its 27 gates.

Airline Leaders Call for ASEAN Aviation Body to Ensure Safety
Aviation industry leaders in Asia are calling for the establishment of a regional association that would create and implement safety rules. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes is among those asking for uniform, enforceable aviation safety regulations for all ASEAN countries.

Hawaiian and Southwest Win Unit Revenue Contest
Airlines in the United States have been struggling to post positive unit revenue figures so far this year. Two airlines are bucking this trend. Both Southwest and Hawaiian Airlines performed better than expected during the first quarter. Both carriers are expected to post modest gains during the next quarter, which will still be far better than their competitors.

Delta, JetBlue and United Offering Caribbean Deals
JetBlue, Delta and United are all offering shoulder-season deals on flights to the Caribbean and Central America. Delta and JetBlue both have deals on flight to Bermuda and to Barbados, while United is offering sub-$300 fares for flights between New York and Panama City.


Hawaiian Airlines has started the process of reconfiguring its Airbus A330s. The new layout for the long-haul aircraft will include things like lie-flat seats in business class.  

Europe’s smaller regional and commuter airlines are facing an uphill battle as more powerful low-cost carriers expand their route offerings to include the same city pairs that are the bread-and-butter of regional carriers. Many will be faced with the choice of consolidating or being grounded permanently.  

New York City Controller Scott Stringer wants to levy a fuel tax on airlines that fill up at the city’s airports. The tax would be similar to the one charged to drivers who fill up at New York gas stations. The money from the jet fuel tax would be used to help fund airport upgrade projects.  

In an effort to get more airlines to fly into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport, Israel is offering subsidies to any airline that launches a new direct flight. Gurion is currently served by Air Canada, Delta, El Al and United with flights from Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Newark and San Francisco.   


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