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Norwegian Air Gets Closer to the US: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 9, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 09, 2016

Norwegian Air Gets Closer to the US: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 9, 2016

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UK Backs Norwegian’s American Expansion Plans
The UK’s Department of Transportation has drafted a letter to its American counterpart asking the United States to approve Norwegian Air’s application for new services between the UK and America. The letter also expressed surprise that the process has taken so long. Some American carriers and labor groups oppose the deal because it would bring unwelcome competition.

Lufthansa Subsidiary Jump Launches Panama City Service
Emirates has again delayed its planned flight between Dubai and Panama City. However, Lufthansa subsidiary Jump has now launched service to the Central American hub from Frankfurt. Lufthansa has an agreement with Copa Airlines to provide connecting flights to passengers.

Thailand Provides Another Example of Low Cost Carriers’ Domination
Low fuel prices and high demand should be creating a perfect situation for Thai Airways. However, low-cost carriers like Thai AirAsia have taken a large share of the market. Some in the industry think that budget airlines could control at least half the entire commercial air travel market in Thailand by the end of the year.


Tigerair, now controlled by Singapore Airlines, is looking towards India for its expansion plans. It hopes to use low fares to capture a share of the relatively young market on the subcontinent. 

American Airlines will begin flying between Los Angeles and Hong Kong this September. The airline currently flies to Sydney, London, Tokyo and Shanghai from the Southern California hub. 

Meanwhile, American posted record passenger numbers in February. Unfortunately, its flights were not as full as in previous years. The airline’s load factor was down several percent across the board compared to 2015. 

It looks like Hainan Airlines will be expanding in Europe. The Chinese airline is looking for a public relations firm to represent it as it tries to build its brand in Europe. 

Gatwick was named the worst airport in London for delays during the busy summertime travel season last year. A report by the Civil Aviation Authority said that nearly one-third of all passengers experienced delays during the July-September travel season in 2015. 


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