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San Antonio Seeks More Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 12, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 12, 2016

San Antonio Seeks More Flights: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 12, 2016

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Tourico Holidays Partners with Azul Brazilian
Tourico Holidays recently announced a new partnership with Brazilian carrier Azul. The airline will now be able to bundle its flights with Tourico’s worldwide network of hotels so that passengers can create their own hotel/airfare packages.

WestJet CEO Says Passengers Need 'Reeducation' on Budget Flight Pricing
WestJet launched flights between London and major Canadian cities last weekend. The airline’s CEO, Gregg Saretsky, responded to complaints about extra fees by saying passengers needed to understand the low cost business model. He stressed that adding fees made it possible to offer low base fares, and that even if fees were included, the cost would still be lower than a full-service carrier.

San Antonio International Hires Expert to Land More Flights
San Antonio International has enlisted the help of air service expert Brian Pratte to help bring more flights to the airport. San Antonio lags behind other Texas cities in terms of air connectivity, and Pratte, who used to work for Reno-Tahoe airport, will be tasked with changing that by getting more carriers interested in offering flights.

Xiamen Airlines Announces Seattle-Shenzhen Flights
Upstart Xiamen Airlines will start flying to the U.S. later this year when it launches service between the economic hub of Shenzhen and Seattle. This will be the first direct flight to the U.S. for Xiamen Air and also the first direct flight from Shenzhen to America.


Southwest Airlines pilots are suing Chicago after officials at Midway Airport decided not to allow the pilots’ union to purchase ad space to air their grievances during a meeting of the airline’s shareholders. The union is seeking a temporary order that would allow them to place the ad.  

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has joined other European aviation insiders in showing support for Norwegian Air International’s plans to fly from Ireland to the United States. Labor unions and airlines based in the U.S. have opposed the move, causing NAI’s application for the flights to be delayed for two years. The airline is now “conditionally” approved for the routes, but full approval has not yet been given.  

There is a growing movement in support of the New York Port Authority’s plans to privatize airport security. The New York Post has come out in support of the idea by publishing an editorial that is very critical of the TSA.  

It just got easier to order food at Detroit Metro Airport. The Grab app allows passengers with short layovers to order food from airside eateries online and then pick up the meal as soon as they land. The app is currently available for restaurants in 40 airports around the country.  


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