Last updated: 10:27 AM ET, Mon April 11 2016

Southwest’s New Costa Rica Route: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 11, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | April 11, 2016

Southwest’s New Costa Rica Route: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 11, 2016

PHOTO: Rio Celeste Waterfall, Costa Rica (via Thinkstock)

These are the travel stories taking off on the internet today.

Cleveland Hopkins Closed by Spring Snowfall
An unexpectedly late snow storm forced the runway at Cleveland Hopkins to close for approximately 20 minutes while crews removed snow from the tarmac. Snow was falling at a rate of two inches per hour on Saturdy morning.

Star Pitcher’s Dog Denied Boarding
David Price, who was just acquired by the Boston Red Sox, tried to fly his French bulldog to Boston, but found out that his airline, Delta, does not allow that breed of on its planes. Price has said his dog will go to Boston overland instead.

Southwest Taking Off for Costa Rica Tomorrow
Southwest Airlines will start service from LAX to Guanacaste, Costa Rica on April 12 with daily round trip flights. The service was announced early in the year and the first passengers were able to score $149 one-way fares.

One of Europe’s ‘Forgotten’ Airports is Growing
Slovakia’s Bratislava Airport is still well below the EU average for passenger traffic. However, the airport grew by 15 percent last year, mainly because low cost carriers added a number of flights. Ryanair now has a permanent base in the Slovak city, so its growth is expected to continue this year.


The American Association of Airport Executives, which represents 850 airports in the United States, has partnered with a company called AirMap to create a system that allows drone pilots to share their location. This could potentially protect them from unwittingly flying in restricted airspace. 

United Airlines profits were down slightly in March compared to last year. One of the main reasons was a decline in corporate air travel. The airline hopes that things will pick up now that Spring Break season and the Easter holiday have passed. 

Doha, Qatar’s Hamad International Airport has announced the start of an extended testing period for new technology. The hope is that the hub will eventually become a “smart” airport with fully automated systems from check-in to boarding.  

Cobalt Air, a new carrier based in Cyprus, is on track to take of in June. The airline will fly short routes to Europe and longer routes to Asia and the Middle East. Founder Andrew Pyne says that Cobalt will be an LCC, but “there are a dozen ways we will differentiate ourselves from other low cost airlines.”


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