Southwest’s New Costa Rica Route: Airline Pulse News and Notes for April 11, 2016
PHOTO: Rio Celeste Waterfall, Costa Rica (via Thinkstock)
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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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