Last updated: 09:30 AM ET, Mon March 14 2016

Spirit's First Ever Fee Break: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 14, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 14, 2016

Spirit's First Ever Fee Break: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 14, 2016

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ANZ and Virgin Australia Working on New Biofuel
Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia are exploring new sources of biofuel. The goal of this effort is to create a biofuel industry that uses resources that are specifically available in the region.

Spirit Gives Fee Break to Military Personnel
Spirit Airlines, known for its expensive fees, will give a break to active members of the military. They will get to check two bags for free and also get one free carry-on. The move comes after new CEO Bob Fornaro promised a more customer-friendly operation.

Rural Alaska Airlines Terminals Get Upgrade
11 rural Alaska Airlines terminals will be getting upgrades. A $30 million project will affect airports in places like Kodiak and Barrow. Smaller cosmetic changes will be made this year and larger renovations will start in 2017.

Ryanair Says Efforts in Germany Are Working
Ryanair, which has been expanding services in places like Berlin and Cologne, now has about a 5 percent market share in Germany. The goal is to increase that by 20 percent over the next five years.


A South African teenager on vacation in Mozambique found a piece of debris on the beach that could be from the missing MH370. The metal is being sent to Australia for testing. 

There could already be funding for a major expansion project at Orlando International Airport. The project could be paid for by passenger fees that are currently being charged to people who fly out of the Central Florida hub.  

An off-duty doctor who stepped in to help an ill woman on an easyJet flight to Greece was thanked with a free cup of coffee. When he asked for a Kit Kat candy bar, however, the flight attendant charged him £1.20. If the plane had to make an emergency landing to care for the woman, it would have cost the airline at least £20,000.  

Philippine Air Lines and a host of low cost carriers have ambitious expansion plans. Unfortunately, the country’s airport infrastructure may not be sufficient to handle a major increase in traffic. Some domestic and regional airlines are calling this the biggest roadblock to their future plans in the country.  

Privately-owned Juneyao Airlines, based in Shanghai, is planning to triple the size of its fleet over the next half-decade. One of the main reasons for this ambitious projection: they expect a major rise in demand as Shanghai’s new Disney theme park. 


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