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United Will End Last Africa Flight: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 31, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | May 31, 2016

United Will End Last Africa Flight: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 31, 2016

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Ryanair and Aer Lingus Still Seeking Return of €120 Million in Fees
Both Ryanair and Aer Lingus are still pursuing the return of €60 million each that they say they overpaid in air travel taxes between 2009 and 2011. The two Irish airlines say they now have enough evidence to move forward with a suit against the country’s Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Finance.

Presidential Candidates Weigh In on Norwegian Air Controversy
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have released statements that are critical of the Obama Administration's support for Norwegian Air's flights from Ireland to the United States. The candidates say that allowing these flights would weaken airlines and labor unions in America because Norwegian is taking advantage of business-friendly laws in Ireland to avoid having to pay higher salaries and give benefits to laborers.

United Airlines to Stop Service to Africa
Next month, United Airlines will end its service to Lagos, Nigeria from Houston Intercontinental. This is currently the only route that the airline flies between the U.S. and Africa. The Dreamliner being used for the Lagos route will be shifted to the airline’s San Francisco-Tel Aviv service, which is seeing rising demand.

American Airlines Claims that 70,000 Have Missed Flights Because of TSA Delays
Despite a relatively smooth Memorial Day Weekend, American Airlines is complaining that the delays at TSA checkpoints have caused 70,000 travelers to miss flights and 40,000 bags to be delayed. The airline has asked, among other things, that TSA relaunch a risk-based security screening practice that it dropped last year after several high-profile security lapses.


JetBlue staff in Boston told a Seattle-based burlesque dancer that she could not board her flight because of the way she was dressed. She was wearing a sweater, short shorts and thigh-high socks. JetBlue gate agents in New York, where she had caught her original flight, had let her board without any questions. The airline has already apologized to the performer and refunded her ticket. 

LATAM is suspending flights to Venezuela starting in June because the country’s strict currency controls make it impossible to repatriate profits. Demand for service to and from Venezuela has also dropped off because of the country’s economic struggles. 

A military court in Somalia has sentenced two men to life in prison for their roles in a botched terrorist attack against an airplane in February. Only the bomber was killed when he detonated his device on a Daallo Airlines flight. After the bomb exploded, the plane managed to return safely to Mogadishu Airport and no passengers were killed. 

Long TSA lines aren’t the only thing to worry about for passengers arriving at Washington Reagan International Airport. Officials are scrambling to deal with congestion on the roads, which caused major traffic jams for people trying to get to the airport during Memorial Day weekend. 


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