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US-to-Cuba Route Applications: 6 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | March 05, 2016

US-to-Cuba Route Applications: 6 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3

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Airlines have made their official submissions to the Department of Transportation for Cuba routes. It will be a few months before approvals are made, but the respective carriers’ grabs for specific slots is an interesting glimpse of things to come. Click to see who wants to fly from where.

Republic Airways has filed for bankruptcy, the first carrier to do so since American Airlines in 2011. Mainly flying regional domestic routes for affiliates of all three legacy carriers, Republic is over $2 billion in debt and has been dogged by labor shortages. Click to find out what may be next for the beleaguered carrier.

The controversial bill that would wrest oversight of U.S. air traffic control from the FAA and put it into the hands of a private non-profit corporation has stalled in Congress. Rep. Bill Shuster, the bill’s mastermind, says support is lacking on Capitol Hill as FAA’s reauthorization deadline approaches. Click to find out more about this ongoing FAA privatization conflict.

Vietjet Airways is giving away two million airline tickets. That’s not a typo. The low-cost Vietnam-based carrier has a reputation for publicity stunts, and wants to show off its expanded roster of Southeast Asia destination with this deal (which does not include taxes or fees). Booking rules are strict and the offer ends soon. Click for more details.

The basic equation of brand loyalty: provide good service and you will get repeat business. Revealing which airlines best followed that equation, the Brand Keys research company has just released its latest airline-centered Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. Click to find out who came out on top.

Which airports in this crazy world will go the extra mile for fliers? The Airports Council International has the answer with the recently revealed winners of the 2015 Airport Service Quality Awards. Over 550,000 passenger surveys were conducted in more than 300 airports in over 80 countries worldwide. Click to see who won and where you next awesome departure or arrival experience may occur.


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