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Volcano Causes Flight Cancelations: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 23, 2016

Airlines & Airports Josh Lew May 23, 2016

Volcano Causes Flight Cancelations: Airline Pulse News and Notes for May 23, 2016

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Airport Offers Women-Only Checkpoints
Women-only checkpoints have now been opened at Beijing Capital Airport in China. The checkpoints are staffed by female security agents and are meant to offer female fliers more privacy and comfort when they go through the screening process.

Wizz Air Growing in Eastern and Central Europe
Wizz Air announced that it carried 20 million passengers in 2015, its highest ever total. The company’s growth rate is 20 percent, so if expects to improve on this number during 2016.

United Launching More Caribbean Flights
United Airlines has announced two new flights to Saint Thomas. The departure cities will be Washington, D.C. (Dulles) and Houston. At the beginning of the year, the airline started flying from both Chicago and Newark to Saint Lucia. It has also announced weekly service to Bonaire. 

WOW Air Adds More European Routes
WOW Air has started flying from Reykjavik/Keflavik to Stockholm four times per week. This gives fliers from the U.S. who connect in Iceland another destination to choose from. WOW now serves 13 destinations in Europe.


A man from Cameroon has been indicted for a major phishing scam that involved using official-looking emails to get login information for airline reservation systems. He then used these passwords to issue more than $2 million worth of fraudulent tickets. Authorities managed to extradite the man to the U.S. to face charges.    

Several U.S. airlines, including JetBlue, United and American, decided to cancel flights to Costa Rica over the weekend because of ashfall from the Turrialba Volcano. Alaska Airlines did not cancel its flights but diverted them to Liberia, Guanacaste.  

Spirit Airlines CEO Bob Fornaro has said that the reason his airline did not perform well in the most recent on-time performance rankings was because it did not pad its schedule like every other major airline. He claims that padding is simply as case of “paying more money to show a good performance without fundamentally turning the airplanes any faster.”  

A law firm representing the families of MH17 victims has submitted a compensation claim against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights. The suit claims that a Russian-supplied missile was used to shoot down the Malaysia Airlines flight over the Ukraine, and Russia is, therefore, liable for the crash.