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WOW Air Hires Former Spirit CEO: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 11, 2016

Airlines & Airports | Josh Lew | March 11, 2016

WOW Air Hires Former Spirit CEO: Airline Pulse News and Notes for March 11, 2016

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Former Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza Becomes WOW Air Board Member
WOW Air is making a push to enter the long-haul market, and the Icelandic carrier has asked former Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza to become a member of its board. WOW wants to tap into Baldanza’s “specific expertise in the realm of ultra-low-cost carriers” to help it compete with the likes of Norwegian Air.

American Airlines Ends Caracas Flights Until Market Improves
Just three months after it began its New York-Caracas service, American Airlines has announced that it will drop the route. The final flight will be on April 4. Caracas was American’s first South American destination three decades ago, but demand is low for the current service, so AA will stop the flight until the economy improves.

Air New Zealand Partners with United for U.S. Expansion
Air New Zealand and United Airlines will share revenue on flights between New Zealand and the United States starting this summer. Passengers will also be able to book connecting flights in both countries. This should help ANZ's reach in the U.S. and bring more Americans to the South Pacific island nation.

Reagan Received 6,500 Noise Complaints from One Person Last Year
Reagan National Airport Received 8,670 noise complaints from local residents last year. However, 6,500 of those came from one person. (That adds up to 18 calls per day, every day). The airport has formed a community working group to address noise issues.


The TSA is getting ready for a huge increase in traffic during spring break. As many as 140 million people are expected to pass through security checkpoints this March and April, and some are wondering whether the TSA can handle the increase  

Austin Bergstrom Airport is trumpeting its third place finish in the Airport Council International’s customer satisfaction survey. With two of the country’s largest hubs in Dallas and Houston, Bergstrom often gets overlooked. However, Southwest, the main tenant, and Frontier have been expanding service at the airport.  

Despite losing a major link to Chicago Midway (on Southwest), Des Moines Airport is growing. United added more seats to O’Hare, so the number of passengers who can fly to Chicago will actually increase. Frontier is adding flights to Denver, and Southwest will start flights to Saint Louis the day after its Midway service ends.  

Amazon is taking to the air. The online retail giant will lease 20 Boeings so that it can handle more of its own deliveries in the United States.  

Charlotte Douglas has agreed to a new 10-year lease agreement with its tenants, the largest of which is American Airlines. As part of the deal, airlines will support expansion projects at the airport over the next decade. 


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