Frontier Adds New Florida Routes

Frontier Airlines has continued their aggressive expansion in Florida with the announcement of three new routes and the resumption of two other routes from the Sunshine State. The Denver-based carrier has focused on expansion in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic as leisure travel to warmer states continues to flourish.  The airline will see the start of two new routes from Miami International Airport and one new route from Orlando International Airport, all starting in early March. Orlando and Miami will also each see the resumption…

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A Frontier A320 approaching Las Vegas. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Boeing 737 MAX to Receive Final Flight Clearance from the EU Next Week

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Boeing 737 MAX will receive its final clearance to continue operation in Europe next week. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the last major safety regulator to approve the jet after two fatal crashes grounded it in March 2019. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) in Brazil both re-certified the MAX in late 2020, and Transport Canada is expected to follow suit on Jan. 20. The EASA…

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The FAA has released its recommendations for 737 MAX updates after over 18 months of study and fixes by Boeing. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Exclusive: Boutique Air Announces Three New Destinations

San Francisco-based Boutique Air is once again in the news. The carrier has expanded aggressively lately, and they certainly didn't disappoint with this announcement. Including the three new destinations in this article, the number of cities started by the carrier since August will be 11. AirlineGeeks got the opportunity to speak with Boutique Air Vice President of Business Operations Brian Kondrad and get the inside scoop on the three newest destinations for the carrier, in addition to some talk about the airline's future. El Paso,…

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A Boutique Air Pilatus PC-12 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Airlines Reveal How Many People Are On Their No-Fly Lists

From anti-maskers to Capitol rioters, airline "no-fly" lists have been growing over the past year. Since March 2020, airlines have banned over 2,700 people from flying on their aircraft due to noncompliance with mask mandates, and the insurrection at the Capitol has barred dozens more. In an attempt to keep flying calm and orderly, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is checking "hundreds of names" that may be prohibited from boarding aircraft, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is cracking down on unruly passengers.  How Many…

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Aircraft on the ramp in Boston. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Hong Kong International Airport Passenger Volume Dropped 88% In 2020

Hong Kong International Airport announced a drop in passenger volume for the second year in a row. According to the Hong Kong Airport Authority, the Asian hub recorded 8.8 million passengers in 2020, an 87.7% decrease compared to 2019. The airport has recorded 74.7 million and 71.5 million passengers in 2018 and 2019 respectively. However, cargo throughput at the airport only dropped seven percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, Hong Kong International revealed its passenger volume in December was 90,000, a drop…

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A Cathay Pacific A350 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Ben Suskind)

Air Senegal Adds European Destinations, Reduces African Network

Beginning March 28, Senegal's flag carrier, Air Senegal, will commence flights from Dakar to Lyon operating three times weekly using the Airbus A321. The airline's point-to-point demand in this route totaled 40,000 in 2019. Outbound flights to Lyon will be operated with a stopover in Marseille. The flight will complete the 255 kilometer flight to Lyon before returning to the Senegalese capital. so the route will be Dakar – Marseille – Lyon – Dakar. Flights to Marseille, when originally launched in December 2019, were operated…

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Air Aenegal's Airbus A330 in Toulouse. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Emirates Offers Vaccination To Its Employees

During the last couple months, the COVID-19 vaccination process has started in several countries around the world. This is the great hope of the air transportation industry to begin short-term recovery. On Monday, Emirates has announced a vaccination program for all its employees in collaboration with the Minister of Health and Prevention of the United Arab Emirates' government. This process began Monday morning giving priority to employees with most direct contact with the passengers: pilots, cabin crew and airport operations crews. The Middle Eastern carrier…

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An Emirates Airbus A380 at Dubai International Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Hisham Qadri)

American Airlines Expands in Louisiana

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a focus on leisure traffic in the U.S. Due to the shift, airlines have launched new flights in the South to attract leisure traffic to warmer destinations, particularly during the winter and spring seasons. In yet another step in that ongoing movement, American Airlines announced it will be expanding in Louisiana, with new flights from its hub in Charlotte, N.C. Starting April 2, American Airlines will add additional service to Alexandria and Lafayette, La., according to local news outlet KALB.…

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An American Airlines Express Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Air New Zealand Schedules Quarantine-Free Flights

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, numerous countries have issued lengthy travel restrictions and strict entry requirements for international travelers. As a result, the new air travel atmosphere forced airlines to rely on various methods to adapt to those changes, including schedule changes, aircraft swaps and route suspensions, with the goal of mitigating future losses caused by operating flights with low load factors and weak travel demand. But a new deal reached by two local governments will allow Air New Zealand to restart a flight…

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An Air New Zealand 787 landing at Houston IAH (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

European Commission Requests Clarifications On Alitalia Rescue Plan

Ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia has hit another bump in the process that was set to see the newly-formed state-owned company Italia Trasporto Aereo (ITA) take over Alitalia's main assets and flight operations and then receive a 3 billion euro ($3.6 billion) fund injection from the country's government. The ITA business plan has raised numerous concerns by the European Union which needs to make sure strict conditions are in place for the new cash injection not to be considered state aid, which would go against…

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An Alitalia A330 at MIA. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)
An American 787-9 landing in Dallas/Fort Worth (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Airline Alliances Through Equity Stakes: Is the Business Model Dead?

In 2014, Etihad Airways introduced its own global alliance with the aim of linking several of its major airline investments…

Opinion: Is History Repeating Itself?

As the airline industry grapples with the health and economic consequences of COVID-19, one might be tempted to look at how the world managed and recovered from the world’s last…

A Personal Look Back: Air India Was Once A World…

These days, many people in and around the industry see Air India as a poorly run airline that most avoid flying if they can help it. They’re known for poor…

First Breeze E190 Leaves Paintshop

The first aircraft for Breeze Airways, the new project of JetBlue, Azul and WestJet founder David Neeleman, has left the paint shop. The aircraft, an Embraer E190 registered N90NA, was…

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Madrid Barajas Airport Aims for Normal Operations Starting Monday

It has been a complicated week for Madrid Barajas Airport in Spain due to the snowstorm "Filomena" that hit the Spanish capital last weekend. On Friday 8 the snow began to fall in Madrid as…

Heathrow Airport Passenger Volume Plummeted Amid The Pandemic

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Frontier Adds New Florida Routes

Frontier Airlines has continued their aggressive expansion in Florida with the announcement of three new routes and the resumption of two other routes from the Sunshine State. The Denver-based carrier…

Boeing 737 MAX to Receive Final Flight Clearance from the EU Next…

On Tuesday, Reuters reported that the Boeing 737 MAX will receive its final clearance to continue operation in Europe next week. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is the…

Exclusive: Boutique Air Announces Three New Destinations

San Francisco-based Boutique Air is once again in the news. The carrier has expanded aggressively lately, and they certainly didn't disappoint with this announcement. Including the three new destinations in…