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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Air Canada Rouge Returns to the Skies

Air Canada's leisure airline, Air Canada Rouge, resumed service this week for the first time since the spring season.  The resumption of services ends their almost seven-month suspension. In February, Air Canada paused operations to Mexico and the Caribbean at the request of the Canadian government. Since Air Canada Rouge primarily served…

Jet2 Orders First Airbus Aircraft with A321neos

Jet2 announced on Tuesday that it has ordered 36 Airbus A321neo aircraft. The order is the airline's first with Airbus, with Jet2 previously preferring Boeing narrowbodies for its operations. However, the Leeds-based airline has been leasing an ex-Condor Airbus A321 since February 2020, according to Airfleets. According to a press release,…

Manchester Airport’s New Terminal Two Will Open to Customers

Manchester Airport has announced that its new Terminal Two extension will open this week. The new building forms the focus of Manchester Airport Group's £1 billion Manchester Airport Transformation Program, first announced in 2015. The first passengers will pass through the flagship facility on Wednesday, July 14. Jet2 will be…

American Airlines Is Using More Widebodies On Domestic Flights than…

Covid-19 travel restrictions remain in place across many parts of the world. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that American Airlines is still using more widebody aircraft on domestic services than international flights, according to data seen by AirlineGeeks. With many countries remaining closed to American tourists, more…

Iberia Restores Latin American Services as Spain Reopens to More…

Iberia announced this week that it is restoring services to most of its destinations in Latin America. The news comes as the Spanish government has re-opened Spain to more foreign travelers. The Spanish flag carrier will also be increasing frequencies to selected destinations for the summer season. Iberia's 2021 summer…

British Airways Begins Trialing IATA Digital Travel Pass

British Airways has begun trialing the IATA Travel Pass on flights to Switzerland this week. The airline is trialing the travel pass on flights from London's Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich. Trials began on June 1. The travel pass comes in the form of a smartphone app. Once downloaded, passengers…

Allegiant Adds New Routes, Expands Into Phoenix Sky Harbor

Allegiant Airlines has announced that it is launching six new nonstop routes, including the airline's debut at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport. The new routes are to warmer destinations to encourage summer and fall vacations. Newly-announced flights serve the west of the U.S. and Florida to reach more customers longing for…

Icelandic Low Cost Airline PLAY Begins Ticket Sales

New Icelandic low-cost airline PLAY launched ticket sales on its website this week. The launch follows its acquisition of an Air Operator's Certificate over the weekend. The airline, based at Reykjavik's Keflavik airport, announced sales to seven destinations in Europe. Its inaugural flight will be on June 24 to London's…

British Airways Increases Frequencies to Leisure Destinations in Response to…

British Airways has announced that it will be adding more than 90,000 seats to leisure destinations in June. The news comes as the U.K. government has given Britons the green light to travel abroad starting May 17. The extra flights are primarily to Greece and The Canary Islands, both popular…