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The interior Ronald Regan Washington National Airport (Photo: DCA Airport)

Reagan National Says Goodbye to Gate 35X, Hello to a Brand New Concourse

Washington D.C. locals and American Airlines frequent flyers have something to celebrate today - the opening of Reagan National Airport's brand new concourse! The airport is getting rid of the dreaded Gate 35X, a cramped space that was used to shuttle passengers by bus to their aircraft, and opening a sleek new terminal that does not require any traveler to board a bus. Robert Isom, President of American Airlines, expressed excitement over the new concourse, saying, "The dreaded Gate 35X…

Southampton Airport Runway Expansion Gets The Green Light

While the COVID-19 pandemic has brought some relief to the chronic shortage of runway capacity that has been plaguing the South-East of England for decades, a long-debated decision has taken a step to make a dent in the problem in the long run. After 19 hours of discussion at Eastleigh…

Allegiant Air Joins Airlines Expanding Austin Presence

The Allegiant Travel Company and its subsidiary Allegiant Air have announced plans for a base at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. This move becomes Allegiant’s latest major announcement during the COVID-19 pandemic where there has been a significant focus on leisure travel. The announcement also comes just weeks after American Airlines announced…

Chinese Airports Show Signs of Recovery

Chinese aviation is experiencing a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic even though international travel largely remains closed. As a result of the huge demand in the domestic services, China Eastern Airlines’ grounded aircraft have returned to the skies. Recently, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has announced that the…

U.S. Senators Suggest a New CBP Preclearance Facility in Taiwan

Four U.S. Senators as well as four members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to express their support of the initiative to set up a preclearance facility in Taiwan. This is intended to strengthen ties between the U.S. and…

Vueling To Turn Barcelona Into an Innovation Hub

Many European airlines have received assistance funds during the last year to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The European Union and various national governments gave those funds with strict conditions, often forcing the carriers to present restructuring plans. One of the beneficiaries of such loans has been Vueling, the Spanish low-cost…

Following Second-Wave Restrictions, Passenger Traffic in Spain Plunges

During February, the 48 airports managed by Aena Aeropuertos in Spain handled 2,229,568 passengers, a figure 86.8% lower than in the same month of 2020. This is the largest year-on-year drop recorded since last May, a sign of the impact the second wave of COVID-19 infections and the subsequent restrictions…

EAS Round Up – Part 3

Essential Air Service (EAS) has been in the news frequently the past couple of months, and large airports aren’t the only airports that have news to report on. This is a continuation of the series, titled ‘EAS Round up’, and will touch on any news regarding the contracts in the…

7 Months Coming: Buenos Aires Airport Reopens After Renovation

Argentinian domestic and regional airport Aeroparque Jorge Newbery reopened on March 15, christening a completely new runway and new construction of an international sector of the passenger terminal. These works are part of a complete modernization plan that the airport management company is carrying out in conjunction with the Regulatory…

Taipei’s Songshan Airport Records a Profit Amid Pandemic

Taiwan's aviation industry seems significantly different from its global peers. For example, the staff of China Airlines were recently rewarded with year-end bonuses. In addition, Taipei's Songshan airport, which mainly provides domestic and limited regional services, has recorded a $4.61 million profit during the pandemic in spite of declining passenger…