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Lufthansa's A380 preparing to depart for its original destination after diverting to Austin on Oct. 1, 2018 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Mateen Kontoravdis)

Lufthansa Enters and Condor Exits Austin Market

Buried deep in a press release sent on Sept. 27, Lufthansa gave a glimpse of hope for its shrinking Frankfurt hub which keeps seeing capacity reduction and international flights being transferred to the nearby Munich Airport. The airline subtly announced that it plans to offer its first connection between Frankfurt and Austin next year. Last Thursday, the airline held a press conference with city officials at Austin City Hall to officially announce Lufthansa’s 23rd U.S. destination. The Cologne-based carrier will…

From a Thriving Military Base to an Aircraft Boneyard: Phoenix…

It's not often that you’ll see a Corsair Boeing 747-300, China Southern Boeing 777-200, US Airways Boeing 757 and a Southwest Airlines 737-700 hanging out with the German Air Force and perspective KLM and Lufthansa pilots at a small general aviation airport. However, Phoenix Goodyear Airport is not your typical…

Ontario Airport Sees a Significant Rise in Passenger Traffic

The number of passengers passing through Ontario International Airport (ONT) in Southern California has been growing significantly since it was transferred to the City of Ontario in 2015. With the new local ownership, Ontario has brought new airlines, increased the number of flights and destinations, and added new eateries and…

On Track with Leeds Bradford Airport’s ‘Route to 2030’

The U.K.’s highest airport, Leeds Bradford, has had a lot of recent activity in their ‘Route to 2030’ scheme. The strategic development plan, which was published in March 2017, informs locals and airport stakeholders of likely ways in which the airport will grow and develop for 2030. It also goes…

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Reveals New Brand Following Multiple Awards

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) in the north of England was recently named the best airport in the U.K. by Which? Magazine for the second year in a row for airports serving less than 10 million passengers. This came at a similar time to the airport’s accolade of the U.K.’s favorite…

Chile Reduces Airport Boarding Fees to Boost Domestic Travel

The Government of Chile announced yesterday a plan to reduce the different boarding fees currently charged at its national airports, in an effort to reduce the impact of the fees into airfares and a further reduction of ticket prices. In the last ten years, domestic fares fell 47 percent while…

Never-Ending Lines at Heathrow: The Issue and Potential Solutions

With the United Kingdom planning for "Brexit" in March of 2019, several observers continue to reiterate the need to improve the country's points of entry. However, with ongoing issues at the country's largest airport, Heathrow, it remains to be seen how the airport can handle a larger in-flow of both…

Oasis in a Singed Land: Alberta’s Northern Gateway at Fort…

Situated in the secluded northern end of Alberta, the city of Fort McMurray has made itself known as being a working town, especially for local oil producing companies who make use of the Athabasca Oil Sands in the area. However, the woodlands of Alberta hit the town hard in 2016…

Taipei Taoyuan Airport Yearns for More Transit Passengers

According to Taiwan’s National Audit office, Taipei Taoyuan International Airport is struggling to crave a better growth rate. In 2017, the growth rate of the airport was 10.98 percent and 9.48 percent in 2014, only a slight increase over four years. In 2016, the growth rate was 29.5 percent in…

What Does the U.S. Government Stand to Gain By Privatizing…

Last week, it became public that the Transportation Security Administration, also known as the TSA, considered privatizing its operations at 150 airports across the U.S, roughly 35 percent of 440 airports served by the TSA. The airports that were targeted are regional airports that are only served by aircraft with…