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Aircraft on the move at New York's LaGuardia Airport (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

Opinion: Even During a Pandemic, Domestic Air Travel Remains a Necessity

I recently came across an opinion piece by a fellow aviation reporter, arguing that domestic air travel in the U.S. essentially needs to be halted as COVID-19 cases grow by the day. I am certainly not discrediting Mr. Sumer’s opinion as the article itself does make several valid claims, nor am I saying that social distancing and staying home to quell the spread of this virus isn’t important. It absolutely is. On the contrary, however, I do not believe halting…

Brazilian Airlines Start ‘Essential Air Network’ to Avoid Complete Shutdown

Since the beginning of March, with the first cases of COVID-19 in Brazil, demand for domestic travel saw a dramatic and unprecedented drop. While the number of passengers and financial results were in a positive trend since 2019, airlines had to quickly react to this new scenario. To avoid a…

Chinese Aviation Authority Supporting Airline-Saving Measures

Earlier this month, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said it would promote and allow measures that allow airlines to continue to stay afloat as the country's aviation industry is plagued by the lack of travel resulting from the novel coronavirus that has filled up headlines. The Chinese aviation regulator…

Air Frances to Introduce Business Class Service on Domestic Routes

Air France is extending its business class service to customers on its domestic network, on departing flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and other French cities, which will also be available on short-haul flights connecting the French regions to international destinations. Now business class customers with a connection on a…

Japan Airlines to Offer Free Flights for Olympics Tourists

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the nation’s flag carrier has announced a campaign to boost inter-Japan travel during the games. Japan Airlines plans to offer 50,000 free domestic roundtrip tickets to international visitors during the 2020 Olympics. The objective of this campaign is…

Regional Carrier ExpressJet Begins Embraer E175 Service

ExpressJet Airlines, a United Express regional carrier, began commercial service with its newest fleet type, the Embraer E175, on Thursday. The first flight, UA4042, departed Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, coincidentally the airline's two main bases, at 8:10 a.m. and arrived on-time at 11:17 a.m.,…

Eurowings Makes Move to Terminal 1 at Munich Airport

Eurowings recently made the move to a new location at its base in Munich. The Lufthansa Group’s low-cost airline subsidiary has moved all departure and arrival operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 of Munich Airport starting in the beginning of June in a move to give their travelers a…

Air Europa Seeks Entry into Brazil’s Domestic Market

Air Europa applied last Friday to operate domestic flights within Brazil. The move is a direct result of new laws in Brazil allowing foreign airlines 100 percent ownership of Brazilian airlines, whereas foreign ownership was previously limited to 25 percent. Brazil's congress approved last Wednesday the new law, which included…

Hawaiian Airlines Inaugurates Longest U.S. Domestic Route, CEO Talks Future…

Hawaiian Airlines officially inaugurated the longest domestic route in the United States when the airline's Airbus A330-200 landed in Boston early Friday morning after a nearly-10-hour trek from Honolulu. Only its second destination east of the Mississippi, Boston is now the latest and furthest outpost in the Hawaiian Airlines route…

Argentina: Domestic Market Grows While International Traffic Plunges

The Argentinian Aviation Authority has released its statistics for the month of October, which show a steady growth on domestic traffic, but a steep descent in international passenger demand. October is a key month for Argentinian aviation as Norwegian Air Argentina recently began service amongst a field of various low-cost…