Struggling to secure slots from the Chinese government, United Airlines has asked the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a 60-day extension to start a second daily San Francisco (SFO)-Shanghai flight.
San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is licensing a new technology that allows airports to track rideshare drivers, including ones from popular companies Uber and Lyft, to ensure they’re paying proper fees when accessing airport roadways.
Florida-based ultra-low-cost carrier (LCC) Spirit Airlines is confident it can compete effectively with Frontier Airlines in Atlanta while not taking too much share from Delta Air Lines, a Spirit executive told ATW.
Although WestJet Airlines continues to explore the possibility of flying widebody aircraft to emerging markets in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, the carrier still believes it can make money by launching new service to Europe, despite considerable competition on many key routes.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed this week it is exploring altering the 1,500-mile perimeter rule at New York LaGuardia Airport, but most US carriers said it is too early to consider what could mean for their networks, with one exception: Virgin America.
Air China is seeing slight a slot drop in premium cabin corporate traffic to North America, but has made up for it with a “surge” in paid travel from individuals, including for first class, the airline’s top US executive told ATW.
Calgary-based WestJet Airlines’ regional subsidiary WestJet Encore has received all required approvals to fly to the US, a move that should open new markets the carrier has been unable to serve, allowing it to more forcefully compete with Air Canada, company executives said.
Alaska Airlines is asking the commission in charge of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to alter plans to pay for an expanded international arrivals facility mostly with Passenger Facilities Charges (PFCs).
As it prepares to add four Boeing 767-300ER aircraft later this year, Calgary-based WestJet cautions it is only “dipping a toe in the widebody waters” as it tests whether it wants to expand its international network.
Colorado-based Frontier Airlines is changing its strategy at Trenton-Mercer Airport to limit East-West flying in winter, but still views the market as a valuable part of its network, even though it has increased departures at nearby Philadelphia International Airport, an airline executive said an interview.
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