FAA warns airlines of disinfection safety risks

While airlines make a big deal about touting their disinfection procedures, the US Federal Aviation Administration has issued a behind-the-scenes warning that some actions could pose a safety risk. A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin issued on November 4 warns that too frequent or improper use of disinfectants could cause problems such as corrosion, embrittlement, increased […]

Corporación América Airports Reports October 2020 Passenger Traffic

MIAMI – Corporación América Airports, the largest private airport operator in the world by the number of facilities, reported an 80.8% drop in passenger traffic through the month of October 2020 in a year-over-year comparison, business portal Business Wire reported on November 13. According to the portal, the decline in traffic reflected “the continued impact […]

Busiest Cargo Airports of North America

MIAMI – While passenger airlines have been pummeled throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, cargo airlines have seen growth, highlighting the importance of the busiest cargo airports in North America. Cargo levels year-over-year increases have been significant with a 12.5% surge in July. Perhaps the freight hub most equipped for such increases is Memphis International Airport (MEM) […]

Read the pitch deck that business travel startup Lola used to secure $37 million in funding

Summary List Placement Lola.com CEO Mike Volpe thinks business travel on the whole is just horrible – but he saw that as a big business opportunity. Lola focuses on making it easier for medium-sized companies to manage corporate travel arrangements. Companies use the service to authorize employees to make travel-related purchases and set their own […]

JetBlue will soon fill its planes to capacity and is offering refunds for travelers who don’t want to fly on the airline as a result

Summary List Placement JetBlue Airways is joining the growing list of airlines that plan to fill their aircraft to capacity in the upcoming months, abandoning a policy of onboard social distancing that was thought to be necessary in order to restore confidence in air travel.  Starting December 2, JetBlue will increase capacity on its aircraft to […]

Avianca Reports USD$156m Operating Loss

MIAMI – Avianca Holdings for the three months ending on September 20 has reported an operating loss of USD$156m. For the same period last year, group company Avianca (AV), the flag carrier of Colombia, posted an operating profit of USD$28m. With AV ceasing operations in mid-March following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and South […]

Exploring the UK’s Newest Airline, flyPOP: A Chat with CEO Nino Singh Judge

LONDON – Airways got the opportunity to speak with CEO Nino Singh Judge, who is in charge of the UK’s newest start-up carrier, flyPOP. Earlier this month, we reported that this new airline announced plans to launch in 2021 with routes to India. The format of the interview revolves around discussing the airline’s plans, as […]

Private jet firm XO just added 15 aircraft to its fleet in a major fleet expansion that will help corner the new market of first-time private jet flyers

Summary List Placement XO, one of the largest private aviation firms in the country, is growing its dedicated fleet of charter aircraft with the addition of 15 light jet aircraft. Starting today, the Cessna Citation Ultra aircraft will be available for charter directly through XO, offering members more options when booking private jet travel and […]

COVID crash allows Delta to accelerate $US1.8bn LAX revamp

Delta Air Lines says the COVID crisis has allowed it to accelerate its Los Angeles International Airport revamp and passengers can now look forward to an “all-new” experience by mid-2023. The $US1.83 billion Delta Sky Way project to modernize, upgrade and connect Terminals 2, 3, and the Tom Bradley International Terminal will be ready a […]

Volaris Launches New US-Mexico Connections

MIAMI – Volaris (Y4) launches today its new Mexico City (MEX) – Houston (IAH) route with four weekly frequencies on Thursdays and Sundays. The company remains committed to being one of the airlines with the most active routes and operations, so during November 2020, it will connect IAH with two of the main tourist destinations […]

The best Airbnbs in Vermont

 Summary List Placement Private vacation rentals on Airbnb allow travelers to practice social distancing more easily than in hotels, with new cleaning policies in place. Many such vacation rentals are found in Vermont, which is one of the best places to hike, ski, and generally enjoy the outdoors. These are some of the best Airbnbs […]

The best romantic hotels in the US for COVID-19 era newlyweds

 Summary List Placement Due to the ongoing pandemic, many newlyweds are looking for safe domestic honeymoon options. The ideal honeymoon spot is romantic and secluded, with elevated options for couples to relax, bond, and celebrate. While privacy has always been prized for honeymoon getaways, with COVID-19, it’s more important than ever. We rounded up romantic […]

Ryanair’s Lauda Will Have an All Boeing Fleet

Lauda’s Airbus A320 Faro airport. Photo: Lauda Ryanair Wants to Replace Lauda’s A320 When Ryanair took over Lauda, in addition to acquiring the company, it also acquired a new type of aircraft. Ryanair (FR), the historic operator of the Boeing 737-800NG (or 737-8As, as you prefer), having a bunch of Airbuses thrown into the mix […]

Here’s which airlines are blocking middle seats for Thanksgiving travel

Summary List Placement US airlines are facing a crossroads this holiday season as to whether they should block middle seats or open them booking as a travel-hungry populace ponders a return to the skies to visit family, friends, and relatives. With the start of the holiday season less than a month away, consumers are looking […]

I used Tentrr to book a private, secluded glampsite for a remote getaway — here’s how the platform works and why I’ll gladly be using it again

 Summary List Placement Tentrr connects campers with private landowners and State Park grounds for secluded camping experiences. Campers can choose from fully-equipped sites that come with canvas tents or cabins with beds already set up, or they’re able to opt for a more traditional campsite and bring their own gear. Prices vary depending on the […]

US Airline Employment Crashes to Thirty-Year Low

MIAMI – US airline employment is set to fall to its lowest level in decades by year’s end due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a trade group said Thursday. UPI reported today that employment will drop by 90,000 full-time employees by December, according to Airlines for America (A4A) trade group, which represents major US airlines. Photo: […]

Amex Platinum review: The best card for airport lounge access and other high-end travel perks, with a 75,000-point welcome bonus

 Summary List PlacementThe Platinum Card® from American Express   Review: Is the Amex Platinum the best card for you? If you want a premium rewards credit card — one that offers benefits like airport lounge access and annual statement credits for travel — Platinum Card® from American Express should absolutely be on your shortlist. It […]

London Aeroflot Exec Held by Russia on Treason Charges

MIAMI – Russian security services have detained a London-based executive of Aeroflot (SU) on suspicion of passing state secrets to Britain, Reuters reports today. The TASS and RIA news agencies named the executive on Thursday as Dmitry Fedotkin and said he denied any wrongdoing. Fedotkin’s profile on LinkedIn says he has been SU’s station manager […]

500+ Passengers Added to Delta Air Lines’ No-Fly List

MIAMI – The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the passenger experience on board flights in so many ways, and as a cherry on top, there could always be the unfortunate but rare occasion someone decides they don’t want to or don’t have to play by the rules. This was the case for 550 people over the […]

Emirates Group posts massive $US3.8 billion first-half loss

The Emirates Group has posted a massive $US3.8 billion loss for the first six months of 2020-21 but says it expects a steep recovery in travel demand once a vaccine is available. Emirates’ airline operations saw revenue slump 75 percent as they accounted for the majority of the group result with a loss of $US3.4 […]

International airlines fill less than one-in-five seats

International airlines still servicing Australia were filling less than one in five seats in September as passenger numbers plummeted to just over 62,000. New statistics released by the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics show seat utilization on international flights fell from 83 percent in September 2019, to 19.1 percent for the same month […]

American app aims to help flyers navigate COVID crisis

American Airlines is trialing a mobile app designed to prepare passengers for international travel by helping them navigate COVID-19 restrictions. The US carrier has partnered with identity assurance company Daon to test the VeriFLY app on flights between its Miami hub and Jamaica from November 18. The app aims to help travelers easily understand COVID-19 […]

Virgin celebrates ownership change with half a million sale fares

Virgin Australia is releasing 500,000 fares from $75 one-way and launching a new travel campaign to celebrate its move out of voluntary administration. The travel campaign, titled You can’t Keep a Good Thing Down, sees 12-year-old Melbourne schoolgirl Annie Jones dancing through a terminal to the INXS track “What You Need”. The airline says it […]

Air Arabia Reports AED44m Net Loss in Q3

MIAMI – UAE-based low-cost carrier Air Arabia (G9), the first and largest in the Middle East, has reported an AED44m (US$12m) loss in the third quarter as the pandemic is still affecting passenger demand, aviation portal Aviator reported on November 12. According to the portal, “the company’s turnover for the third quarter of 2020 registered […]

Emirates Group Announces Half-Year Results, Boasts Flexibility

MIAMI – Emirates Airlines (EK) announced its half-year results for the financial year 2020-21 in a statement early Thursday. The UAE-based carrier made a loss of US$3.4bn after making a US$235m profit in the same period last year. Despite massive losses, the airline turned towards its cargo business as a source of revenue in absence […]

Here’s how to book holiday travel with no risk of losing money and a full refund if you have to cancel

Summary List Placement The onset of the pandemic in March saw thousands of travelers rush to cancel flights as the global outbreak decimated the ability to travel. Non-essential travel was discouraged and outright banned internationally as borders swiftly closed, and staying at home became en vogue. With the public settling into a pandemic entering its […]

Alitalia To Resume Flights to Brazil, Argentina

LONDON – Italian carrier Alitalia (AZ) has today announced it will resume services from Rome (FCO) to Buenos Aires (EZE) and Sao Paulo (GRU) in Brazil and Argentina respectively. Services to EZE will begin on December 19, in co-operation with GOL (G3) who will be codesharing on those flights, with the services to GRU resuming […]