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JetBlue Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor Up for August

JetBlue Traffic, Capacity, and Load Factor Up for August

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for August 2018. The carrier said that its total traffic, capacity, and load factor were all up for the month.
The New York-based airline’s passenger traffic was 4.72 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.7% from 4.42 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
iles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 6.7% from 4.23 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s …

Airline Pilots Union Offers Plan to Address Pilot Shortage

Airline Pilots Union Offers Plan to Address Pilot Shortage

The Air Line Pilots Association promulgated a list of what it called policy solutions that would address the current shortage of pilots in the United States.
In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, the union said it wants to inspire young people to become pilots and help maintain air service to small rural communities.
“With the right policies, the U.S. government can help inspire young people to become airline pilots …

Brussels Airlines to Offer Free Stopover in Belgium to Connecting Passengers

Brussels Airlines to Offer Free Stopover in Belgium to Connecting Passengers

Brussels Airlines introduced a new option allowing travelers who are making a connection in Brussels the option of a free visit to parts of the country before continuing to their final destination.
The new Belgium Stop Over program allows travelers to visit Belgium for one to five days and includes access to museums and popular tourist sites in two cities.
Passengers traveling from the United States, Canada, Israel, or India en route …

Aer Lingus to Offer New Non-Stop Service Linking Dublin with the Twin Cities

Aer Lingus to Offer New Non-Stop Service Linking Dublin with the Twin Cities

Aer Lingus announced plans to offer daily non-stop service between Dublin, Ireland, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The inaugural flight will take place on July 8, 2019.
“There is significant demand among Minnesota’s business community for direct air service to Ireland,” said Brian Ryks, executive director of the Metropolitan Airports Commission for the Twin Cities.
Dublin is the capital of Ireland and that country’s largest city. It’s located at the mouth of the River Liffey …

Alaska Air Creates Planning and Strategy Division, Names Tackett as EVP

Alaska Air Creates Planning and Strategy Division, Names Tackett as EVP

Alaska Airlines announced the appointment of Shane Tackett to the position of executive vice president of planning and strategy, a new position.
Mr. Tackett will lead a new division in refining and optimizing the airline’s route network following the carrier’s 2016 acquisition of Virgin America. He previously served as the airline’s senior vice president of revenue and e-commerce.
The Seattle-based airline also announced that it will integrate its commercial and frontline divisions. …

Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for August

Southwest Reports Rise in Traffic and Capacity for August

Southwest Airlines announced operational results for August 2018.
The carrier reported an increase in capacity and traffic, while its load factor fell slightly.
The airline’s total system traffic was 11.41 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, a year-over-year increase of 1.6% from 11.2 billion RPMs in August 2017. The company reported a total system capacity of 13.55 billion ASMs, or available seat miles, up 2% from 13.28 billion the previous August.
Meanwhile, Southwest’s …

Forecasters Expect Hurricane Florence to Strengthen as 1 Million Told to Evacuate

Forecasters Expect Hurricane Florence to Strengthen as 1 Million Told to Evacuate

Hurricane Florence, one of the most powerful storms to threaten the eastern seaboard in decades, is triggering evacuation warnings along 300 miles (482 kilometers) of the East Coast and over one million residents have been urged to move inland for the duration of the storm.
As of 8 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the storm’s center had maximum sustained winds of 140 mph (225 km/h) and was about 725 miles (1,166 kilometers) …