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News of February 2007


Bmibaby announces new routes from Cardiff

20 February 2007

Bmibaby has announced further development at the airport of Cardiff which sees the introduction of a new route, increased frequencies on existing routes and a new early morning departure on a key domestic route.

For summer 2007, the airline will be introducing a new four times weekly service to Murcia which is the perfect gateway to the fast developing La Manga strip on Spain’s Costa Calida. Flights commence on 27 March 2007 but are available for booking now from just £29.99 one way including taxes.

source: Easier


More JetBlue flights canceled Monday

20 February 2007

Low cost fares, quirky blue potato chips and even a mea culpa from JetBlue Airways’ founder may not be enough to ease passenger anxiety Monday as the airline braces for another day of disrupted flights.

The company said it would be canceling almost a quarter of the day’s flights but hopes to be fully operational on Tuesday, almost a week after a Valentine’s Day snowstorm created a meltdown for the airline.

David G. Neeleman, the company’s founder and chief executive, said he was “humiliated and mortified” by the breakdown in the airline’s operations. He promised in an interview with The New York Times for its Monday editions that in the future the company would pay penalties to customers should they be stranded on a plane for too long.

fuente: ABC Actions News


Frontier Airlines reaches definitive agreement with Frontier Airline Pilots Association

16 February 2007

Frontier Airlines and the Frontier Airline Pilots Association (FAPA) announced that FAPA membership has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote of 289 (67%) for to 140 (33%) against, which represents 429 votes out of 553 eligible voters, or 78%. The new four-year agreement amends the previous five-year contract signed in May 2000. Implementation of the approved agreement will begin in March, 2007.

source: Yahoo!


No frills airline let passengers wait on planes for 10 hours

16 February 2007

As an ice storm stranded JetBlue airplanes for up to 10½ hours, passengers sat within sight of the terminal without food, adequate restrooms or a reasonable explanation as to why they weren’t moving.

They could have been evacuated much sooner if the airline hadn’t waited so long to ask airport officials for help. JetBlue acknowledged Thursday that it hesitated nearly five hours before calling in shuttle buses to unload 10 jets that spent much of Wednesday sitting on runways because of icy weather and gate congestion.

source: TheGlobe&Mail


easyJet starts ops at Madrid’s Barajas airport

15 February 2007

Low-cost airline airline easyJet PLC said it today opened its 17th European base at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

The Luton-based airline says it expects to carry over 2 mln passengers from Madrid in 2007 on 18 routes – three domestic, 13 European and two to North Africa.

Last year easyJet launched 13 new routes to and from Spain and the airline has already announced a further 13 routes to and from Spain to be opened this year.

source: Forbes


European carriers launch new nonstop air services to Boston

15 February 2007

Three new nonstop flights from European airports to Boston are starting from this March with Air Lingus opening Dublin-Boston route from March 25, Iberia flying from Madrid to Boston from May 6 and flyglobespan operating the Glasgow-Boston from May 25, 2007.

source: Traveldailynews


BA lowers prices to Middle East routes

15 February 2007

British Airways has lowered the cost of tickets on all Middle East routes and as Paul Starrs British Airways’ Commercial Manager, Middle East mentions “The tickets represent a substantial saving for  customers when comparing the prices with other airlines operating regionally. This sale will allow new customers to experience our renowned, industry-leading services at an appealingly low price.

The fares – which represent the lowest priced tickets the airline has put on the market since for five years – are available on all tickets bought before February 23rd 2007.

source: Traveldailynews


European carriers launch new nonstop air services to Boston

15 February 2007

Uk low-cost airline Easyjet opened its 17th base at Madrid’s Barajas airport.

The airline said it expects to carry over 2 million passengers from Madrid this year on 18 routes.

Last year the airline said it carried 8.4 million passengers to and from Spain – a 15% increase on the previous year.

source: rte.ie


Airline to Charge for Checking Luggage

11 February 2007

First airlines took away free food. Then blankets and pillows disappeared. And now checked luggage may be on the endangered list.

Spirit Airlines will become the first U.S. carrier to allow passengers to check only one piece of luggage for free. A second bag will cost passengers $10.

I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to get around to doing this,” aviation analyst Darryl Jenkins said.

Spirit says it’s a way to keep ticket prices low, but passengers worry about other airlines joining in.

source: ABC News


Iran airline launches new flights

11 February 2007

Iran’s national airline will begin direct flights to Venezuela next month in another sign of the two nations’ increasingly close ties.

Iran Air will operate a weekly, commercial flight linking Tehran and Caracas in March, the Venezuelan government said in a statement.

Flights leaving Tehran will stop in Syria’s capital of Damascus on their way to Caracas, it said.

Iran Air opened a new office at the headquarters of Venezuela’s state airline Conviasa in Caracas on Friday, and Convias will soon open a commercial office in Iran, the statement said.

source: freep.com