JetBlue Airways will launch twice-daily nonstop flights next March between Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The airline will also begin once-daily flights from Orlando, Fla., to Atlanta.
The Street's Ted Reed took an in-depth look at the intense and growing competition in the airline industry. "The major airlines increasingly fly into one another's hubs, reflecting both intense competition and an ongoing industry-wide effort to replace smaller aircraft with bigger ones," Reed writes. John Heimlich, A4A's chief economist, affirmed that the "fiercest" competition occurs between hubs and the hubs of carriers' competitors. "[T]he intrinsic nature of the airline business is to battle fiercely for customers and hence revenue. That revenue tends to be located in areas with the densest populations and largest businesses," Heimlich said. "It is no secret that airlines tend to choose those markets as their hub locations."
Retired air traffic control professional Alan Clendenin writes that reforming the ATC system is critical to Florida's tourism industry. In this commentary, Clendenin asserts that the current ATC system is outdated. "Despite the political drama and partisan divides, I still believe it's government's role to actually seek solutions and solve problems," he added, while urging Florida's elected officials to support the 21st Century AIRR Act.
American Airlines is offering companies the chance to win 10,000 points, worth five round-trip domestic flights, in a contest celebrating the 20th anniversary of the carrier's Business Extra service.
Hawaiian Airlines will switch to Airbus 330-200 aircraft for its eight-hour flights between Honolulu and Sapporo, Japan. The planes feature lie-flat seats and premium economy seats.
Police have cleared a suspicious vehicle at Virginia's Washington Dulles International Airport, and closed areas outside and within the airport are being reopened. Officials rerouted traffic after explosives-sniffing dogs alerted them to a parked vehicle.
Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Dingman is accused of leaking video of the deadly Jan. 6 shooting at Florida's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. He was arrested Wednesday and charged with suspicion of tampering or fabricating physical evidence; unlawful use of a two-way communication device; violation of public records law and criminal use of a public record or public records information.
Dec Lee, the new American Airlines hub leader at North Carolina's Charlotte Douglas International Airport, says the carrier is looking to invest in its employees and the airport. The airline has increased workers' pay, upgraded break rooms and added ice machines for tarmac workers.
The Federal Aviation Administration has updated night landing rules for San Francisco International Airport and will "no longer issue visual approaches to air crews approaching SFO at night when an adjacent parallel runway is closed," said the FAA's Ian Gregor.
Most pilots will never face a real in-flight emergency, but they still train for them. Today, the entire general aviation community is facing a new type of emergency: air traffic control privatization. AOPA has developed an emergency checklist for that.