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JetBlue’s Flight-Shame Warning and 12 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

JetBlue’s Flight-Shame Warning and 12 Other Top Aviation Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In aviation news this week, JetBlue's CEO thinks the flight shaming movement is headed toward the U.S. What's more, twice a year Skift looks at the best of the best in travel and hospitality. For the 2020 winter edition, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, and Alaska Airlines received shout-outs for best innovators in airlines.

2 days ago

Nepal’s Main Airport Saves Power to Prevent Disruptions

Nepal’s Main Airport Saves Power to Prevent Disruptions

Binaj Gurubacharya , The Associated Press

Good to know that Nepal’s power situation is under control as this is the year it organizes a Visit Nepal Year, targeting two million tourists. The country needs them badly.

2 weeks ago

Volcano’s Eruption Disrupts Flights at Manila’s Main Airport

Volcano’s Eruption Disrupts Flights at Manila’s Main Airport

Joeal Calupitan and Jim Gomez, The Associated Press

Some planes may be able to fly Monday, which will free up parking bays for incoming flights. But it’s hard to tell if flight disruptions will end quickly — the volcano’s similar restiveness in the 1970s lasted for about four months.

2 weeks ago

Paris Duty Free Targets Chinese Travelers With WeChat Mini Program

Paris Duty Free Targets Chinese Travelers With WeChat Mini Program

Jing Travel

With China's dominance as the largest outbound market for international departures, it was a smart move by Paris Duty Free to create a WeChat Mini Program. The program encourages Chinese travelers to buy items curated specifically for their tastes. Will other Western airports follow suit?

2 weeks ago

Heathrow Could Have Become Churchill Airport But Plans Never Moved Ahead

Heathrow Could Have Become Churchill Airport But Plans Never Moved Ahead

Associated Press

Maybe these new public documents will rekindle the idea, and John Lennon will not be the only Brit with his name memorialized on a UK airport.

4 weeks ago

Amsterdam’s Second Airport Project Meets Fierce Resistance in the Era of Flight Shaming

Amsterdam’s Second Airport Project Meets Fierce Resistance in the Era of Flight Shaming

John Hermse, Ellen Proper, and Fred Pals, Bloomberg

The Dutch government is learning that getting buy-in for a second airport may be harder than they realized when climate concerns are taken into account.

1 month ago

Beijing’s New Airport Is Embracing Facial Recognition Technology

Beijing’s New Airport Is Embracing Facial Recognition Technology

Bloomberg News, Bloomberg

In general, Chinese citizens are less bothered by the growing pervasiveness of facial recognition technology than in other countries. But soon, international visitors to Beijing's newest airport won't have much of a choice of whether they're captured by the technology.

1 month ago

Berlin Airport Finally Schedules First Flight — After 8 Years of Delays

Berlin Airport Finally Schedules First Flight — After 8 Years of Delays

Stefan Nicola and Brian Parkin, Bloomberg

Well, you have to hand it to Berlin for persistence. The first flight at its new airport is scheduled — not until next October, but, hey, it's progress.

2 months ago

The Rise of Smart Airports: A Skift Deep Dive

The Rise of Smart Airports: A Skift Deep Dive

Sean O'Neill and Brian Sumers, Skift

After years of being stuck in the past, new "smart" airports are embracing technology and data to improve the experience for both passengers and vendors. But progress is still slow, widening the gap between cutting-edge and archaic facilities. What's needed? More vision, less bureaucracy.

2 months ago

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Mexico City’s Airport Project Will Cost $9 Billion to Scrap

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

As if scrapping a plan to build a much-needed new airport wasn't bad enough, it will also cost the Mexican government more to cancel the Mexico City project than to finish it.

3 months ago

Did Singapore’s Changi Steal Qatar’s Airport Design?

Did Singapore’s Changi Steal Qatar’s Airport Design?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Looks like Qatar Airways’ CEO should have done his math first before accusing Singapore’s Changi Airport of plagiarizing the design of the airport expansion of Hamad International.

3 months ago

India Has a Plan to Build 100 Airports in 5 Years to Boost Economic Growth

India Has a Plan to Build 100 Airports in 5 Years to Boost Economic Growth

Abhijit Roy Chowdhury and Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees infrastructure investment as a key to India's economic future. No one can argue that a plan to build 100 new airports by 2024 — to help accommodate 1,000 new regional routes — is profoundly ambitious.

3 months ago