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Airlines for America Urges Senators to Reject Massive Secret Tax Hike

counting dollarsAirlines for America (A4A) urged Senators to oppose the unreleased Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee effort to increase the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) tax. While the Committee has not made the bill language public, airport sources indicate that the Subcommittee voted today to increase and nearly double the PFC tax from $4.50 to $8.50 which would result in a massive $3.2 billion tax hike on every air traveler who takes to the skies. 

Global passenger traffic growth continues in May 2017

istanbul ataturk dutyfreeAirports Council International announced that global passenger traffic rose a robust 6.2% in May year over year, in line with the year to date growth of 6.5%. The main growth driver remained international passenger traffic, which reached 8.1% year over year.

easyJet announces its Largest cabin crew intake

easyjet cabincreweasyJet, Europe’s leading airline, will recruit more than 1200 new permanent and fixed term cabin crew positions as the airline continues its growth. easyJet currently employs over 6,900 cabin crew who are at the forefront of the airline’s operations, ensuring the highest safety standards are met and providing friendly service for easyJet’s 70million passengers every year.

Wizz Air opens 28th Base in Varna

wizzair welcomeWizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Bulgaria’s leading carrier, on July 21 celebrates the major milestone of opening its 28 base in Varna, Bulgaria.

Scoot and Tigerair merge into one airline: Scoot

Scoot and Tigerair (Singapore) have now merged into one airline, Scoot, and for savvy travelers this means great savings with a celebratory sale, greater efficiency across the combined network of 60 destinations across 17 countries, and better connections as the airline utilizes its fleet of larger 787s and smaller Airbus A320s to optimise connection times in Singapore.

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Airbus delivers first A350 XWB for Delta Air Lines

delta a350xwbDelta Air Lines has taken delivery of its first A350-900, and will be the first U.S. airline to operate the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The A350 XWB will bring unrivalled eco-efficiency and a superior passenger experience to primarily transpacific routes starting in October.

Delta announces 4th route to Shanghai

Already flying from Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles, Delta Air Lines announced its 4th route to Shanghai, China from the United States.

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Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines buys six ATR 72-600s

atr72 600ATR and Taiwan’s Mandarin Airlines, a regional subsidiary of Taiwan’s flag carrier China Airlines, today signed a contract for the purchase of six ATR 72-600s, valued at some US$ 160 million.

Qatar Airways’ Flight Touches Down at Skopje

qatar crewThe first Qatar Airways non-stop flight from Doha to Skopje touched down on Monday, July 17, 2017 at Alexander the Great Airport. The new route to the capital of the Republic of Macedonia will be served four times per week with an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 120 seats in Economy Class.

Thai Airways starts Bangkok – Vienna flights

Thai Airways will launch flights between Bangkok and Vienna. The new schedule flights from Thai capital to Austria’s capital will start from November 16, 2017. The Thai airline will operate four weekly flights on this route, deploying a Boeing B777-200ER aircraft.

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Record passenger growth in Finland

Finavia theme bus SibeliusIn Finland, Finavia’s airports have attracted a record number of passengers this year. In the first half of 2017, there were in total of 10,958,075 passengers. This represents a 7.9% growth when compared to the previous year.

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