Saudia Airlines’ New $3 Billion Finance Package Will Help It Capture Bigger Share of Tourism, Pilgrimage Business

The $3 billion financing deal signed on March 18 by Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation will go toward its largest fleet expansion ever, with both Boeing and Airbus as the beneficiaries. The move signals the escalating competition among airlines in the...

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How Long Will Airlines Continue to Extend Loyalty Perks?

How long will airlines continue to allow customers to extend loyalty benefits as vaccines begin to offer the prospect of people flying again? The short answer is it depends on the airline. Airlines are being challenged to find ways to...

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Airlines Adjust Mask Rules to Accommodate Passengers With Disabilities

The new federal mask mandate includes exemptions for passengers with disabilities, which have required airlines to modify their own rules to comply with government regulations. Part of the requirements to be in compliance by mid-March includes airlines reviewing and revising as necessary...

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Bahrain’s New Terminal Positions Airport to Serve Larger Role in Middle East

Bahrain's new $1.1 billion airport terminal will have capacity to handle 14 million passengers per year, offering the Middle East a vastly improved alternative when flyers return to the sky. Almost 10 million passengers traveled through the terminal it replaces,...

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U.S. Airport Traffic Drops in January Amid Covid Surge and Slow Vaccine Rollouts

Almost 16 million passengers passed through the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints the first 21 days of the new year, 3 million shy of the total screened over the Christmas and New Year holiday rush and 63% fewer...

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Major Airline Trade Groups Object to Latin American, Caribbean Covid-19 Restrictions

In a show of unity, major airline trade groups are expressing deep concerns with new measures and restrictions for air travel being imposed across Latin America and Caribbean. They are asking governments to adhere to and implement previously agreed to...

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Another Rare Pandemic Airline Launch – Rarer Yet, It’s in Pakistan

Five years in the making and in the midst of a global pandemic, Pakistan's newest airline finally launched in December. Headquartered in Sialkot, AirSial offers both daily and weekly domestic flights from its base in Karachi to four destinations on...

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Nearly 19 Million Flyers Passed Through U.S. Airports Over Holidays in New Pandemic High

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened 18.8 million people at the nation's airports over the Christmas and New Year holidays, the highest number of passengers screened over any three-week period since the pandemic began. Although the number of passengers...

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U.S. Airport Screenings Near Pandemic Highs Despite New Virus Fears

Despite several states reporting an increase in coronavirus cases and California intensive care units at zero capacity, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has screened nearly 4.2 million holiday travelers at airports across the United States since Friday, edging toward...

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Launching an Airline in a Pandemic: Folly or Brilliant?

Against all the odds, a new airline is launching in South Africa this month, aiming to offer low-cost domestic travel to the country's 50 million inhabitants. The carrier's launch comes as South African Airways sputters with financial and labor difficulties....

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Airlines in Latin America Face Tax and Travel Ban Challenges in Pandemic

Latin American airlines experienced an 86% year-over-year fall in demand in October, but this is an improvement over September, when the region reported a 92% drop in demand, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said. Overall, October travel was down...

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Seattle Emerges as Oneworld Hub With Qatar Airways’ Entry

Qatar Airways on Tuesday announced it is launching Doha-Seattle flights on March 15, the carrier’s second new U.S. route since announcing flights to San Francisco earlier this year. The route is the airline’s seventh new destination since the onset of...

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