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JetBlue Consolidates Operations

In markets where it flies to multiple airports, JetBlue is consolidating its operations at one facility. At its New York base, JetBlue will operate from Newark and JFK, suspending LaGuardia, Westchester, and Stewart. In Los Angeles, the carrier will fly...

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How a Midsized Airport Reacts to a Pandemic

With the headlines blaring about the unprecedented crisis in the airline industry, it’s easy to overlook another critical part of the aviation ecosystem that’s hurting just as badly: Airports. Skift Airline Weekly caught up with Christina Cassotis, who leads Pittsburgh...

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Airports Begin to Close, and U.S. Airports Welcome Stimulus Bill

First, airlines started suspending flights and grounding fleets. Now, airports, which had stayed open to service an ever-dwindling number of flights and which most governments had deemed critical infrastructure, are beginning to close. Cities served by more than one facility...

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EU, U.S. Relax Slot Rules

Both the European Union and the FAA have relaxed use-it-or-lose-it slot rules at restricted airports. The EU has suspended its requirement that airlines use 80% of their slots until June, a move IATA lauded but said was not long enough....

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Berlin’s New Airport Finally to Open

Finally, after years of delay, Berlin’s new Brandenburg airport will open. Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, said it will start transferring flights from Tegel airport on Oct. 31 (happy Halloween!), with Tegel operations stopping completely on Nov. 7. The city’s busiest...

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Heathrow Third Runway Project Struck Down

A U.K. court has ended, for now, plans to build a third runway at Heathrow, ruling that the proposal did not take into account the government’s climate-change commitments. The court said the third runway plans, as they are now, would...

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Airports Worry About Covid-19

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said 2019 passenger traffic at Dulles (IAD) and Reagan National (DCA) grew by 3% to 49m passengers, compared with 2018. Much of the growth was fueled by IAD, which served 25m passengers last year, up...

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Airport Groups Report Earnings

Groupe ADP, which manages 26 airports in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, reported its full-year 2019 traffic was down almost 17%, but this was mainly due to the shift of the bulk of Istanbul’s commercial traffic to the new...

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Global Entry Gets Harder For New York

The Trump administration has barred New York state residents from applying for or renewing membership in the popular Global Entry expedited passport control as well as similar programs that ease return trips from Canada and Mexico. At issue is the...

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St. Louis Sees Modest Traffic Growth

St. Louis Lambert International Airport reported 16m passengers last year, up just about 2% y/y, marking five consecutive years of passenger growth. Far and away the largest carrier at St. Louis is Southwest, with 59% of traffic. American, which dehubbed...

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Moscow’s Red Carpet

Moscow’s Sheremetyevo’s capital improvement program is going up a gear. The airport is reconstructing a runway, lengthening it to 3,350m and widening it to 60m. The project is expected to take 11 months and the airport, and main tenant Aeroflot, do not...

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Ethiopian’s Ambitious Airport

In a sign of Ethiopian’s growing confidence and strength, its home country is building Africa’s largest airport, about 70km from Bole airport near Addis Ababa. The planned $5b facility will be able to handle 100m passengers per year, which the...

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