The economy is humming, new flights are taking off and airfares are down.
That trio of positives should have Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton calls the economic engine of Arizona, on track for its third consecutive record year.
Instead, shrinking business from American Airlines has the city-owned airport experiencing its first decline in annual passengers since 2013, and that decline is likely to continue in 2017. The trend has potential consequences for airport businesses, passengers and employees if it lingers, and for big airport projects on the books if it worsens.
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In addition to strengthening business and trade ties as well as tourism opportunities between China and Canada, this route has a positive impact on the local economy. The service will create more than 162 jobs at YVR and throughout British Columbia and will add an additional $9.5 million in Gross Domestic Product, $1.8 million in taxes and $3.2 million in wages.
On 20 December, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) celebrated the inaugural flight of China Eastern’s non-stop service to Nanjing, China. This new year-round service will operate three times weekly to Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG).
“We want to thank our long-standing partner, China Eastern, for choosing YVR to introduce this new connection between Vancouver and Nanjing, a renowned Chinese historical epicenter and a key economic hub,” said Craig Richmond, YVR’s President & CEO. “This is another exciting first for YVR—offering passengers the only non-stop access to Nanjing in all of Canada.”
China Eastern Airlines has been operating at YVR for the past 12 years after launching daily service to Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) in 2004. In 2015, they added new direct service to Kunming—one of China’s key connecting hubs as a tag onwards from Shanghai. The new service will fly non-stop to Nanjing and then carry on to Kunming. This new offering will further connect YVR’s passengers with China Eastern’s network, which includes 128 connections in China.
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In July, leading consumer aviation website Skytrax, named AirAsia the best low-cost airline in the world for the eighth consecutive year.
The Sepang-based airline was presented with the award at a ceremony during the 2016 Farnborough Airshow.
“We just won world’s best low-cost Airline for the eighth time, which is pretty damn cool,” AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes told Skytrax. “I want to thank all my staff who ensure that low-cost doesn’t mean low quality.”
“Even though we’ve won this award eight times, we know we can be better, we want to improve our customer service, we want to improve talking to you,” Fernandes added.
The Skytrax rankings are based on the impressions of 19.2 million travelers from 104 different countries. The survey, which covered more than 280 airlines, measured 41 parameters ranging from boarding procedures to seat comfort to the quality of service.
Here are the 10 best low-cost airlines in the world, according to the results of the Skytrax survey…….
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Norwegian has announced plans to launch flights from Britain to the US for less than £60 – reducing its current prices by more than 50 per cent. The $69 (£56) one-way fares, which will be start in summer 2017, will be the cheapest transatlantic tickets on the market.
Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of the Oslo-based airline, said that the airline will offer the low prices on flights from Edinburgh to New York on board its six new Boeing 737MAX aircraft. The airline will take delivery of the aircraft in April, and flights will commence a few months later.
Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with The Boeing Company to cancel an order placed for 18 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that Delta assumed in 2008 as part of its merger with Northwest Airlines.
While specific terms of the agreement are not disclosed, Delta will continue to take delivery of new 737-900ER aircraft through 2019 as two orders totaling 120 of the narrowbody jet are fulfilled.
“Delta is one of the world’s largest operators of Boeing aircraft and our valued
partnership with Boeing will remain strong as we safely and comfortably serve our customers across the world every day,” said Greg May, Senior Vice President – Supply Chain Management and Fleet. “This business decision is consistent with Delta’s fleet strategy to prudently address our widebody aircraft needs.”
In 2010, Delta deferred the order to a 2020 and beyond delivery timeline.
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