Air Travel News 01.11.11

Air, Air Travel News, Canada, Finances & Savings, Health & Safety — By on January 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

by Nancy Yeomans

LG Air Travel News Editor

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird….it’s a plane! No….it’s your weekly air travel news! Here’s what’s happening in the world of aviation, from the ground up.

Porter Stepping In

One of the best new airlines to come around in a long time, Porter, is considering expanding their reach.  Already a presence in several Eastern Canadian cities with flights to Boston, Chicago, Myrtle Beach and Newark in the US, Porter is looking at taking over routes that WestJet has given up.  With their tagline being ‘flying refined’, Porter lives up to their moniker and we like it…here’s hoping they become more of a force to be reckoned with!   Source:  CBC

Good Thing The Scientists Are Paying Attention

Due to the North Pole drifting ever closer to Russia, the airport at Tampa, FL has had to shut down.  Huh?  Runway navigation and the signage that directs it need to be absolutely precise.  Due to the shifting magnetic field the headings were off enough to disturb the pilot’s navigation.  The airport will re-open on January 13.  How many more airports will need to make this adjustment?  Can this be the shape of things to come?   Source:  Yahoo

Is It Staying Or Going?

Airport security has only gotten more and more cumbersome and unpleasant.  Despite some vague reassurances on the part of Congress, it seems to be here to stay.  There might be a change of scenery in the form of which company is doing the pat-down, but it doesn’t look like any relief is on the horizon.  Source:  Jaunted

New Rules For Ticket Purchases

We may no longer be able to rely on our tried and true websites for airfare purchase.  Following American Airlines’ lead, Delta is following suit and pulling their flights from some of the popular search sites.  The controversy is over the fees airlines pay to be listed by these online sources.  Seems that the airlines aren’t earning enough extra revenue (7.8 billion dollars last year) with all the added fees and need to cut corners somewhere else.   Source:  NYTimes

There’s Good News and There’s Bad News

Southwest Airlines’ frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, might not be so rapid anymore.  As of March 1, they are making some changes to the program.  The changes include different levels of award points based on the cost of the ticket.  If you regularly buy the least expensive ticket available it could take a while to accrue enough points for a flight.  The good news is that the new system has no blackout dates and points will not expire (with a purchase every 24 months).   Source:  LasVegasSun

Quickies

More Airfare Revenue

Rumours abound of airfare hikes…the big companies are threatening to raise fares effective immediately.   Source:  Seattlepi

Germophobes Beware!

Not that we ever thought that an aircraft cabin was spa-like, but here are some spots where the ick factor is the highest. I know I’ll be bringing some anti-bacterial wipes on my next flight! Source:  CheapOair

Photo credit:  kthyprn/Yodel Anecdotal on flickr

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