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March 22, 2018

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Airlines look to tempt passengers with engaging video entertainment (Source: Thrillist)
One of the ways in which airlines distinguish themselves is by offering entertainment options like movies and TV shows, sometimes before the content is available in travelers’ homes.

Airlines roll out new amenities to help passengers relax, enjoy the journey (Source: Forbes)
Airlines are rolling out new amenities designed to help travelers relax and appreciate the travel experience.

Alaska Airlines to open rooftop flagship lounge at Seattle airport (Source: Australian)
Next year, Alaska Airlines will open a flagship lounge on the roof of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Alaska Airlines unveils first-class improvements (Source: Paddy Your Own Kanoo)
Alaska Airlines will improve its first class service with new seats, refreshed cabin interiors and new menus featuring fresh, local ingredients served on bespoke Schonwald serving pieces. 

Congress rejects proposal to increase taxes on flyers (Source: USA Today)
The new federal spending bill includes $1 billion for airports and does not raise the cap for passenger facility charges, saving travelers $2.2 billion per year in potential ticket taxes.

Delta Airlines has increased the SkyBonus points redemption requirements (Source: Delta)
Delta SkyBonus domestic ticket redemption now requires 90,000 points (up from 85,000), and Enhanced domestic now requires 210,000 (up from 200,000).

Southwest receives revocable permit for space at Honolulu airport (Source: Star Advertiser)
Southwest Airlines has received a revocable permit for space at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, bringing the carrier a step closer to offering service to the Hawaiian islands.


Airport renovations expected to boost Syracuse, N.Y., economy (Source: The Daily Orange)
A $48 million renovation project at Syracuse Hancock International Airport in New York will give visitors a good impression of the community and ultimately lead to an economic boost, says Kevin Schwab of economic development agency CenterState CEO.

Calif. airport sees 13.2% increase in Jan. passenger traffic (Source: LA Times)
Hollywood Burbank Airport in California served 13.2% more passengers in January than in January 2017.

Travelers embrace fresh food with local flair at Fla. airport (Source: Orland Sentinel)
Orlando International Airport is expanding travelers’ food options with more restaurants that offer fresh ingredients and feature local favorites on their menus. 


A4A congratulates new Customs and Border Protection chief (Source: Aviation Pros)
Nicholas Calio, A4A’s president and CEO, congratulated Kevin McAleenan on his confirmation to serve as commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection.


New cruise ships coming to the West Coast (Source: Travel Weekly)
Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International will all debut ships in California and Washington this year, adding 12,000 berths to the West Coast market.

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