News and notes from around the interweb:
- See the fare construction on a United ticket
- The Onion: United Airlines Offering Immigrants Special Flights That Circle U.S. Awaiting Gaps In Travel Ban
- When airlines talk about how bad they want to make air travel, they’re really signalling they’re cheap. So if Ryanair has been out of the news for awhile Michael O’Leary muses about charging passengers to use the lavatory. VivaColombia — whose former chief Barry Biffle is now CEO of Frontier — is talking about making passengers stand during flight (“We’re very interested in anything that makes travel less expensive.”). (HT: Alan H.)
Of course earlier this year Pakistan International Airlines already did that…
- Foul-mouthed couple launch into a tirade and hammer on cockpit door when they can’t get off the plane first
- Please let me never try to open a retail concession at the Seattle airport
The port also announced that it offered food cart and kiosk opportunities to Ivar’s, Wendy’s and Maki of Japan. All three restaurants will close in early 2018, as the Port kicks off a major renovation adding 10,000 square feet of mezzanine space to the Central Terminal.
The changes at SEA came after a public battle with Ivar’s after the restaurant’s lease was not renewed in the most recent round of contract awards.
…“Looking forward, I’m pleased that the competition in our next round will strike the right balance between celebrating our local favorites and creating an environment where newer businesses can compete.”
…The criteria include a requirement that all proposing firms be fully compliant with Proposition 1 back wages and benefits, a requirement that all proposing firms to submit a customer service plan and an increased emphasis on proposed wages and benefits. The process will also maintain strong support for small businesses and and increased preference for local concepts. It will require that all proposing firms with more than 35 employees implement a labor peace agreement and will set a new limitation to how many opportunities any one company may win.”
- Is Bank of America launching a premium Alaska Airlines credit card?
- Indianapolis airport describes the subsidies they offer for international flight service (full stop — airlines, US airlines even, get subsidies!). (HT: Joe Brancatelli)
An airline that offers daily international service, or 365 departures per year, would receive $200,000 in marketing and promotional support in each of the first two years. Airlines that offer international service four days a week (208 annual departures) would receive $150,000 each of the first two years. Twice-a-week international service (104 annual departures) would be eligible for $100,000 each of the first two years.
Other incentives for international service, including fee waivers and rent reductions in the first two years, would remain unchanged.