Author: Metropolitan Airport News

Produced by a team of aviation professionals, and enthusiasts our mission is to inform and update the more than 68,000 employees who work on the metropolitan New York airport properties, as well as the many others that provide goods and services in the surrounding communities.

American Airlines is poised to remain the leading airline between the United States and Cuba with today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively awarded American the authority to operate five daily flights to José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Havana – four from Miami International Airport (MIA) and one from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). American employees hold up the Cuban flag. “American has a rich history in the Cuban market and we are excited to continue to be the leader in providing air service between the United States and Cuba,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing…

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Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today welcomed news from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that the carrier has been preliminarily awarded authority to serve Havana with twice daily nonstop service from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and once daily nonstop service from Tampa Bay International Airport. Pending finalized authority from DOT and subject to requisite approvals from the Cuban government, Southwest® confirms it will begin its Cuba service later this year to Havana (HAV), along with previously awarded service to Varadero (VRA) and Santa Clara (SNU). The carrier will have a total of five daily departures from Ft. Lauderdale (Miami…

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Temporary locations include hotels near JFK and Newark Airports and at Penn Station Demand for travelers interested in applying to the Transportation Security Administration’s  TSA Pre✓® program has been so strong that three temporary application centers will be stood up in the area this July in addition to the several permanent application centers already in the region. An application center will be open for three weeks in Manhattan at Penn Station in the United Airlines ticket office from July 11 to 29. A second application center will be available for one week from July 12 to 16 inside the Hilton…

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The Transportation Security Administration and American Airlines, through a joint initiative, will install new screening technology, including automated security screening lanes and computed tomography (CT) scanners, at select American Airlines hubs nationwide this fall. The automated screening lanes – already in use at one U.S. airport – incorporate technology and screening station modifications that enhance security effectiveness while decreasing the time travelers spend in security screening by approximately 30 percent. TSA and American Airlines anticipate deployment of these lanes to Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Miami. American Airlines and TSA also plan to deploy computed tomography (CT) technology…

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The scholarships will benefit 287 students studying at 177 universities across 39 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. The American Airlines Education Foundation yesterday awarded more than $750,000 in scholarships to 287 children of employees, an increase of 35 percent compared to 2015. Each recipient will receive a $2,500 scholarship and first generation college students will each receive an additional one-time award of $1,000. Scholarship recipients were honored at a reception at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. “I am very honored and grateful for the scholarships my three daughters have received from the American Airlines Education Foundation,” said Lisanne…

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Parking Discounts Available at JFK and Newark Liberty Airports More than 5.5 million people will travel by air, car and rail using Port Authority facilities during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the summer. The Port Authority is taking proactive measures to ensure travelers have a safe and enjoyable experience while using the agency’s facilities. Customer assistance will be provided by Port Authority staff through website alerts, Twitter updates, online parking reservations and customer care representatives stationed at the agency’s airports. Airports From Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, the…

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Air Serbia, the national airline of the Republic of Serbia, made history this morning as it launched a five-per-week transatlantic service between Belgrade and New York. The long-awaited first flight – JU500 – was met with great fanfare as it touched down in New York at 12:00 p.m., reconnecting Serbia and the United States with a non-stop Serbian-operated air service after a break of 24 years. The Airbus A330 aircraft, with the airline’s bold colours and iconic double-headed eagle painted on its tailfin, was welcomed to John F. Kennedy International Airport by a traditional water cannon salute after the 11-hour…

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For thousands of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games represent the pinnacle of athletic achievement and the culmination of a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. Today, customers on United flight 408 from Newark Liberty to Chicago O’Hare will get a surprise screening of the premiere of Destination: Team USA, a documentary produced by United Airlines and Tribeca Digital Studios. The film’s director, Adam Hootnick, Team USA hopeful Dartanyon Crockett and producers from Tribeca will be onboard for the screening. This film focuses on five athletes in particular, for whom the opportunity to represent…

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Etihad Airways’ equity partner Air Serbia today launched flights to the United States, a milestone achieved with the support of, and in collaboration with, several of Etihad Airways equity partner airlines. Air Serbia, in which Etihad Airways has a 49 per cent stake, launched its five-times-a-week scheduled flights between its Belgrade hub and New York JFK International Airport, marking a return of direct air links between Serbia and the USA after a 24-year absence. The route is being operated with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft. Etihad Airways, together with three of its seven equity partners – Jet Airways, Alitalia and airberlin –…

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Airline introduces 737-800 aircraft showcasing Heart interior with widest 737 economy seat in the market, bold new Employee-designed uniforms, and Heart galley Southwest Airlines Co. is bringing the Heart of their Employees front and center with the announcement of the carrier’s first-ever Employee-designed uniforms and Boeing 737-800 aircraft Heart interior featuring the new Heart galley and seat. “Introducing our new uniform designs and fully branded 737-800 Heart interiors into the fleet is an accomplishment directly resulting from our hardworking Employee design teams,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Southwest continues to enhance our unique…

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