News and notes from around the interweb:
- Several Las Vegas properties increased their resort fees this month
- Spirit Airlines refused transportation to an autistic four year old over a mask. He qualified for a medical exemption under federal regulations, and the family flew American. Spirit Airlines just hadn’t brought its mask rules into compliance with the federal mask mandate yet. The airline says they’ll begin to comply for travel starting Monday.
- Cathay Pacific raising fuel surcharges ~ 20%
- The U.S. could limit flights by Cathay Pacific – but not over fuel surcharges! It’s retaliation for Hong Kong quarantine rules that are less stringent for their home carrier.
- Airline bailouts were the most egregious and unnecessary support received by any industry during the pandemic I’m finally not the only one pointing out how little money actually went to workers, that it was mostly a shareholder bailout, with little upside for taxpayers in return. And there was never risk that airlines would cease to exist.
If only this argument featured so prominently in the New York Times prior to the second or third bailouts passing…
- JetBlue is considering moving its New York headquarters to Florida the carrier owes its success to New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who secured its position at JFK airport.
We are exploring a number of paths, including staying in Long Island City, moving to another space in New York City, and/or shifting a to-be-determined number of [headquarter] roles to existing support centers in Florida,” the memo said.
“We now have more leasing options as greater vacancy rates have changed the economics; the role of the office and our space requirements will evolve in a hybrid work environment; and our own financial condition has been impacted by COVID-19,” JetBlue said.