News and notes from around the interweb:
- Scandinavian airlines are ending face mask requirements on flights within the region signaling that masking may not be a permanent situation.
- You’ve purchased an airline, now what?
- Man suing to overturn airline mask mandate says JetBlue retaliated by banning him
- Naked Woman Roams Denver Airport, Making Small Talk With Passengers
- Marriott cuts ties with unfinished former Fontainebleau project This was supposed to be a JW and an Edition at one point, and “nearly 3,800 rooms, retail, nightlife, and more than 550,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.”
- Washington Dulles could finally replace its ‘temporary’ concourse built in the 1980s with a new midfield concourse (that would actually connect where the airport train station was built), but United doesn’t want to be the one to pay for it. Instead they hope the federal infrastructure bill pays for it. Already funds from Washington National are diverted to subsidize United’s costs at Dulles.
The issue at Dulles is replacing Concourse C/D economically. Costs have long been an issue with then-United CEO Jeff Smisek saying in 2013 that the airport’s high costs and debt burden made it “more difficult to do business here compared to other hubs.” The average cost per departing passenger at Dulles peaked at $26.55 in 2014 and, through a variety of efforts by MWAA, airlines and Virginia, fell to $14.93 in 2019.
“[We] have to figure out how to do it and not destroy the economics of the hub — they built a beautiful facility in Pittsburgh and there’s no hub there anymore. So we’ve got to do it smartly,” said Kirby echoing Smisek’s sentiment.