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NEWS Jan 16, 2024 Federal Judge Blocks $3.8B Acquisition of Spirit Airlines, Stock Plummets 61% A Federal Judge blocked the acquisition of Spirit Airlines by JetBlue, a merger that would have produced the fifth-largest airline in the United States. The ruling by District Judge William Young from Boston cited antitrust laws, saying the merger "does violence to the core principle of antitrust law: to protect the United States' markets -- and its market participants -- from anticompetitive harm." Read More →
NEWS Dec 22, 2023 Texas Governor Flies 120 Migrants to Chicago to Protest Federal Immigration Policies Texas Governor Greg Abbott has made a controversial move by flying migrants to Democratic-led "sanctuary cities" in protest of the Biden administration's handling of the border crisis. The first flight, carrying over 120 migrants, landed at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport (ORD) on December 19. This came just a week after the Chicago City Council passed new regulations for receiving buses transporting migrants, prompting accusations that the flights were a direct retaliation by Governor Abbott.  Read More →
NEWS Dec 20, 2023 UK Government's Rwanda Deportation Plan Hit by Airline Refusal and Rising Costs Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's flagship policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda is facing further turbulence, with airlines refusing to fly the controversial flights and the estimated costs rising. This latest setback adds to a growing list of obstacles threatening to derail the plan entirely. Read More →
NEWS Dec 18, 2023 Southwest Airlines Fined Record $140 Million Over 2022 Holiday Meltdown Southwest Airlines became the subject of much controversy during the 2022 holiday travel season, when an operational meltdown in December 2022 canceled thousands of flights and stranded more than two million passengers across Southwest's network. On December 18, the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued Southwest a $140 million fine in response to its cancellation of around 17,000 flights last year. Read More →
NEWS Nov 29, 2023 United and American Take Action Against Chicago O'Hare Airport Expansion United and American Airlines are seeking Mayor Brandon Johnson's intervention to modify O'Hare Airport's expansion plans, which include a new "global terminal" for both domestic and international flights. The project, initially budgeted at $8.7 billion, is now $1.5 billion over budget, prompting the carriers to request a slowdown, scale-back, or potential grounding of the expansion. Read More →
NEWS Oct 07, 2023 Flights Cancelled as Attacks Continue in Israel A new conflict has broken out between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Israel, forcing commercial aviation to come to a screeching halt in Israel. Ben Gurion Airport is currently the only airport still operating, with Israeli Airlines the only carriers permitted to fly out of the country. Read More →
NEWS Sep 26, 2023 Does Politics Affect International Flights and Tourism? Aviation benefits society by connecting people, cultures, and businesses across long distances. However, economic and political issues between countries can significantly impact aviation's ability to unite people. Let's take a deeper look at how geopolitical issues affect aviation, through three case studies. Read More →
NEWS Sep 26, 2023 Does Politics Affect International Flights and Tourism? Aviation benefits society by connecting people, cultures, and businesses across long distances. However, economic and political issues between countries can significantly impact aviation's ability to unite people. Let's take a deeper look at how geopolitical issues affect aviation, through three case studies. Read More →
NEWS Airlines Improve Safety Ahead of Presidential Inauguration Legacy carriers are taking unprecedented action to avoid a repeat of last Wednesday's violence in Washington Read More →