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August 29, 2017



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PIT to Become First US Airport Since 9/11 to Allow Non-Passengers Past Security

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) will allow non-ticketed members of the public to enter the secure airside area of the airport on a regular basis as of September 5. The “myPITpass” program, which was developed with the TSA, enables non-passengers to pass through the security checkpoints between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. “People have been asking about being able to escort loved ones to the gate or being able to shop and dine at the airport,” said PIT CEO Christina Cassotis. “We are thrilled that the [TSA] selected Pittsburgh as the first airport in the country to implement this pilot program.”  

ATW Online | Related WOW air announces $69 flights from Pittsburgh International – WPXI Pittsburgh



Sun Country to Transition to Ultra Low-Cost Fare Model

Minnesota-based leisure carrier Sun Country will begin transitioning to an ultra low-cost fare model in January, according to CEO Jude Bricker. The airline plans to implement fees for checked bags and seat selection, but will continue to offer complimentary water and soft drinks for all passengers. In addition to cutting the number of first-class seats in half on its Boeing 737 fleet, Sun Country will add an additional 18 seats on its 737-800 aircraft, decreasing seat pitch in economy by between two and three inches.

Travel Weekly | Related Low-Cost Carriers Bundle Up to Tap the Full-Service Market – APEX Media



Spirit Airlines Readies for In-Flight Wi-Fi

Spirit Airlines is “very close” to signing an agreement to equip its entire fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with in-flight connectivity, said the airline’s CEO, Bob Fornaro, at this week’s International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas. The installations will reportedly begin in 2018 and take about a year to be completed. Fornaro said the move will cater to the airline’s growing base of younger and “much more computer-savvy” passengers.

FlightGlobal | Related Ultra Low-Cost Carrier Spirit Airlines Contemplates Some Frills, Including Wi-Fi – APEX Media



EasyJet Introduces Hands-Free Luggage Option

EasyJet customers can now pay £4 to check their hand luggage at the bag drop desk. “Hands Free” travelers will be given “small plastic bags to carry their essential items through the airport” and will be among the first to board the aircraft, after Speedy Boarding customers. The service is available at all airports where the carrier operates, except for Gatwick.

Business Traveller | Related EasyJet Launches 'Flying Library' to Get Kids Reading – PR Week



APEX ORIGINAL: The “Other” US Tech Hubs & Their Plans to Upend the Travel Experience

Earlier this month, Business Insider, in collaboration with data analysis firm 2thinknow, released a ranking of the 25 most high-tech cities in world. The number one and two spots were occupied by San Francisco and New York City, respectively, but other American cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago, inched closer, with strong, burgeoning startup and venture capital cultures of their own, and big plans for the travel sector, too.

APEX Media | Related Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: Aerospace Heavyweights Make Inroads in Silicon Valley – APEX Media



Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Certified on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 Fleet

Inmarsat’s GX Aviation in-flight connectivity service has obtained a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for retrofit installations on Qatar Airways’ Boeing 777 fleet. “This is the first STC to be attained and managed solely by our team at Inmarsat,” said Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat. Qatar Airways has already equipped its Airbus A350s for GX Aviation and will have more than 130 aircraft connected by the end of the rollout. It is the first airline in the Middle East to have selected GX Aviation.

Arabian Aerospace | Related Qatar Airways Picks Inmarsat GX Aviation Broadband – FlightChic



Uber and Lyft Get Green Light to Operate (Almost) Like Taxis at LAX

Uber and Lyft drivers can now pick up passengers after making a drop-off at Los Angeles International Airport, using a new booking program called Rematch. In the past, ride-hailing services were prohibited from dropping off and picking up passengers in the same trip, but airports are looking to change this in hopes of reducing airport congestion. Rematch technology is already in use at San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland international airports.

Los Angeles Times | Related Start racking up Delta SkyMiles with your Lyft rides – Engadget





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