Airlines

Southwest Airlines: Fresno CA to Vegas aims at leisure travel

About 120 passengers took the inaugural flight by Southwest Airlines to Las Vegas from Fresno Yosemite International Airport on Sunday morning.

The airline, which has been long courted by Fresno leaders, had only about 20 vacant seats on its Boeing 737-700 jet to Las Vegas — as well as on its second departure of the day to Denver.

Passengers waiting for the flight said they’ve been eager for Southwest to begin service in Fresno — and eager to resume travel after more than a year of restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Passenger Tony McMillan of Fresno said he and

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Holidays for the rich: Airlines slam UK travel restart plan | Aviation News

UK government’s traffic light COVID risk ranking system will make overseas flights too expensive for many, airline group says.

Airlines have criticised the United Kingdom’s plans for restarting international travel, saying that expensive testing requirements for trips to low-risk countries would mean that only wealthy people could take holidays abroad.

Under government proposals, airlines and passengers will not find out until early May whether international travel resumes from May 17, a plan which fell short of industry hopes for clarity.

Airlines and travel companies are desperate for a bumper northern hemisphere summer after a year of restrictions. Without a

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Airlines blast Britain’s travel restart plan, Jet2 cancels holidays until June



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Estelle Shirbon
Sarah Young




LONDON (Reuters) -British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty in UK government plans for restarting international travel, which were condemned by airlines.

FILE PHOTO: People queue for COVID-19 tests at a testing centre, as tighter rules for international travellers start, at terminal 2 of the Heathrow Airport, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, London, Britain, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Flight operators had been counting on government proposals published on Friday to allow planning for a summer getaway season, but the industry criticised the release

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New airlines cater to leisure travel

Americans are traveling in the greatest numbers in more than a year, and soon they will have two new leisure-oriented airlines to consider for those trips.

Both hope to draw passengers by filling in smaller strands on the spider web of airline routes crisscrossing the United States.

Avelo Airlines said Thursday that it would begin flying this month to 11 destinations from Burbank, California. The startup plans to add other routes in the West as soon as it grows its fleet of three Boeing 737 jets.

Avelo was started by a longtime airline executive who believes there is room

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Discount Airlines Tap Stock Market as Investors Bet on Travel Recovery

As air travel shows more signs of rebounding from its pandemic lows, airlines that focus on offering cheap fares to leisure travelers are cashing in on the stock market.

Frontier Group Holdings Inc.’s initial public offering raised $570 million after shares of the Denver-based budget carrier were priced at $19 each. Sun Country Airlines Holdings Inc., which largely flies Midwesterners to sunny vacation locales, raised more than $250 million in its initial public offering in March.

U.S. airlines lost some $35 billion last year, and most are still losing money. But the stock-market offerings are a sign that investors are

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Frontier Airlines hopes IPO rides wave of travel recovery

Frontier Airlines is betting that the budding recovery in leisure travel is for real.

Shares of the discount carrier began public trading Thursday, edging lower in midday trading. The Denver-based airline and its private owners sought to raise $570 million before costs from the IPO after pricing 30 million shares at $19, the low end of a $19 to $21 target. The stock opened at $18.61, then bumped up to $19.06 before dipping back down to $18.54.

CEO Barry Biffle said Frontier will remain focused on the leisure-travel market, unlike bigger airlines that depend on high-paying business travelers.

“It’s not

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