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Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of all the new route announcements that come our way, so we’ve complied a little bit of a rundown below. As long as you can afford the fares, this should definitely help add to your passport stamp collection.
It’s the season for new routes that aren’t really new routes, as carriers are bringing planes out of the attic and sending them into the skies to restart seasonal options. This week Delta was the carrier dusting things off, as they just resumed their nonstop service between Shannon Airport over in Ireland and New York’s JFK International Airport.
Things began on May 11, and the plan is for things to head back and forth throughout the summer season. Boeing 757s will be doing the flying fun, and it’ll be a daily option. The flight might be a little less busy than some other transatlantic routes, so check it out if you have some frequent flyer miles to burn this summer.
One of the airport’s in Puerto Rico is getting a little bit busier, as United is getting ready to bring in some more of their planes. New nonstop flights will be heading between Chicago-O’Hare and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico beginning on November 5.
Boeing 737-900s will be doing the heavy lifting on this route, and first class, economy plus, and economy will all be seating options. Now all you have to do is just find a beach, an umbrella drink, and get ready to relax.
Financial things aren’t going that well over in Greece, and now it looks like the crisis is moving towards the airline industry. One airline isn’t exactly rolling in the euros—or drachmas—and there’s another looking to step in and gobble them up.
In this case, Aegean Airlines has the upper hand and now they are ready to make a move to combine with their rivals over at Olympic Air. This is the second time the two airlines have kind of moved towards getting warm and cozy with one another, but back in 2010 officials in Europe thought that the canoodling wasn’t good for competition. They've of different opinions now.
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Gather around children, as we spin a fable about the magic that is European airline industry regulation. In early 2011, the European Union was in the midst of an airline merger blocking spree. Regulators rejected a proposed merger between Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines because they declared it would leave the resulting airline dominating the Greek market. Then Olympic went out of business because it was unsustainablehence the need for the merger in the first placeputting a lot of people out of work and leaving Aegean dominating the Greek market anyway. The End.
It bears mentioning that around the time when regulators were putting Olympic on a path to insolvency, they also rejected an attempted takeover of Aer Lingus by Ryanair. Now Ryanair is trying again and forecasters predictperhaps in light of the Olympic fiasco or perhaps because of the challenging economy or perhaps simply a function of the changing industrythat its odds "of clearing competition hurdles...have improved."