A man was arrested Thursday at Orlando International Airport in Florida and charged with battery on an officer, resisting with violence, trespassing, disorderly conduct and possession of cannabis. Police said the man caused a disturbance at an airline ticket counter and fought with officers.
Denver International Airport has started a $3.5 billion project designed to expand the facility and improve traffic flow. The airport opened in 1995 and was designed to accommodate 50 million passengers per year; last year it served 61.4 million passengers.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina will open new four new gates in 2020 in an effort to better accommodate faster-than-expected passenger growth. The airport is in discussions with Frontier Airlines and Allegiant Air about using the gates; other planned improvements include new self-service ticketing kiosks and an expanded baggage handling system.
J.D. Power has released its 2018 Airline Loyalty Program Satisfaction Study, with JetBlue Airways' TrueBlue program taking the top spot. The frequent-flier programs for Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines ranked second and third, respectively.
Southwest Airlines will launch seasonal nonstop flights from Rochester, N.Y., to Fort Myers, Fla., in February and March 2019. The weekly Saturday flights are expected to carry 400 more travelers to Florida during the winter season, said Monroe County, N.Y., official Cheryl Dinolfo.
JetBlue Airways has added two new independent directors to its board: Sarah Robb O'Hagan and B. Ben Baldanza. "Their diverse experience as innovators across industries will be invaluable as we continue to strengthen the JetBlue business for our crew members, customers and owners," said JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson.
American Airlines celebrated more than 400 people who have worked 45 or more years with the carrier this week. "We are all here tonight because we want to thank you and let you know that we stand on your shoulders. Because of all that you've accomplished and that you've done, we have the honor to be able to lead this company and live up to the legacy that you've created," American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said.
United Airlines and restaurant operator OTG have joined to bring Gavi, a new restaurant with a southern Italian-like menu, to Terminal E at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The menu was created with chef Ryan Pera of Revival Market and Coltivare, and features traditional family recipes combined with locally sourced ingredients, according to OTG.
Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., is planning a new WestLEX facility to support general aviation activities. The facility will feature a 12,000-square-foot community aircraft storage and maintenance hangar, a lounge, restrooms, vending machines, flight planning area, and fueling and towing services.