JetBlue will begin to fly round trip Quito - Fort Lauderdale sometime in the first quarter of next year, according to a statement by the airline. Quito will become the fifth destination for JetBlue in South America.
Growth in premium seat purchases is up 6.5% from year-ago levels as stronger international economic growth has raised demand among business travelers for premium seats, according to data released by IATA. Premium ticket sales rose 10.3% on popular routes to North America. Meanwhile, IATA expects that volatility in the Chinese market could affect ticket sales to the Far East.
According to Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole, whistle-blowing about unencrypted barcodes on PreCheck boarding passes was exaggerated. He noted that people on the no-fly list cannot print out a boarding pass at all, and those allowed to fly must print out a boarding pass at the airport. The TSA is working with technology companies to possibly encrypt the barcode.
Delta Air Lines is looking to capitalize on its partnership with Alaska Airlines to add flights from Seattle. The plan includes expanded service to Asian destinations such as Shanghai, China, and proposed service to Tokyo-Haneda, Japan.