Through the end of January, Qantas is offering free downloads of magazine issues and newspapers for mobile devices at certain international lounges including those in Sydney and Melbourne. The move comes as the carrier pilots the service. Prepare to download by getting the Pressreader and Zinio mobile applications, which enable users to view the material.
Now that the Federal Aviation Administration has eased Wi-Fi limitations, Heath Lockett, senior analyst for aerospace at IHS, says it is a great time to capitalize on increasing the number of passengers who use in-flight Wi-Fi, which is still quite low. "The great challenge for airlines now is to inform passengers of the services they offer and to get them to pay for access. With the change in FAA rules garnering major attention in the media, the airlines now have a chance to get their message out to U.S. air travelers," he said.
Passengers in Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport can now enjoy more than fast-food dining, as is the case at many airports. The revamped terminal boasts a salon, shops and gourmet eateries. Several celebrity chefs have inspired meals at the airport's new restaurants. Construction isn't over, either -- by 2016, the airport will include a new baggage claim building, more security lanes and a corridor that links the new terminal to the rest of the hub.
Gulf Air is bumping up the launch date for flights between Pakistan and Bahrain. The flights will now start Nov. 15, a month before initially slated, and will increase from 14 weekly to 21 weekly as a result of increased demand.
According to officials at Heathrow, research from JLS Consulting proves that there have not been cities that were successful in splitting demand between more than one airport. To do so in Britain would compromise its prosperity, the airport warns. The report stated that carriers from the Gulf are basing their service around single hubs, which makes it hard to split among more than one airport. "However convenient it would be to believe that London could be the first, we cannot bet the U.K.'s economic prosperity on wishful thinking. The U.K. can only benefit from improved long haul connections by building a bigger hub airport," said Colin Matthews, Heathrow's chief executive.