ATLANTA AFTER NEW INTERNATIONAL ROUTES…Even thought it remains the busiest airport in the world, ATL officials are wooing airlines to launch even more new international routes from Hartsfield Jackson. As an incentive to a newcomer, ATL is making up to to $2 million available for promotional purposes including waived landing fees. Destinations in developing economies like Brazil, China, India, and South Africa are eligible for extra incentives. This would be the first time Atlanta has made such an offer, but it is a common tool used by airports globally to gain new destinations. Which new airline would you like to see land at ATL? Please leave your comments below!
NEW HEADPHONES…Delta is launching new softer, in-ear headphones to replace the scratchy, hard plastic ones in use now. The new pair is similar to what American Airlines uses, which features a padded, in-ear bud that is more comfortable and provides improved sound quality. These ear buds will also be provided to passengers traveling on long-haul flights in economy. Delta BusinessElite customers get upgraded noise canceling headphones for better audio quality on the entertainment systems and quieter ambiance for sleeping.
DELTA SPLITS HEATHROW OPERATIONS…Delta has split some of its London Heathrow operations so that flights to JFK, Boston, and Seattle/Tacoma now depart from Virgin Atlantic’s Terminal 3. This provides eligible passengers on those flights with access to Virgin’s famed Clubhouse with restaurant menus, lengthy bar, spa, and salon service. Flights to Atlanta, Detroit, and Minneapolis/St. Paul will continue to operate from Terminal 4. It is unclear why flights to three major hubs are excluded from the terminal move, but perhaps space is an issue. SkyTeam partners Aeroflot, Air France-KLM, Alitalia, and Kenya Airways among others continue to operate from Terminal 4.
ALASKA DROPS ATL-PORTLAND ROUTE…Alaska and Delta Air Lines are duking it out on the West Coast, but Alaska is throwing in the towel on Atlanta to Portland, Oregon. Effective Sept. 1, the flight will end although Alaska will continue flying nonstop between Atlanta and Seattle/Tacoma.
DELTA LAUNCHES NEW SKY MAGAZINE LAYOUT…This month, Delta has launched a redesigned issue of Sky magazine. Have you seen it? Delta says Sky is the most read in-flight magazine in the world and the new style will place a bigger emphasis on the interests of business travelers. Everything from business, innovation, people, travel, and culture will be included with an emphasis placed on places where Delta flies. The magazine is available for complimentary download via the Delta iPad app and is also sold on newsstands. (Have you noticed the change? Would you buy it?)
ATLANTA AIRPORT TERMINAL HOTEL BEING CONSIDERED…Airport officials have announced they are studying the idea of building a hotel within or adjacent to the airport terminal itself. The airport is working with consulting firms to decide how or if it is a reasonable addition although there is no information on where the hotel might be located. While there are numerous hotels within close proximity, it would be especially convenient for travelers to have an onsite option like the Westin inside Detroit Airport, or many others. Have you ever stayed over at an in-airport hotel? Please leave your comments below.