‘Hidden city’ travel: why airlines are cracking down on a discount trick

A Lufthansa flight lands in Munich. The airline says a single case of ‘hidden city’ travel cost them more than €2,000. Photograph: Lukas Barth/EPA Airlines are cracking down on a ticketing loophole that can knock thousands of pounds off the cost of travel – but the fight back is only giving more publicity to the advantages of “hidden city” travel. At its most simplistic, hidden city ticketing is when a passenger purchases a ticket to less popular and thus cheaper destination that happens to be routed through a more popular, and thus…

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KLM airlines is soon to launch on-tap draught beer on flights

PASSENGERS who have thirsted for a better beer experience on a flight are in luck — an exciting addition to the drinks menu is coming to one of Europe’s major airlines. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is gearing up to be the first airline to serve draught beer on tap. The game-changing development will follow years of experimenting with keg designs to produce the perfect schooner at high altitude. Dutch brewing giant Heineken found the winning formula with an innovative keg design, and the prototype will be used on KLM’s European…

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Spirit Airlines has eye on mid-sized markets

Speaking Tuesday at his first earnings conference since being named Spirit CEO in early January, Bob Fornaro said the airline might focus more of its route network on mid-sized markets. “I think going forward, we are going to be much more open to a broader view of routes,” Fornaro said, according to a transcript of the call prepared by the websiteSeeking Alpha. The new CEO noted that over the past couple of years, Spirit has focused most of its aggressive route expansion on flights between big markets, pitting the airline…

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