Report calls for Kennedy, Newark airport expansion

A report by the Regional Plan Association says that both New York’s John F Kennedy and Newark’s Liberty airports need to be expanded and redesigned.

The region needs to add 78 flights per hour during peak periods, up from 236 now, the report said.

Kennedy should be considered for four possible reconfigurations that include redesigning or adding runways, it said. It suggested a reconfiguration for Newark that would require redesigning or relocating one or more of its three terminals.

British airport introduces hologram staff

Manchester Airport in the UK is adding “holograms of real-life customer service staff to help speed up security lines.”

The images of Manchester airport employees John Walsh and Julie Caper were created using the same technology that brings animated pop group Gorillaz to life.

The holograms will greet passengers at the entrance to the security search area and explain the restrictions on carrying liquids onto aircraft.

JetBlue tacks on fuel surcharge to Caribbean fares

JetBlue has added fuel surcharges on flights to and from Puerto Rico and the Carribean.

CEO Dan Barger disclosed the surcharges in a conference call with industry analysts to discuss fourth-quarter earnings.

Oil prices have been creeping up in recent weeks. In response, airlines have had four rounds of price hikes since mid-December.

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