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Kuwait Airways drops NYC-London route – USA Today
For those who don’t know, Kuwait Airways flew New York/JFK to London/Heathrow for years. It hearkens back to the days when airlines couldn’t fly nonstop between their home countries and far away lands, so they had to stop somewhere. Of course, that’s no longer an issue for Kuwaitis looking to fly to New York, but the flight soldiered on… until now.
You might just assume this was a commercial decision, and that would be sensible. But it’s not. Kuwait refuses to fly anyone with an Israeli passport. That’s fine for people going to Kuwait because people with an Israeli passport aren’t allowed into the country. But Israelis can absolutely fly from New York to London, of course. Someone challenged the policy, and the US agreed, requiring Kuwait to carry Israelis on that flight. Instead of bowing to that pressure, Kuwait opted to just pull the route entirely.
Two for the road:
An Aviation Strategy for Europe – European Commission
You may have heard about this, but now you can read the whole thing for yourself. The European Commission has put out a 108 page document detailing the strategy for aviation in Europe in the future. Maybe “detailing” is a strong word. This document doesn’t really have much concrete in it, from what I can tell. But it’s possible I just fell asleep while reading the meaty stuff. This is not a light read.
Q&A: Jet Airways pact expands Delta’s global network – Delta News Hub
Jet Airways has announced it’s closing its Brussels operation, which connected India with both Toronto and Newark. Instead, it will move to Amsterdam. It’ll still fly to Toronto but it won’t do Newark anymore. It has new partners Delta and KLM to do that and provide a bunch more feed. Commercially this makes a great deal of sense for both. Though Etihad owns a big chunk of Jet, so isn’t Delta hypocritical for partnering? That, and more, is addressed at this link.