This week’s featured link:
Records: Former Newport News airport execs spent big on travel – The Daily Press
If you haven’t been following the saga of Newport News airport’s spending spree, then I highly recommend you grab some popcorn and pull up a seat. After Southwest pulled AirTran out of the airport several years ago, it seems the people running the airport panicked and decided to throw money at anything that moves. You may remember the failed restart of People Express. Well, the airport was so desperate for new flights that it agreed to pay off that company’s debts if it defaulted. Spoiler alert: it defaulted.
But it’s not just that kind of thing that has hurt the airport. It’s all the fraud and mismanagement. The airport director, already handsomely paid at over $220,000 a year, was fired for reimbursing himself for personal expenses. And now the local paper has started investigating the huge travel budget that was theoretically supposed to be spent in support of new service at the airport. But what you’ll see is a ton of travel to events that would never have resulted in new air service (including a trip to the Paris Air Show). It’s no wonder Allegiant pulled out a couple years ago. All of this lavish expenditure goes right to airline charges.
Delta CFO: Loyalty ‘Took Off’ When the Airline Switched to a Revenue-Based Model – Skift
I don’t even know where to start with this. I suppose I can just point to the fact that the Chief FINANCIAL Officer is the one lecturing on loyalty and not someone in marketing. *sigh*
There Was No ‘Golden Age’ of Air Travel – The New York Times
The Times picked a provocative headline, but the gist of the article is something I of course agree with. No matter how often this comes up, however, it never sways people. Patrick had some follow up thoughts on his site as well.