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No change fees, but be aware

American, Delta, UnitedAirline surcharges and fees are usually unrelated to cost. An exception is the fuel surcharge carriers collect when the oil price is high. The last time is already quite a few years ago. But when the oil price plummets a fuel surcharge loses its plausibility. Some carriers find a solution by changing the name into international surcharge.

Bogus fee

Obviously, it doesn’t matter that this name is meaningless for it is just a bogus fee. Airlines are creative in inventing new charges like seat reservation fees, etc. Most of them are unrelated...
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Emirates covers corona related cost

Emirates crewAirlines are experiencing problems to find passengers. Many people prefer to stay in the safety of their home rather than traveling the world. Although some carriers are offering inexpensive tickets, quite a few are still asking high prices. But rebooking a flight is now practically free.

Health insurance

Some airlines are trying to entice flyers by attaching new and in some cases interesting conditions to their tickets. One of them is Emirates. If you book your flight on Emirates you’ll automatically receive free cover for COVID-19 related cost. Thus, it does...
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Passengers demand compensation for arriving on time

Two passengers claim €400 ($457) each because the Finnair flight from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Jyväskylä, Finland would have arrived with a delay. In such cases passengers can demand compensation by invoking Regulation 261/2004 of the European Parliament. As they are not looking forward to drafting their claims themselves they rely on Airhelp. This is one of the many claim agencies, or claim farms as the airlines prefer to call them.

No Cure, No Pay

Usually, such agencies work on the basis of No...
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Dubious pilot licenses

Dubious pilot license at Pakistan International AirlinesNearly 1 in 3 of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots is suspected of holding a dubious pilot license. PIA will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified. The move comes after the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the airline industry’s mouthpiece, issues a warning. It has found irregularities in pilot licenses at PIA that represent a “serious lapse” in safety controls.

Plane crash

The scandal emerges in the wake of a PIA plane crash in Karachi that kills 97...
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How KLM gets on with an employee

KLM Royal Dutch AirlinesKLM VIPs treatment must pay damages to an escort of Very Important Persons (VIPs) or commercially and according to protocol important passengers. She has been working at the airline for nearly 38 years without any problem.

VIPs

But that changes when she complains about the growing number of pornstars, rappers, stoned childstars and drunken celebrities she has to accompany. KLM doesn’t appreciate her complaint and dismisses her due to soured labor relations.

Transition compensation

A magistrate rules she has a right to a transition compensation of €70,000...
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Who will pay Air France/KLM’s losses?

Air France/KLMNationalism seems on the rise in the EU. In particular the 4 miser countries – Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden – refuse to run up common debts. Moreover, France and the Netherlands have started with providing state aid, each for their own national airline. Some observers think this may prelude closing down the holding company Air France/KLM. Next, the mainly privately owned airlines Air France and KLM could continue separately.

Different cultures

The two carriers have very different cultures that mirror the more...
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