Today’s random theme is Airplanes. Why? Because I could find four airplane-related stories to link to. The first is an op-ed column by Steve Geil, president and CEO of the Fresno County Economic Development Corp, that ran today in The Bee. The column basically says: Go FYI! Be thankful our city has upgraded its airport, because it’s going to get brutal out there in the years ahead, and some smaller cities will actually lose their airports.
For those of you jonesing for Southwest to come to Fresno, keep this in mind, Geil writes:
The airport doesn’t choose the airline. The airline chooses the airport, and unless a local community utilizes its airport at a certain frequency level, which means “seats on the plane,” airlines will not expand service to that particular market, no matter how well operated.
Meanwhile, one of the big stories on Page A1 today is a report that United Airlines and US Airways are thinking of merging. Considering that both are major players in Fresno (or at least their regional carriers are), I’m wondering what impact that will have on the local market.
Other airplane weirdness: Florida-based Spirit Airlines announced it will begin charging passengers as much as $45 for each piece of carry-on luggage.
And: Here’s a link to what some people are calling the world’s funniest passenger complaint letter about this “meal” on Virgin Airlines pictured below: