American has relocated its operations at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport from Concourse A to Concourse B. All American flights now arrive/depart from Gates 18, 20, 22, 24 and 26. American’s check-in and baggage claim facilities in the main terminal will not be impacted.
American will become the first U.S. carrier to offer direct service to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The new year-round, Saturday service from Miami will commence Dec. 22, 2018. Tickets will go on sale on May 14, 2018.
British Airways is expanding the ways its customers can spend their Avios earnings. Members can now use Avios to cover all or part of the cost to select seats in advance. Airline officials note that Gold, Silver and Bronze British Airways Executive Club members will still be able to select seats in advance for free. All customers can still make seat selections at check-in 24 hours prior to departure.
In other news, British Airways officially launched its new five times weekly service between London Heathrow and Nashville. British Airways is the only airline to offer direct service between Europe and Nashville.
Southwest said it will increase its presence at New York’s LaGuardia and Washington’s Reagan National airports after a new agreement to lease takeoff and landing rights from Alaska Airlines was finalized. Southwest will gain 12 slots at LaGuardia and eight at Reagan National for 10 years under the plan, which has already been approved by regulators. Southwest officials said it will release specific route details in the coming weeks.
As a result of the lease agreement, Alaska will end flights from both airports to Dallas Love Field in October. Alaska Airlines officials said, “The move reflects Alaska’s efforts at ensuring the combined Alaska-Virgin network is configured the way we want it.”