In this week’s news, Oakland International travelers can now book a parking space online; London Heathrow imposes a cap on passenger numbers, asking airlines to stop taking bookings for flights through mid-September; KLM and Lufthansa cancel more flights as summer chaos continues; DOT warns airlines to seat family members together and not charge extra for it; Buttigieg says his agency will take action against carriers that aren’t providing refunds to eligible customers; Delta puts new Airbus A321neos into more domestic markets; Hawaiian is dropping a Florida route while JSX and Spirit add new ones; American will expand service to Cuba and Mexico City; Cayman Airways comes to LAX; Korean Air, Virgin Atlantic, Air New Zealand and Qantas all have news on their international routes; Spirit installs high-speed Wi-Fi on its A320s and A321s; the Spirit-Frontier merger vote is delayed once again; and United’s Star Alliance reveals details of its new German Rail membership.
As passenger numbers continue to grow, Oakland International Airport this week rolled out a new online parking reservations system. Travelers can use the site to book space up to two hours before arrival at the airport’s daily, premier, economy and hourly parking lots. Users can simply enter their entry and exit dates, choose their preferred parking lot, and enter contact and payment information. Taxes and fees are included in the quoted price, and the system may offer special online-only discounts. “Once the booking is complete, customers will receive a confirmation email with an easy-to-use QR code, which they will scan to enter and exit the parking lots — no ticket needed,” an airport spokesperson said. Reservations can be canceled up to four hours before arrival.