Tuesday Roundup: Goodbye Armavia, Pay By Weight, and the End of an Era at Gatwick

– Armenian carrier Armavia has closed down operations after it failed to find a buyer. The airline blamed the 2008 (?) economic crisis for the failure of the airline (of course). Perhaps most interestingly, the owner of the carrier said “there were no Armenian businessmen in a position to buy the airline.”

– Samoa Air is offering a (crazy ass) scheme where they’ll determine how much you pay based on how much you weigh. Seriously.

– Saturday marked the last day that a US carrier flew into London Gatwick airport. For those of you keeping score at home, it was a US Airways flight from Charlotte. That service will move to Heathrow. Gatwick will be without a US airline for the first time in 35 years.

– Spirit Airlines has added a $2 “Department of Transportation Unintended Consequences Fee” to every ticket sold because they’re angry at the DoT for a new rule forcing airlines to allow customers to cancel within 24 hours of purchase with no penalty.


  1. Interesting about Armavia. Also about Samoa Air, I had heard that Samoans tend to be very large people (not fat) so perhaps this has something to do with that? White boys gonna get a discount then? :mrgreen: