July 23, 2016
At least 10 clergy members were arrested Thursday during a sit-in at Philadelphia Internal Airport to protest the low wages and treatment of workers subcontracted by American Airlines. Members of the interfaith activist group Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild (POWER) staged the sit-in outside the TSA checkpoint in Terminal B. After being issued several warning to leave, eight men and two women were arrested and later issued citations, police said. The demonstration was peaceful and no one was hurt.
July 23, 2016 |
Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1822 headed to Philadelphia were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to a "maintenance issue," American said. The Airbus 320 with 133 passengers and five crew evacuated the aircraft on the tarmac, using emergency slides, about 3:30 p.m. Fourteen passengers and three flight attendants sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
July 18, 2016
Q: I have tried in vain to get a refund from American Airlines. On a recent flight back to Bermuda, we experienced hours of delays caused by weather. Finally, our flight was canceled, and chaos ensued. The line to see an agent was two to three hours long, and I was carrying a sleeping child. Agents were yelling, "Call American Airlines!" I had an international cellphone, but called and was told there was a wait time of two hours. Then the agents were yelling at the crowd to use AA.com to rebook their flights.
July 16, 2016 |
Ron Blount doesn't care. Doesn't care whether the entire city, or state, or Democratic Party gets angry at the city's cab drivers if they decide to strike during the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. "We've been screwed, and we're going to screw you back. When they come here, Philadelphia is going to be in chaos, because working poor people are being screwed in this city. The schools are falling apart," said Blount, leader of Unified Taxi Workers Alliance. "And they are coming here to have a party?
July 15, 2016 |
American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, said June traffic was up 2.2 percent compared with June a year ago. Planes were 84.9 percent full, down 0.5 percent. American said second-quarter passenger revenue for each mile flown, a key industry measure, was down 6 percent to 7 percent in the three months ended June 30, compared with the same period last year. American said it plans to increase total capacity -- seats and flights -- 2 percent in 2016, down 0.5 percent from its previous growth forecast.
July 11, 2016 |
Who's paying for the Democratic convention? The public should be able to learn that now, say civic watchdog groups, some local Bernie Sanders backers, and even the state open-records agency. On Friday, Mayor Kenney joined the chorus. But with barely two weeks until the convention is gaveled to order at the Wells Fargo Center, the people raising the money still aren't saying. The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, committed to raising more than $60 million to host the Democrats' convention, says it won't disclose that information until after the July 25-28 event.
July 9, 2016 |
American Airlines and seven other U.S. carriers won tentative government approval Thursday to fly nonstop to Havana, the Cuban capital. American will operate five daily flights -- four from Miami and one from Charlotte, N.C. Philadelphia travelers flying on American, which operates 433 daily flights and a hub here, will be able to connect through Miami or Charlotte to Havana. American said the Havana flights will go on sale later this month after the U.S. Transportation Department issues its final decision, with commercial service to begin in November.
July 8, 2016 |
U.S. airline stocks tumbled again Wednesday after a Wall Street analyst downgraded ratings on American Airlines, Philadelphia's dominant carrier, and on United Airlines. Credit Suisse analyst Julie Yates cited negative trends including weak European travel demand, expensive labor costs, and disappointing revenue per seat mile flown, a key industry measure. Depreciation of foreign currencies against the U.S. dollar has hampered inbound international travel, even before Britain voted to leave the European Union, the U.S. Travel Association said in a report.
June 26, 2016 |
Airline stocks plunged Friday on an anticipated drop in travel demand after Britain's surprise vote to leave the European Union rattled world markets. But the plunging pound - and, to a lesser extent, the euro - should soon make it cheaper for Philadelphia passengers traveling to Europe. American Airlines, Philadelphia's largest carrier, with an international gateway here to Europe, could be hit hardest among the big U.S. airlines. Its stock dropped more than 10 percent Friday to close at $27.05.
June 15, 2016 |
With a pilot shortage looming for U.S. airlines, three subsidiaries of American Airlines announced Monday that they will offer $15,000 signing bonuses to newly minted pilots. Envoy Air (formerly American Eagle), Piedmont and PSA Airlines, which operate short-haul or "express" flights for American, are offering signing bonuses to lure new aviators at a time many senior pilots are near the mandatory retirement age of 65, and it's become harder to be a pilot. New federal pilot-rest rules and tougher qualification standards since 2013 require commercial co-pilots, or first officers, to have 1,500 hours of minimum flight experience, up from 250. Fewer young people are opting for cockpit jobs because of the cost of training and low entry pay – $22,500 to $26,000 to start at the regional airlines, which operate half the nation's scheduled flights.