February 20, 2016 |
Airline passengers' complaints to the federal government were up 29.8 percent last year compared with 2014 levels, according to the U.S. Transportation Department's Air Travel Consumer Report, released Thursday. During 2015, the department received 20,170 consumer complaints, up from 15,539 the year before. The bulk of the complaints, 6,433, were about flight cancellations, delays, and misconnections, while 3,133 were baggage problems, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics said.
April 7, 1998 |
airlines Feds warn big carriers about unfair competition Major U.S. airlines could be fined as much as $1,100 a day per violation for adding seat capacity and lowering fares with the intention of driving smaller carriers out of business, the U.S. Department of Transportation said. Several airlines, including UAL Corp.'s United Airlines and Northwest Airlines Corp., have been accused of hard-ball tactics to drive new entrants such as Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines out of some markets.
June 17, 2010 |
ASSOCIATED PRESS Spirit Airlines made a deal with its pilots on Wednesday that will end their strike, and the airline said it would fly again starting Friday. The strike will not officially end until pilots sign a back-to-work agreement, the union said. "I think our people will be more than willing to assist the company in getting itself back together and fully operational as soon as we possibly can," said Sean Creed, a Spirit captain and head of the Air Line Pilots Association unit there.
June 14, 2010
Strike-hit Spirit nixes more flights FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Spirit Airlines canceled all of its flights through Tuesday, stranding thousands more passengers as a pilot strike continued into its second day. The discount carrier announced the cancellations on its website Sunday. Spirit's 440 pilots walked off the job Saturday in a contract dispute that is now more than three years old. The pilots say they earn less than pilots at competitors such as AirTran Airways and JetBlue.
July 5, 2013
Police say girl may still be alive LONDON - Police say they have launched a full inquiry into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and want to trace 38 "persons of interest" in the case. Detectives say it is possible that the girl, who vanished from a Portuguese holiday resort six years ago, is still alive. Scotland Yard said Thursday that 12 of the individuals of interest are British, and the rest from a variety of European countries. The force says it is working with governments across the continent to find out more.
July 26, 2011 |
DALLAS - The great tax holiday of 2011 for air travelers is just about over. By Monday, most U.S. airlines had raised fares to reap the benefit of lower federal taxes on airline tickets. A few airlines that were passing the savings on to consumers changed their minds. Several federal taxes on airline tickets expired over the weekend after Congress failed to pass legislation to keep the Federal Aviation Administration running at full speed. Raising the fares allows the airlines to charge the consumer the same amount as before, while pocketing money previously collected for the government.
June 30, 2013 |
Other U.S. airlines have struggled over the last decade with the ups and downs of the economy and the price of jet fuel, but Allegiant Air has been profitable for 10 straight years. The tiny airline focuses on a niche others ignore: It flies only from small cities, including Allentown, Harrisburg, and Scranton in Pennsylvania, to sunny vacation spots. Allegiant entices people with low fares and nonstop flights. Then it aggressively pitches them hotels, rental cars, show tickets, and other entertainment, earning millions in commissions.
December 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - For many passengers, air travel is only about finding the cheapest fare. But as airlines offer a proliferating list of add-on services, from early boarding to premium seating and baggage fees, the ability to comparison-shop for the lowest total fare is eroding. Global distribution systems that supply flight and fare data to travel agents and online ticketing services like Orbitz and Expedia, accounting for half of all U.S. airline tickets, complain that airlines won't provide fee information in a way that lets them make it handy for consumers trying to find the best deal.
January 11, 2001 |
South Jersey Transportation Authority officials said yesterday that they had reached a deal with Continental Airlines that would bring three round-trip flights daily between Atlantic City International Airport and the carrier's Cleveland hub beginning June 14. Currently, the only carriers besides charter services serving Atlantic City are Spirit Airlines - a budget service with limited runs, mostly to Florida - and US Airways Express, which provides...
November 23, 2010 |
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Atlantic City International Airport is buckling up this week for the start of the busy holiday travel season, but the facility already has hosted a record number of passengers this year. Despite a sputtering economy and Atlantic City casino revenues that continue to plummet, the number of passengers on commercial flights was up 36 percent in the first 10 months of 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to Sharon Gordon, a spokeswoman for the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the airport.