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.
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.
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.
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.
April 29, 2013 |
Airlines survived $147-a-barrel oil, a financial collapse on Wall Street, and a recession in 2008 by doing two things: slashing capacity - fewer flights, different-size aircrafts, recalibrated routes - and charging annoying fees for everything from baggage to "choice" seats. Nationwide, there are 8 percent fewer airplane seats with passengers in them than five years ago, according to airline analyst Daniel McKenzie, of Buckingham Research Group in New York. He recently analyzed which cities got hardest hit with seat cuts and which had the most growth.
April 14, 1994 |
Move over USAir. Step aside ValuJet. America West Airlines is entering the Philadelphia market Monday, and its president says it'll give the competition a run for its money. "What we offer is full service with low fares," A. Maurice Myers, president and chief operating officer, said yesterday. He was in town to discuss the service with Mayor Rendell and other city officials. America West, a Phoenix-based carrier that expects to emerge from federal bankruptcy protection this fall, will offer three flights to Columbus, Ohio, and a flight to Las Vegas daily from Philadelphia International Airport, Myers said.
March 20, 2011 |
A few weeks ago, Bob Johnson got an e-mail from a US Airways employee that began, "They're at it again. " What was US Airways up to? At the beginning of the month, the carrier quietly added a new fee: Passengers who book a ticket through a travel agent but call the airline directly to make a change to their itinerary will now have to pay $25 to speak with an agent on the phone. Before, they were exempt from the fee. And here's where Johnson comes in. Calling him a loyal US Airways customer would be an understatement.
August 10, 2012 |
American Airlines' pilots overwhelmingly rejected a tentative agreement with the bankrupt airline Wednesday, putting their fate before a federal bankruptcy judge and potentially delaying US Airways' quest to merge and create the world's biggest airline. The Allied Pilots Association, representing 8,000 pilots, voted 4,600 against and 2,935 in favor of the tentative contract. An approval would have sped American's plan to restructure and emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization as a stand-alone company, or part of a merger, one airline analyst said.
May 6, 2012 |
Bringing a last-minute carry-on bag to the gate will cost you $100 on Spirit Airlines later this year. The airline, which bills itself as an "ultra-low-cost" carrier, said it will increase fees for baggage and other services on Nov. 6. In the Philadelphia region, Spirit operates out of Atlantic City International Airport, the only scheduled carrier now flying from that airport. The fee hike drew new criticism for Spirit, already buffeted this week by its initial refusal to refund a $197 ticket bought by a dying Vietnam veteran who said his doctor told him he was too ill to fly. On Friday, Spirit's president and chief executive officer, Ben Baldanza, relented and said he would refund Jerry Meekins' fare and make a $5,000 contribution in his name to the charity Wounded Warriors.