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.
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.
June 1, 2013 |
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey wants to leverage its expertise from running five New York City-area airports to attract more flights and travelers to Atlantic City International Airport. Under a 15-year agreement, the South Jersey Transportation Authority will pay the Port Authority $500,000 a year to assume control of airport operations, air-service development, and marketing effective July 1. The Port Authority operates New York's John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., and Newark Liberty and Teterboro airports in New Jersey.
May 8, 1996 |
In the not-so-old days, Atlantic City International Airport had a certain rugged charm. Florida-bound travelers in tropical wear could count on a sprint across a bitter-cold tarmac to get from the terminal to the staircase leading up to the airplane. "I always felt like I was in a 1950s movie," Atlantic City Mayor James Whelan recalled yesterday. But those days are history, much to the relief of long-embarrassed boosters of the region. Yesterday, Whelan, Gov. Whitman and other dignitaries unveiled a $9.3 million expansion of the terminal - including enclosed boarding bridges - that they hope will lead to the revitalization of the sleepy airfield 10 miles from Atlantic City.
May 6, 1998 |
Scheduled service that was inaugurated yesterday on US Airways Express to an additional East Coast hub could give a big boost to the fledgling Atlantic City Airport. Officials applauded as a half-dozen people boarded the 19-passenger turbo-prop Beech 1900 for the airline's first run to Baltimore/Washington International Airport, calling the service the "start of a new era. " The five daily 28-minute flights will, beginning June 1, link up with the airline's new no-frills service called MetroJet.
March 2, 1998 |
The Justice Department is turning up the heat in its investigation into whether the nation's four biggest airlines used illegal competitive practices to try to drive a group of small carriers out of business. In early February, Justice lawyers sent requests to five of the little airlines - AirTran, Frontier, Reno, Spirit and Vanguard - asking for detailed data about the competitive ammunition that the big airlines - American, Delta, Northwest and United - have allegedly used against them.
January 20, 1999 |
A soaring number of passengers, which surpassed one million last year, may give the fledgling Atlantic City International Airport the clout it needs to attract larger airlines, officials said yesterday. Reaching the one million mark - 1,030,926, to be exact - means that traffic in and out of the Egg Harbor Township facility increased 15 percent in 1998, according to James A. Crawford, executive director of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which operates the airport and the Atlantic City Expressway.
August 11, 2011 |
Sweeping pro-consumer passenger rights rules go into effect August 23 that require airlines to refund baggage fees for lost checked luggage and to pay more for involuntarily bumping passengers on over-booked flights. The rules, designed to protect airline consumers from unfair and deceptive practices, extend fines to foreign carriers and to international flying by U.S. airlines, if passengers are stuck on airport tarmacs for more than four hours. The new requirements have been praised by passenger rights advocates, but criticized by the airline industry for adding costs and challenges that could lead to higher ticket prices and more cancellations.
June 17, 2011 |
What will the disappearance of AirTran Airways as a stand-alone airline next year mean for flights and fares for Philadelphia air travelers? Southwest Airlines Co. bought AirTran last month for $1.4 billion, and eventually AirTran's planes, routes, and brand will become part of Southwest, which will be the only discount carrier at Philadelphia International Airport. The purchase increases Southwest's route network 25 percent, giving it a footprint in Atlanta and an expanded presence in New York, Washington, Boston, and Baltimore.