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...
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.
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.
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.
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.