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Let’s not forget airlines’ importance

Amid the fire and other stories dominating the area’s news this year, one issue hasn’t maintained much traction. That would be the ongoing need for Colorado Springs to cultivate its place in the airline transportation market. We’ve had good news and bad during 2012 affecting air travel. On the bright side, Frontier Airlines designated Colorado… Continue Reading Let’s not forget airlines’ importance

$500 is tipping point for airline ticket

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More Americans are planning to travel this summer, but a majority of them say they won’t pay more than $500 for a domestic airline ticket. The only exception would be if the trip was for a funeral, medical needs or a wedding. But $500 per ticket is the “tipping point,” for their typical family summer… Continue Reading $500 is tipping point for airline ticket

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Airlines improved their performance last year, with fewer lost bags and bumped passengers due to overbooking and more on-time arrivals, but travelers were still dissatisfied, according to an annual study of airline quality. Complaints to the Department of Transportation about airline performance went up a whopping 28 percent in 2010, the study said. A precise… Continue Reading Airlines perform better but complaints up 28%

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East Coast flights resume in Denver

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Air travel to the East Coast from Denver is starting to return to normal. After two straight days of cancelations, Denver International Airport reported no major flight cancelations Tuesday due to the aftermath of the Northeast blizzard. Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale said most passengers on canceled flights heard about the storm in advance and didn’t… Continue Reading East Coast flights resume in Denver

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Some Denver flights affected by Northeast storm

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The winter storm in the Northeast has been affecting travel from Denver. A number of flights into New York were canceled Sunday and again Monday morning but flights later in the day are still listed as being on schedule. John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airport are shut down for a second day but… Continue Reading Some Denver flights affected by Northeast storm

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Homeland Security chief defends airport security

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano isn’t giving any ground when it comes to the use of full-body scanners and invasive pat-downs at airports around the United States. While some travelers do not like them, Napolitano in an interview broadcast Sunday insisted the practices will not change for the “foreseeable future.” The new technology and the… Continue Reading Homeland Security chief defends airport security

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FAA routinely misses airline inspection deadlines

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A government report says a federal program aimed at identifying the most critical aircraft maintenance risks routinely misses deadlines. The report says the Federal Aviation Administration inspection program’s weaknesses are undermining its effectiveness and could lessen the agency’s ability to oversee the National Airspace System if not addressed. The report is based on a three-year… Continue Reading FAA routinely misses airline inspection deadlines

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2010 travel costs up for Denver airport officials

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Denver International Airport officials’ travel costs for 2010 are expected to be up from last year at a time when travel expenses at other city agencies are falling. Travel costs were almost $384,000 as of Friday, representing an increase of 43 percent from last year, according to The Denver Post. Aviation manager Kim Day said… Continue Reading 2010 travel costs up for Denver airport officials

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AP Enterprise: FAA loses track of 119,000 planes

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The Federal Aviation Administration’s aircraft registry is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial planes in the U.S. – a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers. The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy… Continue Reading AP Enterprise: FAA loses track of 119,000 planes

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United Continental Holdings Inc. said the combined traffic of both United and Continental airlines rose 4.8 percent in November. The airlines, which are still operating as separate companies, said late Tuesday they flew paying passengers 16.15 billion miles last month, compared with 15.4 billion miles a year earlier. The airlines’ combined number of available seats,… Continue Reading United Continental November traffic up 4.8 percent

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