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The International Air Transport Association has upgraded its forecast for the global airline industry this year – forecasting that it will earn $2.5 billion. The outlook released Monday compared with a forecast made in March that airlines would lose a total $2.8 billion in 2010. However, IATA said Europe is a striking weak spot and… Continue Reading IATA forecasts 2010 profit for airline industry

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No fee for carry on luggage

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Five major U.S. carriers have agreed not to follow the lead of a small Florida airline that plans to charge for carry-on bags. Their commitment comes just in time to keep travelers from running for the exits during the peak summer flying season, but it is doubtful that it marks a change in strategy. Airlines… Continue Reading No fee for carry on luggage

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Airlines customers had best year in 2009

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Airline travelers had their best overall experiences in 2009. Hawaiian Airlines provided the best performance among 18 large U.S. airlines, according to the annual Airline Quality Report. Airlines improved in three of the four categories used to determine the rankings, and Hawaiian was rated No. 1 overall for the second year in a row. AirTran… Continue Reading Airlines customers had best year in 2009

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   Flown anywhere lately? If so, has your experience been anything like that of Ryan Bingham, George Clooney’s character in “Up in the Air,” who’s on the road 300 days of the year? Bingham moves effortlessly through “air world,” as he calls it, scarcely inconvenienced by lines at security check-ins, cancelled flights, endless delays and… Continue Reading Ease and comfort won’t replace the fear of traveling

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Authorities reassessing terror watchlist system

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal authorities met Monday to reassess the nation’s system of terror watchlists to determine how to avoid the type of lapse that allowed a man with explosives to board a flight to the U.S. even though he was flagged as a possible terrorist. A senior U.S. intelligence official said authorities were reviewing… Continue Reading Authorities reassessing terror watchlist system

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Airline traffic’s downward spiral to continue

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New independent forecasts predict continued declines in U.S. airline traffic through 2010, as carriers trim capacity in anticipation of continuing economic pressure, said aviation analyst Michael Boyd. The aviation consultant delivered his forecast at the 14th Annual Aviation Summit in Lexington, Ky. earlier this month. As part of this, carriers will retire 622 regional jets… Continue Reading Airline traffic’s downward spiral to continue

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January airport revenue strong

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Neither inclement weather nor an iffy national economy seemed to affect Colorado Springs Airport revenue and operations during January. Total revenue at the airport for the month was up 10.6 percent to more than $1.84 million, compared to $1.66 million in January 2007. The news is a sign that activity levels and private investment are… Continue Reading January airport revenue strong

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Midwest ends Kansas City service

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Midwest Airlines announced today that it will discontinue service between Colorado Springs and Kansas City on April 5. Midwest said its withdrawal from Colorado Springs is because of rising fuel prices and competition with other carriers. Midwest has provided two daily flights using 50-seat regional jets since July 2007. The flights are operated by SkyWest… Continue Reading Midwest ends Kansas City service

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DIA on-time flight ranking drops

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Denver International Airport has dropped from its gleaming No. 3 spot for on-time flight arrivals during 2006 to No. 11 during 2007. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics tracked flight arrivals for 32 major airports during November 2006 and November 2007. During November 2007, 83 percent of DIA flights arrived on time, compared to 83.3 percent… Continue Reading DIA on-time flight ranking drops

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Time running out to book holiday travel plans

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If you rather have fun in the sun rather than head home for the holiday season, you’d better finalize your travel plans soon. National polling results released this month indicate that nearly half of travel agency clients had begun booking holiday travel during July or earlier. All-inclusive resorts packages are the destination of choice this… Continue Reading Time running out to book holiday travel plans

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