An advertising campaign from Southwest Airlines touts the carrier's "transfarency," The airline defines the word as a philosophy "in which customers are treated honestly and fairly, and low fares actually stay low." "It's time to remind people that there's a different airline out there," said Kevin Krone, the carrier's chief marketing officer.
The Department of Justice is unsure of how to regulate industries where all price and supply data is available to consumers, which has led it to scrutinize the fare practices of US airlines for decades, former American Airlines executive Rob Britton writes. "Thanks to the Internet, customers have instant information to every airline's fares, rules, extras, the works," he writes.
Chung Mak has been hired by Atlas Air as its new vice president APAC for sales and marketing. "We continue to grow and strengthen our business on a global basis, and Chung's deep industry knowledge and experience will help us further develop our presence in the Asia-Pacific region," said Bill Flynn, president and CEO of Atlas Air Worldwide.
A4A President and CEO Nick Calio said that Congress forcing airline customers to pay for the Highway Trust Fund, or anything else unrelated to air travel, is a bad idea that should have never gotten off the ground.
"Congress's plan is a money grab that completely ignores the rights of airline passengers, who already pay too much in taxes and fees to the federal government every time they fly," Calio wrote in an op-ed in The Hill. "The burden to fund the highway trust fund should not fall on the shoulders of airline passengers. Congress can and should fix its mistake. Those who fly are counting on them to do so," added Calio.
Passenger traffic for Southwest Airlines increased 11.4% in September. Capacity rose 8.4% for the Dallas-based company that now operates 180 daily flights at Love Field.
United Airlines in April will launch a nonstop flight from Tel Aviv, Israel to San Francisco. "This is a response to demand from our customers for direct flights to one of the United States' most popular business and tourism destinations, with the added benefit of convenient onward connections from our San Francisco International hub," said Avi Friedman, United's managing director of sales in Israel.
Southwest Airlines will offer six flights from Hobby Airport in Houston to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The flights will originate from the airport's new international terminal.
United Continental Holdings is expecting its third quarter pretax margin to be between 16% and 17%, beating previous estimates of 13.5% to 15.5%, excluding special charges, officials said. The increase in profits comes from a credit card agreement for frequent fliers, according to the company.
Passengers on Delta Air Lines will be able to access flights to places such as Montevideo, Uruguay, and Santiago, Chile, under a new flight code agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas. The deal "reinforces our commitment to being the best US airline in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Delta Vice President Charlie Pappas.
Airports in South Florida have reduced the amount of time international arrivals spend in line at customs by expanding inspection areas and adding more border protection officers and Automated Passport Control kiosks.
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