Southwest Airlines hopes the Trump administration keeps commercial travel between the US and Cuba open for business. "Those flights have high demand both from the US and from Cuba and obviously we're hopeful that we can continue to operate them," said Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly.
Peter Neffenger, a retired Coast Guard admiral, has left his post as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration as President-elect Donald Trump searches for a replacement. Neffenger, David Olive writes, will be remembered for his improvements to TSA, including the creation of a training academy and an operations center to make security checkpoints smoother for passengers.
Airport and airline workers are now protected under a 2001 law that set fines and up to 10 years in prison for anyone who assaults "a federal, airport, or air carrier employee who has security duties within the airport, interferes with the performance of the duties of the employee or lessens the ability of the employee to perform those duties." The law had previously been interpreted to apply only to Transportation Security Administration or law enforcement officers.
Heavy fog and low visibility have grounded flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Incoming flights are being held in their departure cities, and some flights have been canceled.
FedEx Express is hiring 600 permanent, part-time workers at its World Hub inside Tennessee's Memphis International Airport and hosted a winter job fair on Saturday. "With nearly 12,000 employees working in operations, new opportunities are created for reasons including the fact that current employees promote into other positions or relocate to other areas," said Michael Bielskis of FedEx Express.
Berkshire Hathaway's $1 billion investment in the airline sector, including in American Airlines and United Continental, is likely a long-term bet given the company's investor profile, experts say. "They may be saying that the industry has finally figured things out," said analyst Andrew Davis.
A new Department of Transportation inspector general's report says the Federal Aviation Administration should work to improve its response to outages at air-traffic control facilities. The report is bringing the issue of ATC reform to the forefront in Congress.
Alaska Airlines will offer complementary in-flight access to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Apple's iMessage through its GoGo Wi-Fi-equipped planes.
A car crashed through a security fence at Michigan's Detroit Metro Airport on Sunday morning, but did not reach the runway. Airport Authority police stopped the car a short time later and arrested the driver for drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident and breach of security.
The Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow, India, was shut down for nine hours due to a problem with the airport's VHF Omni-Directional Radio Range navigation system. The airport reopened Sunday at 1 a.m.
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