Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is on a mission to overhaul how the U.S. pays for its transportation infrastructure. She favors tolls based on use rather than flat fuel taxes, and that philosophy extends from highways on the ground to flight patterns in the air. Although the airline industry disagrees with her proposals to apply surface-transportation-style fees to aviation, "I think she's shown a willingness and a capacity to understand those differences," said Jim May, president and CEO of the Air Transport Association.
Virgin America's entry into the crowded New York/Los Angeles marketplace has lowered fares on the popular route. "Virgin America has definitely driven the price point down," said Rick Seaney, president of FareCompare.com.
Nancy Needhan flies around the world educating students and teachers about career opportunities in the travel industry. She says the obstacles the students she meets must overcome in their everyday lives lend perspective to the travel mishaps in hers.
Northwest Airlines CEO Doug Steenland says the carrier is studying the possibility of spinning off its Worldperks frequent flier program. Separating Worldperks
"has the potential for significant value creation," Steenland said.