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Airlines foresee first global traffic drop since 2003

The airline industry expects the first annual decline in global passenger demand in 17 years, after tallying up the initial impact of the thousands of flights canceled because of the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 22, 2020

US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020

Commercial airlines reroute flights amid US-Iran tensions

Commercial airlines are rerouting flights throughout the Middle East to avoid potential danger during heightened tensions between the United States and Iran.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Program expediting clearance for international travel to hold first interviews at Spokane airport

International travelers in Spokane will soon have an opportunity to sign up for the Global Entry program at the Spokane International Airport.


Qantas to embark on world’s first 20-hour airline flight

For decades, travelers have stoically endured jet lag as an unavoidable menace on long journeys. Now, as airlines push for record-breaking non-stop flights halfway around the planet, efforts to counter …


As Hurricane Harvey bears down on Texas, here’s what air travelers need to know

As Hurricane Harvey continued to intensify Friday, airlines have announced they will waive change fees for travelers whose plans may have included stops in and around cities in Texas. According …


10 hospitalized after American Airlines flight jolted midair

An American Airlines flight lurched violently over the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, sending drinks and people flying – and putting 10 in the hospital after landing in Philadelphia.


More flight delays, cancellations for U.S. airlines in April

The rate of canceled flights nearly doubled to 1.6 percent in April compared to the same month in 2016. Delta Air Lines accounted for nearly half the cancellations – it …


Crowded airplanes heighten aggression – we know that from studying rats

It seems intuitive that the more passengers airlines cram into an aircraft, the more aggressive those passengers become. But there’s also some science that suggests that’s the case.


Five new nonstop flights to take off in Spokane this summer

Five new nonstop flights between Spokane International Airport and cities across the country take off this summer, beginning Sunday when Southwest Airlines launches daily service to San Diego. The seasonal …


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Spokane Airport CEO sees problems with push for private air traffic control

A proposal to turn air traffic control over to the private sector would put Spokane International Airport at risk of reduced staffing and higher fees, airport CEO Larry Krauter said …


Washington becomes latest state to seek ID compliance

People in Washington likely won’t have to worry next year about the identification they take to the airport after Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Tuesday seeking to make the …


Delta tops in on-time flights, Spirit worst for complaints

Delta Air Lines scored the best for on-time flights in the latest government rankings, and United and American weren’t far behind.


American cuts coach legroom in new 737s arriving later this year

American Airlines Group Inc. is about to give coach passengers even less legroom.


United to offer bumped flyers up to $10,000 after video flap

United Airlines says it will raise the limit – to $10,000 – on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as …


UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017

Southwest to fly Spokane-Sacramento route starting in August

Southwest Airlines announced on Thursday that is offering a new daily flight beween Spokane and Sacramento


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

United Airlines to add Spokane service to Chicago, San Francisco

United Airlines will add new flights from Spokane to San Francisco and Chicago this summer.


Frequent fliers without PreCheck will be moving to slow lane, TSA says

The Transportation Security Administration this month plans to significantly reduce the number of frequent fliers who go through faster airport security lines for free, even though they haven’t signed up …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017

Delta operations recovering; Trump blames airline for delays

Delta Air Lines, recovering from a weekend technology outage, cancelled more flights Monday but said that the issue has been resolved.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017

Travel through Spokane Airport rises 3.2 percent in 2016

Travelers stepped on and off commercial planes 3.2 million times at Spokane International Airport last year, which was a 3.2 percent increase over 2015, year-end numbers show. That also was …


Alaska-Virgin America merger joins very different airlines: Like ‘bacon on a donut’?

Alaska Air Group on Wednesday is completing its $4 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Virgin America to become the fifth-largest U.S. airline.


Boutique Air to start Portland-Pendleton service Dec. 19

Boutique Air announced plans to offer daily flights between Pendleton and Portland, restoring commercial air service to the city in Eastern Oregon.


Getting There: TSA is ready to help those with medical issues get to their planes

Airport security officers want people with medical issues to know they can get through security without embarrassment


Delta posts a profit despite lower airfare, rising expenses

NEW YORK – Lower airfares and rising salaries are putting a squeeze on Delta Air Lines. Luckily for the airline, the price of jet fuel remains cheap and the Atlanta-based …


U.S. gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 American cities

WASHINGTON – The U.S. government on Thursday tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 American cities, further bridging the gulf between countries as close as an hour …


American Airlines will reward fliers based on dollars, not miles

American Airlines is following other airlines by basing perks like free flights on how much passengers spend on tickets, not how many miles they fly.


Delta extends Alaska-Seattle service

JUNEAU, Alaska — Delta Air Lines will extend year-round service from both Juneau and Fairbanks to Seattle.


FBI cracking down on lasers pointed at planes

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of anyone who aims a laser at an aircraft.


Getting There: TSA boss touts PreCheck screening program

The head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration visited his officers at Spokane International Airport on Wednesday and used the occasion to promote the agency’s PreCheck program for passengers wanting …


Allegiant suspending nonstop Hawaii flights

Allegiant Air said it will temporarily halt flights to Hawaii from Spokane and several other U.S. cities, including Boise and Eugene. The last Spokane flight to Honolulu will leave Aug. …