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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:11 p.m.

U.S. airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period, continuing a rise in travel that has boosted the airlines’ profits all year.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 1:40 p.m.

Hong Kong airport protest shutdown tarnishes business image

Hong Kong authorities scrapped all flights after the airport was swamped by pro-democracy protesters, in a fresh escalation that risks tarnishing the city’s business-friendly image.


Airlines can’t bar pit bulls or other breeds from cabins, feds say

A month after a flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support animal, the U.S. Department of Transportation told the airline industry Thursday that carriers can’t bar certain dog breeds …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Customs clarifies policy on plane ID searches

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is clarifying that airline passengers aren’t required to submit to identification checks when getting off planes if there’s no law enforcement-related reason.


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 9:13 p.m.

France to slap new ‘ecotax’ on plane tickets from 2020

France will introduce a new charge on plane tickets from next year, with revenue used to fund environment-friendly alternatives, the country’s transport minister said Tuesday.


Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone

Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners …


UPDATED: Tue., March 26, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

Spokane airport executive lobbies Congress for ‘user fee’ increase to $8.50 to finance improvements

The head of Spokane International Airport appealed to a congressional committee Tuesday to allow airports like Spokane’s to raise fees on passengers to fund development projects.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Facial recognition security checks will be vetted before they reach Spokane, airport leader says

U.S. Customs and Border Protection aims to utilize facial recognition at 20 major international airports on 16,300 flights per week by 2021. The technology is already being used at 17 …


Southwest sues mechanics union alleging deliberate slowdowns

Southwest is suing its mechanics’ union over what it claims is an illegal work slowdown that is grounding planes and disrupting flights.


Smile: Some airliners have cameras on seat-back screens

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

U.S. airlines need more bomb-sniffing dogs in a hurry

The Transportation Security Administration has begun approving private explosive-detection canine firms to screen cargo flying from U.S. airports under a new program finalized last month. The change offers freight haulers …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 4:05 p.m.

These are the best premium economy cabins in the skies

Flyers who want roomier seats, better meals, larger entertainment screens and more personalized service without an extravagant price tag, the options are starting to grow.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

JetBlue founder says his new startup will cut fares, add legroom

Serial airline entrepreneur David Neeleman is determined to make his next carrier stand out in a market where rivals large and small shoehorn budget-minded travelers into cramped cabins.


Delta joins airlines in era of $30 bag fee

Delta Air Lines raised its fee for a first checked bag to $30, following in competitors’ footsteps as U.S. carriers expand efforts to offset stubbornly higher fuel prices.


Lawmakers ask 11 major airlines to justify ‘fee gouging’

The news that JetBlue and United Airlines have raised fees for checked bags and some flight cancellations has provoked two U.S. senators and a congressman who are calling for “relief …


Troublesome advanced engines for Boeing, Airbus jets have disrupted airlines and shaken travelers

A slew of technical problems with the three latest-technology jet engines is widely disrupting operations at airlines, bleeding cash from the engine makers and grounding significant numbers of Airbus and …


Pilot-hungry airlines are raiding flight schools – creating a shortage of instructors to train the next generation

Airlines’ insatiable demand for pilots threatens to sabotage flight schools’ ability to train new ones. Carriers are raising wages and hoarding every available pilot – including the instructors schools rely …


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 7:07 p.m.

Airlines prepare for an expected record number of summer passengers

A record 246.1 million passengers are expected to fly during the season, a 3.7 percent increase over a record set last year, according to Airlines for America, a trade group …


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 5:08 p.m.

Pets-on-planes crackdown by airlines gets boost from U.S. agency

Regulators are making it easier for U.S. airlines to limit the growing number of dogs and other animals being brought onto flights by passengers saying they are for emotional or …


UPDATED: Mon., April 9, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Report: Airlines getting better in key areas except delays

U.S. airlines are getting better at many things except getting you to your destination on time. That’s the upshot of a report issued by academics who analyze numbers compiled by …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

Airlines post better on-time record in latest U.S. report

U.S. airlines started the year showing a slight improvement in keeping flights on time.


Surge in airline hiring boosts interest in aspiring pilots

Major U.S. airlines are hiring pilots at a rate not seen since before 9/11, and that is encouraging more young people to consider a career in the cockpit.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 5:38 p.m.

Airlines protest Trump budget proposal to raise passenger fees

A trade group that represents those same U.S. airlines is protesting a proposal from the Trump administration to raise fees on airline tickets to collect nearly $3 billion.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Airline ‘bumping’ of passengers falls to lowest rate ever

Airlines bumped passengers off flights at the lowest rate on record last year after United Airlines was pilloried when a passenger was dragged off a full plane.


Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

Russia and Egypt signed a deal Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February after more than a two-year break, officials announced on …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

DOT drops proposal to force airlines to disclose bag fees

An Obama administration proposal that would have required airlines disclose checked and carry-on bag fees at the start of a ticket purchase rather than later is being dropped by the …


Travelers love airline flash sales but the ultra-cheap fares are becoming less common

Airline flash sales are on the decline, industry experts say, partly because the airline industry has become more consolidated through mergers and acquisitions, which has diminished competition and reduced the …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017, 1:47 p.m.

Airlines bump fewer passengers off oversold flights

Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 1:10 p.m.

Airlines see Thanksgiving travel rising 3 percent

Get ready for bigger airport crowds over Thanksgiving this year.


The fat years for US airlines come to an end as costs increase

While summertime profits were fine, and travel demand remains robust, a number of airlines are facing higher bills from a variety of factors: labor contracts, significant airport renovation projects, technology …