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Airlines, passengers debate refunds for late baggage

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:03:34 GMT

Carriers and consumer groups disagree about how late is "late."

Planned upgrades at Vancouver Airport include indoor forest, sleeping pods

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:22:20 GMT

YVR is looking forward to accommodating more travelers, more airlines and larger planes.

Eat your way through Chicago’s O’Hare and Midway Airports

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:30:47 GMT

O’Hare and Midway will host airport versions of Restaurant Week from Jan. 27 through Feb. 9.

Emirates to add non-stop Newark-Athens flights

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:42:28 GMT

Athens route would be Emirates' second current non-stop between USA and Europe.

Winter storms, computer glitch bring travel alerts for fliers

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:06:37 GMT

Travel alerts posted late Sunday evening cover a wide variety of affected cities.

New on Emirates: Blankets made from recycled plastic

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:46:14 GMT

Each blanket is made from the equivalent of 28 recycled bottles.

Name that airport ...

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:12:03 GMT

Here is this week's "name that airport" photo. 

Foxx: DOT tried to help airline travelers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:53:54 GMT

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the latest proposal to require airlines and ticket agents to disclose baggage fees when listing f...

Seeing stars at LAX: Giant portraits of Grammy nominees welcome travelers

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:04:29 GMT

Images of recording artists have been installed on columns along the arrival level.

The habits of irritating fliers, ranked

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 12:14:59 GMT

Most people put seat-kickers at the top of the list of most infuriating behaviors.

Japan Airlines to launch NYC-Tokyo Haneda flights

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:44:26 GMT

Flights will be in addition to JAL’s existing service between JFK and Tokyo’s Narita airport

List: The USA's best airlines for on-time flights

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:00:27 GMT

Hawaiian and Delta top the list. JetBlue and regional carrier ExpressJet were at the bottom.

January #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:04:58 GMT

Check out our latest batch of fun airplane and aviation photos from around the globe.

United: Basic Economy fares will start soon in Minneapolis

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:22:00 GMT

“We’re going to roll it out there to make sure everything works,” United's president said.

American latest to add 'Basic Economy,' carry-on restrictions

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:15:57 GMT

All three of the USA's biggest airlines -- American, Delta and United -- now have such fares.

Washington Dulles to get non-stop India flights on Air India

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:10:39 GMT

Air India's new route to Delhi would begin in July and operate three times a week.

Air India adds 'female-only' row to its flights

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:57:43 GMT

Company officials insist move is not in response to alleged in-flight groping incidents.

Airbus lands Saudi Arabia deal worth up to $8.6 billion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:57:46 GMT

Airbus has agreed to sell a total of 80 A320neo planes to Saudi Arabian airline Flynas.

Turf war? Delta adds 7 more Seattle routes

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 08:28:54 GMT

The “battle for Seattle” shows little sign of slowing down as Delta stays in growth mode.

Boeing lands India deal worth up to $22 billion

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:01:49 GMT

India's low-cost airline Spicejet plans to buy up to 205 next-generation Boeing planes.

DOJ: Criminal charges apply to assaulting airport workers

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:00:10 GMT

Airline and airport workers cheered Friday that criminal charges could apply if they suffer physical or verbal abuse from a passenger.

Name that airport ... (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:12:02 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" photo is of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.

Unions appeal DOT approval of Norwegian Air

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:00:05 GMT

Unions representing 100,000 aviation workers have asked a federal appeals court to overturn the Transportation Department’s decision allowin...

Alaska Airlines to offer free in-flight chat access

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:34:57 GMT

Smartphone-toting fliers will have free access to Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and iMessage.

Delta optimistic Trump will deal with airports, Mideast rivals

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:17:20 GMT

Delta CEO Ed Bastian is optimistic President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will invest in airports and deal with competition from Midd...

TSA finds record 3,391 guns at checkpoints in 2016

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:03:26 GMT

Transportation Security Administration officers found a record-setting 3,391 guns — more than nine per day at airport checkpoints nationwide...

D.C. airports: Be ready for inauguration crowds

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:36:11 GMT

Flying through D.C. around the inauguration? Be prepared for crowds, longer-than-usual lines.

United: Final Boeing 747 flight will come by end of 2017

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 01:23:14 GMT

Previously, United said its 747s would be phased out by the end of 2018.

Alaska Airlines adds four routes from its Portland hub

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:11:33 GMT

The new service will give Alaska Air a total of 55 destinations out of the Oregon airport.

JetBlue flash sale drops many routes below $100 round trip

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:56:28 GMT

But customers have to book by Wednesday night (Jan. 11) to snag one of the bargain fares.

WOW: $69 one-way fares to Europe now on sale

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:06:02 GMT

A trans-Atlantic fare war could be brewing as European discount airlines get set to do battle.

Allegiant adds Louisville as part of 17-route expansion

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:55:43 GMT

Company also announced plans to make Destin, Fla., one of its 'focus cities.'

Full Text: Twin Hill's letter to American Airlines' attendants

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:04:23 GMT

Uniform manufacturer Twin Hill addressed illness claims made by American's flight attendants.

American Airlines uniform row heats up as maker lashes back

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 10:04:35 GMT

Twin Hill also said union's comments have been 'inaccurate and damaging' to its reputation.

Flight backups await Fort Lauderdale fliers after shooting

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 03:30:19 GMT

The airport warned of an extended closure after the Friday incident.

Name that airport ... (Malta)

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 11:53:41 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Malta's Malta International Airport.

Fliers beware! Southeast snow is snarling flights into Saturday

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 08:21:52 GMT

Storm was forecast to hit airports from Southeast to mid-Atlantic from Friday into Saturday.

Southwest Airlines adds 2 cities, dozens of new routes

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:22:26 GMT

Cincinnati and the Cayman Islands are in. The Ohio cites of Dayton and Akron-Canton are out.

A better JFK airport? N.Y. Gov. unveils $10 billion upgrade plan

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 05:11:03 GMT

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo wants to transform the aging JFK airport into a world-class hub.

Delta beefs up Tampa schedule for college football championship

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 01:57:40 GMT

Carrier will add eight extra round-trip flights to Tampa, which is hosting the title game.

Southwest Airlines will fly from Cincinnati

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 07:48:41 GMT

The low-cost carrier is launching daily non-stop flights to Chicago and Baltimore beginning June 4.

Soon landing at CVG: Southwest Airlines

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 03:44:52 GMT

CVG has landed Southwest after years of working to bring a major low-cost carrier to town.

Fitness on the fly: Post-security gym to open at BWI

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 12:35:26 GMT

Passengers will soon be able to get a real workout — and a shower — before their flights.

Report reveals the world's most punctual airlines and airports

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 05:06:07 GMT

Hawaiian Airlines was the most punctual airline last year, with an average on-time performance of 89.9%.

Can your next flight help save the Earth?

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:28:43 GMT

If minimizing your environmental impact is on the agenda for 2017, several West Coast airports are eager to help you get started.

Where's Ben? Today in the Sky schedule update

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 03:09:48 GMT

USA TODAY's Today in the Sky editor Ben Mutzabaugn is on vacation through Jan. 5.

REAL ID warning signs appear at airports

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 03:11:01 GMT

Now you can’t say you weren’t warned.

Hong Kong Airlines adds daily flights to Vancouver

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:00:09 GMT

The new route is the carrier's first trans-Pacific flight and its debut service in North America.

Airports, airlines recovering from U.S. Customs computer outage

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 09:44:52 GMT

The outage caused long lines, missed flights and delays for thousands of travelers arriving in the U.S.

Name that airport ... (Santo Domingo)

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:14:06 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Las Américas International Airport near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republi...

Southwest says 'Southwest Effect' still going strong

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:58:03 GMT

Southwest says fare-lowering power is alive and well, pointing to busy D.C. airport as proof.

Mexico's Interjet grounds 11 Russian-made planes over safety

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:45:56 GMT

Grounding of Superjet100 planes comes after a mandatory safety inspection of the aircraft.

Delta Air Lines cancels order for Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:50:46 GMT

Termination of the order, inherited via the Northwest merger, had long been expected.

American Airlines is shrinking at its Phoenix hub

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:30:23 GMT

Three years after merger with US Airways, airline has fewer Phoenix flights, passengers.

Mexican airline Interjet gives safety check to Russian 'Superjets'

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 04:10:02 GMT

Low-cost carrier says it's had to cancel some flights due to a mandatory safety inspection.

Alaska Air must decide fate of Virgin America's Airbus jets

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:29:10 GMT

Merger means Alaska Air now has a fleet of jetliners from two different aerospace giants.

Jet Airways Boeing 737 veers off runway; 12 injured

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:17:24 GMT

Press reports from India say jet veered off runway before taking off on a domestic flight.

Missouri's new Branson Airport struggling to keep fliers

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 09:35:02 GMT

For the third straight year, number of passengers flying out of Branson Airport declined.

Name that airport ... (Rome)

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:12:15 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this "name that airport" post is of the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport near Rome, Italy. 

British Airways attendants call off Christmas strike

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:43:11 GMT

Airline said it was prepared to operate through the strike, which had been set for Dec. 25-26.

Holiday travel: Peak days at five busiest U.S. airports

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:27:38 GMT

The end of 2016 will be a busy one, with the rush expected to spill over into early 2017.

Airbus A380 hopes take a hit in Iran deal

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:07:22 GMT

Industry observers have wondered how much longer Airbus can keep the A380 product line going.

Airbus finalizes Iran Air order for 100 planes

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:01:51 GMT

Airbus announced that Iran Air signed firm contract for 100 aircraft; deliveries start in 2017.

Alaska Air already expanding at Virgin America's S.F. hub

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:42:03 GMT

Three new routes will be operated on both Alaska- and Virgin America-branded aircraft.

United Airlines celebrates delivery of new Boeing 777-300ER

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 04:21:51 GMT

Aircraft is the first of 14 777-300ERs that United expects to place into service in 2017

JetBlue beefs up its Bermuda schedule

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:24:56 GMT

The carrier is adding more capacity to the island from both New York and Boston.

December route roundup: Where airlines are adding service

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 05:58:03 GMT

Airlines add new routes and ax underperforming ones.

Lawmakers, unions call on Trump to oppose Norwegian Air

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:39:23 GMT

Norwegian Air won approval to fly more to the U.S., but members of Congress and airline unions remain opposed to the decision.

Southwest website back up after glitch

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 03:36:37 GMT

Issue would be second significant outage for Southwest this year.

Singer Richard Marx says he subdued unruly flier

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 01:57:09 GMT

Wife Daisy Fuentes took photos as the alleged incident played out on a Korean Air flight.

Wow, 100 million passengers? Atlanta airport says it's almost there

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:08:27 GMT

This year’s holiday travel season is expected to lift the world’s busiest airport to new heights. 

Christmas travel rush: What to expect if you're flying

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:06:54 GMT

Airport officials say arrive early, brace for crowds and pack smart.

British Airways says it will run holiday flights despite strike

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:14:03 GMT

Dispute involves pay for flight attendants who have joined the airline in the last six years.

Frontier Airlines apologizes after weather 'meltdown' in Denver

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 03:36:28 GMT

Frontier passengers -- and pilots -- have lashed out over weekend disruptions in Denver.

'Frenemies' no more? Delta, Alaska Air to terminate partnership

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 08:55:33 GMT

Delta and Alaska Air were once close partners, but their relationship has deteriorated.

Flight woes: More than 5,000 cancellations since Thursday

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:03:31 GMT

Air travelers faced a fourth consecutive day of weather-related disruptions on Sunday.

Saturday: Airlines ax 2,600 flights from storm

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 09:50:41 GMT

Weather disruptions were slowing flights at a number of major hubs from Rockies to Northeast.

Name that airport ... (Asheville, N.C.)

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 12:10:02 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Asheville Regional Airport.

Snow: Flight cancellations already spilling into Saturday

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 08:42:04 GMT

Major winter storm was forecast to move from central U.S. toward the Northeast.

Winter storm: Airlines waive change fees

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 03:42:23 GMT

Major winter storm could snarl flights from the Great Plains to New England this week.

Delays: Fliers face Thursday headaches in Northeast, California

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:09:37 GMT

Thursday was first of several potentially messy days in store for air travelers this week.

DOT fines American Airlines $1.6M for tarmac delays

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:34:14 GMT

DOT said airline left dozens of planes on tarmacs for more than three hours in 2013 and 2015.

What to do if you haven't booked your Christmas flight yet

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:59:01 GMT

Surely all would-be holiday air travelers have booked their tickets by now. Right?

Alaska Air begins merger with Virgin America, promises 'more to love'

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:37:43 GMT

Combined carrier is now fifth-biggest in the USA and a top player on the West Coast.

Video: Woman dragged off Delta flight from Detroit

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 12:55:59 GMT

Passenger removed from flight, arrested after refusing to leave, according to Detroit airport.

Qantas: Boeing 787 Dreamliners will debut on route to Los Angeles

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:12:20 GMT

Qantas will put its new 787-9s into service from Melbourne in December 2017.

December #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:49:11 GMT

Check out our latest batch of fun airplane and aviation photos from around the globe.

Havana becomes the 100th city on Southwest's route map

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:32:12 GMT

Southwest hadn't flown internationally until 2014, but now it flies to nine countries.

Finally, a direct flight from Europe to Australia. Just 17 hours.

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 09:06:27 GMT

Qantas says it will launch the flights from Perth with its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Following record profits, airlines project 'soft landing' in 2017

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 06:42:13 GMT

World's leading association of airlines predicts a 16% drop next year due to rising oil prices.

Delta jet slides into grass at snowy Detroit airport

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:06:31 GMT

Fliers from Delta Flight 724 took to social media with tales and photos of the incident.

Snow grounds 1,800 flights, mainly in Chicago, Midwest

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 12:32:14 GMT

Airlines waived change fees as a snowstorm wreaked havoc on flight schedules Sunday.

United's new Boeing 777-300ER jets will debut in February

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 01:34:00 GMT

New 'Polaris' business class cabin will be introduced on United's new Boeing 777-300ER jets.

Name that airport ... (Billund, Denmark)

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 12:12:12 GMT

The airport shown in this week's "name that airport" photo is of the Billund Airport in Denmark.

Free meals returning to coach? Delta says 'maybe'

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:54:03 GMT

For now, Delta is running a trial on two cross-country routes as it evaluates permanent move.

American seeks uniform answers as attendants demand recall

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:48:20 GMT

Flight attendants union says members have reported irritation and illness from new uniforms.

98.5 tons of holiday-rush packages stop in Alaska

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 09:24:04 GMT

One of the world's busiest cargo hubs, many holiday gifts arrive to the USA via Anchorage.

Air Canada adds 3 U.S. cities in five-route expansion

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 08:44:14 GMT

Memphis, San Antonio and Savannah, Ga., will join Air Canada's route map in 2017.

Fliers forced to traipse through garbage as airport cleaners strike

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 12:49:15 GMT

What’s the filthiest airport in the world? Last week, it easily could have been Barcelona.        [...]

Airlines accept $27M proposal for overhead repairs for 737

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 11:35:17 GMT

Despite the nearly $27 million price tag, airlines aren’t fighting a federal proposal.        [...]