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TAP Portugal: Toronto among six new destinations

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 04:07:00 GMT

Toronto its fifth destination in North America, other new cities are European destinations.

Full text: DOJ statement on Alaska Air-Virgin America merger

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 03:23:58 GMT

Justice Department released the following statement on its proposed settlement for the deal.

Justice Dept. OKs Alaska Airlines-Virgin America merger

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:14:33 GMT

Alaska Airlines says it was 'not required to divest any assets as a condition of DOJ clearance.'

The fleet and hubs of American Airlines, by the numbers

Tue, 6 Dec 2016 08:27:35 GMT

Snapshot: A look at American Airlines' 10 busiest hubs and the carrier's fleet make-up.

Norwegian Air plans U.S. expansion

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:33:34 GMT

WASHINGTON – Norwegian Air International welcomed the long-awaited approval to fly to the U.S. with plans for more flights and new pilot bas...

Southwest Airlines plane diverts after baby born mid-flight

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 08:43:00 GMT

Philadelphia-to-Orlando flight diverted to South Carolina after woman went into labor.

San Francisco airport introduces first 'therapy pig'

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 07:44:55 GMT

She performs a variety of tricks, including greeting fliers with her snout or with a wave.

DOT approves contested Norwegian Air flights

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:41:31 GMT

The Transportation Department agreed Friday to allow Norwegian Air International to fly to the U.S., in a decision that domestic airlines, u...

American Airlines trims Cuba schedule, cites weak demand

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 04:05:07 GMT

No routes will be dropped, but carrier trims frequencies to three smaller Cuba cities.

Name that airport ...

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 12:10:32 GMT

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

American Airlines attendants say new uniforms make them sick, demand 'full recall'

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 09:07:47 GMT

Union says more than 1,600 have complained of itching, rashes, headaches and other issues.

United unveils the first of its new 'Polaris' business-class lounges

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 02:03:35 GMT

United much talked-about intercontinental Polaris business class program kicked off Thursday.

Delta grows in Boston with two new routes to Florida

Thu, 1 Dec 2016 07:19:34 GMT

Delta Air Lines is adding two nonstop Florida routes from Boston.The carrier will begin flying from Boston to Fort Myers on Feb. 17 and from...

Storm delays snarl fliers at East Coast's busiest airports

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:13:08 GMT

Nine major airports were seeing delays as of late Wednesday afternoon.

DHS: Airport lines moved well for Thanksgiving

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:36:53 GMT

Agency said Thanksgiving travelers largely breezed through airport checkpoints this year.

Lufthansa: Pilot strike has now disrupted 525,000 fliers

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:53:46 GMT

Carrier's pilots have walked off the job for 6 out of 8 days, snarling the plans of fliers.

Allegiant to pull out of Vermont this spring

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 07:56:01 GMT

But the budget airline will continue to serve small N.Y. state town about 40 miles away.

First look: United gives sneak peek of new LAX lounge

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:27:30 GMT

One of the club’s signature spaces is likely to be an outdoor seating area.

Lufthansa pilots strike ... again! Action affects another 180,000 fliers

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:20:52 GMT

The Cockpit pilots' union has had more than a dozen strikes at Lufthansa in two years.

Officials: Chicago O'Hare delays unlikely from strike

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:36:39 GMT

Hundreds of airport workers are expected to strike at Chicago O’Hare on Tuesday.

Delta bans 'disruptive' pro-Trump flier for life, gives refunds

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:37:02 GMT

Incident captured in a video that's now gone viral, racking up more than 2.3 million views.

U.S. airlines now flying to Havana for first time in five decades

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 02:46:57 GMT

Flights to the Cuban capital followed the resumption of service to smaller cities on the island.

Qatar Airways says it will fly to Las Vegas in 2018

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:40:29 GMT

Nevada city would become the airline's 11th destination in the United States.

Beware fliers: Lufthansa pilots set to strike again

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:54:56 GMT

About 350,000 Lufthansa passengers were already affected by last week's pilot strike.

Post-Thanksgiving rush? Few headaches for fliers on Sunday

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:07:46 GMT

Sunday is one of the busiest days for air travel, but fliers faced few major problems.

Name that airport ... (Saipan)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:10:03 GMT

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

Lufthansa strike extended, snarls 345,000 fliers

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 09:09:54 GMT

Lufthansa says the labor action has disrupted the flight plans of nearly 350,000 customers.

Airbus' newest, biggest version of the A350 makes its first flight

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 10:24:07 GMT

The "-1000" is the largest twin-jet airplane the European aerospace company has ever made.

Thanksgiving getaway day: So far, so good at U.S. airports

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 10:01:56 GMT

The busy day-before-Thanksgiving getaway was off to a smooth start for air travelers.

Lufthansa: Pilots strike disrupts 215,000 fliers

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:20:50 GMT

Lufthansa and its pilots are in a long-running pay dispute. The strike is the 14th since 2014.

November route roundup: Where airlines are adding service

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 07:20:30 GMT

Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, adding profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that underperform.

A guide to Thanksgiving flying: 6 helpful tips

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 07:47:54 GMT

Holiday unpredictably can upend even the most battle-tested flying strategies.

Taiwanese airline TransAsia shuts down after heavy losses

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:39:01 GMT

Taiwan's first privately owned airline suffered two fatal crashes since 2014.

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

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:29:30 GMT

Airports warned Thanksgiving fliers to arrive early as holiday rush kicks into high gear.

Like McDonald’s coffee? You can soon get it on this airline

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 02:36:01 GMT

McDonald’s beat out bids from Starbucks and Canada's Tim Horton’s for WestJet deal.

Frequent-flier site FlyerTalk tackles hotel reviews

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:26:20 GMT

The site built around frequent-flier topics pledges a more sophisticated take on hotel reviews.

Yes, that is an Airbus A380 at Milwaukee's airport this week

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 04:57:56 GMT

The world's biggest passenger jet is in Wisconsin for two weeks of engine testing.

Name that airport ... (Amsterdam)

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:10:23 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in the Netherlands.

Aer Lingus could enter oneworld in 2017, says IAG CEO

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:59:05 GMT

WASHINGTON -- Irish carrier Aer Lingus could join the oneworld frequent-flier alliance as soon as next year, though the timing remains in fl...

Too hot to fly? Norwegian Air suspends summer Las Vegas flights

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 01:44:48 GMT

The discount carrier's four routes will go from year-round to seasonal because of heat concerns.

Aer Lingus makes Miami its 10th U.S. destination

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:34:05 GMT

Irish carrier Aer Lingus will begin flying to Miami next year, adding nonstop service to its hub in Dublin on Sept. 1. 

Alaska Air: San Diego-BWI non-stops latest in cross-country push

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:45:05 GMT

Seattle-based airline has added numerous high-profile transcontinental routes in recently.

United: Boeing 747s to be retired by October 2018

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:10:54 GMT

United isn't the only airline with plans to phase out the iconic jumbo jet.

Biofuel: Wood scraps help power Alaska Air cross-country flight

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:45:59 GMT

A Seattle-to-D.C. flight used an alternative fuel made with wood scraps.

JetBlue flash sale drops many routes below $100 round trip

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:55:24 GMT

But customers have to book by Wednesday night to snag one of the bargain airfares.

United adds 'Basic Economy' fares with carry-on bag restrictions

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 08:58:37 GMT

Move is part of a new fare type that big airlines are using to battle no-frills discounters.

Brexit: EasyJet to set up operating unit in another EU state

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 07:32:35 GMT

Move meant to ensure it keeps intra-EU flight rights once Britain exits the group.

Hawaiian unveils new uniforms for 5,000 frontline workers

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:10:48 GMT

Uniforms will roll-out companywide when airline's new Airbus A321neos arrive in 2017.

Security incident closes checkpoints, Sky Train at Phoenix airport

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:25:59 GMT

Authorities were investigating an incident involving an item at a security checkpoint.

Multiple airlines hit by reservations glitch

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:52:25 GMT

Residual delays are possible after the brief outage, but extended disruptions are unlikely.

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

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 12:16:37 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Jacksonville, N.C.

British Airways, Aer Lingus push U.S. growth plan

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:04:50 GMT

Airlines add new U.S. destinations in bid to expand, and defend, market share.

First look: JetBlue unveils special 'RetroJet' paint scheme

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:08:57 GMT

JetBlue's special livery comes even though it doesn't have a 'retro' heritage to pull from.

Pittsburgh scores another nonstop route to Europe

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 08:57:11 GMT

The latest -- seasonal nonstop flights to Frankfurt on Condor -- will begin June 23.

November #avgeek gallery: 30 cool aviation photos

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 07:01:33 GMT

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

Southwest Airlines pilots approve 4-year deal, higher pay

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 05:36:32 GMT

Contract negotiations began back in 2012. About 84% of pilots who voted voted in favor.

Delta adds new Midwest route from Seattle

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 08:19:38 GMT

Flights to Milwaukee begin in March and will go head-to-head with service by rival Alaska Air.

Airline: 'Travel to the U.S. while you’re still allowed to'

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 07:13:40 GMT

Royal Jordanian Airlines rolled out an ad on Tuesday playing off the U.S. election.

Australian police investigate hoax calls to passenger planes

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 03:44:02 GMT

Officials are asking residents for help identifying who is responsible for the illegal radio signals.

JetBlue adds another Florida-California cross-country route

Tue, 8 Nov 2016 08:34:06 GMT

Fort Lauderdale-Long Beach flights will begin flying May 3, JetBlue says.

Snake on a plane! Priority landing after reptile dangled from bin

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 06:46:27 GMT

A snake created a scare for passengers on a flight in Mexico on Sunday.

American reminds elite frequent-fliers of changes coming in 2017

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 03:29:41 GMT

Airline also revealed credit-card perk that will help fliers meet new spending thresholds.

Frontier: Earn double or triple miles on holiday flights

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 11:36:37 GMT

Offer applies to newly booked itineraries for travel through January 7.

GE: Engine part that failed in AA flight had flaw

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 01:46:44 GMT

The engine disk that fell apart and caused a fire aboard an American Airlines jet revealed a problem that hadn't damaged a plane in 30 years...

WOW Air, known for $99 Europe fares, has new U.S. hub

Mon, 7 Nov 2016 07:56:18 GMT

Flights would begin in March, giving Pittsburgh another coveted trans-Atlantic route.

DOT tentatively approves Delta, Aeromexico venture for Mexico

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 01:19:17 GMT

Delta Air Lines will be able to jointly market and provide flights with Aeromexico between the U.S. and Mexico, under the Transportation Dep...

Name that airport ... (Dallas/Fort Worth)

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:10:02 GMT

UPDATE: The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 

NTSB: American Airlines engine failure showed signs of fatigue

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 11:43:01 GMT

The investigation, which has yet to pinpoint the case, will likely take months longer.

American Airlines reducing Phoenix pilot base by 500

Fri, 4 Nov 2016 09:39:27 GMT

But American says 500 of the 1,455 pilots currently based in Phoenix already don’t live there.

Air France to fight Gulf carriers with new airline

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 02:15:01 GMT

"We shall be fighting back on every front," Air France-KLM CEO says about new 9-point initative.

Delta gives first look of premium economy cabin, set for 2017 debut

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 10:53:43 GMT

Delta’s first international-style premium economy seats will be dubbed 'Delta Premium.'

Ranking the USA's top 30 airports: Phoenix is best

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 08:57:03 GMT

That's the data-driven conclusion of ThePointsGuy travel site. The worst? Look to NYC.

You can now earn Delta miles for Airbnb stays

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 01:30:48 GMT

Customers will get 1 mile per dollar for stays booked via a special Delta/Airbnb website.

British Airways adds yet another new U.S. city: Oakland

Wed, 2 Nov 2016 08:36:09 GMT

Oakland is the third new U.S. destination announced by British Airways in as many weeks.

JetBlue piles on the perks for LaGuardia-Boston Logan flights

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 01:16:17 GMT

On Monday, JetBlue launched service between New York’s LaGuardia and Boston Logan International.

Eat to fight hunger at Atlanta Airport

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:30:56 GMT

If you’re traveling through Atlanta mid-day on Nov. 2, pack an appetite.

Lufthansa says auf wiedersehen to the Boeing 737

Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:00:06 GMT

The carrier will now offer continental service with a fleet of planes from the Airbus A320 family.

Qantas reveals new logo, livery and Dreamliner interior

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 04:24:11 GMT

The new design was revealed at an event in Sydney, along with details about the seats and amenities on the 787.

Alaska Airlines salutes veterans with new plane livery

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:08:14 GMT

The idea for the design, titled "Honoring Those Who Serve," came from maintenance technicians.

New international terminal opens at Calgary Airport

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:53:38 GMT

The building adds 2 million square feet, 24 gates and a new baggage system to the airport.

Dancing robots now on duty at San Jose International Airport

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:44:46 GMT

The three robots were put into service this week as customer service agents.

United donates unused amenity kit items to hurricane victims

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 10:52:55 GMT

United is the first airline to team up with Clean the World to repurpose items from amenity kits.

Therapy dogs debut at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 01:23:03 GMT

The dogs are on duty to bring comfort to passengers waiting for flights.

Where's Ben? Today in the Sky schedule update

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 06:02:47 GMT

Harriet Baskas will be filling in for Today in the Sky editor Ben Mutzabaugh through Nov. 1.

Name that airport ... (Skiathos, Greece)

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:10:37 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Skiathos Island National Airport in Greece.

British Airways reveals another new U.S. city: Fort Lauderdale

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:16:51 GMT

The Florida airport will become British Airways' 24th destination in the United States.

Photo tour: Planespotting at San Francisco International (SFO)

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 08:34:08 GMT

California's San Francisco International Airport is a favorite for planespotters.

Southwest weighs extra fees, just not on bags

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:24:43 GMT

The bags are safe, but Southwest is looking at adding fees for other items.

Southwest: Competition from 'ultra low-cost carriers' is soaring

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:51:50 GMT

Southwest faces more competition from 'ultra low-cost carriers' as fuel costs remain low.

Police: Delta Connection pilot arrested on intoxication charges

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:40:45 GMT

Delta Connection affiliate SkyWest says pilot is off of flight duty while it investigates.

Phoenix OKs $950M expansion of Sky Harbor's Terminal 4, Sky Train

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 03:25:49 GMT

Move would add agates to Terminal 4, extend Sky Train to airport's distant rental car center.

Delta: Fliers can now track their bags on a map

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:45:29 GMT

Tech-friendly capability comes as Delta shifts to "RFID" bag tracking.

Dulles airport mobile lounge crashes; two hospitalized

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:11 GMT

Mobile lounge went into area of uneven pavement in a construction area, officials say.

Is the Grinch stealing Christmas from the airlines?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:12:13 GMT

Christmas on a Sunday? "The overall compression of the holiday will create less travel," exec says.

JetBlue growth turns to Mint, non-NYC bases

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:57:37 GMT

JetBlue's Mint lie-flat seats are drawing customers, as are bases in Boston and Florida.

U.K. backs new runway for London's Heathrow Airport

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:53:25 GMT

Move to expand Heathrow Airport won out over competing plan for nearby Gatwick Airport.

Sneak peek: First look at Phoenix airport's $150M Terminal 3 upgrade

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:52:02 GMT

Fliers will find lots of charging stations, plus a dog park and desert garden.

Singapore Air is again flying nonstop to USA from Singapore

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 11:36:03 GMT

Airline says new San Francisco-Singapore service is a precursor to more U.S. routes.

Iberia latest airline to unveil premium economy cabin

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:09:21 GMT

Customers will first see the seats in 2017. Chicago will be the first U.S. city to get them.        [...]

Name that airport ... (Barrow, Alaska)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:12:01 GMT

The photo in this week's "name that airport" post is of the Wiley Post–Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Barrow, Alaska.        [...]