Southwest to fly to Missouri from Dallas

After months of debate over a law that prevented Southwest Airlines from flying between its hub at Dallas Love Field Airport and Missouri, a new bill will allow the discount airline to begin the service. Previously, under the Wright Amendment, airplanes leaving Dallas Love Field were only allowed to fly within Texas. The aim of the amendment was to build …

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United and Lufthansa team up for winter sale

United Airlines and Lufthansa have joined forces to offer discounts on many of its routes this winter. From now until December 13, 2005 customers can find cheap airfares for over 300 international destinations. Some sample each way fares based on a round trip purchase include Chicago and London for $184, Seattle and Paris for $342, San Francisco and Casablanca for …

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Two airlines store winter coats for warm weather passengers

Travelers heading to warm climates on Asiana Airlines and Korean Air are now allowed to leave their winter coats at the airport for free. This should be a welcome addition to passengers who won’t have to lug a useless, heavy winter coat around a warm destination. Passengers must be flying first or business class or be members of the two …

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United and American battle for China’s skies

The stage appears to be set for United and American Airlines to battle for supremacy in Chinese airspace. United currently has the most services between China and the United States, but American is making a big push for the market. In April, American will begin a direct, daily flight between Chicago and Shanghai. Chicago also happens to be United’s home …

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GOL launches new payments option

GOL Linhas, Brazil’s version of Southwest Airlines, has begun offering its customers an entirely different way of paying for their airfares. The new option allows customers to pay their airfares in up to 36 monthly installments, not far from the same system people use to pay off loans and mortgages. Brazil’s population has a substantially lower average income than in …

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Singapore airport is first with VoIP lounge

Singapore’s Changi Airport, the sixth busiest airport in the world, has become the first to offer an Internet telephony lounge. While Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is available on any computer with internet access and a headset, this is the first airport lounge devoted to internet telephony. The lounge was launched through a partnership with Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority and …

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Salt Lake City Airport gets new shops for non-passengers

Salt Lake City International Airport will be adding On the Fly Urban Market stores in its non-passenger, ‘unsecure’ areas of its terminals. The store specializes in a range of products usually found at the supermarket, such as fresh-made sandwiches, soups, desserts, flowers, books and coffee. The concept is to offer something to those who are picking up a friend or …

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AirTran begins winter sale

Discount airline AirTran Airways has started a winter sale on one-way airfares for all of its destinations. Airfares will be as low as $39 but must be purchased before December 15, 2005. Travel must occur before March 1, 2006 and discounts are not available on Sunday flights.

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Mexicana adds new American route

Mexicana Airlines has announced that it will soon fly between its hub in Mexico City and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. The route is scheduled to begin on December 1, 2005 and will fly every day. Chief executive officer of Mexicana, Emilio Romano, was excited about the new route, saying it had much to offer all kinds of travelers. He said: “This …

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Business travel fares to rise in 2006

Airfares, car rental and luxury hotels for business travel purposes will all become more expensive in 2006. According to research from American Express Business Travel, business class airfares and car rental prices will both rise by eight per cent in 2006, while hotel accommodation will increase by five per cent. Some analysts are attributing these rising costs to a resurgent …

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