LA airports are the least safe

A report from the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) has found that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and two others nearby have the worst safety record for the country’s largest airports. Of the 25 largest US airports, Long Beach Airport, John Wayne Airport and Los Angeles had the first, second, and third worst incursion rates. Nationally, the number of incidents has …

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Southwest expansion in Philadelphia likely

Discount airline Southwest currently has 53 daily flights operating from Philadelphia and this could potentially double by the spring. In the coming months the airline expects to lease 12 new gates at Philadelphia International Airport, which would greatly increase Southwest’s capabilities. Currently Southwest operates out of six gates in Philadelphia.

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American adds gay and lesbian section to website

American Airlines has added a new link to its travel website that is aimed at gay and lesbian travelers. Called AAVacations.com/rainbow, the site allows gay and lesbian travelers to book tickets, accommodation, car rental and package tours online to destinations known to be popular or of particular interest to the LGBT community. Marketing manager George Carrancho said the site was …

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Air Canada launches new Mexican route

Air Canada has announced that this summer it will begin flying direct from Montreal to Mexico City. Flights are scheduled to begin on June 17 and will depart every day. Air Canada has timed the new flight so that passengers can connect to other nearby popular Mexican destinations such as Acapulco, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.

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Salt Lake City is most punctual airport

A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (B.T.S.) found that Salt Lake City International Airport has the highest on-time rate of the 33 largest airports in the U.S. The figures showed that 84 per cent of flights arriving in Salt Lake City were on time and 85 per cent of flights departing the airport left on schedule. …

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Infrequent flyer busted

An Australian man who accumulated over 17 million frequent flyer miles without boarding a plane has been sent to jail. Austin Perrott, from Melbourne Australia, took advantage of an online irregularity while working for Singapore Airlines as a customer service supervisor. The glitch allowed him to add a fake name to a flight’s passenger list and award miles to the …

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USAir reconsiders Sioux Falls service

US Airways is considering dropping its daily round trip service between Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Phoenix. The airline, which is the product of the America West and US Airways merger, says it needs as much as $1.2 million in passenger revenue from the city to continue the service. Smaller passenger numbers and soaring fuel prices have made the route …

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AirTran celebrates opening of Georgia Aquarium

Discount airline AirTran is celebrating the opening of Atlanta’s Georgia Aquarium by putting whales on board its planes. The whales will come in the form of special packs of cheese crackers shaped like the world’s largest mammal. As a sponsor of the new aquarium, AirTran wanted to promote today’s opening of what will be the world’s largest aquarium in one …

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United to add seven flights from San Antonio

United Airlines has announced that it will add seven new flights from San Antonio International Airport. On February 23, 2006 the airline will fly twice a day between San Antonio and New Orleans. Then two weeks later on March 3, 2006 United will add daily flights from San Antonio to Colorado Springs, Kansas City, Omaha and Albuquerque. On the same …

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O’Hare gets massive funding

Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport will receive $337 million from the government for a planned expansion. Airport officials say that the total cost for the upgrade will be around $15 billion, and will include a new terminal, two new runways and the refurbishing of two other runways. The changes are aimed at reducing delays and congestion that have plagued the airport …

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