October 8, 2003 |
Major U.S. airlines' September passenger traffic fell less than 1% as carriers including UAL Corp.'s United Airlines reduced capacity. Low-fare competitors such as Southwest Airlines Co. reported gains. The 10 biggest U.S. carriers reduced capacity 4.8% in September because of lower air-travel demand. Discounters, which have expanded as larger competitors cut back, continued to gain passengers, with traffic rising 11% at Dallas-based Southwest and 26% at Indianapolis-based ATA Holdings Corp.
February 19, 2003 |
UAL Corp.'s United Airlines, US Airways Group Inc., AMR Corp.'s American Airlines and Northwest Airlines Corp. matched a $3 fare increase on routes where they compete with ATA Holdings Corp., whose increase Monday marked the second time since Friday that some U.S. airlines tried to offset rising oil costs. ATA said it added the $3 fee for about half its fares because of higher fuel prices. American and Continental Airlines Inc.
December 22, 2005 |
Southwest Airlines Co. executives say they're committed to expansion that could soon make Midway International Airport in Chicago the carrier's busiest, their plans unchanged by the airline's first fatal accident there this month. Two years of adding gates and flights already have made Midway the fastest-growing airport for Southwest, providing a strengthened base to compete with bigger rivals flying out of O'Hare International Airport across town.
April 6, 2004 |
Three of the top four airlines in 2003 were low-cost carriers, with JetBlue Airways Corp. leading the pack with the best overall performance, according to an annual study released Monday. The study's authors say the report showed why low-fare airlines are gobbling up market share from traditional carriers: They're on time more, they bump fewer passengers, they mishandle less baggage and they generate fewer complaints.
July 14, 2004 |
Air travelers from Los Angeles to Boston are being treated to an unseasonal wave of fare cuts. JetBlue Airways Corp. on Tuesday joined the ranks of discount carriers slashing prices for travel in late summer and fall, announcing one-way fares as low as $99 from its West Coast base in Long Beach to New York, Washington and Boston. Its Long Beach-to-Oakland fare dropped to $39 one way from $49. Southwest Airlines Inc., AirTran Holdings Inc.'
August 7, 2002 |
Several major airlines--including American, Northwest Airlines Corp., Delta Air Lines Inc. and Continental Airlines Inc.--have cut many of their most expensive, unrestricted business fares 15% to 20%, a move Northwest said Tuesday was the first reduction in the controversial fares in perhaps a decade. The cheaper prices are welcome news for business travelers, who have been howling for years about the high cost of last-minute, walk-up seats.