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February 11, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Starting Wednesday, US Airways passengers at Los Angeles International Airport will need to go to Terminal 3, not Terminal 1, because the airline is moving its operations.  "All US Airways ticketing and check-in, aircraft gates, baggage services and customer service will begin operations in Terminal 3 with the airline's first flights from LAX the morning of Feb. 12," according to an airline statement Tuesday. US Airways will share Terminal 3 with Allegiant Air, Frontier, JetBlue, Spirit, Virgin America and Virgin Australia.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Next time you get a drink on a United Airlines, flight you may notice a new cup in your hand. In an effort to become more eco-friendly, United is replacing its foam cups with recyclable plastic cups. United is not the only airline thinking about air travel's effect on the environment. Southwest Airlines has converted diesel-burning ramps, belt-loaders and other equipment to electric power and recently installed plane seats and interiors made with recyclable material. Delta Air Lines recycles some of its waste and donates money generated to Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit home building charity.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
The world's airline industry has rebounded from the recession and expects 2014 to be the most profitable year on record, thanks to stable fuel prices and growing travel demand. That's great news if you're an airline executive or shareholder. But don't expect the suddenly well-off airlines to pass along their good fortune to passengers by slashing fares. Industry experts do say the continued pressure from low-cost carriers should keep the big network carriers from imposing dramatic fare hikes.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
With the coming expiration of a federal law that restricts airline traffic out of Texas' Love Field, Southwest Airlines has announced a slew of nonstop flights from that airport, including a flight to Los Angeles International Airport. The so-called Wright Amendment, championed by U.S. House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Fort Worth) in 1979, was intended to restrict air traffic out of Love Field and direct more growth toward the then-fledgling  Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The amendment, which expires Oct. 13, has had a big impact on Southwest Airlines, the nation's largest domestic carrier, headquartered at Love Field.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded the safety rating of India's commercial airlines, saying the country's commercial carriers fell short of international standards. The FAA's announcement Friday means that India-based airlines can continue to operate in and out of the U.S. but cannot establish new service to this country. The downgrade signifies that India does not comply with the international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, an agency of the United Nations.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
If bad scheduling puts you on a flight during Sunday's Super Bowl, you might still be able to catch the big game. Travelers on Southwest Airlines, JetBlue Airlines and Virgin America will all be able to see the game live free of charge while in the air. On Southwest, fliers can hook up with the airline's onboard Wi-Fi to watch the game on their own devices. On JetBlue and Virgin America, travelers can watch the game for free on seatback screens. Plus, JetBlue fliers will be served buffalo wing-flavor pretzels and can purchase their first glass of wine, beer or cocktail for $1 starting at 3 p.m. Pacific time.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airlines will soon increase service to and from Washington's Reagan National Airport, thanks to the results of an antitrust lawsuit. To settle an antitrust suit and allow the merger of American Airlines and US Airways, the U.S. Justice Department required the two merging airlines to give up a combined 104 landing slots at the airport, plus several at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The Justice Department made it clear that the airlines must sell the slots to low-cost carriers to ensure strong competition and low prices.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
On Thursday, the head of the Transportation Security Administration visited Los Angeles International Airport, the site of a Nov. 1 shooting, where he rejected the idea of arming TSA security officers. TSA chief John Pistole visited LAX to announce the opening of an enrollment center where passengers can submit background information to apply to use faster screening lines. When asked about the Nov. 1 shooting that killed TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, 39, and wounded three others, Pistole said he had rejected the idea of arming TSA agents at the screening gates.
BUSINESS
January 28, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles International Airport will soon be home to a center where travelers can sign up to get access to faster security screening lines. To qualify to use the Transportation Security Administration's expedited security lines, known as PreCheck, travelers have to get preapproved by the federal government by submitting background information. PreCheck passengers can keep their shoes, belts and coats on during the screening and don't have to unpack their computers or containers of liquids.
BUSINESS
January 27, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
The nation's biggest domestic carrier is going international. Southwest Airlines announced Monday plans to leave U.S. airspace in July with flights to three Caribbean beach cities in time for the summer travel season. The move by the Dallas-based airline was expected since Southwest acquired AirTran Airways in 2011. AirTran already serves destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean. Southwest's first flights to Aruba, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and Nassau, Bahamas, will depart from Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Orlando.
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