August 14, 2013 |
The best illustration of the virtues of deregulation may be the U.S. airline industry, which Congress liberated from most nonsafety-related rules in 1978. The cost of flying plummeted as a host of new players entered the business to compete with the major national airlines. But as anyone stuck in coach class will tell you, flying isn't much fun anymore. Airlines cram more people onto planes that offer less legroom. Conveniences that used to be included in the standard ticket price now carry extra fees.
August 13, 2013 |
After years of airline mergers that have dramatically reduced choices for travelers, the U.S. Justice Department has sued to halt what would be the largest airline marriage in U.S. history. The Justice Department joined six states and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit Tuesday to block the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines. If successful, the government could slow a consolidation craze that has dramatically cut the number of major U.S. carriers. A US Airways-American Airlines merger would create the world's largest airline, with more than 100,000 workers and 187 million passengers a year.
July 12, 2013 |
A merger between US Airways and American Airlines, creating the nation's largest air carrier, has taken another step forward with the approval of a majority of US Airways shareholders. About 99% of US Airways Group shareholders who voted Friday supported the merger with American's parent company, AMR Corp. The vote was not surprising as it was US Airways that first proposed the merger after AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy in 2011. "This approval is a major milestone on our path to completing the merger, and we continue to make excellent progress overall thanks to the focused efforts of the dedicated representatives from both companies," said Doug Parker, chairman and chief executive of US Airways and incoming chief executive of the combined company.
June 30, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO GETTYSBURG, PA. From LAX, United and Southwest offer nonstop service to Baltimore, and US Airways, Delta, United, Southwest, American, Jet Blue and Air Tran offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $462. WHERE TO STAY Federal Pointe Inn, 75 Springs Ave., Gettysburg; (717) 334-7800, http://www.federalpointeinn.com . Onetime school from the late 1890s converted to an elegant hotel opened in 2012. Doubles from $179.
June 20, 2013 |
The proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways would cut competition on more routes than previously thought, impacting more than 53 million fliers, according to a new federal study. Proponents of the merger have said in the past that the two airlines overlap on only 12 non-stop routes. But in the first detailed study of the merger's impacts, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said competition would be cut on 1,665 other routes with at least one stop. By comparison, the GAO study said the merger of United with Continental in 2010 eliminated a key competitor in 1,135 routes.
June 18, 2013 |
On the eve of a Senate hearing on airline mergers, two senators are urging the Obama administration to carefully scrutinize the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The merger, expected to close by September, would unite the third and fifth largest carriers, creating the country's biggest airline by total passengers served. Once completed, the nation's four largest airlines would control about 70% of the national market. In a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Sens.
May 27, 2013 |
If you buy an airline ticket and need to change or cancel your itinerary, you could be in for an even more unpleasant surprise. Most travelers buy nonrefundable tickets because they cost considerably less than refundable tickets. But a couple of airlines have recently raised fees for changing and canceling nonrefundable domestic tickets, and they could be joined by more airlines in the coming weeks. Last month, United increased its change fee on nonrefundable domestic tickets to $200, up from $150.
May 13, 2013
The best way to Springdale, Utah From LAX , American, Delta, Southwest, United, US Airways, Virgin America and Spirit offer nonstop service to Las Vegas, about a 160-mile drive from Springdale, Utah. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $118. You also can fly US Airways into Flagstaff, Ariz., which is about five hours from Springdale. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $366. WHERE TO STAY Desert Pearl Inn , 707 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale; (435) 772-8888, http://www.desertpearl.com . Rooms from $168, depending on season and availability Best Western Zion Park Inn, 1215 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale; (435)
April 17, 2013 |
American Airlines, hoping to reinvent itself by coming out of bankruptcy with a new logo, freshly painted planes and a merger plan that will make it the nation's largest carrier, suffered a setback Tuesday when a computer outage grounded hundreds of planes across the country. The computer problem forced the airline to cancel 745 flights, frustrating thousands of passengers who were left to fume and wait at crowded terminals from Los Angeles to Dallas and New York. Even after the system was restored about two hours later, passengers waited in long lines as airline officials struggled to rebook them on new flights.
April 16, 2013 |
Computer problems have forced American Airlines, one of the nation's largest air carriers, to keep hundreds of its flights from departing across the country. The Fort Worth-based airline said it has been struggling with intermittent computer problems for a while. Because of the latest glitch, all American Airlines flights that are on the tarmac will remain there until at least 2 p.m. PDT. [Updated , 12:45 p.m. PDT April 16: American Airlines said it would waive the change fees for passengers whose flights were delayed and who wanted to book another flight.