Airlines

Delta Air Lines to Stop Blocking Middle Seats in May

  FILE  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File) Delta Air Lines will stop blocking middle seats in May, meaning that no more U.S. airlines will limit capacity on flights to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Delta’s announcement reverses a policy that had been in place since last April. At one time, several other airlines including Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue had also…

Cheap Fares Luring Travelers to Fly Despite Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic that’s caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. The U.S. government has restricted travel from most of Europe as well as Iran and China. But there are no limits on flying within the U.S. or to and from other destinations abroad. Airlines have been slashing prices to cope…

FAA Says it Won’t Regulate Amount of Airline Legroom

Federal regulators are rejecting the idea of setting minimum standards for airline seats and legroom as a safety measure. The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday that it saw no immediate safety issue that requires new regulations. The FAA is responding to a group called FlyersRights, which had gone to court to prod the FAA to act. The group says cramped…

Airlines Bump Fewer Passengers Off Oversold Flights

Airlines are bumping fewer passengers off oversold planes after taking to heart the public anger over a man being violently dragged from his seat earlier this year. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that airlines bumped 2,745 passengers between July and September. That’s about one in every 67,000 passengers, and it’s the lowest rate since the department started keeping…

U.S. Says Canceled Flights Declining, Fewer Bags Getting Lost

The government says U.S. airlines canceled fewer flights in 2016 than any year on record, while also posting record-low numbers for lost bags and passengers getting bumped off oversold flights. And it says airlines had one of their best years for on-time arrivals, although it wasn’t a record and December was worse than the same month a year earlier. The…

Airlines Boost On-Time Performance From Last Year

U.S. airlines posted a better on-time rate for May, and complaints dropped compared with the same month last year. The Department of Transportation said Thursday that 83.4 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in May, up from 80.5 percent a year earlier although down from April. The figures cover flights on the 12 largest airlines. Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska…

Airlines Say Congress is Contributing to Long Airport Lines

As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. The nation’s leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress. The trade group Airlines for America on Thursday says Congress should reverse a 2013 decision that diverted $12.6 billion in passenger-security fees to reducing the federal budget deficit. The airlines want…

Alaska, JetBlue Top Annual Survey of North American Airlines

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the firm says overall traveler satisfaction with the industry is at a 10-year high. J.D. Power said Wednesday that Alaska Airlines ranked highest among traditional airlines for the ninth straight year and JetBlue was the top-rated…

Airbus Delivers First Aircraft From Alabama Plant

Courtesy: @AirbusInTheUS Airbus officials say the company has delivered its first aircraft to be produced in the United States. Officials say employees at the company’s manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama, presented the Airbus A321 to JetBlue on Monday. Airbus CEO John Leahy said in a statement that delivering the first aircraft after breaking ground on the facility three years ago…