News articles in Air, Fares & Fees

IATA reports increased fares to Asia

(Dive Travel Business News - September 9, 2010) -- Asia-Pacific airlines are raising ticket prices in response to a strong economic rebound in Asia, led by China, reflecting growing consumer confidence across the Asia-Pacific region. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that the global passenger traffic to expand by 7.1 percent this year despite a projected easing of the economic rebound in the second half of 2010. 

US Travel Promotion Act begins Sept 15, 2010

(Dive Travel Business News - Sept 8, 2010) -- Earlier this summer, the U.S. Government raised U.S. passport fees substantially, increasing the cost for US citizens traveling abroad. This fall, the focus will be on inbound travel with the new U.S. Travel Promotion Act:  This Act, which goes into effect next week on Wednesday, September 15, calls for a $14 fee to be levied on travelers from 36 nations who enter the U.S.

Mexicana Airlines files bankruptcy, stops ticketing

(Dive Travel Business News - August 5, 2010) -- Mexicana Airlines filed for bankruptcy protection in Mexico and the U.S. earlier this week. The airline reported $1.2 billion in liabilities as of June 30, and $768.5 million in assets. Creditors have seized three of Mexicana's planes. The company owns nine of the 64 aircraft in its fleet. During its restructuring, Mexicana intends to cut staff pay and benefits.

US Aviation Sub-committee hearing on Airline Add-on Fees

(Dive Travel Business News - July 15, 2010) -- A report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the growing number of airline ancillary fees can be confusing and misleading to consumers and ought to come with better disclosures.

There have been many intended and unintended consequences of the unbundling fees from ticket prices. According to the GAO report:

Travel Pros must follow secure flight rules

(Dive Travel Business News - July 7, 2010) -- A couple of airlines are warning travel agents that passenger name records (PNR's) could be cancelled or agencies debited if they fail to properly submit the appropriate data for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight program, the American Society of Travel Agents alerted members in a dispatch this week.

USACA now offers multiple airfare quotes

(Dive Travel Business News - June 15, 2010) -- The United States Air Consolidator Association (USACA) has implemented a new feature on its website that allows travel professionals to receive prices from multiple USACA member consolidators with one easy tool.  The new USACA-RFQ program permits the travel agent to fill out an itinerary request for one way, open jaw and round trip itineraries.  Upon submission, the itinerary is then sent to each USACA consolidator

More Traveler-Friendly Airline Rules Introduced by DOT

(Dive Travel Business News - June 9, 2010) -- Just months after the US Department of Transportation  (DOT) dealt with lengthy on-ground flight delays with new tarmac rules,  DOT Secretary Ray LaHood has released a new round of consumer-friendly airline rules. If adopted, this newest set of airline regulations would:

Air Jamaica resumes service to Grand Cayman, Grenada and Barbados

(Dive Travel Business News - June 7, 2010) -- Air Jamaica will resume year-round, daily service between Kingston and Grand Cayman effective July 1.  Also starting July 1, summer non-stop service from New York Kennedy to Barbados and Grenada, will operate three times a week to Barbados and four times a week to Grenada.

FareCompare.com
(Dive Travel Business News - May 29, 2010)  -- FareCompare.com recently analyzed summer airline prices and found that consumers will be paying a surcharge for flying on a "peak travel day" starting June 10 through August 22, 2010. According to the study, so-called "peak travel" days will be every day this summer, with the only exception being July 4th.
 
Cayman Airways

(Dive Travel Business News - May 26, 2010) -- Cayman Airways has launched a Two for the Price of One special. Those who book a roundtrip Cayman Airways flight before June 12 will receive an additional free roundtrip ticket and a fourth night of accommodations free on a three-night stay with this limited time offer, valid for travel from May 5 to June 16. Cayman Airways offers nonstop service from New York, Tampa and Miami.

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