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Date May 21 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

Airline fares examined

Airline fares examined News from NewsOK.com:From wire reports…………… continues on NewsOK.com
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Southwest Airlines Doesn’t Like Their Passengers Pleasantly Plump News from 92.3 NOW:*om nom* Godzilla!!! – John Moore/Scott Olson for Getty Images

All Kenlie Tiggeman wanted to do was fly home with her mother over Easter vacation. They booked two seats and were ready to head home, but they were served with a gut… er, I mean reality check before boarding.
Southwest Airlines told them they were too fat to fly. “I was asked what size clothes, and how much I weigh. I gave answers in front of a gate full of people, some of whom were [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 20 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

No sign of Libya’s Ghanem despite air ticket-Austria

No sign of Libya’s Ghanem despite air ticket-Austria News from Reuters Africa: VIENNA May 20 (Reuters) – Austrian officials said on Friday
they had no reason to believe Libyan Oil Minister Shokri Ghanem
had entered the country even though his name was on a passenger
list for a flight that arrived on Thursday. “There is no information available to us that would indicate
that he is here,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Peter
Launsky-Tieffenthal. The whereabouts of Ghanem, a central figure in the
government of Muammar Gaddafi, have been a mystery since Libyan
rebels said on Tuesday that [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 19 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

Travel: Greenwashing in the U.S. airline industry?

Travel: Greenwashing in the U.S. airline industry? News from Summit County Citizens Voice:
New European standard would cap greenhouse gas emissions from airplanes, but several U.S. airlines are sueing to block the regulations.

Major carriers sue to block European Union regs that would cap and reduce some airline greenhouse gas emissions
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Three of the largest U.S. airlines like to tout their green credentials, but out of the public eye they’re doing their best to gut meaningful environmental rules for the industry.
American Airlines and United both promoted their environmental initiatives in a campaign [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 19 , 2011 | Posted by In Uncategorized

Friends prepare to hike 200 miles on Appalachian Trail

Friends prepare to hike 200 miles on Appalachian Trail News from Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:
Some people go to the beach for vacation. Others fly fish. Or take the family to Disney World.
Friends Colleen Rosenberg and Amy Johnson are each hoisting 30-pound packs and hiking 200 miles on the Appalachian Trail. They leave Friday for Tennessee, and will start hiking south on Saturday.
“For me, it was the realization of my two sisters dying so young, in their late 40s,” said Rosenberg, 58, co-owner of Brother’s General Store on Broadway. “I’d been putting this off. It was time.”

Johnson, [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 18 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

Summer air travel headed upward, US airlines say

Summer air travel headed upward, US airlines say News from Los Angeles Times:
The number of summer travelers on U.S. air carriers over the last decade. (www.airlines.org)

By Mary Forgione Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
May 16, 2011, 11:33 a.m.
Expect more crowded skies this summer when U.S. airlines will see a slight bump in traffic from modest gains in domestic air travel and a record high for international travel, according to a forecast released Monday by the

Date May 17 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

Airline ticket costs rising at fastest rate in decade

Airline ticket costs rising at fastest rate in decade News from My West Texas:Despite airline charges rising at their fastest pace in a decade, the number of passengers flying from Midland continues to increase.
Airline costs, including ticket prices and fees for extras such as bag charges, were up 14 percent in March when compared with March 2010, which represents the largest year-over-year increase in at least 10 years, Airport Deputy Director Justine Ruff told the Airport Planning and Development Board on Tuesday.

“Airlines are raising fees at the fastest pace in years,” Ruff said.
Much of [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 17 , 2011 | Posted by In Uncategorized

Americans expected to vacation despite costs

Americans expected to vacation despite costs News from msnbc.com: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters
Millions of Americans are expected to hit the road this summer travel season, though motorists will be mindful of mileage as gas prices hover around $ 4 a gallon.

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Air Ticket Sales by U.S. Travel Agents are 8 Percent Ahead Year-Over-Year News from Sacramento Bee:ARLINGTON, Va., May 16, 2011 –
ARLINGTON, Va., May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — ARC, the financial settlement link between airlines and travel sellers, reported today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 8.28 percent* year-over-year in the first four months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, and 31 percent over the same period in 2009. January through April 2011 ticket sales totalled $ 29.2 billion in 2011, compared to [...] Continue Reading…

Date May 16 , 2011 | Posted by In Air Travel

Premium air travel growth rate slows in March

Premium air travel growth rate slows in March News from Reuters: A China Eastern Airlines passenger jet passes in front of the moon over Shanghai May 13, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Aly Song
GENEVA | Mon May 16, 2011 5:34am EDT
(Reuters) – The growth rate for premium air travel fell significantly in March from the previous month because of the Japan tsunami and earthquakes and Arab world unrest, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Monday. The number travelling business or first class [...] Continue Reading…