Airline News November 2005.

 
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Travelers expected to swamp airports this Thanksgiving. Travelers can expect long waits at the airport as a record number of people travel during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Air Transport Association estimates 21.7 million people will travel over the Thanksgiving period, even as high fuel costs push ticket prices higher. "We're expecting to be just chockablock," said Bonnie Wilson, deputy director of Mississippi's Jackson-Evers International Airport. ATA spokesman David Castelveter said low international fares have encouraged many people to travel overseas this holiday season. Nov 22, 2005

Airlines add fees for services to boost revenue. Airlines are frequently charging passengers for services that were once standard, including booking tickets over the phone and checking more than a certain number of bags. Carriers facing high fuel prices and competition from discounters are looking for ways to boost revenue and lower costs. Nov 21, 2005

First-class features plentiful amenities. Today's first-class airline service may include 10-course meals, private flatbed pods, and designer lotion. Passengers can easily pay $6,000 for a first-class ticket. "While it is more expensive to provide first-class service, the idea of having it is to cater to the business traveler, differentiate the cabin and charge a premium. The longer the trip, the more the consumer cares about the food, seat comfort and additional options," says John Heimlich, chief economist with the Air Transport Association. One analysis estimates less than 8% of international travelers fly first-class each year. Nov 17, 2005

Strong demand supports higher holiday fares. Strong demand for holiday travel has pushed air fares higher. Two major factors have also contributed to the trend: Airlines trimmed capacity in the first nine months of 2005, and the number of passengers has increased, according to the Air Transport Association. The ATA estimates U.S. airlines will transport 21.7 million passengers on domestic and international flights during the Thanksgiving holiday, up from 16.3 million a year ago. Nov 15, 2005

Airlines book up quickly for holidays, low fares scarce. Airlines tickets are selling quickly for the busy holiday travel season. Ticket prices are about 15% higher than they were a year ago, according to a study by Sabre Airline Solutions. Fewer seats are available because airlines have shrunk their schedules. Travelers who booked their holiday flights over the summer secured lower prices, travel experts said. About 21.7 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the Air Transport Association. Nov 14, 2005

U.S., Canada agree to ease restrictions. Canada and the U.S. reached an agreement last week that will make it easier for their airlines to transport cargo and travelers. The deal, which expands an existing treaty and will take effect Sept. 1., would allow a flight starting in the U.S. to pick up travelers and goods in Canada and continue on to another country. Nov 14, 2005

Demand pushes holiday fares higher. With demand for tickets increasing, airlines are expecting a busy holiday travel season. Holiday fares are more expensive than they were last year, travel experts say. However, analysts say high fuel prices and steep competition will cause some carriers to post fourth-quarter losses. Nov 9, 2005

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