According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, record gasoline prices will not stop Americans from hitting the road this summer. The report predicts that the increase in domestic summer travel will create an increase of 5.3 percent in revenue per available room for hotels.

Australian airlines outperformed operators in the US and Europe in ontime performance in Jan., according to the first official figures on domestic flight punctuality released by the government. The Bureau of Transport and Regional Services statistics showed that 87.1% of departures and 86.7% of arrivals operated by the major carriers were achieved within 15 min. of scheduled times. Western Australia Regional airline Skywest was the leading performer with 95% of its flights for the month landing and taking off ontime. It finished ahead of Qantas with 87.3% of departures and 89.5% of arrivals conducted ontime, compared to Virgin Blue with 84.4% and 83.8% of departures and arrivals ontime.

Air France signed a new code share agreement with Air Europa for flights between France and Spain that strengthens their existing code sharing

Air India will launch direct service from Los Angeles to Mumbai (Bombay) on June 11 2004. The only direct flights available from the West Coast to India, the new thrice-weekly Boeing 747-400 service will reduce flying time to India by several hours. To celebrate the new service, Air-India is offering special roundtrip Introductory Fares (Price depends on departure date):

* $6,499 in First Class

* $3,870-$4,410, Executive Class

* $1,099-$1,590, Economy Class

These special fares are available June 11 to Sept. 30 and are valid for stays of up to six months. Tickets must be purchased by April 30; other restrictions apply. Air-India flight 136 will depart from LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal B at 7:20 p.m. PST every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrive in Mumbai at 3:45 a.m. (two days later, local time). Return flight 137 departs Mumbai at 7 a.m. and arrives at LAX at 4:20 the same day. Both eastbound and westbound flights include a brief stopover in Frankfurt to disembark and board passengers. The carrier will continue to offer code-share flights daily from Los Angeles and San Francisco via Singapore Airlines, and from Los Angeles via Malaysian Airlines.

Air Polonia launched twice-weekly flights between Brussels South Charleroi and Katowice. On April 26 2004 the Polish LCC will introduce a thrice-weekly service to Warsaw.

Air Service will start a thrice-weekly service between Brussels South Charleroi and Pescara tomorrow.

AirTran Airways launched a two-day fare sale April 6 for flights to or from Atlanta and Philadelphia. The reduced fares are available for purchase through April 7 and are good for travel through June 16 2004. They require a 14-day advance purchase. Examples of some of the one-way fares are Philadelphia to Boston for $34, to Denver for $119 and to Los Angeles for $99. From Atlanta, the fares range from $69 to Miami and $109 to Las Vegas. Fares are not valid on Fridays and Sundays. Travel is not permitted on May 31 (Memorial Day).

Aloha Airlines has named its First Class Navigator Class and will now refer to coach as Voyager Class. Glenn Zander, president and CEO, said that as...

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