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Air Berlin will add a eur6-eur9 ($7-$11) surcharge on airfares sold through tour operators this winter season owing to the high cost of fuel. Aug 11, 2004

AirAsia will launch one daily flight between Hat Yai and Kuala Lumpur. Aug 5, 2004

AirTran Airways will begin daily nonstop flights between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Ft. Lauderdale Dec. 7 2004. Aug 4, 2004

AirTran Airways announced plans to increase its Florida service this fall, going from its 72 current daily departures to 88 by January 2005. There will also be an additional nonstop route from Atlanta to Grand Bahama Island, effective Nov. 4. Florida routes to begin on Nov. 4 include Pittsburgh, Bloomington/Normal and Milwaukee to Orlando; Atlanta to Miami; Fort Myers to Baltimore/Washington; Fort Lauderdale to Rochester; and Tampa to Rochester. A route from Flint, Mich., to Fort Lauderdale will commence on Nov. 6, with other routes scheduled to open later that month and in December 2004. Aug 4, 2004

AirTran Airways on Nov. 4 2004 will launch new daily nonstop service between Atlanta and Grand Bahama Island, between Ft. Lauderdale and Rochester, between Orlando and Milwaukee, between Orlando and Pittsburgh and between Rochester and Tampa as well as two daily nonstop flights between Atlanta and Miami, between Bloomington/Normal and Orlando and between Baltimore/Washington and Ft. Myers. On Nov. 20 the airline will begin one daily nonstop flight between Ft. Myers and Milwaukee and on Dec. 7 it will launch one daily nonstop between Dallas/Ft. Worth and Ft. Lauderdale, between West Palm Beach and Philadelphia and between Philadelphia and Ft. Myers. Effective Dec. 17, AirTran will commence one daily nonstop flight between Dayton and Tampa and between Flint and Tampa, and beginning Jan. 10 it will launch one daily nonstop between Dayton and Ft. Lauderdale. Aug 5, 2004

All Nippon Airways plans to launch a new low-cost carrier on Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu next year. Plans call for two 130-seat 737-500s replace some of the routes currently served by Air Nippon. According to insiders at ANA, the new airline will be launched later this month and will operate more than 100 flights a day by 2007. It is expected to have a lower cost base than Air Nippon. Aug 6, 2004

Aloha Airlines will add a second daily flight between Reno and Maui via Burbank Dec. 15 2004. The airline said to accommodate the new service, it will reallocate its fleet and discontinue its twice-weekly service to Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. The last Rarotonga flight will operate out of Honolulu on Dec. 10 2004. Aug 13, 2004

Aloha Airlines www.alohaairlines.com is adding a second daily flight between Reno and Hawaii and restoring its direct service between Burbank, Calif. and Kahului, Maui. The first flight leaves Maui on Dec. 15 2004, makes a same-plane stop in Burbank and continues to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The Maui-bound flight originates in Reno, makes a same-plane stop in Burbank and continues to Kahului. Travelers also can book the Reno-Burbank route. To free up aircraft for the new service, Aloha is ending its twice-weekly Honolulu-Rarotonga service. The last Honolulu-Rarotonga flight leaves Honolulu on Dec. 10 and the final Rarotonga-Honolulu flight leaves Rarotonga on Dec. 11 2004. Aug 17, 2004

America West is offering fares as low as $99 each way, based on a roundtrip purchase, on nonstop flights from Las Vegas and San Diego to Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos; as well as between Los Angeles and Acapulco; and Oakland, California and Los Cabos. The airline's existing nonstop service between Los Angeles and Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta is also included in this sale. Aug 2, 2004

America West Airlines will launch four weekly flights between San Diego and Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 respectively. The service will be provided by America West Express operated by subsidiary airlines of Mesa Air Group using CRJs. AWA also will begin Saturday-only service between Los Angeles and Acapulco and between Oakland and Los Cabos. These flights begin Dec. 18 2004. Aug 10, 2004

America West Airlines received authorization from US DOT to begin a codeshare partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways. Under the agreement, passengers will be offered connections between Virgin Atlantic services to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Washington Dulles and America West services from Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Diego. Also, AWA will begin four weekly flights between Las Vegas and Puerto Vallarta Nov. 1 and four weekly flights between Las Vegas and Los Cabos Oct. 31 2004. The services will be provided by America West Express, operated by Mesa Air Group, using CRJs. Aug 4, 2004

America West Airlines formalized a previously announced commitment for 10 A320s and seven A319s (, May 28). It also will lease an additional four A320s from various lessors and either purchase or lease one more A320, bringing the total transaction to 22 aircraft. Deliveries of the purchased aircraft begin in late 2005 and will run through 2006. All A320s will be powered by IAE V2500s. Aug 13, 2004

American Airlines will begin offering daily nonstop flights to San Jose, Costa Rica, from Los Angeles on Dec. 16. It will use 757s configured with 22 seats in First Class and 166 in economy. This adds to the new international service it has started from Los Angeles this year, which includes daily service to Tokyo and to San Salvador, El Salvador. San Jose is American?s second Costa Rican destination; it began flights to Guanacaste Liberia from Miami earlier this year. Those flights...

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