The airports in Pensacola, Fla., and Grand Bahama Island are closed due to damages sustained by the recent hurricanes. AirTran Airways said that it has canceled flights for the weekend to those airports, and expects to resume flights to Pensacola on Monday, Sept. 20. Operations to Grand Bahama Island are indefinite. Airlines that fly to those airports are allowing travelers to rebook without paying a fee. They also may be able to cancel the flights altogether and receive a credit for a future flight. Sep 17, 2004

AirTran Airways has canceled all flights to and from Grand Bahama Island for Friday, Sept. 3 2004. The storm's path is not yet known; however, it is possible that it could hit Florida by this weekend, and some Florida operations could be impaced on Saturday, the airline said. Passengers scheduled to fly into or out of Grand Bahama, as well as a number of Florida destinations, are being offered the opportunity ot offer their itineraries without change or cancellation fees. Sep 1, 2004

Alaska Airlines is offering its popular Kids Fly Free promotion to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida for travel now through December 15, 2004. The offer is valid for children ages two to eleven accompanied by an adult with the purchase of an Alaska Airlines Vacations package by September 30, 2004. Sep 14, 2004

Alaska Airlines will save up to $35 million a year by cutting 900 of its 11,000 employees and using more outside contractors for heavy maintenance and fleet service functions. In Spokane, all customer service work will be taken over by regional partner Horizon Air, and in Portland, Alaska will assume all of Horizon's ticket counter duties. It also is closing three city ticket offices in Juneau, Anchorage and Bellevue, Alaska. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Alaska has found $150 million in annual savings by improving its processes, growing in new markets and using technology. It has not until now needed to impact employees to find savings. Sep 10, 2004

America West Airlines announced on Sept. 9 2004 a new payment option at www.americawest.com. Bill Me Later is a credit-based payment alternative for customers who choose the security, flexibility and the convenience of buying without a credit card online and being billed later for purchases. America West is the only airline offering this new option. To introduce it, the airline is also providing the benefit of deferring payment for 90 days, which means customers can buy their tickets for travel now, take the trip and not worry about paying for it until 2005. Sep 9, 2004

America West Airlines and Autolog, a nationwide auto transporter, announced an agreement that will give seasonal commuters the opportunity to enjoy America West's low fares and great service while benefiting from discounted rates for transporting their cars. Autolog now transports vehicles in its Car-Rail, a fully enclosed rail car operation, on routes between the Minneapolis/St. Paul and Chicago metro areas and Arizona, and between the New York and Chicago metro areas and Arizona and California, as well as on its fleet of over-the-road automobile transporters, which operate nationwide. Sep 20, 2004

American Airlines is embarking on a new brand awareness campaign that will feature the tagline, "We know why you fly." It will focus on its employees around the world, its First Class cabins and its AAdvantage program. A special Web site linked from AA.com, WhyYouFly.com, will promote a dialogue between American and its customers encouraging them to explain why they fly. Dan Garton, executive vice president of marketing, said, "For our customers, we know the flight is a means to an end. It's not just a seat on a flight to a place, it's a seat on a flight to an important moment in your life." American will be running television, radio, print and online ads in English and Spanish. Sep 10, 2004

American will be adding 70 new departures from its Dallas/Fort Worth hub between now and next summer. American will operate 35 of the flights, and American Eagle the remainder. The additions will be made to dozens of cities already receiving service. In some cases, American will be putting its mainline jets on routes now served by American Eagle regional jets. American Eagle recently began operating flights to Torreon, Mexico, will begin serving Pensacola, Fla., on Oct. 1 2004, and has applied for permission to serve San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Sep 7, 2004

American reports its traffic for August 2004 rose 4.4 percent to 12.2 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs), with international still going strong, up 14.5 percent to 4 billion RPMs. Domestic traffic, however, was flat. American enplaned 8.3 million passengers during the month, a drop of 1.2 percent. Meanwhile AirTran reports a 9.2 percent increase in August traffic to 752 million RPMs. It enplaned nearly 1.2 million passengers during the month, an increase of about 7.2 percent. Delta also reported an increase, with traffic up 9 percent to 10.2 billion RPMs. Its international traffic was up 14.1 percent while its domestic traffic jumped 7.4 percent. Sep 3, 2004

American and American Eagle on Sept. 6 2004 will match Northwest's new ticketing fees for tickets...

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