Travel News November 2005.

 
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Airlines shed weight to reduce fuel expenses. Airlines have discovered new ways to lighten jetliners so they consume less fuel. Commercial jets are carrying less drinking water, for example. Airlines also have removed ovens and stopped topping off planes' fuel tanks before takeoff. Airlines use 19 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, according to Air Transport Association statistics. Fuel costs are now about 40% higher than they were a year ago. Nov 30, 2005

Weather delays flights at airports across the U.S. Storms Monday delayed planes full of travelers headed home from the holiday gatherings. In Atlanta, both arriving and departing flights were delayed. Flights were also delayed at other airports, including Fort Lauderdale, Fla., San Francisco and New York's LaGuardia. Nov 29, 2005

Travelers dodge high fares by flying on holidays. Some travelers will fly on Thanksgiving Day to avoid high air fares implemented by many carriers as a result of soaring oil prices. Air Transport Association spokesman David Castelveter noted inexpensive fares are still available on holidays and for off-peak times. Nov 18, 2005

New fare structure catches on with consumers. Consumers are warming up to airlines' new simplified pricing structures, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. Carriers have cut unrestricted fares by 50% or more. The lower fares have stimulated business travel, and fliers are buying more last-minute tickets, McCartney writes. Nov 15, 2005

Internet portals build up travel features. Internet portals are increasing their focus on online travel. AOL and Yahoo! have improved destination features and introduced travel planning tools. Travel sites such as Travelocity and Expedia are also facing competition for bookings from airline and hotel sites. Nov 7, 2005

Corporate officers paying more attention to travel expenses, study finds. Top company executives are taking notice of travel costs and policy compliance, according to an American Express survey. The survey found 63% of executives are paying more attention to travel costs. The increased awareness stems in part from concerns about higher air fares and hotel rates. Nov 7, 2005

Tour operators are facing a massive [pounds sterling]20 million bill for laying on extra flights following the devastation caused by Hurricane Wilma in Mexico. According to the Federation of Tour Operators, many companies do not know when they will resume programs to Cancun and other Mexican resorts. MyTravel...

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