American Airlines is ending its policy of offering discounted bereavement fares to passengers who are traveling because of medical emergencies or deaths of relatives, CNN reports.
The company said it was eliminating the fares to bring its ticket policy in line with its merger partner, US Airways, according to the report.
American Air, which is now run by the former CEO of US Airways, said the change brings the newly combined airline in line with current aviation industry standards.
"We remain committed to doing all we can to relieve the burden of travel for our customers in times of need. With the advent of more choices, lower cost carriers and larger networks, the industry has started to move away from bereavement fares because walk-up fares are generally lower than in the past, and customers now have more opportunities to find affordable fares at the last minute," American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said in a statement, according to the report.
Airport congestion will cost airlines $63 billion in lost revenue by the year 2040 without additional investment in a new national flight navigation system, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx warned Tuesday.
Speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Aero Club of Washington, Foxx said it was important to focus on aviation funding, even as lawmakers in Washington have turned the attention to expiring road and transit programs.
“With the Highway Trust Fund on track to bounce checks as soon as August, you‘ve probably read in the papers that DOT is focused on passing a surface funding bill. And it’s true; we are focused on surface reauthorization. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about funding for aviation. Far from it,” Foxx told the group.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined Asiana Airlines $500,000 for failing to properly assist relatives of victims of its 2013 plane crash at the San Francisco International Airport, the agency announced on Tuesday.
The transportation department said Asiana failed to provide a toll-free number for relatives of passengers who were on its plane that crash landed last July to call and took as long as five days to contact them with updates on their family members.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said foreign airlines were held to the same standards for responding to major airplane crashes as U.S. companies.
Singapore Airlines has been voted the best airline for business class travelers, CNN reports.
The list, compiled by Executive Travel Magazine, cited Singapore Airline’s wide seats and one-two-one seating arrangement, which is designed to give each passenger access to airplane aisles.
Hotel Insider CEO Philippe Kjellgren said Singapore Air’s business class service was far and above many other airlines, according to the report.
Monday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for in-flight calls, oil spills and nuclear power plants.
Forty-one flights have been canceled after workers at the Frankfurt, Germany, airport went on strike on Friday, The Associated Press reports.
The airport workers are seeking to win a pay increase to a wage that would be the equivalent of $22 per hour, according to the report.
Boxer says Congress should place limits on hours flown by pilots of cargo flights.
Mike Morrell said he's afraid terrorists have found a way to evade security with shoe bombs.
The Federal Aviation Administration is requiring helicopters to be equipped with radio altitude meters and life preserver vests for pilots to wear, the agency announced on Thursday.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the changes were a part of historic improvement in U.S. helicopter safety.
“This is a landmark rule for helicopter safety,” Foxx said in a statement. “These improvements will better prepare pilots and better equip helicopters, ensuring a higher level of safety for passengers and crew.”
Spirit Airlines lost its bid to win the right to operate flights at Washington, D.C.’s Ronald Reagan National Airport being vacated by US Airways and American Airlines as part of their merger.
Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza said on a conference call with reporters this week that his company sought to win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to take over the D.C. flights but was unsuccessful.
“We put in a bid at a price that we thought we could keep our target margin returns in place of, and we did not win with that bid,” Baldanza said. “And we're okay with that because we wouldn't want to overpay at the expense of our investors.”