Emirates Airline's Decision to Cancel Flights to the United States Because of Administration Policies Will Reduce Income and Jobs Here

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/21/2017, 12:00 AM

A sharp reduction in foreign tourism will do far more economic harm than can be offset by corporations adding American jobs here and there....

Emirates Cuts Flights to U.S., Citing Drop in Demand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/20/2017, 4:00 AM

The Dubai-based Emirates airline is reducing the number of flights it offers to the United States.  As a reason for the change, the carrier cited a drop in demand among consumers following "recent actions taken by the U.S. government," including a ban on carry-on electronics affecting flights from certain Middle Eastern and Northern African nations, as well as efforts by the Trump administ...

Spirit Airlines Ending Flights to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/17/2017, 4:00 AM

Spirit Airlines is ending its flights to Cuba, the carrier announced last week. That makes it the third U.S. airline to halt service to the island, after Frontier and Silver Airways called it quits in March. As in those two cases, Spirit cited overcapacity as the reason for abandoning its Havana-Fort Lauderdale route. Put simply, there are too many flights to Cuba and not enough passen...

Ban on In-Flight Phone Calls Here to Stay

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/14/2017, 4:00 AM

A proposal to relax the ban on in-flight phone calls has been dropped by the Federal Communications Commission, which since 2013 had been mulling over the idea of allowing more cell-phone chatter on planes.  In a statement, FCC chairman Ajit Pai called the abandoned plan—introduced by a previous occupant of his job—"ill-conceived" and said that "taking it off the table permanently will be ...

Media Stories About the Violent Removal of a Passenger from His Flight Have Overlooked Important Considerations

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 04/14/2017, 12:00 AM

Arthur Frommer weighs in on airline overbooking—and why passengers should be compensated a lot more....

Qatar Airways Loaning Out Laptops for Free in Business Class

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/04/2017, 4:00 AM

The Trump administration won't let airline passengers carry their own laptops onto flights from Qatar to the United States, so Qatar Airways has begun loaning out free laptops to every passenger in business class on those flights. Qatar is one of eight Middle Eastern and North African countries subject to the ban, which the Department of Homeland Security began enforcing on March 25, vague...

Alaska Airlines Is Doing Away with Virgin America

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The highly regarded, much-beloved Virgin America is getting the ax.  Alaska Airlines, which acquired the carrier in a $2.6-billion merger in December, has announced plans to fully absorb the Virgin America brand by the end of 2019.  Seattle-based Alaska Airlines made the purchase in a bid to become the dominant carrier on the West Coast. Though Alaska has been known primarily for its a...

Trump's Budget Calls for Privatizing Air Traffic Control

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/17/2017, 4:00 AM

One of the travel-related items in President Donald Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 is a provision to privatize the U.S. air traffic control system.  Right now, air traffic control is one of the functions of the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump would like to turn that duty over to an "independent, non-governmental organization."  Privatization has the approval of the...

Two U.S. Airlines Halting Flights to Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/15/2017, 4:00 AM

Frontier Airlines and Silver Airways are both stopping their flights to Cuba, the carriers announced this week.  Frontier, which has been operating one daily flight between Miami and Havana since December 1, 2016, will halt service to the island on June 4. The company cites lack of customer demand as the reason. Silver currently flies to nine Cuban cities from Fort Lauderdale, and the ...

The New World's Longest Flight

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/07/2017, 5:00 AM

If aviation were an endurance sport, there'd be a new reigning champ.  As of this week, the longest flight in the world is now operated by Qatar Airways, whose new 9,032-mile service between the carrier's hometown of Doha and New Zealand takes 16 hours and 10 minutes to reach Auckland, and a tush-mushifying 17 hours and 30 minutes to come back.  That beats the previous record-holder, E...

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