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Alaska Airlines is launching 10 new routes to warm-weather vacation destinations this winter - see the full list

An Alaska Airlines plane taking off at JFK. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Alaska Airlines is launching 10 new routes from the West Coast to warm-weather cities this winter. The carrier is expanding its international presence with three new nonstops to Mexico and one to Belize. Alaska just announced its first profitable quarter since the pandemic during earnings on Thursday. Alaska Airlines is starting 10 new routes from its hubs along the West Coast to sunny cities in Mexico, the Southeast, T...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, California, Mexico, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Austin, Alaska, Portland, New Orleans, Earnings, San Jose, Jfk


An airline pilot that's kicked passengers off planes for not wearing masks shares what goes on in the cockpit when passengers become unruly

Sorbis / Shutterstock.com Pilots and flight attendants have been forced to deal with increased bouts of violence in the skies. Tensions over the ongoing federal mask mandate have created hostile environments on some flights. One airline pilot shared how he deals with unruly flyers and what goes on in the cockpit while incidents occur. See more stories on Insider's business page. The airline industry is facing unprecedented levels of violent incidents onboard airplanes as tensions ri...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Pilots, Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Attendants, American Airlines, Allied Pilots Association


United Airlines is launching a test program at LAX that lets you skip the TSA line with a reservation you can make on your smartphone

LAX Fast Lane Los Angeles International Airport United Airlines has launched LAX Fast Lane at Los Angeles International Airport. The new pilot program allows passengers to skip the TSA line by reserving a time slot in advance. It's aimed at making the security process quicker and easier ahead of the busy holiday season. United Airlines and Los Angeles World Airports have teamed up to quicken the TSA process for passengers traveling on United flights departing from terminals 7 or 8 ...
Tags: Travel, Security, Transportation, News, Trends, Features, Tsa, United, Clear, United Airlines, Lax, Travelers, Los Angeles International Airport, Lane, LAWA, LAX Airport


A new Icelandic airline plans to launch flights to the US next spring - here's why the CEO thinks now is the right time

PLAY A321 PLAY Icelandic startup PLAY has received initial permission from the DOT to operate nonstop flights to the US. PLAY CEO Birgir Jónsson explained investor expectations in the long-term plan have pushed it to enter the US market. The airline plans to target New York, Boston, and Washington DC with a single-class, no-frills product. Iceland startup PLAY has gotten initial approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate flights to the US, and it hopes to welcome leisure...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Europe, New York, News, Boston, US, Trends, Play, Washington Dc, Airbus, Iceland, East Coast, Routes, Wow Air, Dot


Flight attendants at one of American Airlines' largest regional carriers vote to strike

An American Eagle Embraer ERJ145 regional aircraft. Lukas Wunderlich/Shutterstock.com Piedmont Airlines flight attendants voted 100% to strike in response to a new contract proposal. The carrier said high health premiums outpace the minimal pay increases offered by Piedmont. Union leaders say Piedmont flight attendants make 45% less than mainline flight attendants offering the same service. Flight attendants at Piedmont Airlines had a 100% strike vote on Thursday after management offered a...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Strike, Afa, American Eagle, Nelson, Flight Attendants, Glassdoor, American Airlines, Piedmont, Philadelphia International Airport, Piedmont Airlines, Sara Nelson, National Mediation Board


Delta, Alaska, United, and American flights were impacted after regional carrier SkyWest canceled hundreds of flights due to a system outage

A SkyWest Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft. Heather Dunbar / Shutterstock.com Regional carrier SkyWest Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights over two days due to a server issue. The five-hour outage left flight crews displaced and passengers facing long delays and cancellations. The disruptions impacted the carrier's mainline partners, forcing them to accommodate thousands of passengers. Regional carrier SkyWest Airlines suffered a system outage late Thursday disrupting over 700...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Delta, Usa Today, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, SkyWest, SkyWest Airlines, United Delta


Delta Air Lines is restoring 13 routes out of New York this fall that were suspended during the pandemic - see the full list

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A320. Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock.com Delta is restarting 13 routes out of New York this fall, including nine domestic and four international. The added flights will increase capacity by 25% compared to summer 2021 as business and leisure demand increases. The restorations and added frequencies will make Delta the largest carrier out of both JFK and LaGuardia airports. Delta Air Lines announced it is adding over 100 daily flights and 8,000 more seats per day out o...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, News, Mexico, Germany, Nigeria, Trends, Frankfurt, Delta, Brazil, Newark, Norfolk, Dublin, Jfk, Baltimore


Southwest lost $75 million after the four-day meltdown that left passengers stranded

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800. Markus Mainka/Shutterstock Southwest Airlines said it lost $75 million during its Columbus Day weekend meltdown. The airline posted a $135 million third-quarter loss and said revenue is still down 17% compared to 2019. Southwest expects a $100 million loss in the fourth quarter despite an increase in bookings for the holiday season. Southwest Airlines lost $75 million in a four-day operational meltdown that forced over 2,000 flight cancellations and lef...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, California, Trends, Cnn, Loss, Earnings, Meltdown, Illinois, Southwest Airlines, Flight Cancellations, Southwest, Gary Kelly, Southwest Airlines Boeing


United Airlines CEO warns that ticket prices will increase because jet fuel is getting more expensive

United Airlines planes are seen at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, United States on September 29, 2021. Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images United Airlines CEO said that customers can expect ticket prices to increase. United's jet fuel prices are up by about 6% compared to last year, according to their third quarter results. Airline travel has significantly increased since the start of the pandemic causing the price of jet fuel to increase with demand. United Airl...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Traveling, Air Travel, US, Trends, Tickets, United, Jet Fuel, Cnbc, United Airlines, Cost, Airfare, Price Increases, Kirby


Sun Country is adding 7 new nonstop routes from its Minneapolis base in its latest network expansion - see the full list

natmac stock / Shutterstock.com Sun Country Airlines announced seven new routes from its Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport base. The airline is targeting spring and summer vacation destinations in its latest network expansion. Sun Country is extending its current flight schedule into early September 2022, offering over 70 destination options. Sun Country Airlines is focusing on spring and summer destinations with seven new nonstop routes from its base at Minneapolis-Saint Paul ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Transportation, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, US, Trends, Canada, Delta, Vancouver, Buffalo, Boeing, Routes, Caribbean, Jacksonville


Southwest Airlines reverses course and says it won't put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave if they're seeking an exemption

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 in Denver. Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Southwest Airlines said it will not put unvaccinated workers with a pending exemption on unpaid leave come December. The company said employees can continue working if they follow COVID-safety policies until their request is reviewed. American Airlines' flight attendant union told its members they will not be terminated if they are not vaccinated. Southwest Airlines is abandoning its plan to put unvaccinated ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, Denver, United, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, United Airlines, Flight Attendants, American Airlines, Southwest


American Airlines flight attendants union tells employees they won't be fired if they refuse to get vaccinated by the airline's deadline

An American Airlines flight attendant. LM Otero/AP American Airlines' flight attendant union is telling members that they won't be immediately fired if they remain unvaccinated past the airline's deadline. All American employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 per a Biden administration mandate for federal contractors. American's deadline for vaccination is just days before the Thanksgiving holiday. American Airlines' flight attendant union is telling flight atte...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Planes, Trends, Joe Biden, Flying, Aviation, Airlines, Biden, United, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Flight Attendants, Delta Air Lines


Singapore Airlines will fly the Airbus A380 on on a 60-minute flight as carriers continue to bring back the world's largest passenger plane

Singapore Airlines Airbus A380-800 takes off from Zurich airport Reuters Singapore Airlines is set to fly the shortest Airbus A380 flight in service from Singapore to Malaysia. British Airways will use its A380s on short-haul flights from London to Frankfurt and Madrid come November 8. The short routes are due to operational requirements to get crews retrained on the aircraft. Singapore Airlines is set to operate the shortest Airbus A380 flight in service on a mere 60-minute hop between Si...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, London, News, Singapore, Los Angeles, Trends, Cnn, Frankfurt, Malaysia, Paris, Aircraft, Kuala Lumpur, Airbus, Madrid, Boeing


Southwest Airlines shows off its unique history and company culture with its corporate office - see inside the company's Texas headquarters

The Winning Spirit conference room BOKA Powell Southwest Airlines displays its history and company culture in its corporate office in Dallas, Texas. The company's headquarters feature murals, unique lounges, model aircraft, and old flight attendant uniforms. Employees can watch Southwest aircraft take off and land from its deck overlooking Dallas Love Field Airport. Southwest Airlines turned 50 this year, and its long history of humor, hot pants, and unique marketing campaigns has ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Halloween, Texas, Trends, Features, Dallas, Southwest Airlines, Dot, Southwest Culture, Southwest, Dallas Texas, Herb Kelleher, Gary Kelly, Kelleher, Corgan


Overhead bins on planes are getting bigger, and it's turning air travel into a less stressful experience for both passengers and crew

Boeing Space Bins Boeing Aircraft overhead space has evolved with bigger bins, like Boeing's Space Bins and Airbus' Airspace XL Bins. The bins offer twice as much room for passenger luggage, ensuring every traveler has a spot for their carry-on. Larger bins alleviate the stress put on flight attendants when doing last-minute gate checks. Finding overhead bin space has been a challenge for travelers, but Boeing and Airbus' larger bins have eased the stress. Boeing Space B...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Trends, Features, Alaska, Airbus, Taylor, Boeing, Wall Street Journal, Southwest Airlines, Jetblue, United Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Bombardier, Jetblue Airways


Honda revealed its concept for the world's first light aircraft capable of nonstop transcontinental travel across the US - meet HondaJet 2600

HondaJet 2600 Honda Aircraft Company Honda Aircraft Company revealed the world's first transcontinental light aircraft concept, the HondaJet 2600. The aircraft will set class records with the highest flight ceiling, tallest cabin, and highest cabin pressurization. The innovative cockpit interface will enhance safety by reducing pilot stress and improving awareness. Honda Aircraft Company revealed its newest aircraft concept at the 2021 NBAA Business Aviation Convention and Exhibiti...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, London, News, US, Trends, Features, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Honda, Cairo, Private Jet, Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company, Business Jet


New airline ITA has officially taken over for Alitalia - see the full history of Italy's troubled flag carrier

ITA Airways Chairman Alfredo Altavilla poses with rendering of new livery ITA Press Office/Handout via REUTERS Government-owned Alitalia ceased operations on October 15, marking the end of its 74-year era. Alitalia has been replaced by ITA Airways, a brand new airline that will not be responsible for the old carrier's debt. ITA plans to buy 28 Airbus jets, create a new aircraft livery, and launch a new loyalty program. Alitalia has officially ceased operations and handed the baton to n...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Asia, Europe, UK, New York, Milan, News, Air Travel, Life, Germany, Berlin, Planes, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg


Delta announced 3 new routes to Panama in its latest network expansion

Touring Delta Air Lines' new terminal at LaGuardia Airport. Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta Air Lines is launching three new routes and one additional frequency to Panama City, Panama this winter. The expansion will mark Delta's highest number of flights to the country since it started service there in 1998. Delta's flight from Orlando will be the carrier's only international route out of the central Florida city. Delta Air Lines is focusing on Panama City, Panama in its lates...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, New York, News, New York City, Americas, Los Angeles, Trends, Atlanta, Delta, Boeing, Routes, Panama, Orlando, Panama City


Pakistani airline says it will stop flying to Kabul due to Taliban interference just a few weeks after restarting flights

Passengers board a Pakistan International Airlines flight in Kabul AAMIR QURESHI/Getty Images Pakistan International Airlines has halted operations in Kabul due to Taliban "heavy-handed" interference. The carrier accused the Taliban of intimidating staff and making last-minute arbitrary rule changes. PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan said operating in Afghanistan was "impossible" due to high insurance premiums. Pakistan International Airlines suspended operations into Kabul Airport on Thursda...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Cnn, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, Kabul, Khan, Islamabad, Reuters, PIA, Pakistan International Airlines, Kabul Airport, Abdullah Khan


Southwest Airlines' CEO issued a formal apology to customers after delays left them stranded for hours over the weekend: 'This is not the experience you deserve'

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly issued a formal apology for the company's weekend meltdown. He addressed customers and employees directly, apologizing for the negative impact the breakdown had. Company COO Mike Van de Ven explained why the chaos happened and asked customers to give Southwest another chance. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly issued a formal apology to customers on Thursday after its weekend meltdown that impacted th...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Trends, Las Vegas, Apology, Southwest Airlines, Orlando, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Southwest, Kelly, Romano, Gary Kelly, CBS Chicago


A European cruise line has canceled its 2022 around the world cruise due to an 'unavailability of ports'

The MSC Magnifica in Auckland in 2019. MSC Cruises MSC Cruises has canceled its 2022 world cruise and will instead sail two global cruises in 2023. The cruise line attributed the cancellation to the "current unavailability of ports." MSC says it's an issue regarding pandemic-related restrictions at ports. MSC Cruises has canceled its 2022 world cruise due to the "current unavailability of ports" and will instead sail two global cruises in 2023, the company said in a press release on We...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Supply Chain, Cruise, Auckland, Msc, Msc Cruises, Cruise Industry, Poesia, Magnifica, MSC Magnifica, World Cruise, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, Brittany Chang


A federal judge in Texas said United must pause its vaccine mandate for employees seeking a medical or religious exemption

United Airlines A Texas judge told United it must pause its plan to put workers who requested an exemption on leave. The temporary order follows a lawsuit filed by 6 United employees who say the mandate is discriminatory. United defended its policy, saying vaccinations work and most of its US workforce has gotten one. A federal judge in Texas ordered United Airlines to temporarily pause its plan to put unvaccinated workers on leave if they requested a medical or religious exemption from c...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Lawsuit, Texas, News, US, Trends, Cnn, United, United Airlines, PITTMAN, Scott Kirby, Federal Judge, Mark Paoletta, Paoletta, United s U S


Southwest Airlines' exec says a 'staffing cushion' is needed to avoid further schedule reductions

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Stephen M. Keller/Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines canceled over 3,000 flights in a weekend meltdown, leaving passengers stranded. COO Mike Van de Ven says the airline needs a "staffing cushion" to better prepare for disruptions. Van de Ven warns the company may reduce its winter flight schedule if it cannot find enough workers. Southwest Airlines' COO Mike Van de Ven told employees on Sunday that a "staffing cushion" is needed to prevent further sche...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Florida, News, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Jordan, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Stephen, Jacksonville, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Murray, Southwest


Southwest says it still plans to implement its employee vaccine mandate, citing federal rules that trump the Texas governor's blanket ban

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Carrington Tatum/Shutterstock, Stewart F. House/Stringer/Getty Images Southwest Airlines plans to keep its vaccine mandate despite the Texas governor's executive order. President Biden's federal vaccine requirement supersedes state law, according to the carrier. Southwest said that to remain a government contractor, it must comply with the president's mandate. Southwest Airlines said it will comply with President Joe Biden'...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Texas, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Delta, Dallas, Executive Order, Biden, Southwest Airlines, Cnbc, Murray, American Airlines, Southwest, Abbott


United is launching 10 new routes to popular holiday hotspots this winter - see the full list

A United Airlines Boeing 737. Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock.com United is launching 10 new routes to destinations across the US, Caribbean, and Central America. Routes will start in November and December and target popular holiday hotspots like Aspen and Nassau. The airline is ramping up its winter schedule with over 3,500 domestic flights planned for December. United Airlines is launching a slew of new routes this winter, focusing on ski and beach destinations for holiday getaways.In a move ...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Trends, Indianapolis, Chicago, Liberia, Las Vegas, Honduras, Cleveland, Orange County, Boeing, Costa Rica, Denver


There is no evidence Southwest flights were cancelled due to a vaccine protest, FAA says

A Southwest Airlines plane lands at Los Angeles International Airport. FG/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 1,800 flights over the weekend. The company and its pilot union both said the issue was unrelated to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Southwest is requiring employees to be vaccinated by December 8. There is no evidence that Southwest Airlines' operational difficulties over the weekend "were related to vaccine mandates," the Federal Aviation Admini...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Politics, Texas, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Ted Cruz, New York Times, Republican, Pilots, Faa, Charles Davis, Southwest Airlines, Federal Aviation Administration


Tata Sons just won the bid for ownership of Air India in a full-circle moment - see the airline's 89-year history

Tata Airlines 747 Tata.com Tata Sons won a 100% stake in Air India, having bid $2.4 billion for the debt-ridden airline. Tata will take on $3.1 billion in debt but maintain Air India's brand and assets. Air India has an 89-year history, having been founded by the Tata family in 1932. Air India dates back to 1932, when it was founded as a private entity by renowned industrialist and philanthropist JRD Tata. Tata was India's first private pilot and his fascination with the industry l...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, New York, London, News, Australia, Singapore, India, Trends, History, BBC News, Features, Chicago, Britain, Royal Air Force, Malaysia


Southwest's weekend meltdown wasn't due to a vaccine protest, its pilots union says

Southwest Airlines pilot Mike Stewart/AP Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to staffing shortages. High-profile public figures incorrectly suggested the shortages were due to an anti-vax walkout. The company's pilot union said flight crews were not participating in a protest. Southwest Airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend due to a confluence of severe weather and air traffic control issues, leaving thousands of travelers stranded. T...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Trends, Joe Biden, Ted Cruz, Fox News, Biden, Delays, Faa, Southwest Airlines, Cancellation, Federal Aviation Administration, Flight Delays, Flight Cancellations, Southwest


Airbus turned its A220 airliner into a private jet with the help of a graffiti artist - see inside

ACJ TwoTwenty business lounge Airbus Airbus collaborated with French artist Cyril Kongo on the interior design of its ACJ TwoTwenty bizjet. Kongo used street art and vibrant colors to bridge his background with the private plane. The ACJ TwoTwenty is part of Airbus' "Xtra Large Bizjet" line and is three times bigger than competing aircraft. See more stories on Insider's business page. The ACJ TwoTwenty, which is the private version of the A220 airliner, was launched in October...
Tags: Travel, Art, Transportation, London, News, Planes, Trends, Features, Beijing, Dubai, Airbus, Melbourne, Art Gallery, Airbus Airbus, Los Angeles Tokyo, Kongo


I flew Spirit across the US for $35 after it canceled thousands of flights in August. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again but it wasn't without risks.

Flying Spirit Airlines from Santa Ana, California to Newark, New Jersey. Thomas Pallini/Insider Spirit Airlines in August canceled thousands of flights after extreme weather impacted its operation, impacting its reputation for cheap on-time flights. The event highlighted the risks of booking with an ultra-low-cost carrier, which may recover slower than larger carriers. Even with the risks, Spirit still manages to attract flyers that are price-focused with fares lower than $35 one-way fo...
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