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Airlines Poise for Summer
Here’s the latest airline news and updates for the week of 7-6-15.
Airlines Accused of Collusion
This past week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has alleged collusion within the airlines industry, resulting in artificially higher airfares. According to the Associated Press, the DOJ accuses the airlines of limiting the number of seats, which is leading to higher prices. This is a particular concern given the increase in summer travel. This comes at a time when the airlines have seen a doubling in their profit markets of more than $30 billion.
Spain Controllers to Strike
Spanish air traffic controllers have announced an industrial strike action scheduled July 11th, 12th, 26th and 26th for three hours each day. Travel to and from Spain will be impacted. The strike is a reaction to sanctions handed down to 61 air traffic controllers who had previously participated in a strike in 2010.
Going Down Under Just Got Easier
Pending regulatory approvals, American Airlines and Qantas Airways plan to expand their joint business by adding new service between the U.S. and Australia. New routes between Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Sydney Airport (SYD), operated by American Airlines, and between San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and SYD, operated by Qantas.
More Flights to Australia
According to these OneWorld Partners, services will initially operate on peak days and ramp up to six times per week in January 2016.
Expands Coast to Coast
Starting in November, Delta will expand cross country service from New York JFK with an additional LAX frequency and upgraded service between New York JFK and San Francisco.
On flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles, Delta will increase service from nine to ten daily peak day flights, with four flights operated with Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft.
Delta will begin offering daily service between New York JFK and Istanbul this month for the summer.
Direct Flights to Provence
Joint venture partners Delta and Air France will offer year round nonstop service between Nice and New York JFK. The flight is the only service to link the French Riviera region to
the United States nonstop.
Major Changes for Minors
Effective, June 22, 2015, children traveling alone as unaccompanied minors must be booked by directly contacting the American Airlines Reservations department. This policy change only impacts newly booked reservations and if you are unclear of our policies and restrictions related to unaccompanied minor travel, one of the AA representatives will be glad to answer your questions.
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Delta Air Lines says, “Forget about it!”
Airlines Announce Restrictions
In the past few weeks, Delta Air Lines has announced many major changes, including fare restrictions. Those changes primarily affect the Delta SkyMiles program and how travelers earn status, as well as how upgrades will be processed. Due to the nature of these fares, Delta will NOT allow any waivers or favors to be applied to those tickets. In other words, refrain from asking.
What are Basic Economy Fares?
Basic Economy fares are Delta’s lowest-priced fares and are available in select markets in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands. These fares are non-refundable and no cancellations or changes may be made once the ticket is purchased. However, once purchased your fare is eligible for the Same-day Travel Changes programs.
How will you know if you are booking a Basic Economy Fare?
Basic Economy fares will be identifiable with an “E” as the first letter of the fare basis code or “E” class of service in schedules and availability displays. Economy fares come with increased restrictions. When issued, the restrictions appear in the endorsement box.
Delta Assigns Seats
Advance seat selection is not available with Basic Economy fares. Seat assignments will be auto-assigned during check in. Good luck with that middle seat on long-haul flights. This change is a huge change. It’s enough for me to look for another airline if traveling on any of these affected routes. How do you feel about this? Do you share my concern?
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