American Airlines confident that 5G issue is resolved

Outgoing American Airlines CEO Doug Parker says he is confident that the 5G dispute between the aviation industry and telecom corporations AT&T and Verizon has been resolved.  “It has taken a long time to get to the right spot, but […]

Incoming Southwest CEO leaves door open to assigned seating

Southwest Airlines incoming CEO Bob Jordan said Wednesday that the carrier may consider doing seat assignments. “Could we one day need to take back up the assigned-seating question? I think we may have to do that,” Bob Jordan said during […]

Avianca will add two U.S. routes in March

Avianca will launch two new U.S. routes in late March.  The Colombian carrier, which emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in December, will begin daily service between New York JFK and the coastal Colombian city of Cartagena on March 28.  […]

Winter storms exacerbate airlines' staffing shortage

A winter storm hitting the mid-Atlantic combined with the pandemic to further frustrate air travelers whose return flights home from the holidays were canceled or delayed in the first few days of the new year. More than 3,000 U.S. flights […]

Flight cancellations pile up again on Tuesday

For a fourth consecutive day, U.S. flight cancellations exceeded 1,000 on Tuesday. Airlines are once again citing omicron-related call-outs and winter weather as the reasons. “The ongoing impact of these factors is not something we can predict, but we do […]

JetBlue sweetens benefits for its elite-status flyers

JetBlue will offer new perks in 2022 for TrueBlue loyalty club members with elite Mosaic-level status. The discount carrier will also introduce a second elite tier, called Mosaic+, for 2022. Beginning Jan. 5, Mosaic members can purchase the carrier’s Even […]

With Cuba tourism reopening, airlines ramp up service

U.S. airlines have begun ramping up Cuba service following the island nation’s reopening to tourists last month. Southwest resumed daily Tampa-Havana flying on Dec. 6 after operating the route on a weekly basis for most of 2021. The carrier also […]

United and Delta maintain South Africa flight schedules

The two U.S. airlines that service South Africa have not altered their flight schedules despite the decision by President Biden to restrict visitation from the nation.  United and Delta both said no such changes are in the works.  “Throughout the […]

Air Canada agrees to pay settlement over delayed refunds

Air Canada has agreed to pay a $4.5 million settlement in a case brought by the Transportation Department’s Office of Consumer Aviation Protection.  If approved by a federal administrative court, the settlement would resolve the DOT’s charges of long delays […]

Buttigieg: No interest in vaccine mandate for domestic flights

Secretary of transportation Pete Buttigieg on Sunday expressed disinterest in imposing a vaccine mandate for domestic flights.  “Between the masking and the other mitigations, we’re very confident in the safety of air travel and travel generally in this country,” he […]