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Delta union leaders agree to deal, airline says -- Delta Air Lines Inc. said on Saturday union leaders had finalized an agreement for its 6,500 pilots to avert a strike that would have further crippled the bankrupt airline. Read more ... Mon, 24 Apr 2006

Gas price average tops $3 in Calif. -- California on Thursday became the first state in the continental USA to see average gasoline prices go above $3 a gallon in 2006, while the price at the pump in Los Angeles hit an all-time high. Read more ... Fri, 21 Apr 2006

Airports await guidelines for traveler registry -- Proponents of an idea to speed trusted travelers through security are pushing to sign up airports and overcome skepticism of some airport officials who fear the program won't shorten lines. Read more ... Thu, 20 Apr 2006

Airports leery on travel registry -- Only one of the USA's busiest airports has signed up for a much-vaunted program to speed travelers through checkpoints, while at least a half-dozen others are balking at an idea that they say won't work. Read more ... Wed, 19 Apr 2006

Girl among survivors of Mexican bus crash -- An overcrowded bus speeding home from a religious festival veered off a highway emergency ramp and crashed through a metal barrier Monday, plunging more than 650 feet into a ravine. Fifty-seven people were killed, including a 13-year-old boy. Read more ... Tue, 18 Apr 2006

Delta, pilots' union forge tentative deal -- Delta Air Lines fliers and workers breathed a collective sigh of relief Friday on word that negotiators reached a tentative deal on a new pilot contract. But the agreement must gain important approvals before the shadow of a potentially devastating strike is completely lifted. Read more ... Mon, 17 Apr 2006

Amtrak acts to make up for disruption -- Amtrak announced that repairs to a North Carolina bridge are complete and that it will add capacity today for extra passengers. More than 5,000 were stranded or inconvenienced on the eve of the busy Easter travel weekend. Read more ... Fri, 14 Apr 2006

Delta pilots picket company headquarters -- More than 300 Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots marched near the company's headquarters Wednesday and placed a giant inflatable rat on a street corner to symbolize what they see as corporate greed in management's effort to void their contract and impose pay cuts. Read more ... Thu, 13 Apr 2006

Airlines raise base fares sharply, still fill planes -- Last year, U.S. travelers were feasting on airfares that, on average, were the lowest ever when adjusted for inflation. No more. Last week, the USA's big airlines tacked $50 onto their unrestricted coach fares in most markets. Read more ... Wed, 12 Apr 2006

Gasoline hits $2.68 per gallon -- The average U.S. retail price of gasoline jumped more than nine cents last week to $2.68 a gallon. The federal Energy Information Administration said Monday that U.S. motorists paid $2.683 a gallon on average for regular grade last week, an increase of 9.5 cents from the previous week. Pump prices are 37.1 cents higher than a year ago. Read more ... Tue, 11 Apr 2006

JetBlue eyes more short-haul routes -- While 2006 is expected to be an unprofitable year for six-year-old JetBlue, the discount carrier aims to minimize the red ink by flying more short-haul routes (to save on fuel), serving airports with fewer rivals and raising fares. Read more ... Mon, 10 Apr 2006

Flight Attendants object to exit-row pricing -- Flight attendants at Northwest Airlines are raising safety concerns about the airline's program to sell exit-row seats with extra legroom to passengers willing to pay a $15 fee. The Professional Flight Attendants Association sent a letter released Wednesday to Northwest Chief Executive Doug Steenland calling the idea "ill conceived," alleging it degrades federal safety rules about who can sit in the exit row. Read more ... Fri, 07 Apr 2006

Blues hit discount airline -- As the U.S. airline industry unraveled over the past five years, JetBlue Airways Corp. proved that a carrier with the right mix of low overhead, cheap fares and distinguished service could succeed during a downturn. What has changed is that investors now lump JetBlue among the lackluster. Read more ... Thu, 06 Apr 2006

Delta pilots vote to authorize strike -- Now that Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots have authorized a strike, their union leader wants the right to decide when a walkout would occur. Read more ... Wed, 05 Apr 2006

Delta enters key period as pilots consider strike -- The union representing Delta Air Lines pilots is scheduled today to announce results of a strike-authorization vote, kicking off what is likely to be the most grueling two weeks since the Atlanta-based carrier filed for bankruptcy-court protection in September. Read more ... Tue, 04 Apr 2006