Articles tagged “dot”

Lawmakers Ask Transportation Department to Intervene in U.S.-Gulf Carrier Spat

Lawmakers Ask Transportation Department to Intervene in U.S.-Gulf Carrier Spat

Ryan Beene, Bloomberg

This is more complicated than the trade group representing the three largest U.S. airlines likes to suggest. Yes, Gulf carriers probably steal business from U.S. airlines. But if the U.S. punishes them, there could be consequences for other American businesses. This saga requires a delicate solution.

2 weeks ago

U.S. Approves Delta Joint Venture With Korean Air

U.S. Approves Delta Joint Venture With Korean Air

Associated Press

The agreement means Delta and Korean Air passengers will be able to earn and redeem loyalty program miles in each carrier's program.

3 weeks ago

Frontier Airlines Gets Fined $1.5 Million for Stranding Passengers on Tarmac

Frontier Airlines Gets Fined $1.5 Million for Stranding Passengers on Tarmac

Associated Press

Frontier Airlines clearly botched the handling of a snowstorm in Denver, and had it not been for hard-fought tarmac-delay rules, passengers would have had no recourse other than relying on the largess of the airline.

3 months ago

Airline Bumping of Overbooked Passengers Reaches 22-Year Low

Airline Bumping of Overbooked Passengers Reaches 22-Year Low

David Koenig, Associated Press

Some airlines had defended overbooking as a must-have tool in their revenue management arsenals but the social media backlash forced them to modify their ways.

4 months ago

Trump Administration Backs Airlines in Rollback of Proposed Bag Fee Disclosures

Trump Administration Backs Airlines in Rollback of Proposed Bag Fee Disclosures

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

It's another win for big business, courtesy of the Trump Administration. Who cares about consumers, anyway?

9 months ago

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights in 2016 Than Any Year on Record

U.S. Airlines Cancelled Fewer Flights in 2016 Than Any Year on Record

Associated Press

Either someone is cooking the books or the biggest airlines in the country, despite several high-profile tech outages, are getting their acts together.

10 months ago

Qantas and American Hope Trump’s DOT Will Approve Their Joint Venture on Second Try

Qantas and American Hope Trump’s DOT Will Approve Their Joint Venture on Second Try

Brian Sumers, Skift

The Obama Administration's decision to block Qantas' application for antitrust immunity with American came as a surprise to most observers. The Trump administration's Department of Transportation would normally be likely will rule otherwise. But this new administration is unpredictable, so it's hard to say for sure.

11 months ago

Delta and Aeromexico will Pay High Price for Antitrust Immunity

Delta and Aeromexico will Pay High Price for Antitrust Immunity

Brian Sumers, Skift

The terms aren't as generous as Delta wanted, but the carrier still should be able to get plenty out of its partnership with Mexico's only full-service airline.

12 months ago

In-Flight Calling: DOT Considers Passing New Rules

In-Flight Calling: DOT Considers Passing New Rules

Brian Sumers, Skift

The DOT doesn't have as much regulatory power as other government agencies, so it's doing what it can to try to protect consumers. At the least, if an airline permits voice calls, it will have to tell consumers what it's doing — before they buy a ticket.

1 year ago

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Significance of Norwegian Air’s Recent DOT Victory Is Overstated

Brian Sumers, Skift

It's nice that the DOT finally got around to approving Norwegian's Irish unit to fly to the United States. But this is not as big of a game-changer as some have suggested. Norwegian was going to grow in the United States and offer low fares on transatlantic flights, regardless of whether this happened.

1 year ago

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

As DOT Secretary Elaine Chao Would Likely Ease Airline Regulation

Joan Lowy and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

Don't expect prospective Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to get aggressive with airlines or private industry in general. Calls to force airlines to distribute their ancillary services and fares to outlets they disdain are likely to go nowhere.

1 year ago

6 Highlights From the DOT’s New Passenger-Friendly Airline Guidelines

6 Highlights From the DOT’s New Passenger-Friendly Airline Guidelines

Brian Sumers, Skift

Some consumer protections are better than no consumer protections. But the steps outlined this week by the Obama Administration are relatively minor. They won't do much to change the travel experience.

1 year ago