Wed June 6, 2012

Good Times For Airlines, So Where Are The Deals?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A Delta Air Lines flight takes off from the Ronald Regan National Airport in Washington, D.C. As the price of oil trickles down, the airline industry is projected to have a historic good year.
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The rest of the economy may not be doing great, but airlines are expecting a banner year. Profitability is up and fuel prices are declining, but that's not necessarily great news for consumers.

When Robert Herbst, a former pilot and industry consultant for many years, says the skies are blue, it sounds pretty convincing. And from Herbst's projections, this may be a historic year for the airline industry.

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Wed June 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Delta CEO Pushes For National Airline Policy That Lets 'Free Market Work'

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 5:29 pm

A traveler walks by a Delta Airlines skycap kiosk at San Francisco International Airport.
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"Airlines are expecting a banner year," NPR's Yuki Noguchi is due to report on All Things Considered later today.

More planes are flying with full passenger loads, as any frequent flier will tell you. Mergers have helped cut costs. Ticket prices are up. Airlines are charging fees for bags. Fuel costs have eased a bit.

In these relatively good times, what does an airline CEO want?

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Wed June 6, 2012

Why Does Airline Food Taste So Bad?

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 10:07 am



Tiny bags of pretzels followed by some kind of rubber mystery meat - for those who fly, you know exactly what I'm talking about: the joys of airplane food. Well, some airlines are now trying to shake things up. They're showcasing some new cuisine in hopes of luring more passengers. But producing food that actually tastes great at cruising altitude is not easy, as NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.

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Mon June 4, 2012

DIA Roadway Detours in Effect, Extra Time Advised

John Picken, Creative Commons

Passengers coming to and from DIA can expect to see a lot more orange in the coming year. This weekend the airport rolled out lots of traffic signs and cones, all of which create a detour for those driving to passenger pick up and drop off at the airport’s Western Terminal.

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Thu May 31, 2012
Tourism & Travel

Greek Unrest Challenges U.S. Tour Companies

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The economic turmoil in Greece is a concern for many U.S.-based travel companies that specialize in package tours to some of the Mediterranean’s most revered destinations.

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