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Delta loses $256M in one quarter

ATLANTA — Heavy winter storms and one-time merger-related expenses and severance charges hurt Delta Air Lines Inc.’s results as the world’s largest carrier reported today that it lost $256 million in the first quarter. The red ink was still far less than a year earlier, thanks to rising demand for air travel, and the company […] [...]

Volcano costs airlines $1B-plus

PARIS — As airline losses from the volcanic ash cloud spiraled over $1 billion today, the industry demanded EU compensation and criticized European governments for relying too much on scientific theory — not fact — in their decisions to shut down airspace across the continent. Shares of some European airlines fell as flight disruptions from […] [...]

Airport traffic down at New Orleans

KENNER, La. — The number of passengers going through the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport dropped slightly in February — despite such events as Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl. The airport reports 618,201 passengers boarded and left flights in February, down from 620,814 in February 2009. For the first two months of the […] [...]

Airlines’ performance improved last year

Fewer passengers boarded planes last year, but those who did were generally treated better than in the past. Planes were more likely to land on time and bags less likely to get lost in 2009, according to an annual analysis of airline quality by private researchers. As a result, passengers reported fewer complaints even while […] [...]

Vandalism impacting airport operations

CORINTH — Officials with the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport say recent vandalism could create hazards for pilots. Airport operations manager Donna Briggs says fences around the airport have been cut and runway lights have been damaged or stolen. She says the damage creates a security breach and a safety hazard. Briggs says the fencing is not […] [...]

Air travelers still staying grounded

The number of scheduled domestic and international passengers on U.S. airlines and on flights to and from the United States on foreign airlines declined in 2009 by 5.3 percent from 2008, dropping to 769.6 million, the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. BTS, in a release of preliminary data, reports that U.S. […] [...]

Airports land federal assistance

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Transportation has released more than $2.3 million in grant funding for airports across the state of Mississippi, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, administered by the Federal Aviation Administration, were provided through the fiscal year 2010 Transportation, […] [...]

Airport traffic takes off despite economy

HATTIESBURG — While the recession has negatively affected most airports, officials at the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport report an increase in traffic. Not only is the airport still seeing increases in its annual boardings, it’s also home to more than 60 private aircraft — the most ever, according to officials. “They’re actually the largest bill payers […] [...]

Airlines still shedding employees

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.9 percent fewer workers in Jan. 2010 than in Jan. 2009, the 19th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reports. BTS says that the January FTE […] [...]

Delta Airlines retools Tupelo service again

TUPELO — Delta Airlines’ switch of a morning flight from Tupelo to Memphis to the afternoon in April will be short-lived. Delta announced today that Tupelo Regional Airport will be back to three daily flights in June. Delta spokesman Kent Landers told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the current 7 a.m. Mesaba flight to […] [...]

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