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News of August 2006

5 dirty secrets of airfares

31 August 2006

Buying an airline ticket has never been a simple task – the rules of the game are always changing. But if you know how the game is played, you’ll have a better chance of saving money.

1. Low cost carriers don’t always have the lowest fares.

2. You may pay more in taxes and fees than you do for your airfare.

3. You can mix and match fares to get better deals.

4. Your computer may be preventing you from getting the best deals.

5. The most popular travel Web sites don’t have the same information — or the best deals.

We hope Trabber will help travelers on their search.

Source: CNN

Government confirms plans to float Aer Lingus

31 August 2006

The Government announced its intention to float Aer Lingus on the Dublin and London stock exchanges. Ministers pushed ahead with the plans despite continued opposition to the move by the country??s largest trade union, SIPTU, which represents almost 2,000 staff at the state airline. The shares, primarily targeted at institutional investors, will be available for a minimum investment of ?10,000, and are expected to go on sale in late September.

source: Ireland on-line

Ryanair announces onboard mobile service

31 August 2006

Ryanair is to allow passengers on its flights to use their mobile phones from the middle of next year.
The low-cost operator will equip its fleet with the OnAir onboard mobile communication system. Passengers wanting to use the service will be charged standard international roaming rates. Passengers will be able to make and receive calls, exchange SMS messages and connect to email via satellite broadband links and a ground network to be supplied by OnAir??s telecoms infrastructure partner, Monaco Telecom.
source: VNUnet

On-time record improves as passengers board faster

31 August 2006

In an unforeseen twist, new security rules for carry-on bags are enabling airline passengers to get on and off planes faster, helping flights leave on time.

US Airways is boarding planes five to 10 minutes faster, depending on the size of the plane and how crowded it is, says senior vice president Anthony Mule. Following terror-related arrests in London, the Transportation Security Administration on Aug. 10 banned liquids, creams and gels from the plane??s cabin. Airlines say they??re handling up to 25 percent more checked bags now as travelers adjust to the rules.

source: Tonawanda news

Porter Airlines gets 1st plane for proposed Toronto-Ottawa run

30 August 2006

Porter Airlines, the fledgling carrier with a controversial plan to run flights between Toronto’s island airport and Ottawa, took delivery of its first aircraft on Tuesday.

The privately owned company is still waiting for clearance from Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency to commence operations at Toronto’s City Centre Airport, which it hopes to do by fall.

source: CBC News

Alaska Airlines Prepares For Over-Water Flights

30 August 2006

Alaska Airlines has conducted water-landing and evacuation drills that could lead to FAA approval for flights to Hawaii. The Seattle-based airline hasn’t said it intends to fly to Hawaii.

source: Kirotv

New Route for Frontier Airlines from Kansas City

29 August 2006

Frontier Airlines has received approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to expand its Mexico service by offering non-stop service to Cabo San Lucas (SJD) from Kansas City (MCI). With seasonal operation of one flight per week, the service is planned to begin Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. The new route represents Frontier’s third Mexican destination from Kansas City, complementing Frontier’s six flights between Kansas City and Denver (DEN). Frontier currently operates service between Kansas City and Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

source: Infozine

Plane crash in U.S. kills 49

28 August 2006

A Comair passenger jet that mistakenly took off on a short runway crashed into a woody field on Sunday, killing all but one of the 50 people aboard. An initial examination of the flight recorders, or so-called black boxes, indicated that the pilots of the Bombardier Canadair jet used a 3,500-foot runway – much shorter than is typically required for a fully loaded aircraft of that type – instead of one twice that length that is perpendicular to the shorter runway and is used most by commercial jets at the Blue Grass Airport.

source: Herald Tribune

EasyJet to start domestic flights from new Madrid hub

25 August 2006

Low-cost airline EasyJet  stepped up the challenge to Spanish carriers like Iberia on Thursday by naming Madrid as a base for domestic flights and a hub for southern Europe.

The airline is already the second biggest international carrier to Spain behind Iberia, shuttling 7.5 million people there last year, and from mid-February 2007 it will operate domestic flights from Madrid’s Barajas airport.

EasyJet, which is recruiting new pilots and cabin crew for the Madrid operation, said it would announce new routes in September. It already flies from Madrid to five airports on the European mainland and four in Britain, and from 11 other Spanish airports.

source: Reuters

Northwest Airlines resumes India flight after 22-hour security delay

25 August 2006

A Northwest Airlines Corp flight that turned back to Amsterdam on its way to India because of security worries is to reach Bombay without 12 arrested passengers.

source: Forbes