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The Cheap Airfare Party Is About to End – Bloomberg

Rising fuel and labor costs, plus fewer seats, equals ticket prices headed skyward. After years of bargain fares and low fuel prices, U.S. airlines are likely to follow the lead of the second-largest carrier and curb growth next year in a tried-and-true effort to boost ticket prices. Delta Air Lines Inc. will …

Most limits on US-Mexico flights are about to be lifted

DALLAS (AP) — Most restrictions on flights between the U.S. and Mexico will lift on Sunday, a change expected to bring more options and possibly lower prices for travelers. American, Delta and Southwest have already announced that they will offer new flights across the border later this year. United is …

Bereavement fares have disappeared on most US airlines

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines used to give discounts to passengers who were traveling to a relative’s funeral, but those days are just about gone. Now buying a ticket to attend a funeral or visit a relative in the hospital is no different than last-minute travel plans for any other reason. …

Boom times for big US airlines: $3.9 billion in 2Q profits

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Compared with their checkered track record, major airlines are enjoying boom times. Planes are full, and jet fuel is still much cheaper than it was last year. The four biggest U.S. carriers just reported a collective second-quarter profit of $3.9 billion. And yet investors seem …

What is TSA’s PreCheck expedited screening program?

NEW YORK (AP) — Fliers facing extremely long airport security lines this spring and summer might want to consider becoming members of the Transportation Security Administration’s PreCheck, an expedited screening program that can speed travelers through the checkpoint. Q: What is PreCheck? A: The program allows previously vetted fliers to …

US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how …

Airlines boost on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights

Airlines are doing a better job lately of arriving on time and canceling fewer flights. The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 81.8 percent of flights on the nation’s leading airlines arrived on time in April. That’s up from 78.7 percent in March and 79.6 percent in April 2014. …