Life continues to get a little easier for U.S. citizens returning from international trips, as two more airports are installing self-service passport control kiosks to speed up Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checks; meanwhile, membership in CBP’s Global Entry trusted traveler program has hit a milestone.
Air Travel News
Within days after the Federal Communications Commission said it would review its ban on in-flight phone calls with an eye toward lifting it, a groundswell of opposition to that possibility has risen, making it even harder for individual airlines to decide whether to permit such calls if and when the policy is changed.
Did you fly last Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving? Historically, that day is the busiest of the year for air travel — and a new report suggests that without significant improvement and expansion of the nation’s airports, travelers will see Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving-type crowding and congestion becoming routine year-round.
In airport news, Philadelphia International has a bunch of new concessionaires in its Terminal F; a website releases its list of the world’s top airport restaurants; and Chicago airports get their own radio station.
A new study of U.S. air fare trends conducted by USA Today found that the change in the number of seats available at a given airport had a lot to do with fares rising or falling there over the past eight years.
Getting past what appears to be their final significant legal hurdle, American Airlines and US Airways have set a date when they expect their corporate merger to take effect — and it’s not far off at all.
In car rental news, Hertz is making it easier to book a vehicle in the Big Apple by putting self-service kiosks around the city; Avis Preferred members have a new option for storing their information electronically; and Enterprise offers an adventurous new rental option in — where else — Las Vegas.
In which destination are you happiest about jumping into a cab after you arrive? A new survey of travelers conducted for Hotels.com finds that one international metropolis has retained its perennial number one spot in the affections of taxi passengers worldwide.
Both United and Southwest Airlines have introduced new mobile apps with enhanced capabilities for smartphone-equipped customers.
In news of U.S. airlines, American takes delivery of its first new A321 for transcontinental service; Delta makes more changes in its SkyMiles award travel charts and expands a premium perk to three more airports; two more airlines open up electronic device use to lower altitudes; and US Airways announces another new European route for next year.