Aviation industry groups and manufacturers signed a declaration in Geneva on Tuesday that commits to the development of technologies to reduce carbon emissions from air travel. The group rejected government-run carbon trading programs, meanwhile proposing to make significant reductions in emissions by creating a united European airspace.
Summer travelers are likely to face higher fares, delays and packed planes, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney writes. Carriers have scaled back domestic capacity as part of an effort to offset soaring jet fuel prices, he notes. Meanwhile, efforts to improve congestion at New York area airports may not ease the problem because carriers have scheduled more flights, he notes.
FAA inspectors have until May 30 to finish overdue inspections at American Airlines. An airline spokesman said the work will not interfere with the carrier's operations and noted that the inspections are not related to earlier maintenance issues. Meanwhile, DOT Secretary Mary Peters is asking American and the FAA to provide a report on aircraft groundings earlier this month.
United Airlines recently added a Saturday night stay requirement on discounted fares on routes where it competes with other airlines, The New York Times' Joe Sharkey writes. Other airlines are considering the new policy. Meanwhile, carriers are encouraging travelers to pay for tickets using means other than credit cards as part of an effort to lower processing costs. However, Sharkey notes that credit card issuers will return your money if the airline trip is not provided.