Flights at Dallas Love Field were temporarily halted Thursday afternoon when a suspected carjacker crashed his pickup truck through a perimeter fence, with police in pursuit. Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said airport security would be reviewed to see how a runaway vehicle could so easily gain access to busy runways and taxiways. "I think that the whole game changed when he ended up on the runways and threatened multiple lives," he said.
The golden rules of civility don't change while you're in the air, Karen Elowitt writes. So while traveling, remember the staples of airline etiquette to keep yourself, and everyone around you, appeased.
Christine Ourmieres was named U.S. vice president and general manager for Air France KLM in July of last year. Ourmieres discusses Air France KLM's joint venture with Delta. She also talks about the idea of aligning ancillary fee policies among the airlines, noting that even the policies of Air France and KLM are not always aligned.
Growth in domestic yields may have eased a bit in July, but international yields remained strong, ATA reported. The yield on trans-Atlantic routes was 13.97 cents, a gain of 27.5% compared to last year, and about even with June's growth rate. On trans-Pacific flights, yield growth topped 40% year-over-year, besting June's growth rate of 35.1%.
Passenger traffic slipped 1% in July, but revenue at U.S. commercial airlines still rose nearly 20% compared to year-earlier levels, according to figures from the Air Transport Association. Even that strong revenue gain fell short of June's numbers, the group noted. "Demand for air travel remains well above last year's depressed levels, but the industry is mindful of cautionary notes about the health of the overall economy," ATA President and CEO James May said in a statement. In a separate 2010 economic report, the association said the airline recovery appeared fragile and the profit outlook was uncertain. "Put simply, the U.S. airline industry continues to be confronted by a systematic inability to cover its cost of investor capital or ... to exceed break-even profitability on a sustainable basis," the report noted.