Airlines for America has unveiled a new online dashboard that will provide an up-to-date snapshot of airline operations across 30 major US airports. "Airline passengers, airlines and airports now have the most reliable and current information about how potential weather disruptions are impacting travel at a specific airport or across an entire region of the country," said A4A's John Heimlich.
A bill that would have regulated seat sizes on US airlines failed in the Senate. "We commend the Senate for rejecting this attempt to take steps backward toward reregulation, which would make it more difficult for consumers to afford to fly," said Vaughn Jennings, spokesman for Airlines for America.
Airlines for America describes how "Today" host Matt Lauer was surprised at the "antiquated" technology when he interned at John F. Kennedy International Airport for a day. "Our air traffic controllers do an incredible job every [day]," A4A writes. "We need to give them the 21st century tools to make the skies even more safe and efficient." Along with co-host Al Roker, Lauer was quite taken aback by controllers using "little strips of paper" to guide high-tech aircraft.
Airlines are focusing on fuel efficiency as fuel prices continue to climb. According to a report from Airlines for America, fuel prices per gallon have increased 267% from 2000 to the second quarter of 2011. Fuel represents the biggest expense for airlines.
Shelley Rubino, who served as chief of staff to a Connecticut lawmaker, is joining Airlines for America as vice president of global government affairs on April 2. "Shelley is well regarded on both sides of the aisle and will be a strong addition to our growing government affairs team," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas Calio.