Next year, airlines serving Dallas Love Field will be able to fly to any city in the country after the Wright amendment is repealed. The amendment limits flights from the airport, and its major carrier of Southwest Airlines, to nearby states. "I can't give you exact numbers, but I would expect we will see a substantial number of not just new destinations but also new flights out of Love Field," said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
JetBlue Airways has announced a plan to offer free high-speed Wi-Fi for most passengers. "We are going to find a way, if we can, of keeping it free for the long term, and we have some ideas of trying to make that happen," said Robin Hayes, the airline's chief commercial officer.
The Transportation Security Administration's decision to change its policies to allow small knives on planes has provoked criticism of the way the agency announced the plan. "They have not taken care to get the stakeholders on board," said Joshua Schank, president of the Eno Center for Transportation. "They don't want to explain because they don't want to reveal their reasons for making changes."
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are ramping up efforts to attract first-class and business-class passengers. Delta rolled out a program to greet corporate travelers by name, while United retooled its premium cabins on transcontinental flights.
Unions representing workers at American Airlines and US Airways sent a letter in support of the two carriers' proposed merger. "Together, our airlines can compete in the current market and compensate its employees fairly," five unions said in a joint statement.