American Airlines will implement a banked schedule instead of a rolling schedule at its hubs, executives announced. The banked schedule will allow the carrier to maximize the number of connections because all flights will arrive within a narrow window of time.
A proposal by Norwegian Air Shuttle to begin service from London's Gatwick to airports in the U.S. requires approval from the Department of Transportation. Airlines for America and four airlines are challenging the plan. The airlines said that the proposal relies on "flags of convenience to evade labor protections and thereby derive a competitive advantage in the marketplace."
U.S. airlines are facing competition from deep-pocketed overseas carriers who receive government support. “This is a global business and one where we have to compete globally," said Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines. "We can’t ignore any global threat, and we can’t be asked to compete on different terms.”
Alaska Airlines announced that it will add flights from Salt Lake City International Airport to Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho, on June 16 and to San Francisco on June 18. "These additional flights will complement Alaska's strong network on the West Coast," said Joe Sprague, Alaska vice president of marketing.
Industry group Airlines for America forecasts that U.S. airlines will carry 42 million passengers during the Christmas holiday season, from Monday through 6 Jan. This number represents a 1% decline compared with last year's figures, although planes will still fly at near capacity because of seat reductions across most airlines.