ALPA Urges DOT To Block SkyWest EAS Service Cuts

By Ben Goldstein Mar 21, 2022
The largest U.S. pilot association called on the U.S. Transportation Department to block SkyWest Airlines from halting service to 29 small communities, calling the proposed cuts an “egregious miscarriage” of the Essential Air Service (EAS) program.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

DOT Seeks Carriers To Take Over SkyWest EAS Routes

By David Casey Mar 14, 2022
The U.S. Transportation Department has moved to block SkyWest from ending flights to 29 small communities in the U.S. until a replacement airline is in place.
Airports & Routes

United Vies With Delta For South Africa Frequencies

By David Casey Mar 07, 2022
United and Delta are both looking to acquire U.S.-South Africa frequencies, which are limited under the current air services agreement between the countries.
Airports & Routes

DOT Adds Funding To Help Save Aviation Manufacturing Jobs

By Molly McMillin Feb 11, 2022
The awards, combined with prior rounds of funding announced in September and November 2021, bring the total to $673 million to protect jobs at 593 U.S. companies,
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

In Retaliatory Move, U.S. Cancels 44 Flights Operated By Chinese Airlines

By Aaron Karp Jan 24, 2022
The move by the U.S. Transportation Department is a direct response to the Civil Aviation Administration of China forcing the temporary suspension of a number of routes to China operated by U.S. airlines.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Grant Scheme Opens For Small U.S. Airports

By David Casey Jan 14, 2022
The Small Community Air Service Development Program aims to help underserved airports attract and retain commercial service.
Airports & Routes

U.S. Lawmakers Want To Regulate Ancillary Fees

By Ben Goldstein Dec 10, 2021
A group of Democratic lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate introduced a bill that seeks to regulate airline ancillary fees that are judged to be “not reasonable or proportional” to the cost of the services provided.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Newark Slots Opened To LCCs To Boost Competition

Sep 17, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) plans to award the rights for several peak flights at Newark Liberty International (EWR) to a LCC or ULCC to spur competition and reduce fares.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Commits To 3B Gal./Year SAF Target For 2030

By Graham Warwick Sep 09, 2021
The aim of the actions announced is to “re-establish U.S. credibility through ambitious domestic commitments ... [and] demonstrate leadership on aviation ambition at the International Civil Aviation Organization,” the White House said.

India’s Vistara Secures Final DOT Approval

By David Casey Aug 31, 2021
The carrier is now able to add points in the U.S. to its long-haul network.
Airlines & Lessors

ITA Hopes To Serve An Initial Four U.S. Routes

By David Casey Aug 31, 2021
Alitalia’s successor plans to launch four long-haul routes to the U.S. later this year.
Airlines & Lessors

Senate Infrastructure Bill Would Fund $25B In Aviation Priorities

By Ben Goldstein Aug 06, 2021
The Senate is nearing a vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that would fund $25 billion of commercial aviation priorities through 2026.
Airports & Routes

U.S. Lawmakers Advance Flag Of Convenience Legislation

By Ben Goldstein Jul 29, 2021
U.S. House lawmakers took steps on July 29 to advance legislation that would ban so-called flag of convenience carriers from operating in the U.S.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Biden Executive Order Mandates Airline Bag Fee Refunds

By Ben Goldstein Jul 09, 2021
A new executive order from U.S. President Joe Biden will require airlines to refund fees paid to check bags that are significantly delayed, part of a wide-ranging effort to rein in the negative effects of “corporate consolidation” in various industries.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Bans Belarus Flight Sales, Including Interlining

By Aaron Karp Jul 01, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that the ban was necessary following Belarus’ forced diversion of a Ryanair flight on May 23 so a dissident journalist aboard the aircraft could be detained.  
Airlines & Lessors

Breeze Airways Receives AOC, Awaits DOT Certification

By David Casey May 17, 2021
Breeze's network will focus on point-to-point flights from smaller secondary airports, bypassing hubs; almost 80% of its routes will have no competition.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. House Lawmakers Introduce Bill To Ban Flag-Of-Convenience Carriers

By Ben Goldstein May 11, 2021
A bipartisan group of U.S. House lawmakers introduced a bill that would prevent the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) from issuing foreign air carrier permits to so-called “flag-of-convenience” carriers, reviving a multi-year effort to restrict foreign LCCs from operating in the transatlantic market.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Vistara Seeks U.S. Permission, Starlux Receives Approval

By David Casey Apr 29, 2021
Vistara is seeking approval to begin flying to destinations in the U.S. later this year as the Indian carrier continues to expand its international footprint. 
Airports & Routes

Neos Receives Tentative Approval For Scheduled U.S. Routes

By David Casey Apr 19, 2021
Milan-based airline Neos has received tentative approval from the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) for exemption authority and an amended foreign air carrier permit.
Airlines & Lessors

Spirit Opposes Changes On JetBlue Routes To Ecuador

By David Casey Apr 06, 2021
Spirit Airlines has filed a complaint with the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) which questions whether JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are coordinating flights and routes “outside of the scope” of their new Northeast alliance. 
Airports & Routes

NextGen Benefits Trail Expectations, DOT OIG Report Says

By Bill Carey Apr 05, 2021
Benefits of the FAA’s long-running NextGen air traffic control modernization are difficult to measure and have not kept pace with initial projections, the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. DOT Retaliates Against Hong Kong In Quarantine Spat

By Lori Ranson Mar 18, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) is now requiring Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific to file its U.S. flight schedules with the agency so it can determine if the company’s operations are creating adverse conditions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Aer Lingus’ UK-U.S. Route Ambitions Clear Regulatory Hurdle

By David Casey Mar 08, 2021
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has granted tentative approval for Irish carrier Aer Lingus to begin marketing its planned UK-U.S. routes. 
Airports & Routes

FAA Blasts Boeing’s Commercial Operation For Ongoing Noncompliance

By Sean Broderick Feb 25, 2021
Boeing failed to meet its obligations in five of 12 areas specified in a 2015 agreement with the FAA that required various safety and quality-control improvements in its Commercial Airplanes division and will pay $5.4 million in new penalties as a result, the FAA said Feb. 25. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

OP-ED: New DOT Rule Undermines Airline Consumer Protections

Kevin Mitchell, Susan Grant, John Breyault and Kurt Ebenhoch Feb 22, 2021
A Feb. 5 op-ed took pains to defend an anti-consumer policy that was stealthily released the day after Thanksgiving in the waning days of former U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s tenure.
Air Transport