U.S., UK Sign New Open Skies Accord For Post-Brexit Flights

By Ben Goldstein Nov 17, 2020
The U.S. and UK have signed a new bilateral Open Skies agreement, ensuring continuity in transatlantic air travel as the UK nears the end of its Brexit transition period.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Tentatively Approves Aer Lingus’ Entry Into Transatlantic Joint Venture

By David Casey Nov 17, 2020
Aer Lingus has been granted tentative approval to join an existing antitrust-immune transatlantic joint venture that includes American Airlines, British Airways (BA), Iberia and Finnair.
Airlines & Lessors

Delta-LATAM Codeshare To Proceed; Carriers Seek JV Antitrust Immunity

By David Casey Jul 10, 2020
Delta Air Lines and LATAM Airlines Group have been given the green light by the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to operate codeshare routes between the U.S. and Chile.
Airlines & Lessors

CARES Act Flexibility Leads Delta To Suspend Service To 11 U.S. Cities

By Ben Goldstein Jun 08, 2020
Delta Air Lines will suspend service to 11 domestic non-hub cities, following a decision by the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to provide greater flexibility from CARES Act minimum service requirements.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. To Permit Limited Chinese Airline Service

By Sean Broderick Jun 05, 2020
The China-U.S. airline-service detente continued June 5 as the U.S. Transportation Dept. (DOT) scrapped a plan to ban Chinese passenger carriers in mid-June, approving a total of two weekly frequencies instead.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Airlines Regain Access To China In Amended CAAC Rules

By Bradley Perrett Jun 04, 2020
U.S. airlines have regained access to the international Chinese market in a revision of regulations that China issued a day after its own access to the U.S. market was threatened.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. Moves To Halt Chinese Carrier Passenger Flights

By Sean Broderick Jun 03, 2020
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT), accusing Chinese counterparts of dragging their feet on approving U.S. airline requests to…
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. Senators Introduce Bill To Force Airline Refunds

By Ben Goldstein May 13, 2020
Five U.S. Senators have introduced a bill that would force airlines to offer cash refunds for all flights canceled during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of whether the trip was canceled by the airline or customer.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. DOT Grants Airlines More Relief From CARES Act Service Obligation

By Ben Goldstein May 12, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) offered airlines further relief from minimum flying levels included in the CARES Act, as concerns about the financial harm caused by the rule continue to grow.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

JetBlue, Spirit, Seek DOT Exemption From Serving Large Hubs

By Ben Goldstein Apr 28, 2020
South Florida-based Spirit Airlines has launched an appeal to the U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) to halt flying to six cities in its network.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. DOT Grants Sun Country Waiver To Cut Service; Denies Frontier

By Ben Goldstein Apr 27, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) granted Sun Country Airlines permission to cease flying to a large portion of its domestic network, while denying a similar request from Frontier Airlines.
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. Flight Attendants Call To Mandate Masks At Airports, In Flight

By Ben Goldstein Apr 24, 2020
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) wants the federal government to require passengers and crew members wear masks at all times while in airports and onboard aircraft.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Allegiant Outlines Burden Of Flying Empty Jets Under CARES Act Terms

By Ben Goldstein Apr 17, 2020
Las Vegas-based LCC Allegiant Air published a detailed analysis of its required summer flying under terms attached to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and…
Airlines & Lessors

U.S. DOT Denies First Batch Of Service Exemption Requests

By Ben Goldstein Apr 16, 2020
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) denied motions from Spirit Airlines and JetBlue Airways to halt flying to dozens of markets across the country, signaling a refusal to budge on minimum service levels included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. DOT Announces CARES Act Grant Amounts For U.S. Airports

By Ben Goldstein Apr 14, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) announced emergency grants totaling $10 billion for hundreds of airports across all 50 states, with awards ranging in size from just $1,000 for the smallest airports to hundreds of millions of dollars for the largest.
Airports & Routes

Spirit Airlines Seeks Waiver To Suspend Service To Third Of Network

By Ben Goldstein Apr 09, 2020
South Florida-based Spirit Airlines is seeking relief from minimum service requirements attached to the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as the ULCC looks to suspend service to at least a third of its network amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Airlines & Lessors

Daily Memo: Revised DOT Minimum Service Order Adds Flexibility For Smaller Carriers

By Ben Goldstein Apr 07, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has finalized its order spelling out minimum service levels for carriers receiving federal aid, adding greater flexibility for ULCCs and smaller airlines while sticking to the general goal of preserving connectivity for all regions during the COVID-19 crisis.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S DOT Orders Airlines To ‘Promptly’ Refund Customers For Cancellations

By Ben Goldstein Apr 03, 2020
The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) has put airlines on notice that customers must be “refunded promptly” for all flights canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

The Daily Memo: No Point Left Behind

By Ben Goldstein Mar 31, 2020
When the text of the U.S. Government’s “stage-three” coronavirus stimulus effort was publicly released late last week, industry watchers were left scratching their heads over a vague provision requiring air carriers receiving aid to continue serving “all points” in their networks through Sept. 30.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

DOT Clarifies Some Airline, Contractor Requirements For Grants, Loans

By Sean Broderick Mar 31, 2020
The pot of $29 billion in loan guarantees available for U.S. airlines comes with more restrictions than comparable amounts of available payroll grants, including minimum staffing requirements, though the preliminary U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) procedures leave several major questions unanswered.  
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Senior DOT Official: U.S. Not ‘Rubberstamping’ JV Applications

By Ben Goldstein Mar 05, 2020
A senior U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) official overseeing international aviation agreements said the department will only approve applications for immunized airline alliances “when the competitive benefits are clear and demonstrable.”
Safety, Ops & Regulation

Updated FAA Staffing Model Set For Audit

By Sean Broderick Mar 04, 2020
U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) auditors will examine the FAA’s recently-updated safety inspector staffing model with an eye on evaluating whether forecasted personnel needs are accurate, and how the agency factors in designees.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Track Airline Emissions Reduction

By Ben Goldstein Feb 27, 2020
A key leader on civil aviation issues in the U.S. House introduced legislation Feb. 26 that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to study, track and assess the sector’s efforts toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
Safety, Ops & Regulation

U.S. DOT Seeks To Refine Airline ‘Unfair Practice’ Definitions

By Karen Walker Feb 20, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking to clarify its definition of what constitutes unfair and deceptive practices by an airline or ticket agent—a move likely to be welcomed by airlines.
Air Transport

OPINION: Why DOT Service Animal Rules Make Sense

By Karen Walker Jan 24, 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is seeking comment on its proposed new rules that would define what qualifies as a service animal that can be taken on board airliners.
Air Transport