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08-06-2008

 


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Tuesday, August 5, 2008


 

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Northwest Adds Baggage Fee
Starting August 28, Northwest Airlines will begin charging $15 for the first piece of checked luggage, making it the latest airline to look for ways to boost revenue besides raising fares. Northwest, which is looking to merge with Delta this year, began charging a $25 fee for the second checked bag in May.

Atlanta Still Busiest Airport
According to Airports Council International's annual report, nearly 4.8 billion passengers traveled by air last year, with Atlanta's Hartsfield International heading the list as the world's busiest terminal. Chicago's O'Hare was second and London's Heathrow was third. The figure was 6.8 percent higher than in 2006 but Council Director-General Angela Gittens warns that the growth has been slowing earlier this year and is approximately three percent higher than in 2007.

Atlanta Hartsfield Airport continued to lead the industry with 89.4 million passenger arrivals and departures last year, a 5.3 percent increase over 2006. O'Hare had 76 million passengers and Heathrow had 68 million.

Rounding out the top 10 were Tokyo Haneda, 67 million; Los Angeles, 62 million; Paris' Charles De Gaulle, 59.9 million; Dallas-Fort Worth, 59.7 million; Frankfurt, Germany, 54.2 million; Beijing, 53.6 million; and Madrid, Spain, 52.1 million.

Fall Flight Projections
eSkyGuide, the electronic flight directory from Executive Travel SkyGuide, published by American Express Publishing Corporation, announced flight projections for this Fall 2008 and it doesn't look good for the industry.

* Domestic flights for the collective fall months, September-October-November, will average 172,017 per week, down 8.5% versus the same period last year.

* International flights for the collective fall months, September-October-November, will average 24,766 per week, down 2.0% versus the same period last year.

* Low-Cost Carrier flights for the collective fall months, September-October-November, will average 36,687 per week, down 4.1% versus the same period last year.

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