American Airlines sued over dog’s death — A pet owner sued American Airlines on Wednesday after his English bulldog died following a cross-country flight. Terrence Ing, 29, claims airline employees refused to provide a veterinarian and other care after the dog became sick. He is seeking unspecified damages. (AP)

Protectionism door threatens to slam on Open Skies — The rising tide of protectionism that killed the Dubai ports deal threatens to swamp another major transportation proposal: removal of 62-year-old limits on air service between Europe and the USA. (USA Today)

Northwest Airlines posts $496 million loss in February — Bankrupt Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWACQ.PK: Quote, Profile, Research) posted a net loss of $496 million in February, driven largely by reorganization-related expenses, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday. (Reuters)

New Orleans airport’s recovery at 50% — Seven months after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans’ international airport is at more than 50% of its pre-storm passenger levels, airport officials say.

Internet travel sites sued yet again over hotel occupancy taxes
After the likes of Chicago and Los Angeles, it is the turn of the city of Atlanta to sue several major Internet travel sites. According to Atlanta Business Chronicle, for the latest suit the sites include Expedia, Hotels.com and Travelocity.com. (m-Travel.com)

Official seeks report on hotel worker’s benefits — A councilwoman asked for a report Wednesday on how the city can help improve employee benefits at hotels in the Century Boulevard corridor near Los Angeles International Airport. (The Los Angeles Times)

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Illinois may add 2 daily train trips to Chicago — Amtrak would boost its number of daily round trips between St. Louis and Chicago to five from three as part of a plan disclosed Wednesday at the Statehouse. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Rental car bill rolls — An effort to add $2 to daily cost of a car rental got off to a positive start in the Florida House and Senate Tuesday, clearing its first committee in each chamber. Supporters estimate the charge could bring $40 million annually to Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties for road building and other transportation projects. (Orlando Sentinel)

Travolta appears as ‘goodwill ambassador’ for Qantas — Actor John Travolta, who has played a hit man, a disco dancer and a mobster, made an appearance as a goodwill ambassador on Tuesday for Australian airline Qantas. (AP)

Ritz-Carlton plans luxury resort at Lake Tahoe — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel announced plans Wednesday for a luxury hotel at the Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort that will be modeled after upscale mountain lodges built in the West a century ago. (AP)

NWA plans June start for carrier — In two months, Northwest Airlines wants to launch its new subsidiary, a commuter carrier called Compass Airlines, to fly passengers to its hubs — Detroit, Minneapolis and Memphis — and a network of small and midsize cities. (Detroit Free Press)