Business trips will get more expensive in 2006


Business trips will get more expensive in 2006 — Anyone who believes that inflation has been whipped probably isn’t paying for business travel. On every front — air travel, hotels, rental cars — costs are up and going higher. (USA Today)

Delta CFO says $3 billion turnaround plan needed for survival — Delta Air Lines, which lost $2.6 billion in the first nine months of this year, needs the $3 billion in annual cost savings from its reorganization plan to survive, chief financial officer Edward Bastian told a bankruptcy court on Monday. (AP)

Airline ‘doesn’t trust men’ — New Zealand airlines confirmed on Tuesday they have banned men from sitting next to unaccompanied children on flights. (

Miami police take new tack against terror — Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant. (AP)

Katrina victims go to court to keep FEMA aid alive — Lawyers for Hurricane Katrina victims asked a federal court Monday to keep alive a program that lodges those displaced by the storm in hotels at government expense. (AP)

Hurricanes reshape Mexico’s resort scene — Thousands of vacationers are flocking to Cabo San Lucas and other western Mexican resorts to relax and say their “I do’s” because Cancun and the rest of Mexico’s eastern coast is still recuperating from Hurricane Wilma. (USA Today)

Despite gas prices, ski industry optimistic for good reason — Autumn snowfalls have delighted skiers from coast to coast, allowing many resorts to open earlier in the season than usual and fostering optimism in the industry for a busy season. And so far, there’s no evidence that higher gasoline costs will keep skiers away. (AP)

Delta fights grim trend — Throughout the buildup to this fall’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and since then, Delta Air Lines has declared its commitment to keep its hub open at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. But analysts say there still are too many hubs in the U.S. aviation system. (The Cincinnati Enquirer)

Comeback hard for New Orleans’ restaurants — These days, instead of serving up shrimp remoulade and trout meuniere, New Orleans restaurant owners are installing new coolers, fixing roofs and trying to replace wait staffs and cooks. Of the 3,400 restaurants in the greater New Orleans area before Katrina, only 26% have reopened. (AP)

American becomes Taiwan’s 3 millionth tourist — Taiwan on Thursday welcomed its record-setting 3 millionth tourist this year — a man from the United States — with gifts and an all expenses-paid five-star hotel stay. (AFP)

Snowstorm knocks out power across plains — Broad areas of the Dakotas remained shut down Tuesday by the Plains’ first blizzard of the season, with highways closed by blowing, drifting snow and thousands of people without electricity as temperatures hit the low teens. (AP)

American to charge for curbside check-in — American Airlines plans to institute a $2-a-bag charge for curbside check-in at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, beginning in mid-December. The Fort Worth-based carrier already charges for the convenience at more than 20 other airports. (Dallas Morning News)

Arrested traveler: I’m homeless — A Florida man accused of lighting a cigarette and urinating in the aisle during a United Airlines flight told a Charlotte judge Monday that he is a homeless lawyer scheduled to check into a rehabilitation center this week. (Charlotte Observer)

Air France says Airbus late in delivering A380 — The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus will deliver A380 superjumbo airliners to Air France a year late on April 1, 2008, Air France president Jean-Cyril Spinetta said last week outside a press conference on the airline’s six-month results. (AFP)

FAA calls for mediator in talks with air traffic controllers — Contract talks with the nation’s 15,000 air traffic controllers turned more contentious Monday when the federal government called for a mediator. (USA Today)

Frontier Air could face cash crunch — Frontier Airlines Inc., gearing up for stiffer competition at its Denver hub from low-cost power Southwest Airlines, on Tuesday warned investors that it faces a potential cash crunch that could jeopardize its business. (Reuters)

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