Delta union leaders agree to deal, airline says


Delta union leaders agree to deal, airline says — Delta Air Lines Inc. said on Saturday union leaders had finalized an agreement for its 6,500 pilots to avert a strike that would have further crippled the bankrupt airline. (Reuters)

Gas prices climb sharply, survey finds — Retail gas prices across the country jumped an average of nearly a quarter per gallon in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday. Self-serve regular averaged $2.91 a gallon, up from $2.67 two weeks ago, said Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the nationwide Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations. (AP)

Drivers switch to public transit — Soaring gas prices appear, once again, to be leading some drivers to park their cars. Public transit systems across the USA are seeing an increase in ridership. Although it’s difficult to directly link the gains to higher gasoline prices, officials say rising prices at the pump are at least partly responsible. (USA Today)

Gas prices make tourism operators nervous — On the heels of another jump at the pumps this weekend, the summer forecast for gas is making tourism operators nervous. On Saturday, the Petroleum Pricing Office in Canada raised prices 1.7 cents or 1.8 cents per liter, depending on rounding for taxes. (CBC)

Trans-Atlantic travel lanes are getting busy
— As the peak European travel season approaches, a number of major airlines, including Continental, Delta, British Airways and Lufthansa, are adding flights across the Atlantic. (The New York Times)

New weapons in travelers’ round-the-clock jet-lag fight — A new generation of sleeping pills, approved to combat insomnia, is helping travelers find relief from jet lag by helping them sleep when needed. (The Los Angeles Times)

Calling for a boycott is one thing; getting results is another
— at a destination? Don’t like its politics or laws? Boycott it. That seems to be a popular response, based on my recent search for “travel boycott” on Google, which turned up more than 7 million hits. But whether such efforts effect change is questionable. (The Los Angeles Times)

E-mail promises ‘free’ travel, but hides true cost of perks — Two travel promotions going around via e-mail these days promise free travel or the chance to earn lots of money. Both offers appear to be within the law, in that if you fulfill the requirements, the promoter will deliver as promised. But both promotions are misleading, says the writer. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Runway safety system has pilot seeing red — After a year of tests at one of the nation’s busiest airports, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are optimistic that the runway status light system can be approved for use at busy airports around the country. (USA Today)

JetBlue honchos forgo $75K bonuses — The chief executive and the two other top executives at JetBlue Airways Corp. waived their bonuses of $75,000 each in 2005 – a year in which the low-cost carrier posted its first quarterly loss, ranked among the worst in the industry in on-time performance, and said it did not expect a profit this year either. (Newsday)

Homeland Security officers say they’re not ready for bird flu — Homeland Security Department inspectors at U.S. airports don’t have enough training to keep a deadly strain of bird flu from getting into the country, a union official is charging, citing the handling of live birds found in the luggage of a passenger from Vietnam. (AP)

Air Force scrambles planes after flight diverted to Denver — With three Secret Service agents aboard and the pilots fully in control of a United Airlines jetliner being diverted to Denver, two F-16 fighter jets scrambled to intercept the flight merely escorted the plane into Denver International Airport. (AP)

Waikiki’s beaches get clean bill of health — Concerns that a massive sewage spill polluted Waikiki’s world-famous beaches all but washed away after a health group said the sand “seems” to be clean. (AP)

Tourism businesses deal with higher fuel prices — With the summer just about here, tourist-based businesses that use large amounts of fuel are raising prices and worrying about the long-term affects of higher gas prices on their businesses. (AP)

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