Storm-tossed Cancun back in business — Nine months after its whaling by Hurricane Wilma, the No. 1 destination in the Caribbean says it has been reborn and is ready for its tourist close-up. (USA Today)

Little jets poised to alter business travel — Not one of the planes has yet been delivered, but that hasn’t stopped customers from placing orders for several thousand of the super-small jets that some industry observers predict could alter the face of business travel. (The Washington Post) (Registration required.)

Oil prices rise above $74 a barrel — Oil prices rose Friday, a day after the Venezuelan oil minister said OPEC was powerless to stop price surges caused by geopolitical tensions. (AP)

Northwest flight makes emergency landing in Michigan — Smoke began filling a Toronto-bound Northwest Airlines plane with 82 passengers and five crewmembers aboard, forcing it to make an emergency landing in central Michigan, an airline spokesman says. (AP)

Comair, flight attendants unable to reach deal on cuts — Comair and its flight attendants, negotiating concessions the regional carrier says it needs to emerge from bankruptcy, failed to reach an agreement during the latest bargaining session. (AP)

Beau Rivage prepares for reopening on Katrina anniversary — The Beau Rivage is blending the familiar with the new as it prepares to bring back its style and star power. The Beau reopens Aug. 29, the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation, and the stars begin arriving soon afterward. Jay Leno, Tony Bennett and Sinbad have September performance dates. (AP)

Denver fares fall after Southwest
— One-way fares on some flights from Denver dropped up to $50 after Southwest Airlines starting flying from the city in January, something the Dallas-based discount carrier calls the “Southwest effect.” (AP)

Passport to play: island hoppers, border crossers will need one by ‘08 — Starting Jan. 1, people traveling by air or sea to popular U.S. vacation destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico and Canada will need a passport. Drivers crossing at land borders will need passports by Jan. 1, 2008. (Detroit Free Press)

Airport fares up 36.6% in Cincinnati — Air fares continued to soar at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in the first three months of this year, recording the highest year-to-year increase among the nation’s major airports, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation. (The Cincinnati Post)


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