US Airways-Delta merger could spark fare war


US Airways-Delta merger could spark fare war — A potential merger between US Airways Group and Delta Air Lines would force the combined airline to shed some overlapping services, but the sale of assets could open the door to low-cost competitors and spark a new fare war. (Reuters)

Amtrak ridership increases — Tighter airport security and higher gas prices appear to be boosting Amtrak ridership in the Northeast, the South and Midwest. (USA Today)

Modesto airport reopens after bomb scare — Bomb investigators did not find any explosives at the Modesto City-County Airport, which was evacuated Tuesday morning after the city received nine e-mailed threats, police said. (AP)

Hotels training employees to think fast — Flush with cash from the recent boom in travel, major hotel chains at every price level are re-energizing their employee-training programs, from managers down to busboys. And the new-style training programs aren’t limited to how to check in a guest or how to stack dishes in a pantry. (USA Today)

Vermont resorts make snow to make do — With apologies to Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne and their 1945 hit, “Let It Snow,” New England ski resorts are making snow where and when they can, wishing Mother Nature would help. (AP)

Movie on airlines expected to raise funds for AIDS — Beat the Drum, a 2003 film depicting the impact of AIDS on African children, will air Friday on 40,000 flights on 34 airlines to coincide with World AIDS Day. (AP)

Frontier adds flights to Hartford — Frontier Airlines will start new flights between Denver and Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Conn., marking its return to the New England region. (Rocky Mountain News)

Traveler ejected for smell loses legal suit — A court in Germany rejected a man’s compensation claim against an airline after a cabin crew ordered him off a plane because other passengers were offended by his smell, authorities said last week. (Reuters)

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