American Airlines fined $60,000 by DOT for violating price advertising rule

American Airlines was fined $60,000 by the Department of Transportation for telling customers that surcharges levied by the airline were government-imposed taxes.

Under the Department’s full-fare advertising rule, the first price quoted for air transportation made by an airline or ticket agent must state the entire price to be paid by the consumer, including all mandatory taxes, fees and airline surcharges.

NTSB says Asiana captain worried about visual landing

The National Transportation Safety Board said that the Asiana captain that crashed in San Francisco was worried about performing a visual landing.

Lee Kang Kuk, a 46-year-old pilot who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco, “stated it was very difficult to perform a visual approach with a heavy airplane.” The jet crash landed after approaching low and slow in an accident that left three dead and more than 200 injured, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Airlines expect 31 percent hike in demand by 2017

The International Air Transport Association released its Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017. It showed that airline passenger demand is expected to increase by 31 percent by 2017.

By 2017 total passenger numbers are expected to rise to 3.91 billion — an increase of 930 million passengers over the 2.98 billion carried in 2012.

The IATA Airline Industry Forecast 2013-2017 is a consensus outlook for system-wide passenger growth. Demand is expected to expand by an average of 5.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2013 and 2017.

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