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Delta Air Lines Has Ways of Making Passengers Pay for Their Free Meals

Back in 2010, Continental Airlines was the last carrier standing, offering passengers in cattle class a free snack while rivals, desperate to cut costs, had begun to charge for that cheeseburger. Then it too succumbed, and travelers began to incorporate the pre-gate sandwich purchase into their itinerary.

Millennials Take the Most Business Trips of Any Generation

The number of business trips is on the rise across all generations, but Millennials are leading the way, according to the new Portrait of Business Travelers (POBT) study by MMGY Global.

As Millennials advance in their careers, they take the most business trips of any generation (7.7 over the past 12 months, compared to 7.4 on average) and expect to take more than any other generation (8.6 in the next 12 months, which is an 11 percent increase). Business travelers are also redefining business trips with increased use of ridesharing and “bleisure” trips.

UK airline Monarch denies speculation it is in financial trouble

British airline Monarch Airlines said it was operating normally and was on track to make a profit this year, after questions were asked about its future on social media.

"Our flights are operating as normal, carrying Monarch passengers as scheduled," the airline said in a statement on Monday.

What will become of the best airline in America?

THE best airline in America is about to lose its independence. And if the past year is any indication, that could spell bad news for flyers. The 26th annual Airline Quality Rating of American carriers was released on Monday, and for the fourth straight year Virgin America came out on top. That same day, it announced that it had agreed to a takeover by Alaska Airlines, to form the country's fifth biggest carrier.

Think Airline Passengers Are Unhappy With the Service? Think Again

Passengers expect coach seats to have 28-inch pitch in ultra-low-cost airlines such as Spirit and Frontier, but recently major airlines have also been reducing pitch. For instance, American, Delta and United all have seats with 30-inch pitch in Airbus A319 aircraft, according to Seatguru.

Airline Consolidation Hits Smaller Cities Hardest

The U.S. airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past seven years. Whether that’s brought pain or gain for fliers depends largely on where they live.

A Wall Street Journal analysis of industry and government data shows that while airline service and prices have changed little across the country’s major gateways as a whole, carriers have cut flights and raised fares at many smaller and medium-size airports.

A passenger revolt against squashed legroom

Of the litany of annoyances pestering air travellers these days—the invasive security protocols, the baggage fees, the cancellations and delays—perhaps none ranks higher than the Incredible Shrinking Airplane Seat. Legroom seems to vanish with each passing flight. The marginally roomier exit-row seats now cost extra; so do the seats where spaciousness was until recently considered normal but now earns the label “premium economy.” Aeroplane designers recently took their efforts to pack passengers in like sardines to a whole new level, with a proposal to squeeze in more seats by facing half of them backwards.