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1. Airport Officials Recommend RedRover for Branding Contract -

Memphis International Airport officials are recommending that RedRover Co. LLC be engaged to help develop an image and marketing campaign for the airport, which is reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination facility.

2. US Airlines Improve On-Time Performance -

At the height of this summer's travel season, airline flights were more likely to arrive on time and less likely to be canceled.

The improvement in airline performance was a welcome break for travelers, who had seen a spike in delays and cancelations during the first half of this year.

3. Southwest Changing the Look of Its Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines is putting a new paint job on its planes, adding a splash of bright color as it enters middle age and faces many changes.

The airline introduced its new livery Monday to a rally of several hundred employees in a hangar at its headquarters next to Dallas Love Field.

4. Storytellers Needed -

Memphis International Airport, in the midst of reinventing itself as an origin-and-destination airport, is looking for some help telling its story.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is seeking a marketing and public relations firm to help get the word out about the transformation.

5. Southwest, Frontier Add Memphis Flights -

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are increasing service at Memphis International Airport, providing more service for local flyers and boosting the facility’s transition away from a high-priced hub airport.

6. Airport Authority OKs Concourse Overhaul -

An ambitious effort to reconfigure Memphis International Airport for the future will get underway this fall, when demolition of portions of two concourses begins and a single concessions vendor takes control.

7. Discovering the World of Travel -

What does travel mean? On one hand, it’s a vacation from everyday life, an escape. It’s an opportunity to have your physical pains massaged away in a spa while an ocean breeze momentarily relieves your stress and worry.

8. US Airlines Running Behind Schedule So Far in 2014 -

More U.S. flights arrived late in June than the month before, continuing a string of poor performances by the nation's airlines.

The government says that in the first six months of the year, the rate of late flights was the highest since 2008 and cancelations were the highest since 2000.

9. Traffic, Revenue Figure Rise at Southwest Airlines -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that traffic increased last month on Southwest and its AirTran subsidiary, leaving fewer empty seats and pushing a key revenue figure higher.

10. New Delta Cuts Reflect Changes at Memphis Airport -

Delta Airlines is once again cutting service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

The airline, which formerly operated a fortress hub at Memphis International, will also temporarily suspend service to Las Vegas this winter. Denver is still served by both United Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

11. Delta Airlines Cutting More Memphis Flights -

Delta Airlines is once again slashing service at Memphis International Airport, eliminating flights from Memphis to Denver and Austin, Texas, in September.

The airline, which formerly operated a fortress hub at Memphis International, will also temporarily suspend service to Las Vegas this winter.

12. US Airfares on the Rise, Outpacing Inflation -

NEW YORK (AP) – Travelers, prepare to pay more for your flight.

The average roundtrip ticket within the U.S., including taxes, reached $509.15 in the first six months of this year, up nearly $14 from the same period last year. Domestic airfare continues to outpace inflation, rising 2.7 percent compared to the 2.1 percent gain in the Consumer Price Index.

13. FAA Proposes to Fine Southwest Airlines $12 Million -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.

14. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren’t big ones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation’s passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That’s the highest level since September 2012.

15. Airlines Report Big Second-Quarter Profits -

Investing in airlines has long been the butt of jokes, especially when many U.S. carriers traipsed through bankruptcy court in the past decade.

Now riding a post-merger tide of higher fares and stable fuel costs, those same airlines are piling up profits – and sharing the newfound riches with investors.

16. US Airlines Add Jobs for 6th Straight Month -

U.S. airlines have been adding jobs for six straight months, though the gains aren't big ones.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that the nation's passenger airlines had the equivalent of 385,619 full-time workers in May, up 1.1 percent from May 2013. That's the highest level since September 2012.

17. ‘Significant Headwinds’ -

When Gov. Bill Haslam joined local economic development and civic officials at FedExForum in January to announce that Conduit Global would open a call center in Shelby County that would employ 1,000 people over the next three to five years, it provided a much-needed boost to the local office real estate sector.

18. Southwest Opens New Chapter: International Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – After four decades of expanding to all corners of the lower 48 states, Southwest Airlines flies into new territory on Tuesday – Jamaica, the Bahamas and Aruba.

Southwest is taking over routes flown by AirTran Airways, which it bought in 2011. The company plans to eliminate the AirTran brand by year end.

19. Airlines Show Gains In Traffic, Revenue -

Two of America’s biggest airlines said Monday that passenger traffic increased in May and a key revenue figure came in higher than a year ago.

The results from American and Southwest indicated that U.S. airlines are continuing to prosper from solid travel demand and stable although elevated fuel prices. And that is boosting the stock of both companies.

20. Airlines Show Gains in Traffic, Key Revenue Figure -

Two of America's biggest airlines said Monday that passenger traffic increased in May and a key revenue figure came in higher than a year ago.

The results from American and Southwest indicated that U.S. airlines are continuing to prosper from solid travel demand and stable although elevated fuel prices. And that is boosting the stock of both companies.

21. Grizzlies to Play in Orlando Summer League -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be among the 10 teams competing in the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League July 5-11 at the practice court at Amway Center.

The field also features the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.

22. Southwest Fined $200,000 for Deceptive TV Ads -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines is being fined $200,000 for advertising a fare sale too good to be true.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that in TV ads last October the airline promised flights from Atlanta to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for just $59 – but didn't make any seats available at that price.

23. Grizzlies to Play in Orlando Summer League -

The Memphis Grizzlies will be among the 10 teams competing in the 2014 Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League July 5-11 at the practice court at Amway Center.

The field also features the Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers.

24. US Says Employment Up Slightly at Airlines -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. airline industry is slowly adding jobs, although not all carriers are growing.

The Transportation Department said Thursday that passenger airlines employed the equivalent of 383,610 full-time workers in March, up nearly 1 percent from a year earlier. It was the fourth straight monthly gain.

25. Southwest Adds Flight to Houston -

Memphis International Airport is gaining another nonstop daily flight.

Southwest Airlines announced Monday, May 19, that it is adding another flight between Memphis International Airport and Houston Hobby Airport beginning Nov. 2.

26. Southwest Airlines Makes Buyback, Lifts Dividend -

NEW YORK (AP) – Southwest Airlines is raising its quarterly dividend to 6 cents from 4 cents and plans to buy back $1 billion in company stock.

The Dallas company says the moves reflect its strong financial performance and cash outlook. It will buy back $200 million in stock through an accelerated repurchase program.

27. Winter Flight Cancellations Were a Record -

NEW YORK (AP) – It's official: This winter was the worst for fliers in the 20 years that the government has been collecting data.

During the first three months of this year, U.S. airlines canceled 4.6 percent of their flights, the Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

28. Southwest CEO Vows to Fix On-Time Problem -

Southwest Airlines is falling behind other airlines when it comes to arriving on time, and the carrier plans to tinker with its flight schedule to fix that.

CEO Gary Kelly says the airline will add a few minutes between some flights, and it will be more cautious about selling itineraries with tight connections between flights.

29. Southwest CEO Vows to Fix On-Time Problem -

Southwest Airlines is falling behind other airlines when it comes to arriving on time, and the carrier plans to tinker with its flight schedule to fix that.

CEO Gary Kelly says the airline will add a few minutes between some flights, and it will be more cautious about selling itineraries with tight connections between flights.

30. Most Airlines Report Strong First Quarter -

Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.

On Thursday, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported record profits for the first quarter, usually the weakest time of year for the airlines. That followed a rousing report from Delta Air Lines a day earlier.

31. Fares Falling at Memphis Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

32. Most Airlines Report Strong First Quarter -

Even with the turbulence of severe winter storms and stubbornly high fuel prices, many of the major airlines are cruising and their stock prices are soaring.

On Thursday, American Airlines and Southwest Airlines reported record profits for the first quarter, usually the weakest time of year for the airlines. That followed a rousing report from Delta Air Lines a day earlier.

33. Fares Falling at Memphis International Airport -

After being labeled as one of most expensive cities for air service for years, prices at Memphis International Airport are falling.

Memphis, which ranked among the nation’s highest airfares while it served as a fortress hub for Delta, dropped to 14th on the list of the top 100 airports in the country, according to fourth-quarter numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

34. US Says Average Airfares Rising Slowly -

DALLAS (AP) – The average price of an airline ticket for travel within the U.S. rose by just $1 last year, although prices are still modestly higher than they were five years ago.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that the average domestic airfare rose to $381 in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 0.3 percent increase from a year earlier.

35. Southwest Says Profit-Sharing Nearly Doubles -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines says employees will get a record $228 million in profit-sharing this year, nearly double the payout of a year ago.

The airline said Monday that the payout is based on results from 2013, when net income hit a record $754 million.

36. Traffic on Southwest Airlines Rose in March -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday that passenger traffic and a key revenue figure rose slightly last month compared with March 2013.

37. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

38. Flight Cancelations Take a Toll on Airline Revenue -

DALLAS (AP) – Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter's storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape.

Reports from some of the airlines point to higher average prices, and executives say spring bookings look strong.

39. Southwest Wants to Add Memphis-Dallas Flights -

Southwest Airlines could expand service to Memphis if it gets access to two more gates at Love Field in Dallas.

Southwest said Monday it would begin 20 flights to 12 new nonstop cities out of Dallas Love Field, including Memphis, in late 2014 if it gets two gates that American Airlines must vacate because of its merger with US Airways.

40. Southwest Announces Potential Flights From Dallas -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is raising the ante over Dallas Love Field.

41. Frontier Airlines Lands Memphis Return -

Frontier Airlines made a triumphant return to Memphis Friday, March, 7, complete with pilots and passengers wearing Elvis sunglasses.

The Frontier jet from Denver – with “Hector” the otter emblazoned on its tail – arrived at Gate C7 at Memphis International Airport just before 1:30 p.m., and passengers were greeted with a celebratory atmosphere, including light jazz music and balloons.

42. New Frontiers -

When the first Frontier Airlines jet kicking off regular service at Memphis International Airport arrives Friday, March 7, from Denver at gate C7, it will symbolize just how much the airport has changed. It is also an indication of how the airport continues to evolve.

43. Big Changes Ahead for Frequent Fliers on Delta -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines is changing its frequent-flier program to favor passengers who buy the priciest tickets instead of those who fly the most miles.

It's a bid to lure higher-spending business travelers, who often book flights on short notice and pay more than bargain-hunting leisure travelers.

44. Memphis Airport Changes Reflect New Reality -

Memphis International Airport, gutted by the downsizing of Delta Air Lines, is pursuing a $114 million “concourse modernization” plan that will eliminate a large number of gates and result in upgrades to what is left.

45. Weather, Computer Outage Cause Flight Delays -

DALLAS (AP) — More than 600 U.S. flights were canceled and about 2,600 were running late on Tuesday as a winter storm swept across the Northeast.

Adding to travelers' woes: United Airlines experienced problems with its passenger-service computer system for much of the morning.

46. Southwest Announces International Flights -

Southwest Airlines Co. is expanding beyond the continental United States with flights beginning in July to the Caribbean. The airline began selling tickets on Monday for flights to Aruba, the Bahamas and Jamaica. The Southwest flights will start July 1 and operate from Atlanta, Baltimore and Orlando.

47. JetBlue, Southwest Win Rights at DC Airport -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest and JetBlue say they are the beneficiaries of a deal requiring American Airlines to give up some of its coveted operating rights at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

48. Southwest Airlines Announces International Flights -

Southwest Airlines Co. is expanding beyond the continental United States with flights beginning in July to the Caribbean.

49. Memphis Airport Loses Two Restaurants -

An Interstate Bar-B-Que restaurant and a Starbucks store are the latest casualties of reduced traffic at Memphis International Airport.

One of the two Interstate locations at the airport will close next month, along with one of the four Starbucks locations. Declining passenger traffic at the airport played a role in the closures.

50. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

51. Brockman Takes Reins of Airport Authority -

Scott Brockman assumed the position of president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Jan. 3.

52. Great Expectations -

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau forecasts 2014 to be a banner year, thanks to increased consumer confidence with leisure travelers and a booking pace for conventions, meetings and sporting events that is easily outpacing last year.

53. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

54. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

55. Airfares Continue to Rise, Up 12 Percent Since 2009 -

NEW YORK (AP) – The price of flying continues to climb, with the average domestic roundtrip ticket, including tax, reaching $363.42 last year, up more than $7 from the prior year.

The 2 percent increase outpaced inflation, which stood at 1.5 percent for the year, and represents the fourth consecutive year fliers have faced price hikes.

56. More Flights Running Late in Latest US Figures -

Airlines are falling behind when it comes to keeping flights on schedule, but fewer passengers are complaining to the government.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that 83.5 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in November, down from 84.1 percent in October and 85.7 percent a year earlier, in November 2012.

57. Southwest Traffic, Revenue Figure Jump in December -

DALLAS (AP) – A key revenue figure for Southwest Airlines Co. soared in December on stronger passenger traffic, a sharp turnaround from November that may have reflected the unusually late Thanksgiving holiday.

58. Airport Authority CEO Sees Growth in New Reality -

Memphis International Airport is making the transition from an airport with a majority of connecting flights, 90 nonstop destinations, higher fares and less competition to one with more origin and destination traffic, 30 to 35 nonstop destinations and lower fares.

59. CEO Predictions for the Next 100 Years of Flying -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of people step aboard airplanes each day, complaining about the lack of legroom and overhead space but almost taking for granted that they can travel thousands of miles in just a few hours.

60. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

61. Cox Departs Airport Authority as Southwest Adds Flight -

Longtime Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority President and CEO Larry Cox celebrated his final board meeting before retirement with the announcement that Southwest Airlines is adding a flight next summer.

62. ‘Flight’ Takes Center Stage at Chamber Luncheon -

Southwest Airlines provided everyone in the nearly 1,000-person crowd at the Greater Memphis Chamber’s annual chairman’s luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 10, with a voucher worth $100 to use on a flight.

“Taking flight” was a theme of the chamber’s confab this year, which the Southwest promotion helped underscore. The popular carrier’s presence also was timely, since it launched new flights in Memphis about a month ago.

63. Southwest to Drop Flights to 3 Smaller Cities -

Southwest Airlines Co. said Thursday that it will end service in June to Key West, Fla.; Jackson, Miss.; and Branson, Mo., because it can’t make money serving the smaller markets.

64. FedEx Honored For Civic Engagement -

FedEx Corp. is one of the companies honored on this year’s Civic 50 survey, now in its second year, the results of which were published by Bloomberg Thursday, Dec. 5.

65. Looking Upward -

The facelift of Memphis International Airport has continued throughout 2013 despite peaks and valleys for the airport’s passenger business.

The impact of Delta Air Lines’ dehubbing and reduced service – including further cuts announced last week – has been offset somewhat by the arrival of Southwest Airlines and the continued strength of the airport’s cargo activity.

66. FedEx Honored for Civic Engagement -

FedEx Corp. is one of the companies honored on this year’s Civic 50 survey, now in its second year, the results of which were published by Bloomberg Thursday, Dec. 5.

67. Judge Moves Airline Merger Step Closer to Takeoff -

A federal bankruptcy judge has cleared the way for American Airlines and US Airways to complete their merger and create the world's largest airline.

The judge ruled Wednesday that this month's settlement of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the federal government didn't upset American's bankruptcy-reorganization plan, which is built around the merger. He rejected a request by a group of consumers to block the deal temporarily.

68. If Government Backs In-Flight Calls, Will the Airlines? -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines?

Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet. But that extra money might not be worth the backlash from fliers who view overly chatty neighbors as another inconvenience to go along with smaller seats and stuffed overhead bins.

69. Memphis Airport Adds Free Wi-Fi -

Memphis International Airport continues to add new customer-friendly amenities this year, including the introduction Thursday of free Wi-Fi service throughout Terminals A, B and C.

During the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners Thursday, Nov. 21, monthly board meeting, officials discussed the ongoing upgrades and renovations occurring at the airport.

70. With Vacationers Home, Airlines Boost On-Time Mark -

Airlines are doing a better job of staying on schedule now that fewer people are flying.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Wednesday that 83.8 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in September, slightly better than September 2012's 83.3 percent rate. It was a bigger improvement over July and August, when summer vacationers packed the nation's airports and about one in four flights arrived late.

71. How American-US Airways Deal Impacts Competitors -

NEW YORK (AP) – The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it would let the merger of American Airlines and US Airways proceed after the two carriers agreed to give up landing and takeoff slots and gates at key airports, notably Washington's Reagan National and New York's LaGuardia. With the agreement, the government hopes to increase access to the nation's busiest airports for low-cost airlines and to maintain flights to smaller cities.

72. Government Reaches Agreement to Allow Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Justice Department says it has reached an agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline.

The agreement requires the airlines to scale back the size of the merger at Washington's Reagan National Airport and in other big cities.

73. Air Traffic Control Modernization Hits Turbulence -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten years after Congress gave the go-ahead to modernize the nation's air traffic control system, one of the government's most ambitious and complex technology programs is in trouble.

74. Southwest Profit Up on Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

75. Southwest Profit Up On Higher Fares -

Average fares are rising on Southwest Airlines Co., the fuel bill is shrinking, and profit is soaring.

76. Airfare Competition Has Airport Authority Optimistic -

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority officials remain optimistic about the future of Memphis International Airport, thanks to increased airline competition that is driving down airfares for travelers and businesses.

77. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

78. Frontier Airlines Returns to Memphis -

Five years after Frontier Airlines’ rapid exit from Memphis International Airport, Frontier executives announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, the discount air carrier will return to town with four weekly nonstop flights between Memphis and Denver starting March 7.

79. Southwest Starts Winter Sale, Other Airlines Match -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. launched a fare sale on Tuesday for travel this winter, and rival airlines began matching the prices on many routes.

80. Frontier Airlines Sold to Ultra-Cheap Airline Investor -

Frontier Airlines is being sold to William Franke, a pioneer of the cheap tickets and high fees airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the U.S.

Franke is the former chairman of Spirit Airlines, which has earned consistent profits by jamming more seats on its planes and charging extra for things that other airlines do for free, such as printing a boarding pass at the airport, or using the overhead bin.

81. Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, For a Fee -

NEW YORK (AP) – Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them.

Unlike the first generation of charges which dinged fliers for once-free services like checking a bag, these new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight.

82. UPS to Double Presence at Airport -

The world’s second-busiest cargo airport is about to see another increase in freight capacity, helping bolster a facility that has suffered in recent years from fewer passenger flights.

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service will double in size at Memphis International Airport, according to Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Cox, who announced the news Thursday, Sept. 19, at the monthly board of commissioners meeting.

83. Airlines Say US Case Against Big Merger is Flawed -

DALLAS (AP) – American Airlines and US Airways say that the government's opposition to their planned merger shows that it doesn't understand the airline industry.

The Justice Department and several states sued last month to block the merger, on the grounds that it would hurt consumers.

84. Traffic Dips but Revenue Rises at Southwest -

DALLAS (AP) – Passenger flew fewer miles on Southwest Airlines Co. in August but they paid more per mile than a year ago.

85. Judge: Airline-Merger Trial to Start in November -

A federal judge said Friday that the government’s lawsuit to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways will start Nov. 25, a timetable favored by the airlines.

The U.S. Justice Department had wanted the trial to start in March, saying it needed more time to prepare for the complex case. The airlines said that such a long delay would threaten their merger.

86. Fewer Airline Jobs: US Carriers Trim Ranks by 2.4 Percent -

Airline employment has dropped from last summer because of job cuts at American Airlines and regional carriers that use smaller planes.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that airlines employed the equivalent of 381,441 workers in June, down 2.4 percent from the same month last year. It's the 10th straight month of decline compared with a year earlier.

87. ‘It Will Get Better’ -

On a recent July morning, a full room of local business leaders gathered in a FedEx Corp. training facility on Airways Boulevard to learn more about Memphis International Airport and its operations.

88. Airport Elects Brockman President -

With no debate and a unanimous vote, the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board of commissioners on Thursday, Aug. 15, approved Scott Brockman as the airport’s next president and CEO.

89. Airline Mergers Have Already Led to Higher Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger – but for fliers, it's already too late.

The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline industry in a generation. Prior to 2005, there were nine major U.S. airlines. Today, just five.

90. Government, States Try to Block Proposed Airline Merger -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The federal government is trying to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways, saying it would cause "substantial harm" to consumers by leading to higher fares and fees.

91. Southwest’s Revenue Rises as Traffic Drops -

Southwest Airlines Co. said on Wednesday that a key measure of revenue rose as much as 5 percent in July, even though its flights weren’t quite as full as a year ago.

92. Southwest Airlines’ Revenue Rises in July as Traffic Drops -

Southwest Airlines Co. said on Wednesday that a key measure of revenue rose as much as 5 percent in July, even though its flights weren’t quite as full as a year ago.

93. Southwest Shows Right Model for Surviving Crises -

With all the attention paid to big brands making big blunders in the face of crisis, it’s refreshing to celebrate a brand getting it right.

Southwest Airlines deploys a combination of strategies to ensure it not only survives the inevitable PR crisis but emerges as a stronger brand afterward. The airline provides an opportunity for every brand – large or small – to examine its own readiness for a crisis and develop or strengthen its plan accordingly.

94. Waiting for Takeoff -

A never-before-used economic incentive program designed to lure new air service to Memphis International Airport may have its first customer.

Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority officials moved swiftly to approve a measure that will bolster financial incentives offered to commercial airlines offering flights at least four days a week to new cities not served today by the airlines.

95. Southwest Airlines' Second-Quarter Profit Slips 2 Percent -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines is getting a small break at the fuel pump, and that's helping it to slightly beat Wall Street expectations for profit.

The company saved 16 cents a gallon on fuel in the second quarter, which added up to $88 million. That made a difference in a quarter during which revenue barely grew.

96. New Route -

For frequent fliers, the perks that come with elite status often outweigh miles.

In the fiercely competitive airline industry, carriers are increasingly relying on “status matches” that go far beyond mileage points to woo top customers.

97. Memphis Airport to Introduce Free Wi-Fi -

Soon, passengers at Memphis International Airport will be able to surf the Web for free as they wait for flights.

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority awarded a contract to Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout the airport, including the terminals, baggage claim areas and rental car customer service area in the ground transportation center.

98. US Airways Shareholders Approve American Merger -

NEW YORK (AP) – US Airways shareholders overwhelmingly approved a proposed merger with American Airlines, bringing the companies closer to creating the world's biggest airline.

The main hurdle now is a review by antitrust regulators at the U.S. Department of Justice. Concerns have been raised about the merger's impact on airfares, and the combined airline's potential dominance at Washington's Reagan National Airport.

99. US Airlines' On-Time Rating Drops Again in May -

Summer travelers should pack plenty of patience: More flights are running late this year than in 2012.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says that only 79.4 percent of domestic flights arrived on time in May, down from 83.4 percent in the same month last year.

100. Editorial: Memphis Must Now File New Flight Plan -

In early 2009, The Memphis News published a cover story analyzing the Delta-Northwest merger, which at the time was undergoing FAA authorization after being inked a few months prior. The report included comments from Delta CEO Richard Anderson, Memphis International Airport executives and airline industry analysts, all of whom were bullish, for the most part, on what the deal meant for Memphis.