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1. Fuel Costs Ease, US Airline Profits Soar -

DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too.

Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest single expense, has dropped by about one-fifth since mid-June.

2. Airline Delays, Cancellations Rise From Last Year -

Airline delays and cancellations are up slightly from last year's peak travel season.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that flights on the nation's largest airlines arrived on time 77.7 percent of the time in August. That is down from 78.8 percent in the same month last year, although it is better than July.

3. Service Without a Smile: Why Airlines Aren't Nice -

NEW YORK (AP) – Passengers cherish Virgin America for its mood lighting, live TV, fancy cocktails and friendly flight attendants. That nice-guy approach to air travel wins awards and attracts a cult following, but may not fly with Wall Street.

4. Delta Airlines Makes More Memphis Flight Changes -

Delta Airlines is making more changes at Memphis International Airport.

Delta is adding a second flight between Memphis and New York City’s LaGuardia Airport beginning Feb. 13.

But the airline, which has dramatically reduced service in Memphis over the last several years, is seasonally suspending its nonstop flights between Memphis and Salt Lake City, Utah, from Nov. 2 until June 4.

5. Brockman: Memphis Airport in ‘Good Position’ -

Memphis International Airport is building its new identity at a steady pace one year to the month after Delta Air Lines enacted the cuts that came with its dehubbing of the airport.

And the president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority says the state of the airport is sound and good.

6. Delta Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants -

Delta Air Lines has announces it has plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants as it plans for growth next year.

The Atlanta-based airline, still the dominant carrier at Memphis International Airport even as it has scaled back flights, has already begun taking applications for the positions.

7. Delta Airlines Hiring Flight Attendants -

Delta Air Lines has announces it has plans to hire at least 1,800 flight attendants as it plans for growth next year.

The Atlanta-based airline, still the dominant carrier at Memphis International Airport even as it has scaled back flights, has already begun taking applications for the positions.

8. United Lures Top Fliers With Promise of a Hot Meal -

NEW YORK (AP) – To win the hearts of frequent business travelers, United Airlines is going through their stomachs.

The carrier has been looking for ways to woo back some of its top fliers who defected to other carriers following a rocky merger with Continental Airlines. So, it's upgrading first class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights.

9. 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.

10. 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.

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. Virgin America Files Plans for IPO -

NEW YORK (AP) — Virgin America's next destination is Wall Street.

The California-based airline filed on Monday for an initial public offering of shares.

Virgin America Inc., which operates out of Los Angeles and San Francisco, flies to 22 airports in the United States and Mexico and has a fleet of 53 planes. It is known for offering a variety of perks on its jets, including live TV, movies, leather seats and purple mood lighting.

14. 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.

15. Sherman Joins Campbell Clinic as Sports Medicine Physician -

Dr. Henry “Hank” Sherman has joined Campbell Clinic Orthopaedics as a sports medicine family practice physician in its Southaven office. Sherman treats patients who suffer from a variety of orthopedic injuries – from competitive athletes looking to get back in the game to weekend warriors who want to stay active later in life.

16. Graceland May Remove Presley's Old Airplanes -

MEMPHIS (AP) — For 30 years, tourists from around the world have paid money to get a look at two airplanes once owned by Elvis Presley at Graceland in Memphis. Fans enjoy touring the planes for their direct connection to Presley and his jet-setting lifestyle, a sort of touchstone to the life of the King of Rock and Roll and his family.

17. Chism Picnic Reflects Summer Campaign Tone -

From the stage at County Commissioner Sidney Chism’s annual political picnic Saturday, June 21, you could almost see the Aug. 7 election day.

18. 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.

19. 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.

20. 4 Airlines Bid to Serve Tupelo -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Four airlines have submitted offers to the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide subsidized air service to Tupelo.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the offers were made after Silver Airways announced that it plans to end its two-year-run. Silver must provide service at least until Aug. 7 or until a substitute service is selected.

21. 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.

22. Airlines Collecting Less Money for Bag Fees -

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – Airlines are taking in less money from bag fees than they did two years ago, but they are making up for it by adding charges for a slew of extras, including getting a decent seat.

23. 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.

24. 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.

25. 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.

26. 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.

27. 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.

28. Southwest Announces Potential Flights From Dallas -

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

29. 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.

30. 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.

31. Latest Airline Perk: Safe Distance From the Masses -

NEW YORK (AP) – On flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong, first-class passengers can enjoy a Mesclun salad with king crab or a grilled USDA prime beef tenderloin, stretch out in a 3-foot-wide seat that converts to a bed and wash it all down with a pre-slumber Krug "Grande Cuvee" Brut Champagne.

32. 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.

33. 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.

34. 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.

35. 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.

36. 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.

37. 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.

38. 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.

39. 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.

40. Delta to Honor Extremely Cheap Mistake Fares -

NEW YORK (AP) – Some lucky fliers capitalized on a computer glitch Thursday and scored some really cheap flights on Delta Air Lines.

From about 10 a.m. to noon ET, certain Delta fares on the airline's own website and other airfare booking sites were showing up incorrectly, offering some savvy bargain hunters incredible deals. A roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February was being sold for just $25.05 and a roundtrip between Cincinnati and Salt Lake City for $48.41. The correct price for both of those fares is more than $400.

41. 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.

42. Delta CEO: Fliers Will Pay for Higher Security Fee -

The CEO of Delta Air Lines says a bigger security fee being considered in Congress will be paid by travelers, not by the airlines themselves.

CEO Richard Anderson calls the fee a tax, and says it means fares are going up. He says the increase will not be absorbed by Delta.

43. AP-GfK Poll: Strong Opposition to In-Flight Calls -

WASHINGTON (AP) – As federal regulators consider removing a decades-old prohibition on making phone calls on planes, a majority of Americans who fly oppose such a change, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds.

44. Delta CEO: Fliers Will Pay for Higher Security Fee -

The CEO of Delta Air Lines says a bigger security fee being considered in Congress will be paid by travelers, not by the airlines themselves.

CEO Richard Anderson calls the fee a tax, and says it means fares are going up. He says the increase will not be absorbed by Delta.

45. Additional Delta Flight Cuts Now in Effect -

With the Thanksgiving travel days now past, Delta Air Lines has followed through with further cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport, reducing its number of flights to approximately 40 a day.

46. 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.

47. High Court Casts Doubt on Frequent Flyer's Lawsuit -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday it won't offer much help to frequent flyers who want to sue when airlines revoke their miles or their memberships.

The justices heard the case of a Minnesota rabbi who was stripped of his top-level "platinum elite" status in Northwest's WorldPerks program because the airline said he complained too much.

48. Delta Flight Cuts Take Effect Tuesday -

With the Thanksgiving travel days now past, Delta Air Lines is following through with further cuts in air service at Memphis International Airport, reducing its number of flights to approximately 40 a day.

49. Delivering Memphis -

The school groups and local musicians who’ve serenaded visitors to Memphis International Airport in recent weeks are part of a broader plan to create a memorable travel experience at the airport.

Rather, a MEMorable travel experience, to use the airport leadership’s nomenclature, with the emphasis on the first three letters suggesting a need to give travelers more of a taste of Memphis that goes beyond obvious choices like barbecue and Elvis.

50. 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.

51. 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.

52. United Airlines Aims for $2 Billion in Cost Savings -

United Airlines said Tuesday that it will cut costs, overhaul its website, and shift flying from Asia to Europe as it aims to keep shareholders happy.

United didn't announce any furloughs as part of the cost-cutting measures outlined on Tuesday in a presentation to investors. A spokeswoman declined to comment on whether its plans include furloughs.

53. Airline Merger Could Bring Changes to Memphis Airport -

Delta Air Lines considers itself a “low-cost carrier” that should be able to apply for the slots and gates US Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines are giving up as part of their merger settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department.

54. 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.

55. 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.

56. Delta Cuts More Memphis Flights -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The same day Delta Air Lines announced its third-quarter earnings, word came down that the Atlanta-based airline will further decimate its Memphis presence.

Delta will cut 24 additional flights out of Memphis, leaving Memphis International Airport – a former hub for the passenger carrier – with just 40 flights. Before the 2008 Delta-Northwest merger, the two airlines flew around 240 flights a day here.

57. 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.

58. 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.

59. 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.

60. 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.

61. Cooper: ‘False Promises’ Prompted Airline Merger Challenge -

Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper said the state joined the U.S. Justice Department and five other states in opposing the proposed $11 billion merger of U.S. Airways and American Airlines, because of the state’s experience with past airline mergers.

62. August 16-22, 2013: This week in Memphis history -

2012: Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines Corp. unveiled a new bankruptcy reorganization plan that included a 6 percent pay cut for nonunion employees. The airline had filed for bankruptcy reorganization the previous August with a plan that did not anticipate Delta Air Lines dropping its 50-seat jets as fast as Delta did after reaching a contract agreement with union pilots that June. Pinnacle moved its headquarters from One Commerce Square to Minneapolis this past May.

63. Editorial: Passengers Deserve Action, Not Spin -

So far, the effort to rebuild Memphis as a passenger airline market is more of a sales job than an actual reconfiguration.

The mechanics of operating an airport – which is the nation’s busiest cargo airport and one of the most expensive airports in the country – are complex.

64. ‘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.

65. 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.

66. 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.

67. 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.

68. 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.

69. Airport Officials Consider Incentives for New Service -

Memphis airport officials called for a special meeting Tuesday, July 30, to vote on a measure that would bolster incentives offered to airlines offering new flights at least four days a week.

The $1 million air service development program to lure new carriers to Memphis International Airport was first approved last spring, but has never been used.

70. 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.

71. Atlanta-Based Delta Air Lines to Hire 300 Pilots -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines officials say the company will hire 300 pilots starting in November.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the development marks the first pilot hiring since 2010 for the Atlanta-based airline.

72. 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.

73. 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.

74. Fitch Upholds 'A' Rating on Memphis International -

Fitch Ratings upheld its A rating on Memphis International Airport bonds following Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it will end connecting activity at the airport Sept. 3.

Earlier this month, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating on the airport’s outstanding revenue bonds to A3, from A2, and revised its investor outlook to stable, from negative.

75. Fitch Upholds a Rating on Memphis International Airport -

Fitch Ratings upheld its A rating on Memphis International Airport bonds following Delta Air Lines’ announcement that it will end connecting activity at the airport Sept. 3.

Earlier this month, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating on the airport’s outstanding revenue bonds to A3, from A2, and revised its investor outlook to stable, from negative.

76. Justice Department, EU Clear Delta-Virgin Atlantic Deal -

Delta Air Lines won key approvals from antitrust regulators on Thursday for its deal to buy almost half of Virgin Atlantic.

Both the U.S. Justice Department and the European Commission said the deal does not pose an antitrust threat. They concluded that Delta and Virgin Atlantic will still be competing against a strong alliance between American Airlines and British Airways, as well as other airlines.

77. Cox: Airport Could See More Competition -

Airports that once served as major hubs won’t likely regain their previous level of flight service, and if they do, it could take decades, Larry Cox, president and CEO of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority told members of the board and airport officials.

78. Airlines' On-Time Performance Falls, US Says -

The nation's airlines struggled to stay on schedule in April, with nearly one in four flights arriving late, according to new government figures.

The airlines blamed furloughs of federal air traffic controllers and bad weather. A nationwide computer outage at American Airlines added to the slowdown.

79. Southwest Puts Fall Flights on Sale Briefly -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is running a three-day sale on fall travel, and other airlines are starting to match the lower prices.

80. American, US Airways Name Post-Merger Leadership -

DALLAS (AP) – The new American Airlines will have more top executives from smaller but more successful US Airways than from the current American.

Five US Airways executives will follow their current CEO, Doug Parker, when he takes control after the airlines complete their proposed merger. Three executives from American parent AMR Corp. were named to the new company's leadership team.

81. Delta to Cut Flights, De-Hub Memphis -

Memphis is losing its status as a passenger hub for Delta Air Lines. Delta executives announced Tuesday, June 4, the Atlanta-based airline will cut service to Memphis International Airport to approximately 60 daily flights starting in September, down from 92.

82. Delta to De-Hub Memphis -

Memphis is losing its status as a passenger hub for Delta Air Lines.

Delta executives announced Tuesday, June 4, the Atlanta-based airline will cut service to Memphis International Airport to approximately 60 daily flights starting in September, down from 92.

83. Local Demand Drives Southwest Service -

Memphis residents hope that Southwest Airlines Co.’s Nov. 3 arrival will bring more frequent flight service and lower fares.

84. Airport Passes $127.3 Million 2014 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Thursday approved a $127.3 million budget that slightly lowers the overall amount airlines pay at Memphis International Airport even after Delta Air Lines drastically reduced the number of flights it operates.

85. Southwest to Save by Delaying Delivery of Planes -

DALLAS (AP) – Southwest Airlines Co. is delaying delivery of new airplanes and filling the gap with used planes to reduce spending over the next five years.

86. Delta Leads for Most Airline Fees Collected -

NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year – the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago.

87. Memphis Not Alone in Losing Flights -

Memphis residents won’t be surprised by the findings of a new study that shows a drastic reduction in air service at small and medium-sized U.S. airports in the last six years.

But the study, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, shows that Memphis is far from alone in being targeted for flight route cuts.

88. Delta Will Pay a Dividend, Buy Back Shares -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Delta Air Lines will start paying a quarterly dividend and buy back some of its shares – investor-friendly moves that are common in other industries but rare for airlines.

89. Southwest Makes Memphis Service Official -

Southwest Airlines Co. said Tuesday, May 7, it will enter the Memphis market Nov. 3 with daily nonstop service to five cities: Houston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Tampa and Orlando, Fla.

90. Delta Posts Small First-Quarter Profit -

Delta Air Lines said government spending cuts and weak demand from vacationers are hurting revenue this month.

Lower fuel prices should help to offset the decline, the airline said on Tuesday.

91. Delta Posts Small First-Quarter Profit -

Delta Air Lines said government spending cuts and weak demand from vacationers are hurting revenue this month.

Lower fuel prices should help to offset the decline, the airline said on Tuesday.

92. Flight Delays Pile Up Monday After FAA Budget Cuts -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers. Flight delays piled up all along the East Coast Monday as thousands of air traffic controllers were forced to take an unpaid day off because of federal budget cuts.

93. Passenger Numbers Continue Drop at Memphis International Airport -

Memphis International Airport continued in March to feel the impact of earlier Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts, as both passenger traffic and the total number of flights fell.

94. Sammons Determined to Bring New Service to MEM -

While he’s well aware of the hurdles, Jack Sammons told the members of the Memphis World Trade Club he’s determined to “relentlessly” solicit new air service providers to fly in and out of Memphis International Airport.

95. Sammons Outlines Airport Strategic Plan -

The chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board got a view of just how devastating passenger air service cuts by Delta Air Lines have been to the airport this past Easter as his Delta flight landed in Memphis.

96. Sammons Seeks Final Cut Numbers From Delta -

Jack Sammons, the new chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board, is no stranger to the flight from Memphis to Atlanta. Sammons long has been the board’s frequent flyer when it comes to business travel.

97. Passenger Traffic Continues to Fall at MEM -

Passenger activity at Memphis International Airport continued to fall in February as previous Delta Air Lines Inc. cuts to its local departures led to fewer passengers.

98. Memphis, Nashville Airports Get Expedited Screens -

NASHVILLE (AP) – The airports in Nashville and Memphis will soon offer the Transportation Security Administration's pre-check program.

According to TSA, the program allows passengers traveling on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways to participate in expedited screening. Advantages include being able to leave on shoes, light outerwear and belts, not having to remove laptops from their cases and leaving liquid or gel bags in carry-ons.

99. Delta Hoping for Elusive First-Quarter Airline Profit -

Delta Air Lines said it might make money in the first quarter, and that its new refinery near Philadelphia will finally be running at full capacity this week after long delays due to bad weather.

Delta president Ed Bastian told analysts on Monday that Delta hopes for a profitable first quarter in what is "by far our most difficult seasonal quarter of the year." He said doing so would be "another milepost along the way to a stable, durable franchise that our investors should expect."

100. Airlines Lose Fewer Bags, Get to Gates on Time -

U.S. airlines were less likely in 2012 to lose your suitcase than at any other point in the last two decades, the government announced Tuesday.

There were only 3.09 reports of lost, delayed or damaged baggage for every 1,000 passengers, the lowest annual rate since the Department of Transportation started tracking incidents in 1988.