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1. As Fliers Wait in Security Lines, Gov't Asks for Patience -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Facing a growing backlash over extremely long waits at airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked fliers "to be patient" as the government takes steps to get them onto planes more quickly.

2. Flight Attendant Charged With Stealing Mini Liquor Bottles -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Officials say a former Endeavor Air flight attendant is charged with stealing nearly 1,500 mini-bottles of liquor from her job and selling them online.

The Shelby County district attorney's office said Friday that 28-year-old Rachel Trevor has been indicted on charges including theft, unlawful sale of alcohol and unauthorized transportation of alcohol.

3. Alaska, JetBlue Top Annual Survey of North American Airlines -

Alaska Airlines and JetBlue Airways still rank highest in the annual J.D. Power survey of passengers on the nine largest North American airlines, and the firm says overall traveler satisfaction with the industry is at a 10-year high.

4. Memphis Consultant Says Airport Area ‘Gone’ for Hotel Development -

One of the last remaining hotels near Memphis International Airport has sold in foreclosure for the second time in less than five years.

Chuck Pinkowski, a local hotel consultant with Pinkowski & Co., said that a multimillion-dollar renovation couldn’t save the Holiday Inn from a declining hotel market.

5. Southwest, Delta Tangle Over Whether to Cut or Raise Fares -

DALLAS (AP) – No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares – even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times.

Southwest Airlines caught rivals and Wall Street by surprise when it cut many U.S. fares by $5 each way. The reduction this week applied to tickets bought within seven days of departure, which are usually favored more by last-minute business travelers than vacationers.

6. Transgender Bathroom Bill Delayed Amid Financial Questions -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

7. Airline Complaints Rise Even as More Planes Arrive on Time -

DALLAS (AP) – More U.S. flights are arriving on time and airlines are losing fewer bags, yet more consumers are complaining about air travel.

Traveler complaints jumped 34 percent last year, to the highest level since 2000. The top frustration is problem flights including cancelations and delays, which is unchanged in 16 years.

8. Republic Settles Delta Lawsuit Over Canceled Flights -

DALLAS (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. will drop a lawsuit against Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and provide $75 million in credit to help Republic rebuild under bankruptcy protection.

9. Last Word: The Bloody Shirt of Deannexation, More Boats and The Rise of ioby -

“Waving the bloody shirt” – get ready to hear that phrase a lot as a deannexation bill continues to be debated in Nashville – the one that the state House approved Monday evening.
There was a palpable frustration at City Hall during Tuesday’s council day that featured a light agenda but lots of attention to several challenges – many of them financial and hidden until recently – that the new mayor and council are facing.
As we mentioned in our Monday evening coverage of this, the skirmish lines over the deannexation bill and the larger issue are very close in Shelby County. Our legislative delegation is split between Memphis Democrats vocal in their outrage over the bill and Republicans in the county outside Memphis who are just as vehement in their support of the bill, especially the parts that apply to Memphis.

10. Allegiant Adds Two New Memphis Flights -

Allegiant has announced new summer service from Memphis International Airport to two sun-drenched locations.

The airline will begin offering twice-weekly seasonal service to both Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the coming months, with tickets already on sale at allegiant.com.

11. Airlines Restore Tiny Perks, Like Pretzels, to Pacify Fliers -

NEW YORK (AP) — After 15 years of near austerity, U.S. airlines are restoring some small perks for passengers crammed into coach.

Don't expect ample legroom or free checked bags. But fliers will find improved snacks, a larger selection of free movies and — on a few select routes — the return of free meals.

12. Delta Posts $980 Million 4Q Profit on Lower Fuel Prices -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper jet fuel thanks to falling oil prices helped Delta Air Lines earn $980 million in the fourth quarter despite lower revenue than a year ago.

Delta shares rose almost 5 percent in midday trading Tuesday, recovering some of their January losses.

13. Memphis Average Airfare Continues Drop -

The average airfare at Memphis International Airport has dropped more than $93 since 2012, according to passenger and fare data from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The average round trip fare for Memphis International in the second quarter of 2015 was $418.70, an 18 percent drop compared to $511.93 in 2012.

14. Memphis Airport Opens Military Lounge -

Memphis International Airport has opened a lounge for U.S. military personnel and their family members.

In past holiday seasons, the airport has created a space for traveling military personnel, but the new lounge is a permanent, fully enclosed space.

15. Memphis Airport Opens New Military Lounge, Nursing Room -

Memphis International Airport has opened a lounge for U.S. military personnel and their family members.

In past holiday seasons, the airport has created a space for traveling military personnel, but the new lounge is a permanent, fully enclosed space.

16. Airlines Prep for Holiday Crush: More Flights, Bigger Planes -

DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are shifting the timing of thousands of flights, even adding dozens of redeyes, as they try to avoid delays while hauling millions of passengers from now through the Christmas weekend.

17. Jack Sammons Back At Airport Authority Board -

The Memphis City Council confirmed it last week, and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority made it official Thursday, Dec. 10.

Jack Sammons is returning to the airport authority board, beginning a new seven-year term on Jan. 1.

18. Jack Sammons Back At Airport Authority Board -

The Memphis City Council confirmed it last week, and the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority made it official Thursday, Dec. 10.

Jack Sammons is returning to the airport authority board, beginning a new seven-year term on Jan. 1.

19. Sammons Could Return to Memphis Airport Authority -

The city’s outgoing chief administrative officer, Jack Sammons, could return to a position on the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board.

20. More Thanksgiving Travelers; Don't Get Stuck at the Airport -

NEW YORK (AP) — A stronger economy and lower gas prices mean Thanksgiving travelers can expect more congested highways this year.

During the long holiday weekend, 46.9 million Americans are expected to go 50 miles or more from home, the highest number since 2007, according to travel agency and car lobbying group AAA. That would be a 0.6 percent increase over last year and the seventh straight year of growth.

21. Marriott Becomes World's Largest Hotelier, Buying Starwood -

NEW YORK (AP) — Hotel behemoth Marriott International is becoming even larger, taking over rival chain Starwood in a $12.2 billion deal that will catapult it to become the world's largest hotelier by a wide margin.

22. US Sues Over Proposed Deal Between United, Delta at Newark -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government wants to block a deal that would increase United Airlines' grip over Newark Liberty International Airport, saying that it would drive up fares.

23. Airlines Post Better On-Time Rate but Get More Complaints -

WASHINGTON (AP) — More flights are arriving on time but consumer complaints about the airlines have risen sharply.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that the nation's leading carriers posted an on-time rate of 80.3 percent in August. That was better than the 78.1 percent mark in July and 77.7 percent the previous August.

24. GLO Will Look to Grow Routes In Memphis -

A New Orleans-based carrier new to the scene could unlock more routes for Memphis International Airport.

GLO, a startup airline founded in 2013, announced 12 weekly nonstop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis to begin in November.

25. Memphis Nabs Nonstop Flight to New Orleans -

Traveling to the Big Easy just got easier with announcement of a new carrier to Memphis International Airport.

GLO, a New Orleans-based startup founded in 2013, announced 12 weekly nonstop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Memphis.

26. Memphis Airport Adds Phoenix to its Nonstop Roster -

Allegiant Airlines announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, that it will add nonstop service between Memphis International Airport and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The new service marks the first nonstop flights between Memphis and Phoenix since Delta cut the route. It’s the 10th new air service added at Memphis International this year, bringing the total to 40 nonstop destinations.

27. Origin-and-Destination Traffic Up 9.6 Pct. at Airport -

Origin-and-destination air traffic at Memphis International Airport increased by 9.6 percent in July compared to a year ago.

The 173,000 total enplanements in July represented an increase in origin-and-destination traffic for every airline serving the airport except Delta Air Lines.

28. Origin-and-Destination Traffic Up 9.6 Percent at Airport -

Origin-and-destination air traffic at Memphis International Airport increased by 9.6 percent in July compared to a year ago.

The 173,000 total enplanements in July represented an increase in origin-and-destination traffic for every airline serving the airport except Delta Air Lines.

29. Cheaper Fuel Helps Southwest, United Post Record 2Q Profits -

DALLAS (AP) — Cheaper fuel and full planes are adding up to record airline profits, and the carriers are sharing the bounty with stockholders.

They're finally even giving passengers a break on fares.

30. Allegiant Adds New Nonstops from Memphis -

Just two months after landing at Memphis International Airport, Allegiant Air is expanding its service.

The Las Vegas-based, ultra-low cost carrier is adding twice-weekly flights to Austin, Texas, and Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning Oct. 1, according to a press release from the airline.

31. Delta Pilots Reject Tentative Labor Contract Nearly 2-to-1 -

ATLANTA (AP) – Pilots at Delta Air Lines have rejected a tentative contract approved by union negotiators.

The Air Line Pilots Association said Friday that pilots voted 65 percent to 35 percent to reject the deal.

32. Carnival Aims to Launch Miami to Cuba Cruises in May -

The world's largest cruise company could be heading to Cuba.

Starting in May, Carnival Corp. plans to offer trips from Miami to the Caribbean island nation, the company announced Tuesday. Carnival says it would become the first American cruise company to visit Cuba since the 1960 trade embargo. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination in order to volunteer there.

33. American Airlines Adding Memphis-NYC Flights -

American Airlines is adding two daily nonstop flights between Memphis International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport.

Ticket sales for the New York nonstops begin Saturday, July 4. The flights will depart Memphis at 6:45 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. In LaGuardia, the flights to Memphis will depart at 11:05 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

34. US Probing Airline Collusion to Keep Fares High -

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

35. Plane Talk -

It was 2012 and Tom Jones was growing increasingly frustrated.

The root of Jones’ discontent was the high fares Delta Air Lines was extracting from Mid-Southerners at Memphis International Airport.

36. US Probing Possible Airline Collusion to Keep Fares High -

The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion between major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

37. OneJet Lands in Memphis, Thanks in Part to FedEx -

Mid-South business travelers now have an easy, efficient way to reach several large Midwestern markets.

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, launched its inaugural Memphis to Indianapolis flight on Monday, June 22.

38. OneJet Is Memphis International Airport’s Newest Airline -

OneJet, a startup airline catering to business travelers, has launched its Memphis to Indianapolis route, providing easy access to several large markets in the Midwest.

OneJet is offering nonstop service from Memphis International Airport to Indianapolis Mondays through Thursdays starting Monday, June 22. Launched two years ago, OneJet offers regional business service to Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and now Memphis.

39. Airport Leaders Talk Post-Delta Era -

Two years ago this month, Delta Air Lines executives told officials at Memphis International Airport that Memphis would no longer be a Delta hub, an announcement that came after a series of cuts in the number of daily flights.

40. Memphis Airport Authority OKs Incentives Program, Lyft Ride-Sharing Operations -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has reached an operating agreement with a popular ride-sharing service and retooled an incentive program designed to attract new air service.

New incentives target 21 specific destinations

41. Airlines Boost On-Time Arrivals, Reduce Canceled Flights -

Airlines are doing a better job lately of arriving on time and canceling fewer flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 81.8 percent of flights on the nation's leading airlines arrived on time in April. That's up from 78.7 percent in March and 79.6 percent in April 2014.

42. Airlines Boost On-Time Arrivals, Reduce Canceled Flights -

Airlines are doing a better job lately of arriving on time and canceling fewer flights.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday that 81.8 percent of flights on the nation's leading airlines arrived on time in April. That's up from 78.7 percent in March and 79.6 percent in April 2014.

43. Airline Group Suggests Smaller Carry-On Bags to Free Up Bins -

NEW YORK (AP) – Millions of fliers might soon want to buy new carry-on suitcases.

Global airlines announced Tuesday a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins.

44. Prepare for Takeoff -

At Southern Airways Express’ hub in a Memphis International Airport executive terminal, movement is at a peaceful lull.

There are no loudspeaker announcements or TSA check-in points. Patrons sip complimentary coffee. The lobby opens right onto the tarmac where a fleet of 9-passenger Cessna 208 Caravan jets land about 12 times daily.

45. Statistics Point to Progress at Memphis International Airport -

After years of flight losses resulting from Delta Air Lines’ decision to scale back its Memphis hub, the number of flights – especially those outside the Delta system – is growing and passengers are filling the seats.

46. Memphis Airport Authority Names New Chairman -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has found a new chairman to lead the organization through what is arguably its most important period of change in decades.

Hotel company operator Pace Cooper is replacing Jack Sammons as chairman of the authority’s seven-member board.

47. Memphis Airport Authority Names New Chairman -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority has found a new chairman to lead the organization through what is arguably its most important period of change in decades.

Hotel company operator Pace Cooper is replacing Jack Sammons as chairman of the authority's seven-member board.

48. Top 3 US Airlines Step Up Attack on Middle Eastern Carriers -

Leaders of the three largest U.S. airlines are stepping up their attack against Middle Eastern competitors that they say get unfair government subsidies.

The CEOs of American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., and United Continental Holdings Inc. made a rare public appearance together Friday at the National Press Club in Washington to detail their claims.

49. Delta Slashing 130 Jobs at Memphis International -

A Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary is laying off 130 employees at Memphis International Airport.

DAL Global Services, which provides ground handling, maintenance and cargo handling for Delta at Memphis International, will begin the layoffs May 14, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

50. Larger Aircraft, More Flights for Memphis -

More Memphis International Airport passengers can travel to Miami, Denver, Chicago and Houston starting this month, thanks to larger aircraft and an expected increase in flight frequency.

While the larger aircraft won’t bring new destinations, they will increase the number of seats available on flights to those destinations. The larger planes, coupled with some expected added frequencies to those destinations, will add an average of about four flights, or 407 seats a day, for Memphis passengers once the changes are complete.

51. Delta Slashing 130 Jobs at Memphis International -

A Delta Air Lines Inc. subsidiary is laying off 130 employees at Memphis International Airport.

DAL Global Services, which provides ground handling, maintenance and cargo handling for Delta at Memphis International, will begin the layoffs May 14, according to a notice filed with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

52. Southern Launches MEM-New Orleans Route -

Southern Airways will launch a nonstop flight between Memphis and New Orleans.

The airline decided to start the route due to the “overwhelming requests” from Memphians, according to a company statement. It fills a void left when Delta Air Lines dropped its Memphis to New Orleans flights last year.

53. Two People Emerge For Airport Chairman Post -

A three-member committee of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is recommending two candidates to replace outgoing chairman Jack Sammons.

54. Two People Emerge for Airport Chairman Post -

A three-member committee of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority is recommending two candidates to replace outgoing chairman Jack Sammons.

55. Southern Airways Launching Memphis-New Orleans Route -

Southern Airways will launch a nonstop flight between Memphis and New Orleans.

The airline decided to start the route due to the “overwhelming requests” from Memphians, according to a company statement. It fills a void left when Delta Air Lines dropped its Memphis to New Orleans flights last year.

56. Airport Authority Committee to Recommend New Chairman -

A three-member Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority committee meets Wednesday, May 6, to select a new chairman to replace Jack Sammons.

57. Memphis Airport Inks Partnership With Grizzlies, Tony Allen -

Memphis International Airport is ready for a little grit-n-grind.

Airport officials announced Thursday a three-year marketing partnership and business sponsorship with the Memphis Grizzlies worth more than $500,000. In a separate deal, Tony Allen will become an official airport spokesperson for one year.

58. Report Gives US Airlines Lower Marks Across the Board -

DALLAS (AP) – Think flying is getting worse? A pair of university researchers who track the airline business say it's a fact.

More flights are late, more bags are getting lost, and customers are lodging more complaints about U.S. airlines, government data shows. Dean Headley, a marketing professor at Wichita State and one of the co-authors of the annual report being released Monday, said passengers already know that air travel is getting worse. "We just got the numbers to prove it."

59. Sammons to Become Memphis CAO -

Incoming city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons should arrive at City Hall on May 8, just a few days after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. presents his budget propsosal to the Memphis City Council.

60. Sammons Picks CAO Job -

Former Memphis City Council member Jack Sammons is going back to City Hall and giving up his position as chairman of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority board.

61. Average Airfares Falling At Memphis International -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

The average airfare in Memphis continues to trend downward, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

62. Average Airfares Falling at Memphis International -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

The average airfare in Memphis continues to trend downward, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

63. Airfares Falling in Memphis -

Thanks to the entrance of low-cost carriers, the average domestic airfare at Memphis International Airport dropped, according to figures released by the Department of Transportation.

Memphis International experienced a 4.7 percent decrease in average fares in third quarter 2014, the fourth-largest decrease in the nation. Nationwide, average fares increased by 1.6 percent.

64. Sammons 'Very Interested' in Wharton's Chief Administrator Job -

The Memphis City Council and the chief administrative officer both have offices in City Hall.

But to Jack Sammons, who served on the council for more than 20 years and was Chief Administrative Officer for eight months, there is no contest over which job is better.

65. Delta Lowers Some One-Way Reward Flights to 10,000 Miles -

ATLANTA (AP) – Delta Air Lines Inc. says it will let frequent fliers book some one-way flights for as few as 10,000 miles this year.

66. Wharton Eyes City Hall Shake-Up -

Facing specific criticism from political challengers that his administration is disorganized and hasn’t focused on priorities much past initial press conferences, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. acted this week to shake up his office starting at the top.

67. US Says Long Tarmac Delays Fell to Lowest Level in 2014 -

There were no super-long tarmac delays for airlines in December, making 2014 the best year on record for the fewest such incidents.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Tuesday that for all of 2014, there were 30 domestic flights with ground delays topping three hours. Under rules that took effect in 2010, airlines can be fined for such long delays.

68. Airlines Expect Another Big Year With Help From Cheaper Fuel -

DALLAS (AP) – Leaders of United and Southwest gave an upbeat forecast for 2015 that combined strong travel demand and cheaper fuel. Airline stocks soared on Thursday.

The price of jet fuel has dropped by about half since September, boosting airline profits and tamping down fear that global economic weakness could hurt the carriers. Analysts expect all four of the biggest U.S. airline operators to post bigger profits this year than in 2014.

69. AirTran Makes Final Flight, Ending 21-Year Run -

DALLAS (AP) – AirTran Airways has ceased to exist in an industry that has reshaped itself into something that would not be easily recognized when the Dallas carrier took its first flight about two decades ago.

70. US Companies Eager to Embrace Cuba Face Hurdles -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Cargill aims to sell more corn and soybeans. MasterCard covets another site for Americans to swipe credit cards. Marriott sees beachfront property that needs hotels.

And outside Orlando, Florida, Danny Howell just knows there would be demand for his classic Chevrolet parts.

71. Delta Slashes More Memphis Flights -

Delta Air Lines will dramatically reduce service at Memphis International Airport once again, delivering another blow to airline employees, local flyers and airport officials.

Delta has informed the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority that effective Jan. 5, 2015, the airline will cease nonstop flights to Pittsburgh International Airport, New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. In addition, Delta will cease its nonstop flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in April.

72. Hagerty Works Toward Better Air Connection -

In its second term, Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration hopes to draw even more foreign-based business investment to Tennessee by building international air travel in a state that currently has no hub airports.

73. 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.

74. 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.

75. 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.

76. 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.

77. 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.

78. 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.

79. 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.

80. 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.

81. 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.

82. 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.

83. 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.

84. 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.

85. 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.

86. 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.

87. 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.

88. 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.

89. 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.

90. 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.

91. 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.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. 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.

95. 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.

96. 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.

97. 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.

98. 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.

99. 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.

100. Southwest Announces Potential Flights From Dallas -

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