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Delta’s Abolished Fees: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 15-21

Airlines & Airports | Michael Isenbek | April 23, 2016

Delta’s Abolished Fees: 5 Aviation Trends That Defined the Week of Apr. 15-21

In a world of seemingly endless additions to already numerous airline fees, Delta recently bucked the trend by abolishing fees for phone and in-person ticket counter reservations. "It is much simpler for our customers to not have to worry if they will pay a fee for ticketing with Delta," commented incoming airline president Glen Hauenstein in statement. Click for more about this decision.

Norwegian Air International has been tentatively approved by the Department of Transportation to operate in the U.S., despite opposition from domestic airlines and their unions. For consumers, it looks like this approval will provide competitive, low-cost transatlantic service when all the elements are in place. Click to find out how Norwegian’s inroads into America will play out.

Flying can be a harrowing experience for someone on the autism spectrum. That’s why Delta, in partnership with its home airport — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International — have opened a calming refuge for autistic travelers right in F Concourse. Dubbed a “multisensory room,” it contains a mini ball pit, bubbling water sculpture, tactile activity panel and other features. Click to find out more.

Ahead of the busy summer flying season, personal finance website WalletHub has released its list of 2016’s best and worst airlines. Delays, baggage issues, pet care, passenger comfort and more were all taken into account — pivotal elements of every booking decision. Click to see how each carrier rated.

Due to what was judged to be insufficient responses to complaints of disabled travelers, the U.S. Transportation Department has fined Air France, British Airways and Lufthansa a combined $550,000. The carriers apparently kept disabled passengers in the dark about the possibility of a DOT investigation into their complaints, among other violations. Click for details.


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