February 14, 2007

Southwest Airlines will resume service to San Francisco International Airport this fall, although more specific details are not yet available. The airline, which suspended service from San Francisco in 2001, cited improvements in the airport's operations as a major factor in the decision to return.

On Feb. 1, the United Kingdom's Air Passenger Duty doubled on flights originating in the United Kingdom from £20 (US$39) to £40 (US$78) on long-haul flights in economy class, while the duty on long-haul flights in business class increased from £40 (US$78) to £80 (US$156). The higher duty applies to passengers who purchased their tickets before the hike was announced on Dec. 12 as well as those who booked flights following the change. Only British Airways is covering the duty increase for customers who booked travel before the increase was announced.