August 09, 2006

Alaska Airlines will add six weekly flights this fall on existing routes to some of Mexico's more popular resort destinations. Starting Oct. 29, the airline will increase the number of weekly flights connecting Los Angeles and Loreto from three to four, Manzanillo from four to six, and Mazatlan from seven to eight. Alaska Airlines also will increase the number of weekly flights between San Francisco and Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo from two to four.

Even while rising gas prices are causing airfares to go up, Denver International Airport had its busiest month ever in June, handling 4,394,473 passengers. This was an increase of more than 100,000 people over the previous busiest month, July 2005.

On Monday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that British Airways would be assessed a $50,000 fine for denying transport to four passengers with mobility-related disabilities on flights departing from the United States. Under the Air Carrier Access Act, carriers can not require disabled passengers to be accompanied by an attendant unless the passengers' lack of mobility is severe enough that he or she would be unable to assist in his or her own evacuation, an evaluation that British Airways did not attempt to make, according to the DOT's Aviation Enforcement Office.