March 09, 2005

Southwest Airlines opened eight new gates yesterday as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport unveiled a new concourse in its Terminal 4. More than 43,000 square feet of concession space also is being added to the terminal.

A study of network air carriers released last week by the National Business Travel Association showed average domestic fares fell 7 percent from Dec. 29, 2004, to Feb. 6, 2005, from $286 to $266. "When these fare changes went into effect, NBTA member travel managers immediately began assessing the impact on their programs and making any adjustments called for," said NBTA president and CEO, Carol A. Devine. "Now this in-depth analysis provides the big picture." The report also finds systemwide fare changes varied a great deal from airline to airline and fares in only five classes on three carriers showed declines of more than 30 percent.