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.