January 19, 2005

The Business Travel Coalition established a web blog on Monday to discuss airfare structure simplification and help the travel industry prepare for change. "The domestic U.S. airfare structure simplification initiative introduced by Delta Air Lines is now industrywide, is expected to stick, will likely evolve over coming weeks and months and could have a profound impact on suppliers and distributors," according to Kevin Mitchell, BTC chairman. BTC is encouranging all industry participants to comment on potential implications from this restructuring. The blog can be accessed at http://btcblog.typepad.com/travelblog/.

Beginning operations on Jan. 25 is the new International Arrivals Building at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The new facility will be able to process about 4,500 passengers per hour and 190 bags per minute.