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Feds soliciting comments on peanut ban proposal

The Travel Trolley ATLANTA – Federal authorities are mulling banning airlines from distributing peanuts as snacks on airplanes, saying the move would benefit people with severe peanut allergies. The peanut proposal was among a number of consumer protections the U.S. Department of Transportation announced earlier this month. Other proposed protections include increasing the compensation airlines pay to passengers who are involuntarily bumped from flights and a requirement that airlines prominently disclose baggage fees and offer

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Airline Data: Traffic up 2.4 percent from March 2009

The Travel Trolley The Transportation Statistics reported that U.S. airlines carried 62.4 million scheduled domestic and international passengers in March 2010. That represents a 2.4 percent increase from March 2009. However, the March 2010 passenger total was 7.8 percent below that of two years ago in March 2008. BTS also reported that U.S. airlines carried 2 percent more domestic passengers in March 2010 than in March 2009. The number of international passengers on U.S. carriers

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Reed appoints airport GM search committee

ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed a committee to oversee the search for a new airport general manager. The nine-member committee — chaired by Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé — will work with a search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, to interview and recommend candidates for the post. The committee is working pro bono. “My goal is to find an individual who will continue to maintain Atlanta’s dominance as the number one passenger airport

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Study: Customer satisfaction with airlines improves

ATLANTA – Customer satisfaction with the nation’s airlines has improved, bucking a three-year downward trend, a new study suggests. According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 North America Airline Satisfaction Study, overall customer satisfaction with airlines increased to 673 on a 1,000-point scale. That’s up 15 points from 2009. “The fact that overall satisfaction with airlines has improved is particularly notable in light of a difficult economic year, in which add-on fees have continued

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Delta: Expanding first class on domestic flights

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines today said it plans to make first class service available on all domestic flights longer than 750 miles — or about two and one-half hours of flight time. The service will be effective beginning this fall. “This enhanced service reflects the investment Delta is making in improving the customer experience on the ground and in the air across both our domestic and international network,” Glen Hauenstein, Delta’s executive vice president

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Port Columbus Passenger Activity Continues To Stabilize

Special to The Travel Trolley COLUMBUS, Ohio – Passenger activity at Port Columbus International Airport showed a slight increase in April, officials said. Statistics released during a recent meeting of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority Board of Directors show that in April Port Columbus had a 0.8 percent increase in passengers compared to the previous year. A total of 529,496 passengers traveled through Port Columbus in April compared to 525,223 in April 2009. Year-to-date 1,957,333

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Experts suggest investing in travel insurance

SMYRNA, Ga. – A massive oil spill, airline strikes, volcanic ash. They can spell disaster for travel plans. But some experts suggest travelers invest in travel insurance to ensure that canceled travel plans don’t guarantee lost money. “Plain and simple, travel insurance is peace of mind,” Jim Grace, president and CEO of InsureMyTrip.com, said in a news release. “It’s knowing that if or when the unexpected happens, from (canceled) and delayed flights to missed cruise

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Perdue signs bill closing seatbelt loophole

ATLANTA – Gov. Sonny Perdue today signed into law a bill to close a loophole and require both the driver and passenger of a pickup truck to buckle up. “Pick-ups have changed over the years, and are often used to get back and forth to work on an everyday basis. Today, they are out on our expressways and bypasses, as well as farms,” Perdue said in a news release. “We all recognize that seatbelts save

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Hotel rates offer positive news for travelers (Summer 2010 Outlook Part III)

SMYRNA, Ga. – It’s the journey, not the destination may not be quite the case this summer, especially considering that airfares are likely to rise this summer. Travelers, though, should find solace in that fact that hotel rates appear to be holding the key to a good value this summer. “Demand is back, and rooms can be found for a great value,” Dorothy Dowling, Best Western’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, said at