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Southwest Airlines has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation for slots that would allow Southwest to offer the first-ever non-stop service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

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The airline’s bid, one of at least seven expected for the DOT awards of four slot-pairs for longer-haul flights at Washington Reagan National Airport, would provide non-stop service from Washington National to Portland in Oregon and San Diego.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved American Airlines’ request for a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Hainan Airlines of the People’s Republic of China.

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Now airlines and ticket agents must include all mandatory taxes and fees in published airfares and they must disclose baggage fees to consumers buying tickets. Passengers will also be able to hold a reservation without payment, or cancel a booking without penalty for 24 hours after the reservation is made, if they book a week or more before departure date.

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Under the agreement, Delta acquired 132 slot pairs at LaGuardia from US Airways and US Airways acquired from Delta 42 slot pairs at Reagan National, as well as the rights to operate additional daily service to Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2015.

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The DOT has selected American Eagle to offer twice-daily round-trip flights between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and two new destinations in Iowa – Sioux Gateway Airport in Sioux City and Waterloo Regional Airport in Waterloo.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded final approval for the planned transpacific joint business agreement between American Airlines and Qantas Airways. DOT approval represented the final regulatory hurdle the two carriers had to overcome to be able to establish the JBA.

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A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in September 14’s Federal Register proposes a rule which would specify that the airline smoking rule prohibits the use of electronic cigarettes and similar products, just as tobacco products are now prohibited.

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The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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Strategic Airlines confirms it will launch non-stop services from Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu on December 14 and 15, 2011, respectively.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to allow Delta Air Lines and US Airways to exchange some of their operating rights at Reagan Washington National Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport, subject to a number of conditions.

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According to the DOT, its proposed new rule would revise airlines’ current reporting requirements to improve data collection on the amount they receive from different, specific types of fees.

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The changes will affect Essential Air Service markets that Delta serves through its Delta Connection regional-airline partners.

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Federal air traffic control began on July 6, 1936, when the Bureau of Air Commerce took over the operation of the first airway traffic control centers at Newark, New Jersey; Chicago; and Cleveland.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval of antitrust immunity for a transpacific alliance between Delta Air Lines and the Virgin Australia Airlines group. This will allow the carriers to implement a joint venture on services linking the United States, Australia and the South Pacific.

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The new protections will require airlines to reimburse passengers for bag fees if their bags are lost, as well as providing consumers involuntarily bumped from flights with greater compensation. The new protections also expand the current ban on lengthy tarmac delays to foreign carriers and force airlines to disclose hidden fees.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Enforcement Office has issued a new notice to airlines and ticket agents that they must make completely clear to passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a codesharing arrangement.

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The airline will operate daily round-trip service on the route, with its flight originating at Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport and stopping in Lansing before continuing to Washington, D.C.

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Representatives of the United States and Brazil have agreed an Open-Skies aviation services agreement which will significantly liberalize U.S.-Brazil air services for airlines of both countries over a transition period, according to the DOT.

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