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Airlines from Mexico are now able to launch new services to the United States following a finding by the FAA that Mexico complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted final approval to the joint request by American Airlines and Japan Airlines for antitrust immunity for their proposed joint business between North America and Asia.

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United Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to begin daily nonstop service between the airline’s Los Angeles hub and Shanghai, starting on May 20, 2011.

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American Airlines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch nonstop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, China on April 5, 2011.

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An analysis conducted by non-profit organization the Consumer Travel Alliance has found that major U.S. airlines are not disclosing the vast majority of existing ancillary fees on their websites, despite regular statements to the contrary by the airlines.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is proposing to deny an application for antitrust immunity made by Delta Air Lines and affiliates of the Virgin Blue Group for joint services between the United States and Australia.

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‘Fly Rights’ offers air travelers advice on such issues as how to get the best airfare, what to expect when a flight is delayed or canceled, and how to avoid travel scams. It also provides information on various federal airline regulations, including accommodating air travelers with disabilities and rules for bumping and baggage compensation.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Transportation for permission to operate twice-daily, year-round service between London Heathrow Airport and Boston, and daily year-round service between Heathrow and Miami.

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For the second month running since the U.S. Department of Transportation introduced a new consumer rule on April 29, the largest U.S. airlines have reported drastically lower numbers of tarmac delays exceeding three hours, without reporting any increase in the rate of flight cancellations.

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Complicating Delta Air Lines’ attempt to increase service frequency on its new Detroit-Sao Paulo route by trying to switch the rights to three weekly regional Brazil frequencies from its existing Atlanta-Rio de Janeiro service, American Airlines claims Delta is relinquishing the service frequencies and has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the right to use them.

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Delta Air Lines has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand its service between the United States and Brazil, in order to allow increased flights between its Detroit hub and Sao Paulo.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has granted antitrust immunity to American Airlines and four international partners in the oneworld Alliance to form an integrated transatlantic joint business. The five carriers can now go ahead and put the arrangement into effect.

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British Airways, American Airlines and Iberia have received final regulatory approval from the European Commission to enter into a joint business agreement on transatlantic flights. They expect to receive a final decision on transatlantic anti-trust immunity from the U.S. DOT shortly.

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Hawaiian Airlines says its plan for expansion into Asia has taken a major step forward with final approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the carrier’s application to operate nonstop daily service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Honolulu International Airport.

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Alitalia has joined the Air France-KLM Group and Delta Air Lines as a member of the transatlantic joint venture established by the latter three carriers in the spring of 2009 after they received U.S. Department of Transportation and European Union anti-trust approval for the intra-SkyTeam Alliance grouping.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded American Airlines rights to fly 11 new flights per week between the United States and Brazil, starting November 18. American will offer daily nonstop service between New York JFK and Rio de Janeiro and four-times-weekly service between Miami and Brasilia.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is proposing to award four routes to Tokyo’s downtown Haneda Airport to American Airlines at New York, Delta Air Lines at Los Angeles and Detroit, and Hawaiian Airlines at Honolulu when the airport’s fourth runway becomes operational later this year.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has assessed a $200,000 fine against Southwest Airlines for violating federal rules covering passengers denied boarding on oversold flights.

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Air travelers in the United States must no longer be subjected to lengthy tarmac delays on domestic flights and will enjoy additional consumer protections as a result of a new rule becoming effective on April 29.

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