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April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…


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April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). -  #4 for…


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March 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Dream of being an aristocrat in flight

I came across a little real-life slice of Downton Abbey recently  when I booked a British Airways flight online. You know how when filling in your name on an airline website it gives the option of designating yourself Mr., Mrs. Miss, Ms, Dr? Well,the British Airways ticketing site goes much, much farther. Among the honorifics I could have selected…


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March 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Reader poll: Should airlines get tough with carry-on size limits?

Should they or shouldn’t they? United Airlines, like some European airlines, is getting tough on passengers who haul super-sized  carry-on bags onto planes. United passengers whose carry-on exceeds the airline’s size limits may have to check the bag and pay the $25 checked luggage fee. Sure, it means more money for the airlines, but maybe it will stop people lugging monstrous bags…


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February 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Alaska Airlines joins chorus of opposition to Ariz. law

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is urging  Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people. It joins other major airlines and businesses that have spoken out against the bill. Alaska has 20 peak-season daily flights to Phoenix and Tucson from Seattle and Anchorage, with 228 employees based in Arizona. Alaska CEO Brad…


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February 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets more international ticket counters

International travel is booming at Sea-Tac Airport, and new ticket counters were opened Friday that should ease some of the passenger check-in crush. Fourteen full-service international ticket counters were added at the south end of the main terminal across from the existing international check-in counters, said airport authorities. They’re both self-service and staffed counters. Japan’s All…


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February 13, 2014 at 11:11 AM

PreCheck application center opens in Seattle for fast airport screening

If you want to use the fast, PreCheck security-lanes at dozens of U.S. airports, including Sea-Tac Airport, it just got easier. The Transportation Security Administration formally opened a new PreCheck enrollment center Thursday in Seattle, plus three others around Puget Sound where travelers can apply directly  for membership. Being approved for TSA’s PreCheck lets passengers avoid some…


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February 11, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Alaska adds nonstops, and sale fares, from Seattle

Alaska Airlines is strengthening its cross-country network, adding flights from its Seattle hub to New Orleans, Tampa and Detroit. And it’s offering sale fares to kick off the new flights. Service to New Orleans and Tampa begins June 12; flights to Detroit start Sept. 4. There will be one daily round trip between Seattle and each of…


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February 10, 2014 at 3:53 PM

New flights to Hawaii’s little islands

A new Hawaii  inter-island service, from Honolulu to the small islands of Molokai and Lanai, is being started by Hawaiian Airlines. To mark the new turbo-prop  service (called ‘Ohana by Hawaiian and using 48-passenger ATR-42 aircraft), the airline is offering $59 one-way fares for tickets booked through Feb. 17 for travel through April 17  between…


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February 10, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Delta adds more flights from Seattle

Delta is expanding again out of Seattle, this time with new domestic flights to Palm Springs and other destinations in the West. The new service out of Seattle, starting Dec. 20, includes -Five daily flights to Phoenix. -One daily seasonal (winter) flight to Palm Springs. -Saturday seasonal (winter) service to Tucson -Saturday seasonal (winter) service to Jackson Hole, Wyo. -An additional nonstop…


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