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Beach trips: Southwest Airlines adds Mexican resort towns of Cancun, Los Cabos to its map

DALLAS - Southwest is adding more surf-and-sun spots to its international route map with flights to Cancun and Los Cabos in Mexico. The airline said Monday that beginning Aug. 10 it will fly daily nonstops between Cancun and Atlanta and Baltimore and between Los Cabos and Santa Ana, Calif. It will fly on Saturdays only between Cancun and Milwaukee and between Nassau, Bahamas, and Atlanta. Southwest says that in October, it will start daily nonstops between Denver and Cancun and Saturday flights between Denver and Los Cabos.

Australian government plans to relax foreign ownership rules on Qantas after record loss

CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian government decided on Monday to relax foreign ownership restrictions on Qantas Airways after the national carrier posted a record half-year loss. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his Cabinet ministers had agreed to repeal legislation that prevents foreign airlines from holding more than 35 per cent of the airline and any single foreign investor from holding more than a 25 per cent stake. The Qantas Sale Act, which became law in 1992 as the state-owned airline was about to be privatized, also mandates 51 per cent Australian ownership.

Flight delayed or canceled? Read this

By Lauren Young NEW YORK (Reuters) - Winter has not been kind to airline travelers. Since December 21, more than 74,825 U.S. flights have been canceled and another 285,889 delayed in the United States, according to FlightAware.com, which tracks flights. I was one of those unlucky travelers.

Australia's second largest airline Virgin posts $75 million 6-month loss, blames competition

SYDNEY - Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., the country's No. 2 airline, Friday reported a first-half loss of 83.7 million Australian dollars ($75 million), as airlines increased seat capacity faster than passenger demand in the domestic market. The loss for the six months through December 2013 was a dramatic fall from the AU$23 million profit for the same period a year earlier. Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the result reflected tough trading conditions across the entire industry.

Qantas unable to justify 5,000 job losses - unions

Union leaders Friday said Qantas boss Alan Joyce could not justify why he needs to cut 5,000 jobs during crisis talks as the carrier stepped up pressure on the government to help stem massive losses. After a posting a Aus$235 million (US$210 million) loss in the six months to December 31, Joyce met union heavyweights to detail his decision to axe the jobs and freeze wages following complaints of no consultation and threats of strike action. But Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Dave Oliver said his explanation was not good enough.

Virgin Australia hits out at Qantas after big first-half loss

Australian carrier Virgin urged the government not to bail out rival Qantas Friday after slumping to a first-half loss of Aus$83.7 million (US$75 million), blaming intense competition and economic uncertainties. The results follow Qantas on Thursday announcing a Aus$235 million loss over the same six month period to December 31. In response, Qantas will axe 5,000 jobs and defer aircraft deliveries.

Qantas chief says airline survival in national interest

Qantas chief Alan Joyce said Friday the Australian airline's survival was in the national interest as he held crisis talks with unions and stepped up pressure on the government to help stem massive losses. After a round of breakfast interviews in the wake of a Aus$235 million (US$210 million) loss in the six months to December 31, Joyce met with union heavyweights to explain his decision to axe 5,000 jobs and freeze wages. It follows complaints of no consultation and threats of strike action.

Australia's second largest airline Virgin posts $75 million 6-month loss, blames competition

SYDNEY - Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd., the country's No. 2 airline, posted on Friday a first-half loss of 83.7 million Australian dollars ($75 million), blamed in part on an increase in passenger seats in the Australian aviation market. The statutory loss for the six months through December 2013 was a dramatic fall from the AU$23 million profit for the same period a year earlier. Virgin Australia chief executive John Borghetti said the result reflected tough trading conditions across the entire industry.

In nosedive, Qantas CEO Joyce may find path to safety

By Jane Wardell SYDNEY (Reuters) - Whether through error or circumstance, Qantas Airways Ltd's <QAN.AX> spectacular fall from grace is giving chief executive Alan Joyce his best chance of steering the airline toward long-term salvation. Joyce has called on the Australian government to help the national flag carrier in its hour of need. If Canberra is convinced Qantas is in peril, it may have little option but to abandon decades of resistance and provide state aid.

Indonesia's Batik Air to launch international service

An airline owned by Indonesia's Lion Group announced Thursday it will launch international services with a flight from Jakarta to Singapore later this year. Batik Air, which is part of the Lion Group that also owns Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, will start the flights by November or December, said its chief executive Achmad Luthfie. The airline, which operates as a full-service carrier with meals and drinks and offers business and economy class seating, began operations in May last year servicing domestic destinations in Indonesia.
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