August 2007

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

Stockton Airport Lands Commercial Service

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
It’s no mirage: Stockton to Phoenix for $59
Joe GoldeenBy Joe Goldeen
The Stockton (CA) Record

STOCKTON – Allegiant Air will begin twice-a-week passenger service between Stockton Metropolitan Airport and Phoenix beginning Oct. 26. Allegiant, the only commercial jet airline serving San Joaquin County, currently operates five flights a week between Stockton and Las Vegas. The announced nonstop service to Williams Gateway Airport, serving Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz., will start with an introductory fare of $59 one way and depart Stockton at 9:05 a.m. local time Monday and Friday mornings, arriving in Phoenix at 11:55 a.m. Mountain time. The Stockton-bound flight will leave Phoenix at 7:40 a.m. Mountain time and arrive in Stockton at 8:30 a.m. local time, also Monday and Friday mornings. “We are extremely pleased to again expand the Allegiant brand of low-fare, nonstop jet service within the San Joaquin Valley. This is an exciting new addition for our airline and our customers as we launch the only scheduled service between Stockton and Arizona,” said Maurice Gallagher, president and CEO of Allegiant Air, in a brief statement. Stockton Airport Director Barry Rondinella was excited about the new flights, calling it a good development for the airport. “Phoenix is a very good destination. There’s a big difference when America West was here – the cost of the tickets. Boy, that $59 is cheap. America West varied, but it was well over $100,” said Rondinella, referring to the last commercial airline that served Stockton and only flew to Phoenix.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

User Fees- Airline Propanganda Continues

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Airlines lobby passengers for help
Carriers want private jet owners to ante up for air traffic control system
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Major airlines are asking passengers for help convincing Congress that private aircraft owners should pay more to modernize an outdated air traffic control system. U.S. carriers are drumming up customer support through e-mails, airline magazine commentaries and in-flight videos, blaming a surge in corporate jet and small plane traffic for delays that are at record levels. Delta Air Lines Inc. sent an e-mail to its frequent fliers this month, asking them to write their congressional representatives and request corporate jet owners ante up for a new air-traffic control system. The airline plans to start showing a short animated video on most flights Sept. 1, blaming air congestion on increased flying by corporate jets and small planes. The video also suggests operators and owners of those aircraft aren?t paying their fair share for a new air-traffic control system. ?I hate to say it but they?re liars,? says Phil Boyer, head of a trade group that represents general aviation.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

User Fees- Airline Propanganda Continues

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Airlines lobby passengers for help
Carriers want private jet owners to ante up for air traffic control system
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Major airlines are asking passengers for help convincing Congress that private aircraft owners should pay more to modernize an outdated air traffic control system. U.S. carriers are drumming up customer support through e-mails, airline magazine commentaries and in-flight videos, blaming a surge in corporate jet and small plane traffic for delays that are at record levels. Delta Air Lines Inc. sent an e-mail to its frequent fliers this month, asking them to write their congressional representatives and request corporate jet owners ante up for a new air-traffic control system. The airline plans to start showing a short animated video on most flights Sept. 1, blaming air congestion on increased flying by corporate jets and small planes. The video also suggests operators and owners of those aircraft aren?t paying their fair share for a new air-traffic control system. ?I hate to say it but they?re liars,? says Phil Boyer, head of a trade group that represents general aviation.