- Check the flight schedules for the cities you will frequently fly between. For example, if you're traveling from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport to Albuquerque, you'll find many more flights on Southwest (southwest.com). On the other hand, United (united.com) and U.S. Airways (usairways.com) offer more flights to Boston. Finding the airline that offers the most flights lets you easily shop both for lower prices and more convenient times.
- Examine the hidden costs. Rarely do the quoted prices for tickets contain all the costs you will incur for travel. As airlines struggled financially in the early 21st century they began adding fees for things such as checked baggage and seat selection. Visit the websites of the airlines to research all of the costs involved.
- Research the customer service conveniences of each airlines. See who has fewer layovers on the routes you'll fly and who offers online check-in. Don't forget cancellation policies. Some airlines will charge a hefty fee for you to change your travel plans, while others, like Southwest, let you do this at no cost.
- ook into the frequent-flyer programs to see which would work best for you. The Huffington Post recommends American Airlines (aa.com) if you fly a lot because its top tier perks are the best. But if you fly less often, United might be a better choice.
Airports Council International [ACI] has named the best airports around the World. The Top 5 have 4 repeats and one surprise new winner. South Korea’s Incheon International has again, for the 5th time, won the top spot. The surprise new entrant at number 5 position is Hyderabad International airport.
From the Middle East the field is scored by Tel Aviv taking the Gold, and Dubai taking Silver, and Abu Dhabi Bronze
The rest of the winners are below..
BEST AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE
1) Incheon (ICN)
2) Singapore (SIN)
3) Hong Kong (HKG)
4) Beijing (PEK)
5) Hyderabad (HYD)
3) Hong Kong (HKG)
4) Beijing (PEK)
5) Hyderabad (HYD)
BEST AIRPORT BY SIZE
Over 40 Million Passengers
1) Hong Kong (HKG)
2) Beijing (PEK)
3) Denver (DEN)
4) Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
5) Houston George Bush (IAH)
World's best airports, Singapore Changi Airport offers the services and modern facilities at the two terminal (welcome center) at the airport.
Services at Changi Airport include:
Engineering and Maintenance (MAS EM) is hoping Qantas Airways will send some of its aircraft to Malaysia for heavy maintenance checks.
MAS EM senior general manager Roslan Ismail said in an interview that he is hoping Qantas may have heavy maintenance checks on A380s as well as Airbus A330s and some of its 747s done in Malaysia rather than Australia.
He also says MAS EM and Qantas are proceeding with plans to establish a joint venture that will utilise MAS EM's heavy maintenance facilities in Kuala Lumpur.
He says the two sides were originally planning to start the venture in this year's third quarter but now it will start in next year's first or second quarter.
"They [Qantas' maintenance and engineering bosses] said give them a few months to sort things out," he says.
"They have a new CEO at Qantas and they have this union problem."
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: A US Airways jet is prepared for flight at Los Angles International Airport (LAX) July 17, 2008 in Los Angles, California. The US Airline Pilots Association, representing 5,200 US Airways pilots, and eight senior US Airline pilots have filed complaints with the Federal Aviation Administration, charging that the airline is pressuring pilots to use less fuel than they feel is safe. In a full-page ad that appeared in USA Today July 16, the union accused the airline of 'a program of intimidation to pressure your captain to reduce fuel loads'. Eight pilots who asked for 'an extra 10 to 15 minutes worth of fuel' were ordered to take extra training, which could jeopardize their licenses. US Airways denies that the action was punitive. Because of skyrocketing fuel prices, the airline is trying lighten their aircraft by removing movie players, using lighter meal carts, replacing glassware with plastic, and not carrying unnecessary extra fuel. The company is also cutting inefficient routes and buying more fuel-efficient jets. FAA regulations require airlines to carry enough fuel to fly at least 45 minutes beyond their intended destination. In addition, pilots are given final authority on whether their flight should have additional fuel.
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