Here’s Something U.S. Airports Do Well

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Travelers who admire airport efficiency should book their next flight through Atlanta.

Blame Baggage Fees for Long Airport Lines?

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — Lines at some airports have gotten nightmarish as travelers head into the summer's first holiday weekend. As a result, a top Transportation Security Administration official has lost his job, airlines are pleading that Congress spend more money on the TSA, and two U.S.

Baggage Fees: Fliers hate them, but they work

As travelers gear up for holiday travel, they Southwest now stands alone as the only U.S. airline to let passenger check a bag or two for free. And baggage fees account for 2.4 percent of all airline revenue, up from .55 percent before 2008, when many airlines started charging for even one checked bag.

CIBER Debate Focuses on Emirates and Open Skies

A dispute among U.S. and Gulf carriers over international routes might come down to differences in accounting practices, an Emirates Airlines official said Oct. 14, 2015, during a Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) forum in College Park, Md. Under an arrangement known as “open skies,” airlines of many nations may freely compete on international routes, so long as they don't receive government subsidies.

Korean Companies look to U.S. While Dreaming of a 'New Silk Road'

When the South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Washington, DC, last week, she brought along a small army of business representatives: 166 in all. 

Not-So-Friendly Skies

SMITH BRAIN TRUST — American, Delta and United are going to legal war against the Gulf Carriers — Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. They want the Gulf carriers' access to U.S.

Beyond the Bet: Recollections of Julian Simon

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- U.S. oil prices fell to a six-year low on Aug. 11, 2015, and one person not surprised would be Julian L. Simon, an economist at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business who died in 1998. When many scholars predicted ever-dwindling oil supplies, Simon argued that market forces would encourage innovation in extraction and energy alternatives.

Some Fliers Hate Baggage Fees, But They Work

SMITH BRAIN TRUST -- Customers have kvetched about airline baggage fees since American Airlines started charging people for even one checked bag in 2008, but the practice has swept the industry. Last month, JetBlue started charging passengers for luggage, leaving Southwest standing alone as the only company to let all passengers check a bag or two without an extra charge.

How COVID-19 Is Changing the Airline Industry

Here are some of the big trends facing the airline industry and its passengers now.

When Disaster Strikes, Stockpiling Surges

New research offers keys for how retailers and suppliers can prepare and plan for runs on essential stock to reduce shortages during a crisis.

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