Air traffic controllers will see furlough days as the FAA absorbs $637 million in budget cuts.
Virgin America had the highest ranking in the annual report, which takes stock of customer complaints, mishandled baggage and on-time arrival.
Nationally, the average price is just under $3.70 a gallon. Crude oil prices could decline, bringing pump prices down further. Airline stocks have been the winners. Energy stocks have been flat.
With 20% gains in less than three months, this run-up is about over.
Passenger numbers fell by 4% last month as delays and cancellations soared.
If fuel prices remain low, the cost benefits will be reflected directly in carriers' bottom lines.
While some airlines are trying to help you find a compatible seatmate, others will let you pay for no neighbor at all.
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