Study: Cutting Business Travel Can Hurt Profits
(Source: usatoday.com) Businesses that continued to send employees on the road during the recession were more profitable than those that cut back on business travel, a new study out today has found.
Ending 'Holding Pattern,' FAA Cancels Plan to Close Towers
(Source: cnn.com) After several weeks of indecision, the Obama administration has decided against closing 149 contractor-run air traffic control towers due to sweeping budget cuts. The decision by the Transportation Department brought a "sigh of relief" from small- and medium-sized airports nationwide that would have been impacted by the closures. Those towers employ some 900 controllers and the airports employ a range of other workers.
Amtrak Unveils Locomotives to Replace Aging Fleet
(Source: foxnews.com) When Amtrak unveils the first of 70 new locomotives Monday at a plant in California, it will mark what the national passenger railroad service hopes will be a new era of better reliability, streamlined maintenance and better energy efficiency. On a broader scale, the new engines could well be viewed as emblematic of the improving financial health of Amtrak, which has long been dependent on subsidies from an often reluctant Congress.
What's Ahead in Frequent Flyer Programs
(Source: executivetravelmagazine.com) Experts expect to see at least two big changes in loyalty programs in 2013. Although there are plenty of topics regarding miles and points that deserve attention-such as the days of wine and roses for large credit card acquisition bonuses may now be down to beer and pretzels-there are two areas that I expect will reach a "tipping point" in 2013.