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Howzit Howard: Airline seats

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii airlines seats...May, June, July...last year, fewer than 2.3 million. This year, almost 2.4 million. Almost a thousand extra seats a day. The added seats are almost entirely to neighbor islands, especially Maui. Delta is cutting seats from Atlanta, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City, but it and other carriers are adding a larger number from LAX.

Wall Street and airline industry analysts like the United-Continental merger. Shares are up. Features are profiling Continental CEO Jeff Smisek as a blunt-spoken risk taker. The articles also say Continental has a collaborative relationship with its unions while United has, in the words of one union leader, a canyon of distrust.

The Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations has activated its rapid response team for employees of the hotel Hana-Maui. A Denver lodging group acquired the property and will be downsizing.

A new U.S. Department of Transportation report says nickel-and-diming adds up. Airlines, desperate to recover the soaring cost of jet fuel, made 2.7 billion dollars last year on baggage fees. All fees added together produced almost eight billion in revenue.

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