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2008-08-07 03:00:23

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Aug. 7--UPDATED: 32 MIN. AGO TAMPA -- On a recent stormy Friday, a 30-mile band of severe weather centered over Gainesville blocked a major commercial airline corridor from the Northeast and Midwest into Tampa International Airport. Pilots changed flight plans over southeast Georgia to join a conga line of airliners along the Gulf Coast. That added extra minutes to inbound flights, but kept air traffic flowing into TIA and other major Florida...

2008-07-22 12:00:49

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 22--TAMPA -- Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines said Monday it would retain service at Tampa International Airport but eliminate flights beginning Sept. 8 at Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. The carrier also said it would reduce Orlando flights to seasonal service. Midwest provides the only nonstop Tampa-Milwaukee service with one daily round-trip flight. The airline is trimming flights as it phases out its MD-80 jets in favor of more...

2008-07-12 03:00:21

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 12--UPDATED: CLEARWATER -- Many customers of Allegiant Air refer to the Las Vegas-based airline as "Ally-Giant," Sabrina LoPiccolo, the airline's public relations and promotions manager, acknowledges. There might be merit in that pronunciation for anyone checking out the financial statements of the discount carrier, which serves St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. The reason: Allegiant Air posted an 8.1 percent profit margin...

2008-07-11 09:00:43

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 11--TAMPA -- As fuel prices soar and airlines trim flights, savvy travelers are booking holiday air travel months early to be assured of a seat. Last year, the best Thanksgiving and Christmas airfares and convenient flights began to disappear around Labor Day. This year, the time to book is right now, travel experts say. What's so different about 2008? Airlines are eliminating flights and using smaller aircraft to save on fuel costs. As a...

2008-07-10 09:00:58

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 10--CLEARWATER -- DayJet, which operates on-demand flights throughout the Southeast aboard three-passenger "very light jets," announced Wednesday that St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport has become its 14th major location. On Wednesday, the Pinellas County airport joined Sarasota Bradenton International and Lakeland Linder Regional as Tampa Bay area airports where travelers can book flights to more than 60 Southeast U.S....

2008-07-09 09:00:41

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 9--TAMPA -- TAMPA -- Southwest Airlines' first partnership with an international carrier could mean lower fares and easier bookings for travel between Tampa and Canada. The agreement announced Tuesday would allow Southwest and Canadian carrier WestJet to share booking information and eliminate potential currency-exchange complications for United States or Canadian-bound passengers. WestJet serves Toronto from Tampa International Airport, in...

2008-07-08 18:00:24

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 8--TAMPA -- Southwest Airlines' first partnership with an international carrier could mean lower fares and easier bookings for Canada-Tampa travelers. The agreement announced Tuesday would allow Southwest and Canadian carrier WestJet to share booking information and eliminate potential foreign currency exchange complications for U.S. or Canadian-bound passengers. WestJet serves Toronto from Tampa International, in addition to seasonal service...

2008-07-08 09:00:45

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jul. 8--TAMPA -- TAMPA -- The Federal Aviation Administration said it is looking for the cause of a dent in the nose of a Northwest Airlines Boeing 757 that landed safely at 1:10 p.m. Sunday at Tampa International Airport. Neither the FAA nor the airline has determined whether the damage was the result of an unexplained structural failure, lightning or another cause. It was uncertain when the FAA would complete its investigation. Initial news...

2008-06-26 09:02:48

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 26--TAMPA -- The aviation industry -- in a rare challenge to a fellow private-sector enterprise -- has begun to focus on oil speculators as a chief cause of what it calls its worst-ever economic crisis. A flurry of Capitol Hill sessions on fuel costs reflects an urgency that aviation interests say surpasses their economic concerns following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Congress held its 40th hearing of the year Wednesday on the surge...

2008-06-25 12:02:45

By Ted Jackovics, Tampa Tribune, Fla. Jun. 25--TAMPA Airlines seeking relief from rising fuel costs are trimming flights nationwide or using smaller aircraft. That's resulting in the loss of hundreds of seats on Tampa International Airport flights, compared with a year ago. Tampa flights are expected to provide 220,073 weekly seats on departing flights in July, down 2.3 percent from the same month a year ago, according to the Official Airline Guide, an Illinois-based company that...


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  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.
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