Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Monday, June 15, 1998

Continental adds seats on Oahu-Manila service

Continental Airlines is beefing up its Honolulu-Guam-Manila service for one day this week as the Philippine Airlines' pilots strike continues.

On Thursday, Continental will switch from a DC-10 to a 747, thus adding 150 seats on the Honolulu-Guam leg of the flight. From Guam to Manila, the airline is adding another aircraft for an additional 180 seats. The additional seating will then be available from Manila on Friday.

Ron Wright, Continental's director of marketing and sales in Hawaii, said the objective is to help Hawaii and Philippine residents during the busy travel season. The strike against Philippine Airlines by the 625-member pilots' union began June 5.

TWA, flight attendants reach pact, avert strike

ST. LOUIS -- Trans World Airlines and the union representing flight attendants have resolved differences over staffing for Boeing 757s, averting a possible strike of the aircraft.

The agreement between the St. Louis-based airline and the International Association of Machinists was reached Friday, said James F. Martin, TWA's senior vice president for human resources. Details were not disclosed.

Northwest doubles fee for unsupervised kids

EAGAN, Minn. -- Northwest Airlines has doubled the fee it charges to supervise children flying alone on connecting flights.

The carrier increased the fee June 1 to $120 from $60 for a round trip with connections. The fee is in addition to the ticket price and is mandatory for children 5 to 11. Airline personnel escort the children to connecting gates and supervise them on layovers. The service is optional for youths 12 to 17.

Delta Air Lines matched the increase June 2, but all other carriers remain at $60, according to Best Fares travel magazine.

Northwest spokeswoman Kathy Peach said the fee was raised because of the steady increase in the number of children flying without parents. "You've got more people using a service, and it's a costly one to run," she said.

The $60 fee Northwest charges unaccompanied children for round trips on nonstop flights was not raised.

General Motors strike idles 60,000 workers

DETROIT -- Negotiations resumed today at two General Motors Corp. parts plants in an effort to end strikes there and avoid a virtual shutdown of the automaker's U.S. assembly operations.

The walkout of 9,200 workers at two plants in Flint has idled 60,000 workers and was costing GM at least $40 million a day.

Over the weekend, GM officials met separately with representatives of two United Auto Workers locals at the Flint Metal Center and the Delphi Flint East plant, but no progress was reported. Parts shortages from the strike have closed or partially closed 13 of GM's 28 wholly owned major assembly plants and 59 parts plants in the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Analysts expect most of GM's assembly plants to be down by week's end, but parts still in the delivery pipeline could keep a few open longer.

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