Your West Valley News: Travel


  • Airlines increase on-time arrivals, reduce canceled flights

    The chances that your flight will be on time and won't get canceled appear to be looking up.The federal Department of Transportation reported Tuesday that 86.5 percent of U.S. flights in November arrived on time, an improvement over both the previous month and November 2015.Less than one-third of 1 percent of domestic flights were canceled, the lowest rate in any month since the department started keeping comparable records in 1995. And the rate of bags that got lost, delayed or damaged was the lowest in figures that go back to 1987, the department said.Hawaiian Airlines and Delta Air Lines posted the best rates for on-time arrivals, over 90 percent. Virgin America, which is now owned by Alaska Airlines' parent, had the worst mark.

  • Gasoline prices around Arizona higher at pumps this week

    PHOENIX (AP) — Gasoline prices around Arizona are higher at the pumps this week.Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $2.18 per gallon, up by more than 3 cents from last week.This week's national average is $2.35 per gallon, down by less than a penny from last week.Triple-A analysts say Arizona pump prices likely will continue to increase as seasonal refinery maintenance gets underway this spring.The East Valley that includes Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Apache Junction, Queen Creek and Ahwatukee currently has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $2.08 a gallon with Flagstaff the highest at $2.36.South Carolina has the lowest average gas price among states in the continental U.S. at $2.12 a gallon and California the highest at $2.81.

  • Uber moves self-driving cars from California to Arizona

    PHOENIX -- Spurned by California over safety concerns, Uber is moving the testing of its driverless cars to Arizona. But Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday that will not endanger Arizona motorist and pedestrians. In fact he contends it actually could make the state's roads safer -- eventually. "There's all kinds of accidents and avoidable deaths due to human error,'' he said. "Uber hopes to solve much of that.'' The move comes after the California Department of Motor Vehicles told Uber it needs a permit to operate its self-driving cars in San Francisco. Anthony Levandowski who runs the company's driverless car program, said those rules should not apply to Uber's test cars because they actually have someone behind the wheels. By contrast, there are no laws in Arizona to prohibit manufacturers from testing driverless cars or even selling them to consumers. And nothing keeps anyone from buying one and taking it out on the road. In fact, the head of the state Department of Transportation acknowledged there are no specific rules in place yet about how they have to be operated and how much actual control -- if any -- a human needs to have. 

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