How Phoenix has a global network of travel agents
Arizona is a popular tourist destination, with a population of nearly 12 million people, with more than half of them American citizens.
The state is also home to one of the busiest airports in the country, where American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways operate their flights.
But now, as the US prepares to begin flying its new-look, cheaper and faster jets, it is attracting new competition, too.
According to an Arizona Republic analysis of US travel agents, Phoenix has more than a dozen travel agencies offering domestic flights.
All of them are competing for the same customers, the report said.
Many are offering lower fares, lower fees and the promise of cheaper international flights, but with a higher risk of fraud, it said.
Among the Arizona-based travel agents are Phoenix-based Delta Airline, the largest American airline by passengers, with about a third of its flights booked through its Phoenix Airport and an additional 10% booked through a regional hub in Denver.
Delta Airlines flights also are booked through Phoenix-area hub JetBlue, and Denver-based JetBlue is the second-largest U.S. airline, behind Southwest.
The companies have different pricing plans and often offer lower fares.
Delta said in a statement that it was pleased to be competing against other American airlines in the marketplace, but it “cannot guarantee that our low fares will be a sustainable proposition for our customers in the future.”
It added that its new service is intended to help the company’s growing global network with its global reach.
It also said its customers, including families and retirees, can use its flights to visit family members and friends, and for those who do not want to pay a higher price, they can choose to pay less.
The Arizona Republic reported the findings.