TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

AIR SOUTH, KIWI WEIGH

PLAN TO LINK ROUTES

ATLANTA - Air South and Kiwi International, two start-up airlines, are negotiating a deal to connect their routes in Atlanta. The airlines envision that Air South flights from Miami, Tampa and five other Southeastern cities to Atlanta would connect with Kiwi flights from Atlanta to Chicago and Newark. Either airline could sell a ticket for the longer flight, and baggage could be checked just once.

The talks, first reported in the The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., will likely result in an operating agreement by mid-August, officials said.

A Kiwi spokeswoman said the two airlines "are in active discussions."

AIR EXPRESS LAUNCHES

SOUTHWEST OPERATION

DARIEN, Conn. - Air Express International said it has created a new operating region in the southwestern United States in response to a dramatic expansion of its business.

The region, based in Dallas, includes the following stations: Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, El Paso and Laredo, Texas; Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla; and New Orleans.

Giorgio Laccona, AEI's vice president of operations for North America, said the move will allow the forwarder to capitalize on growing trade with Mexico. He said that the area includes two major Gulf Coast ports and is a jumping-off point for AEI's project forwarding business with the Middle East.

ALASKA STUDIES PROPOSAL

FOR SITKA ROAD/TUNNEL

JUNEAU, Alaska - The state of Alaska is evaluating a proposed road and tunnel project that will link Sitka, Alaska, to Southeast Alaska's main ferry routes.

Sitka is on the west coast of Baranof Island. Under the proposal, which could range in cost from $50 million to $250 million, a one- or two-mile long tunnel would connect with a 15- to 17-mile highway across the island, giving the town access to the ferry route off Baranof's east coast.