Kelly Yamanouchi

Business reporter

Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi covers airlines and the airport. She started at the AJC in 2008, joining the paper from the Denver Post. 

Latest from Kelly Yamanouchi

Delta to use facial recognition in Atlanta’s international terminal
 Delta Air Lines plans to launch what it calls the nation’s first “biometric terminal” by deploying facial recognition at multiple points in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. At the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and Concourse F at the Atlanta airport, Delta plans to use facial recognition...

Posted: a day ago

Delta Air Lines plans to launch what it calls the nation’s first “biometric terminal” by deploying facial recognition at multiple points in the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. At the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal and Concourse F at the Atlanta airport, Delta plans to use facial recognition...
Hartsfield-Jackson Plane Train track repairs continue
 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Plane Train people-mover track is still undergoing repairs after part of the rail was damaged Sunday. Plane Train contractor Bombardier Transportation is “making progress” with repairs going on at night, according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokeswoman Elise Durham. At night...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s Plane Train people-mover track is still undergoing repairs after part of the rail was damaged Sunday. Plane Train contractor Bombardier Transportation is “making progress” with repairs going on at night, according to Hartsfield-Jackson spokeswoman Elise Durham. At night...
Delta raises checked baggage fees
 Delta Air Lines is increasing the fee to check bags, matching moves by some other carriers. Atlanta-based Delta now charges $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. That’s up $5 from the previous fees of $25 for a first checked bag and $35 for a second checked bag. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have put in...

Posted: 2 days ago

Delta Air Lines is increasing the fee to check bags, matching moves by some other carriers. Atlanta-based Delta now charges $30 for a first checked bag and $40 for a second checked bag. That’s up $5 from the previous fees of $25 for a first checked bag and $35 for a second checked bag. United Airlines and JetBlue Airways have put in...
Hartsfield-Jackson ranks sixth among largest airports for passenger satisfaction
 Hartsfield-Jackson International  came in sixth among the largest North America airports in a new passenger satisfaction study by J.D. Power. The 2018 ranking of 19 “mega airports” put Las Vegas McCarran International in the top spot, followed by Orlando International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. J.D. Power said...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson International came in sixth among the largest North America airports in a new passenger satisfaction study by J.D. Power. The 2018 ranking of 19 “mega airports” put Las Vegas McCarran International in the top spot, followed by Orlando International and Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. J.D. Power said...
Damaged track disrupted Plane Train service at Hartsfield-Jackson
 About 25 feet of rail on the Plane Train people-mover track at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport got damaged Sunday, disrupting service for passengers moving between the terminals and concourses. The problem was caused when a metal plate on a switch near North baggage claim broke off, causing a train to damage the rail on the north...

Posted: 4 days ago

About 25 feet of rail on the Plane Train people-mover track at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport got damaged Sunday, disrupting service for passengers moving between the terminals and concourses. The problem was caused when a metal plate on a switch near North baggage claim broke off, causing a train to damage the rail on the north...
UPDATED: Some flights resume in wake of Hurricane Florence
 After canceling about 275 flights due to Hurricane Florence, Delta Air Lines says it has resumed its regular flight schedule at some airports in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence. But flights to some other airports were still canceled Monday. Atlanta-based Delta said it had restarted flights in Charleston and...

Posted: 4 days ago

After canceling about 275 flights due to Hurricane Florence, Delta Air Lines says it has resumed its regular flight schedule at some airports in the Carolinas in the wake of Hurricane Florence. But flights to some other airports were still canceled Monday. Atlanta-based Delta said it had restarted flights in Charleston and...
UPS hiring 100,000 for holiday shipping season
 Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season. The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019. The full time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry...

Posted: 4 days ago

Sandy Springs-based UPS said it is hiring about 100,000 temporary workers for the holiday shipping season. The jobs are to help handle the huge volume of packages shipped starting in November through January 2019. The full time and part-time seasonal jobs are for package handlers, drivers and driver-helpers, and can be an entry...
Unruly passengers could end up footing bill for flight diversions
 In November 2016, James August was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to New York, when he lost his temper in an outburst that included yelling at his girlfriend, threatening to cut her throat and striking a flight attendant. His violent behavior was so alarming that the captain diverted the plane back to Honolulu...

Posted: 7 days ago

In November 2016, James August was somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on a Hawaiian Airlines flight to New York, when he lost his temper in an outburst that included yelling at his girlfriend, threatening to cut her throat and striking a flight attendant. His violent behavior was so alarming that the captain diverted the plane back to Honolulu...
Delta cancels nearly 200 flights due to Hurricane Florence
 Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has canceled nearly 200 flights due to Hurricane Florence and is operating a reduced flight schedule. Airports in Fayetteville, Jacksonville, New Bern and Wilmington, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. have been closed and could reopen this weekend depending on the status of facilities and infrastructure, according...

Posted: 7 days ago

Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has canceled nearly 200 flights due to Hurricane Florence and is operating a reduced flight schedule. Airports in Fayetteville, Jacksonville, New Bern and Wilmington, N.C. and Myrtle Beach, S.C. have been closed and could reopen this weekend depending on the status of facilities and infrastructure, according...
First Airbus A220 in Delta colors rolls out of paint shop
 Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 has been painted in Delta colors at a paint shop in Mirabel, Quebec. Atlanta-based Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220. The plane now moves into final assembly in Mirabel, and will take its first test flight this fall before beginning service in early 2019. Delta has ordered...

Posted: 8 days ago

Delta Air Lines’ first Airbus A220 has been painted in Delta colors at a paint shop in Mirabel, Quebec. Atlanta-based Delta will be the first U.S. airline to take delivery of the A220. The plane now moves into final assembly in Mirabel, and will take its first test flight this fall before beginning service in early 2019. Delta has ordered...
Atlanta-based firm gathers aerial imagery of areas in path of Hurricane Florence 
 Atlanta-based Airbus Aerial is gathering aerial imagery for insurance companies and utilities preparing to respond to Hurricane Florence. Airbus Aerial, which has its headquarters at Ponce City Market, has most of its 30 Atlanta employees working on Hurricane Florence coordination and activities, said company president Jesse Kallman. The...

Posted: 8 days ago

Atlanta-based Airbus Aerial is gathering aerial imagery for insurance companies and utilities preparing to respond to Hurricane Florence. Airbus Aerial, which has its headquarters at Ponce City Market, has most of its 30 Atlanta employees working on Hurricane Florence coordination and activities, said company president Jesse Kallman. The...