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 expects $5 billion annual profit stream
 Delta Air Lines said it hasn’t grown profits as much as it had hoped, amid higher fuel costs earlier this year — but the Atlanta-based carrier still expects to bring in about $5 billion in pre-tax income for 2018. “We did not grow earnings as anticipated,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian during the company&rsquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

Delta Air Lines said it hasn’t grown profits as much as it had hoped, amid higher fuel costs earlier this year — but the Atlanta-based carrier still expects to bring in about $5 billion in pre-tax income for 2018. “We did not grow earnings as anticipated,” said Delta CEO Ed Bastian during the company&rsquo...
State committee weighs Atlanta airport takeover idea at final meeting
 Two attorneys who represented a company that sued the city of Atlanta for steering contracts to connected friends recounted their case on Thursday to a state Senate committee studying the idea of creating an authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. After the study committee wrapped up its fourth and final meeting, its chairman...

Posted: 2 days ago

Two attorneys who represented a company that sued the city of Atlanta for steering contracts to connected friends recounted their case on Thursday to a state Senate committee studying the idea of creating an authority to run Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. After the study committee wrapped up its fourth and final meeting, its chairman...
Delta Cargo halts new freight shipments after system glitch
 Delta Air Lines’ cargo operation has temporarily stopped taking new freight shipments after a system glitch. The problem arose after a system update, according to a notice on Delta Cargo’s website.  As a result of the system update on Sunday Dec. 9, “our vendor experienced server performance issues, which necessitated...

Posted: 4 days ago

Delta Air Lines’ cargo operation has temporarily stopped taking new freight shipments after a system glitch. The problem arose after a system update, according to a notice on Delta Cargo’s website.  As a result of the system update on Sunday Dec. 9, “our vendor experienced server performance issues, which necessitated...
Delta shifts from zone boarding to color-coded system based on fare class
 Delta Air Lines plans to shift from zone boarding to a color-coded system where passengers board a flight in the order of their fare class. The new system is aimed at making the boarding process less confusing, according to Delta – and it also more clearly prioritizes customers who buy pricier tickets. Delta says it will launch the...

Posted: 4 days ago

Delta Air Lines plans to shift from zone boarding to a color-coded system where passengers board a flight in the order of their fare class. The new system is aimed at making the boarding process less confusing, according to Delta – and it also more clearly prioritizes customers who buy pricier tickets. Delta says it will launch the...
Delta bans puppies as service animals 
 Delta Air Lines said it will ban service and support animals under four months old, and will also ban emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. The change, effective Dec. 18, is the latest tightening of policies on service animals and emotional support animals by Atlanta-based Delta.  The airline said it...

Posted: 4 days ago

Delta Air Lines said it will ban service and support animals under four months old, and will also ban emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours. The change, effective Dec. 18, is the latest tightening of policies on service animals and emotional support animals by Atlanta-based Delta.  The airline said it...
Delta allows seat upgrades with miles via website
 Delta Air Lines says it now allows passengers to buy upgrades using miles via its website. One of the targets for the change are business travelers whose corporate policies don’t allow them to book first class or other premium seats -- but they may want to be able to use their miles to pay for an upgrade after booking their work travel...

Posted: 5 days ago

Delta Air Lines says it now allows passengers to buy upgrades using miles via its website. One of the targets for the change are business travelers whose corporate policies don’t allow them to book first class or other premium seats -- but they may want to be able to use their miles to pay for an upgrade after booking their work travel...
Hartsfield-Jackson to relocate pickup zone for Uber, Lyft
 After months of complaints about the long walk to Uber and Lyft pickup zones at Hartsfield-Jackson International, airport officials plan to move one of the pickup areas closer to the terminal. The Terminal North pickup zone for Uber and Lyft users will be moved by late December to a location airport officials say will be 750 feet closer....

Posted: 5 days ago

After months of complaints about the long walk to Uber and Lyft pickup zones at Hartsfield-Jackson International, airport officials plan to move one of the pickup areas closer to the terminal. The Terminal North pickup zone for Uber and Lyft users will be moved by late December to a location airport officials say will be 750 feet closer....
Delta, Southwest add flights for college football playoff games
 Both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have added flights for the College Football Playoff games later this month. Atlanta-based Delta said it has added more than 1,500 seats, with flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International Airport. Delta is adding service to DFW from Greenville-Spartanburg and its...

Posted: 5 days ago

Both Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have added flights for the College Football Playoff games later this month. Atlanta-based Delta said it has added more than 1,500 seats, with flights to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International and Miami International Airport. Delta is adding service to DFW from Greenville-Spartanburg and its...
Hartsfield-Jackson head: Taxis needed, but business model needs change
 Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden said taxi drivers are facing stiff competition from Uber and Lyft, and he believes the taxi industry needs to change its business model. “There will always be a need for taxis at the airport,” Selden said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think there&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson general manager John Selden said taxi drivers are facing stiff competition from Uber and Lyft, and he believes the taxi industry needs to change its business model. “There will always be a need for taxis at the airport,” Selden said in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I think there&rsquo...
Paulding airport authority votes to terminate lease with developer
 The Paulding County Airport Authority has voted to terminate a lease with a development partner that sought to commercialize the airportand expand it. The airport authority’s action — voting Wednesday to send a termination notice to Silver Comet Terminal Partners LLC — adds to a dispute over the lease that is ...

Posted: 9 days ago

The Paulding County Airport Authority has voted to terminate a lease with a development partner that sought to commercialize the airportand expand it. The airport authority’s action — voting Wednesday to send a termination notice to Silver Comet Terminal Partners LLC — adds to a dispute over the lease that is ...
Hartsfield-Jackson manager aims to fix curb congestion, parking lines
 John Selden has been running the world’s busiest airport for only about two months and says the operation “has always been incredibly efficient.” Even so, he’s already spotted a number of areas for improvement.  Thanks to his background in operations, he’s also managed to devise possible fixes. One of his...

Posted: 10 days ago

John Selden has been running the world’s busiest airport for only about two months and says the operation “has always been incredibly efficient.” Even so, he’s already spotted a number of areas for improvement.  Thanks to his background in operations, he’s also managed to devise possible fixes. One of his...