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

Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates
 The world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control....

Posted: 8 hours ago

The world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control....
Delta strikes partnership with Kenya Airways
 Delta Air Lines has a new code-share marketing partnership with Kenya Airways for flights to and from Nairobi. Code-sharing can allow passengers to easily book connecting itineraries on two airlines. Kenya Airways has its hub in Nairobi. This code-share partnership started Aug. 11 with Delta putting its code on Kenya Airways flights to Nairobi...

Posted: 8 hours ago

Delta Air Lines has a new code-share marketing partnership with Kenya Airways for flights to and from Nairobi. Code-sharing can allow passengers to easily book connecting itineraries on two airlines. Kenya Airways has its hub in Nairobi. This code-share partnership started Aug. 11 with Delta putting its code on Kenya Airways flights to Nairobi...
UPS, Teamsters reach labor deal on aircraft mechanics contract
 The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said it has reached a labor deal with UPS covering the shipping giant’s aircraft mechanics. The tentative agreement between Teamsters Local 2727 and Sandy Springs-based UPS brings an end to contentious negotiations over four years of bargaining. If approved by the 1,300 aircraft...

Posted: 2 days ago

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters said it has reached a labor deal with UPS covering the shipping giant’s aircraft mechanics. The tentative agreement between Teamsters Local 2727 and Sandy Springs-based UPS brings an end to contentious negotiations over four years of bargaining. If approved by the 1,300 aircraft...
Atlanta City Council raising questions about Gulch deal
 Members of Atlanta’s City Council are raising concerns about a proposed billion-dollar commitment of public money to a sprawling redevelopment in downtown’s Gulch, and what taxpayers will get in return. So far, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office isn’t providing any answers to their questions. AJC FLASHBACK PHOTOS...

Posted: 2 days ago

Members of Atlanta’s City Council are raising concerns about a proposed billion-dollar commitment of public money to a sprawling redevelopment in downtown’s Gulch, and what taxpayers will get in return. So far, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office isn’t providing any answers to their questions. AJC FLASHBACK PHOTOS...
Hartsfield-Jackson tests canopy lighting system
 Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said it is testing the lighting system on a massive canopy under construction at the domestic terminal curbside. The Atlanta airport has begun construction of the first of two canopies at the domestic terminal. The Terminal North canopy is under construction and expected to be completed...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport said it is testing the lighting system on a massive canopy under construction at the domestic terminal curbside. The Atlanta airport has begun construction of the first of two canopies at the domestic terminal. The Terminal North canopy is under construction and expected to be completed...
JetBlue frequent flier program ranks 1st in J.D. Power study
 JetBlue Airways, which began flying to Atlanta last year, ranked 1st in a J.D. Power study of frequent flier programs released Wednesday. New York-based JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program scored 812 out of 1,000 points in the J.D. Power 2018 airline loyalty program satisfaction study. Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program...

Posted: 2 days ago

JetBlue Airways, which began flying to Atlanta last year, ranked 1st in a J.D. Power study of frequent flier programs released Wednesday. New York-based JetBlue’s TrueBlue loyalty program scored 812 out of 1,000 points in the J.D. Power 2018 airline loyalty program satisfaction study. Southwest Airlines’ Rapid Rewards program...
Southwest restricts emotional support animals, service animals
 Southwest Airlines has announced new restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals, following similar moves by Delta Air Lines and other carriers. Dallas-based Southwest, the second-largest airline in Atlanta, announced that starting Sept. 17 it will limit emotional support animals to one dog or cat per customer.  No...

Posted: 3 days ago

Southwest Airlines has announced new restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals, following similar moves by Delta Air Lines and other carriers. Dallas-based Southwest, the second-largest airline in Atlanta, announced that starting Sept. 17 it will limit emotional support animals to one dog or cat per customer.  No...
Delta hiring 1,000 flight attendants
 Delta Air Lines said it plans to hire more than 1,000 flight attendants for 2019. Last year, the airline had about 1,700 flight attendant openings and said it got more than 270,000 applicants. In order to qualify for the job of flight attendant at Delta, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule, have a high school...

Posted: 3 days ago

Delta Air Lines said it plans to hire more than 1,000 flight attendants for 2019. Last year, the airline had about 1,700 flight attendant openings and said it got more than 270,000 applicants. In order to qualify for the job of flight attendant at Delta, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule, have a high school...
TWA hotel at JFK Airport now booking events
 A TWA Hotel, planned as a redevelopment of the now-defunct airline’s terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, recently started accepting event bookings. The hotel will preserve the TWA terminal built by architect Eero Saarinen and originally opened in 1962. The terminal closed in 2001, and has been listed...

Posted: 4 days ago

A TWA Hotel, planned as a redevelopment of the now-defunct airline’s terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, recently started accepting event bookings. The hotel will preserve the TWA terminal built by architect Eero Saarinen and originally opened in 1962. The terminal closed in 2001, and has been listed...
Seattle plane theft: How does Atlanta airport handle security risks?
 The Friday night theft of a commercial airliner from a major airport by an airline worker, who then flew the plane around the Seattle area and crashed it into an island, is prompting new scrutiny of aviation security and screenings of workers. In the hours and days following the harrowing event involving an empty 76-seat Horizon...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Friday night theft of a commercial airliner from a major airport by an airline worker, who then flew the plane around the Seattle area and crashed it into an island, is prompting new scrutiny of aviation security and screenings of workers. In the hours and days following the harrowing event involving an empty 76-seat Horizon...
Lawsuits target Delta and vendor for cybersecurity breach
 In the wake of a massive data breach involving chat software on Delta Air Lines’ website, potential class-action lawsuits point a finger at the airline for putting its customers’ information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta says it has no liability and the online chat provider, a company called [24]7.ai, is liable for the...

Posted: 7 days ago

In the wake of a massive data breach involving chat software on Delta Air Lines’ website, potential class-action lawsuits point a finger at the airline for putting its customers’ information at risk. Atlanta-based Delta says it has no liability and the online chat provider, a company called [24]7.ai, is liable for the...