Two airlines hike charge on second bag for Europe flights

Baggage fees between the U.S. and Europe are rising.

Both Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings are raising fees to check a second bag on flights to Europe. The first bag is still free. Both had charged $50 for a second bag; now Delta will charge $60 if it’s checked online, $75 at the airport. 

Railroad, EPA settle dispute over lead contamination

Union Pacific and the Environmental Protection Agency are ending their decade-long dispute over lead contamination in Omaha with a settlement that reduces the railroad’s share of the cost to $25 million instead of the more than $200 million originally sought.

The dispute dealt with nearly 6,000 lead-contaminated Omaha properties. The settlement agreement, reviewed Wednesday by The Associated Press before it was filed in court, includes no admission of wrongdoing by the railroad.

Since 2001, the EPA and Union Pacific have been trying to determine how much the railroad should pay because it owned property where another company ran a lead smelter. 

American Airlines ordered to put fares back on Orbitz

American Airlines must put its fares back on travel site Orbitz.com, a judge ruled Wednesday.

The Fort Worth-based carrier had previously pulled its fares off the site in December, saying it wanted the website to connect directly to the airline’s reservation system.

At issue are the fees American and other airlines pay the big travel reservation systems, called global distribution systems, to display flights and make bookings. American wants more travel services, such as travel agencies and websites, to connect directly to American’s own reservations system.

Initially, the Illinois court had ruled in favor of American, saying the carrier did not have to provide its fare information to Orbitz LLC while the two parties settled their contract dispute in the courts.