Why Berlin's $6 billion airport still hasn't opened. And other links from the week.

Berlin's new airport is a mess. Why? Bloomberg tries to explain. Photo: by Muns - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

Berlin's new airport is a mess. Why? Bloomberg tries to explain. Photo: by Muns - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons.

Hey everyone. You've probably noticed I'm back from vacation. It's good to be writing about airlines and airports again. 

Here are some of the stories I have been following. 

Berlin spent $6 billion on a new international airport that should have opened years ago. But that didn't happen. What went wrong? Bloomberg has one of the most in-depth stories I have seen. 

Apparently, pest control is a problem at LAX. The airport is poised to increase its budget for an outside contractor by a factor of 10. "The 70 million passengers hauling personal snacks through LAX each year make it a big buffet for roaches, mice and rats," local NPR affiliate KPCC says. 

Patrick Smith - he write the Ask The Pilot blog - answers some questions for Daily Mail about common words and phrases flight crews use.  They include There-and-back, The Sin Bin, Tracks and All-call.

Frontier is the latest airline to get rid of its toll-free number. Is this a problem? I say not. Cranky Flier agrees. 

Slate says airline tickets are finally getting cheaper. 

United wants to start a second daily San Francisco-Shanghai flight, but it is having trouble obtaining slots in China. Bloomberg. 

Four Seasons hotels has partnered with a tour company to create a private 757 that will travel the world and accommodate wealthy folks. What does it look like? Airline Reporter has photos. 

How does American Airlines treat VIPs at LAX? TV station KTLA goes behind the scenes.