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COLLEGE PARK: Delta, United raise airfares

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines hiked its fares on Tuesday and was soon followed by United Airlines, according to Farecompare.com, which tracks ticket prices.

The airfare website sent out a note to members Wednesday saying that Atlanta-based Delta increased ticket prices by $4, $6 and $10 across the bulk of its domestic route system Tuesday afternoon.

Later that night, United and Continental matched the increase.

This is the 17th airfare hike attempt this year and the first since early August.

The success or failure of the hike will depend on whether or not other carriers match the increases.

"An attempt to raise prices a few days ago on smaller cities met resistance which doesn't bode well for this crack at a price hike," Farecompare.com said in its note.

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$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

$10 million in low interest student loans up for grabs

ATLANTA -- State officials have re-opened the pool for $10 million in low interest student loans. 

Lawmakers had set aside $20 million to help families after an overhaul of the lottery-funded HOPE scholarship took effect this summer.

Only about 5,200 students applied for the loans during the initial application period, which ended in July.

The Georgia Student Finance Authority has now re-opened the application process for the remaining $10 million in available loans.

Students have until Oct. 31 to apply for the Student Access Loan Program. 

For applications and details, visit GAcollege411's website.

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Georgia Lottery sales falling short

ATLANTA -- Turns out the budget for education expenses was richer than reality.

The Governor's Office says lottery revenues continue to fall short of expected revenue despite that fact that ticket sales are up in the first quarter of this year.

"We budgeted more revenue than we are now expecting to receive," said Governor Nathan Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson. "We budgeted $903 million in the fiscal year 2012 budget. Fiscal year 2011 lottery deposits to education were $846 million."

11Alive started digging into lottery revenue because of cuts to the Pre-K program. $54 million was cut to make up for falling lottery tickets sales in fiscal year 2011, which ended in June. That caused an exodus of experienced educators from the program.

So how did we get here?

Things started going in the wrong direction in the fiscal year of 2011: Total revenue: $3,597,222,000, down $48,175,000 from the year before, or 1 percent.

COLLEGE PARK: Delta named No. 1 airline

ATLANTA -- Business Travel News has ranked Delta Air Lines the top airline in its annual survey.

Atlanta-based Delta noted the magazine is the industry's most-read by corporate travel managers.

Delta President Ed Bastian sent a memo to airline employees to discuss the honor.

"It is with great pleasure I congratulate you on Delta's most recent achievement," Bastian wrote in the letter. "This win is no doubt thanks to all of your hard work. All of our 80,000 employees have a hand in an award such as this one."

HAPEVILLE: Qatar Airways adds cargo flights to Hartsfield-Jackson

HAPEVILLE: Qatar Airways adds cargo flights to Hartsfield-Jackson

ATLANTA -- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has added a cargo airline to its roster that will connect the world's busiest airport to the Middle East.

On Nov. 2, Qatar Airways will start two weekly flights into Hartsfield-Jackson, bringing an estimated $12 million annual economic impact to Metro Atlanta and creating up to 20 jobs.

The Doha, Qatar-based airline will operate Boeing 777 freighters on the route, which includes stops in Atlanta, Houston, Luxembourg and Doha.

Hartsfield-Jackson's cargo business jumped 40 percent in fiscal 2011, getting a boost from Asian trade.

According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Georgia exports to the Middle East in 2010 were worth nearly $1.4 billion -- up six percent over 2009.