InternationalFlights.com Blog

RCMP investigate after three flights affected by lasers in B.C.

Posted: September 29th, 2014

RCMP in Richmond, British Columbia are investigating this week after three different flights arriving or departing from the Vancouver airport were hit by lasers last week. A spokesperson for the RCMP said all three cases happened on Monday.

Lasers are a problem for flights because the light can be blinding for pilots. Pointing lasers at airplanes is illegal; under the Aeronautics Act, someone who is convicted of pointing a laser into a cockpit of an aircraft in Canada can get up to five years in prison and be fined up to $100,000.

No one was injured in any of the cases and police say they weren’t able to find the person responsible.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Last evacuation flight from Los Cabos

Posted: September 22nd, 2014

Calgary received the final evacuation flight from Los Cabos Mexico, where Hurricane Odile has ravaged the country, causing power outages and leaving vacationers and residents without water and phone service. WestJet flight 4821 arrived in Calgary on Friday night, bringing home 45 Canadians who were stranded in the resort area of Los Cabos. The flight was open to any Canadians who needed to get home.

Earlier on Friday, the Government of Canada website for Canadians who are living or traveling abroad told all Canadians in the area to make their way to the Los Cabos airport if they wanted to get home. According to spokesperson Robert Palmer, the WestJet flight brought to Mexico over 4000 bottles of water before they picked up the Canadian passengers.  WestJet operated a similar flight on Thursday.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Air France will operate only 40 percent of flights due to strike

Posted: September 15th, 2014

Pilots are due to strike for a week starting Monday and Air France will run only 40 percent of its scheduled flights. The strike is due to planned cuts. According to Air France CEO, the strike could go until September 22, which will cost the airline between 10 and 15 million euros each day, which is equal to between 12.9 and 19.4 million USD. Air France is the second-largest traditional carrier in Europe and approximately 60 percent of its pilots are planning to strike on September 15. The airline issued a profit warning in past months but efforts to cut costs are hampered by the unions. Passengers will be asked to change their tickets from this time period

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

London Luton airport closed following discovery of suspicious package

Posted: September 10th, 2014

London Luton airport was closed on Monday after security officials observed a suspicious item in a passenger’s hand luggage and raised the alarm at 1:36 pm. At least 50 flights were canceled and many others were delayed. It’s thought that it all started because of a hair dryer.

Passengers were left waiting on planes and approximately 2,000 people were evacuated from the airport. Thirteen flights were diverted to Birmingham, Gatwick, and Stansted. Roads nearby were closed as well. A bomb disposal team along with its robot performed a controlled explosion at 5:15 pm and the airport reopened shortly after that. No arrests were made as a result of the scare.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Virgin Atlantic will stop flying to Canada

Posted: September 7th, 2014

Starting in October, Virgin Atlantic will no longer offer flights to Canada. The summer schedule with flights between Vancouver and Heathrow end on October 11 and will not continue next summer, according to an announcement from the airline on Wednesday. The airline offered five flights per week.

Virgin Atlantic is increasing its flights to the United States, but getting rid of flights between Heathrow and Tokyo and Heathrow and Mumbai in a restructuring move driven by its partnership with Delta Air Lines Inc. Winter flights to Cape Town, South Africa will also stop after April 2015. According to a spokesperson for the airline, they looked at each route and determined if it was profitable or would ever be profitable, and if it was strategic. Those that did not meet one or the the other of the criteria were eliminated.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

CAAP suspending all flights to Tacloban airport

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines will suspend all flights to Tacloban airport starting on Wednesday because of potholes on the runway. Tacloban is the main airport gateway to Leyte province but pilots and airline operators are saying that the potholes, which are “fast developing,” will damage planes and make landings and take-offs unsafe for passengers and crew. According to one CAAP official, the runway will be repaired so that smaller turbo-prop aircraft will be able to resume within a week but it could be months before larger aircraft can use the runway. The entire runway will have to be refinished with five inches of asphalt before the larger commercial jets like Boeing B737 and Airbus A320 will resume flights.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

United States launches surveillance flights over Syria

Posted: August 26th, 2014

President Obama gave approval to launch surveillance flights over Syria. This means that the U.S. could carry out airstrikes against ISIS targets there, even though Obama has not yet approved military action there. Additional intelligence is needed before he could make that decision. Officials at the Pentagon have been putting together potential options, including military airstrikes.

According to one official, the President needs reliable intelligence from that area and the surveillance flights is one of the best ways to gather that information. The president has been resisting taking any military action in Syria but there was a failed rescue mission carried out earlier this summer in an attempt to rescue American hostages.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Overnight flights at Pearson International Airport draw noise complaints

Posted: August 24th, 2014

A city councillor and residents are asking Transport Canada to reverse a decision that permits increased flight traffic between 1230 am and 630 am at the Pearson International Airport near Toronto. Dozens of residents are being woken several times through the night by the roar of jets, according to Etobicoke Center Councillor Peter Leon. He recently tabled a motion at the city’s executive committee, calling on Transport Canada to reverse its 2013 decision hat permits more flights to take off and land at Pearson between 1230 am and 630 am. Transport Canada has not talked about what will happen should the council support Leon’s motion.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Report warns threat to airliners; United States bans flights over Syria

Posted: August 20th, 2014

Swiss-based researchers and FAA have reported that Syrian rebels have a variety of anti-aircraft missiles. These could easily fall into the hands of extremists intent upon shooting down commercial planes. The report, performed by an international arms research group, was released just a few hours after the FAA notified all U.S. airlines that they must stop flying over Syrian airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration had warned about flights over Syria previously but hadn’t yet prohibited them. Most airlines stopped flying over Syria after the warning in May 2013.

In the notice, the FAA said that opposition groups have already been successful in shooting down Syrian military aircraft using these same weapon systems.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Two more airlines suspend flights to Ebola-affected areas

Posted: August 18th, 2014

On Saturday, Liberian government officials expanded the number of Ebola treatment centres, and health experts have said that this outbreak of Ebola might go on for another six months. Two more airlines announced they would be cancelling flights to the region: Gambia Bird and Kenya Airways both said they were suspending flights to the capital cities of Sierra Leone and Liberia. This decision was made to avoid spreading the fatal illness beyond the four countries already afflicted. Gambia Bird has already stopped its flights and Kenya Airways will stop flights at midnight on Tuesday, August 19.

So far over 1,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa, and Liberia has more deaths than the other three countries.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

InternationalFlights.com is dedicated to bringing you cheap international flights and international travel to destinations all over the world. Whether you're looking for a cheap international flight to Africa, Asia, Austria, or Australia, or a cheap flight to Scotland, South America, Spain, Sweden, or Switzerland, cheap tickets are our game. We can help you find cheap flights to anywhere, from Amsterdam to the Ukraine, from Belgium to Turkey. On our cheap ticket site you can search for international tickets or international airfares; you'll find tips, deals, and discounts for airlines and tickets to anywhere in the world, including China, Cyprus, Denmark, Dublin, Egypt, and England. International airlines have cheap flights to just about anywhere these days; international airfares and cheap airfares for travel, both business and pleasure, to locations such as Europe, Finland, France, Frankfurt, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and Japan.

Search now for international airline tickets, and get your cheap flight to Korea, London, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, or Paris. Our massive database of flights will help you find the cheapest flight, the cheapest ticket, wherever you want to go. Book your airline ticket to the Philippines, Prague, or Rome, and know that you're getting cheap airfares. Whether you say airfare or air tickets, the result's the same. Your international ticket will be a great price. If your next air ticket is to Russia, Thailand, or Turkey, you can trust InternationalFlights.com to get you the best deal.