Delhi has a record low temperature and fog delays flights

Posted: December 29th, 2014

On Sunday, Delhi had record low temps of the season so far, with the temperature going down to 2.6 C (36.68 F), which is about five degrees lower than usual. The resulting fog affected 70 trains and 55 flights. Humidity was recorded at 97 percent and visibility was lower than 50 meters (164 feet). Weather officials say the fog should clear out but in the meantime, trains and flights were affected. On Saturday, Delhi recorded the second-lowest temperature so far this season with it going down to 4.8 degrees Celsius (40 F). The max temp hit 19.2 degrees C (66.56 F).

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airberlin adds flights

Posted: December 23rd, 2014

Starting March 30, 2015, airberlin will add flights from Berlin to Bucharest. This will bring up the number to two per day, and 13 new connecting destinations to and from the Romanian city. According to the Eastern Europe Area Manager of the airline, the extra flight will allow the carrier to increase the destinations available to travelers: places like Chicago, Madrid, Venice, and Palma de Mallorca will be added. These extra flights will also allow airberlin to offer business travelers more flexibility. The new flight will leave Berlin at 21:35 and arrive at 00:40 in Bucharest. The return will leave Bucharest at 06:30 and arrive in Berlin at 07:35.

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System outage cripples UK flights

Posted: December 15th, 2014

All London airspace was closed to air traffic on Friday for just under an hour on in the afternoon because of a computer outage at the National Air Traffic Services. A machine failure resulted in airspace over London being closed, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation. All flights to and from Heathrow were put on hold; a spokesperson said that the outage was due to a technical problem at the Swanwick air traffic control center. Flights landed at Stansted but all departing flights were held. Flights were held until around 7 pm local time. It’s unknown at this time how many flights were affected.

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Air Canada and WestJet ban large pets on holiday flights

Posted: December 7th, 2014

Starting December 15, Air Canada and WestJet will stop allowing large pets as checked baggage until after the holidays are done. Smaller pets will still be allowed in the cabin as carry-on, with restrictions. According to WestJet, the heavy holiday baggage amounts pose a risk to any animals transported in the baggage area. Air Canada says the restrictions are put in place because of increased cargo and passenger loads. On Air Canada flights, passengers may bring pets in carry-on luggage as long as they fit the size restrictions; they may not bring pets if they are unaccompanied minors, are seated in a bulkhead or exit row, or are flying in International Business Class or Premium Economy.

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St. Louis area flight restrictions lifted after Ferguson grand jury decision

Posted: November 26th, 2014

The restrictions in the St. Louis area have been lifted after the grand jury decision in the Ferguson case. A spokesperson for the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport said that the FAA flight restrictions expired at 3:30 am on November 25. The flight restrictions were placed late on Monday when there were reports of gunshots being fired into the sky after the grand just decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot an 18-year old. Approximate 10 flights were canceled or diverted as a result of the restrictions. The spokesperson said the airport should be fully operational Tuesday.

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Three of four passengers leave hospital after Air Canada flight’s rough landing

Posted: November 10th, 2014

On Thursday night, an Air Canada Q400 turboprop aircraft made a rough emergency landing in Edmonton; of the four passengers sent to hospital, three have been released so far. The fourth remains in hospital being observed. Flight 8481 departed from Calgary and had 71 passengers and four crew members on board. According to reports, a tire blew on takeoff but crosswinds made it impossible for the plane to return to Calgary so it carried on to Edmonton. When it arrived, witnesses saw sparks flying from the belly of the plane as it slid down the runway. Emergency vehicles were standing by and the runway was closed to other planes. Investigators from the Transportation Safety Board are looking into the incident.

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France: mysterious and illegal drone flights over nuclear sites

Posted: November 4th, 2014

French security officials are looking into a series of illegal and mysterious drone flights over French nuclear power stations. According to a government official, there have been 15 unmanned drone flights over six different nuclear sites since the beginning of October., with the most recent taking place on Friday the 31st. In that case, drones were seen over two different power plants. Authorities say that the facilities are safe against security risks like those that could be sped by drones. As of right now, investigators have no idea regarding who is responsible for the flights. France gets over two-thirds of its electricity from nuclear power.

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Problems at Heathrow

Posted: October 27th, 2014

A computer problem at Heathrow caused chaos on Saturday, affecting departures, baggage, and landing. Hundreds of passengers sat on the tarmac waiting for their flights to depart, the baggage system was disabled and therefore whole flights took off with no baggage, and many planes that landed couldn’t park to unload passengers. British Airways was the hardest hit, with 23 jets waiting to take off at 9:30 pm.

According to a Heathrow spokesperson, the IT problem happened but it didn’t cause any delays and passengers who thought otherwise had been misinformed by pilots. Despite this denial, angry passengers caused some scenes inside Heathrow terminals and tweeted their frustrations. Some talked about how they took off, without their luggage, others missed connecting flights, and some were still on the tarmac at 1 am after hours of waiting to take off.

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Typhoon Vongfong affecting flights

Posted: October 13th, 2014

Japan flight cancelations are increasing during Typhoon Vongfong. The country’s two largest carriers, ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co., canceled more flights Sunday during the second week of Typhoon Vongfong. ANA canceled 101 flights with 16,600 passengers affected; Japan Airlines cancelled 49 flights for Sunday and five for Monday. These cancelations will be added to the ongoing total of over 450 flights that were scratched yesterday and last week because of the storm.

As of 7 am on Sunday, Okinawa Prefecture reported 23 injuries on its website. More than 200,00 people were to evacuate. Just under 47,000 homes were without power as of 10 am.

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U.S changes flight paths to avoid walrus stampede on beach in Alaska

Posted: October 5th, 2014

Approximately 35,000 walruses are crowded on one Alaska beach because of disappearing sea ice. Because of the number of the animals, a stampede would kill a majority of them, especially the young ones and females, so the FAA has ordered all flights re-routed. Local communities are also asking bush pilots, curiosity seekers, and the media to keep away. The FAA has asked pilots to stay above 2,000 feet and at least half a mile away from the animals. Helicopters must stay at least 3,000 feet up and a mile away because they are louder than planes.

On September 27, scientists on an aerial survey flight saw the walruses on the barrier island in north-western Alaska. This is the largest sighting of walruses on dry land in the U.S Arctic, and it happened just as the summer sea ice fell to its sixth lowest level.

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