Rebels to hand over black boxes from Flight MH17

Posted: July 21st, 2014

Russian separatist rebels have recovered the black boxes from Flight MH17, shot down by a ground-to-surface missile on July 17. A rebel leader said Sunday that they will hand over the black boxes to the International Civil Aviation Organization. The rebels also have the bodies recovered from the crash site and will keep them in refrigerated train cars in the rebel-held town of Torez until the aviation delegation arrives.

Ukraine and the separatists both deny being responsible for the downed plane, and each accost the other. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board the flight are presumed killed.

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Virgin Atlantic announces flights between Orlando and Belfast

Posted: July 17th, 2014

Northern Ireland is in for a treat with Virgin Atlantic’s new flight schedule between Belfast and Orlando, home to Universal Studios and Disney World in addition to other tourist attractions. These will be the first ever scheduled flights between Florida and Ireland.

The eight flights starting next summer will be leave from Belfast International on a 747-400 on four Thursdays between the end of June and the middle of July, and four return flights on Thursdays in July. The program will be reviewed and more flights may be added if the initial ones are a success.

Belfast Airport officials hope the announcement will draw travelers from southern Ireland to the area wishing to fly to Florida.

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Fights break out near Tripoli airport in Libya

Posted: July 14th, 2014

Three people are dead and flights are suspended due to fighting between rival militias at Libya’s main airport on Sunday. The Zintan militia were in control of the airport but came under heavy attack by what appears to be rebels from Misratis.

The Zintan militiamen helped overthrow Gaddafi in 2011 but the government is unable to control their continued defiance of state authority. Although they supposedly work for the government, they do as they want, seizing oil fields, fighting, and demanding the authorities follow their political agendas.

This most recent clash has injured 11 people to date and all domestic and international flights have been halted. Several rockets are reported to have hit the airport perimeter

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Uncharged or non-working cellphones and laptops banned from U.S.-bound flights

Posted: July 8th, 2014

All passengers wishing to board a plane to the United States have to ensure their electronic devices are fully charged and in working order. Under new rules, according to the Transport Security Administration, all passengers must be able to power on their electronics during check-in.

The new security measure was put in place by the U.S. head of Homeland Security last week, one of many instituted to increase security for planes on direct flights to the United States.

It’s unknown at this time how the TSA will deal with phones and devices being brought to the States as gifts, still in their original packaging.

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Mounties to carry loaded firearms on Canadian flights

Posted: July 6th, 2014

The Conservative government in Canada has agreed to allow peace officers to carry loaded firearms on Canadian airplanes. The in-flight security officials, to date, have never carried loaded guns on flights before. Airlines were barred from “knowingly allow[ing] a person to transport a loaded firearm on board an aircraft.”

The government has not yet said who will be considered eligible to carry loaded firearms on board. As part of the Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program, RCMP officers travel undercover on planes.

The change was part of an overhaul of the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations. The changes will take effect on July 14, 2014.

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Big changes for Southwest Airlines

Posted: July 2nd, 2014

Starting July 1, Southwest Airlines will become an international carrier. It will now offer flights to Jamaica and Aruba from Atlanta, Baltimore, and Orlando. Over the coming months, more gates will follow.

While not long-haul flights, these represent a big change in the company’s history. It’s been a domestic-only carrier for 43 years, and this is made possible by Southwest’s taking over of the operations for its subsidiary, AirTran. These flights are just the first step, though, because eventually more routes will be added to Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and some parts of South America.

It is unknown at this time how Southwest’s presence on these flights will impact ticket prices.

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Transweast Air offers a way for people to get to the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games

Posted: June 30th, 2014

For those football fans in Saskatoon who want to go see the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ home games in Regina, Transwest Air is offering a flight package. A shuttle will take the enthusiasts to the stadium and back from the aircraft, as well.

The deal costs $235 CAD plus tax, and leaves Saskatoon about 90 minutes before takeoff, the flights take about 35 minutes each way. Of course, the price of the package does not include the tickets.

The Roughriders’ regular season starts Sunday at 5 pm. They will host the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Flights can be booked by calling or emailing Transwest Air.

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Ryanair cancels several flights because of French air traffic controller strike

Posted: June 25th, 2014

Ryanair canceled four flights into and out of Dublin on Tuesday because of a French air controller strike. Aer Lingus also advised passengers to expect delays. So far, Flights FR7032 to Faro, FR1116 to Reus Salou, FR6875 to Barcelona, and FR7256 to Madrid were canceled at 9:30 am. Flights into Dublin from Faro and Barcelona were also canceled.

Further delays and cancelations are expected so passengers should check with the airline’s website before heading to the airport.

A further 26 flights into and out of France have been canceled, none of which affect Irish airports. The strike is planned to go on for a total of six days, with Tuesday being the first day.


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Security breach at Pearson International; flight to Brazil ordered to return

Posted: June 23rd, 2014

On Thursday a man breached the security at Pearson International by going through a staff-only door to enter his terminal after leaving for a cigarette. Once the breach had been determined, the Terminal was shut down and all flights into and out of Terminal 1 were suspended. Additionally, a flight to Brazil that had left shortly after midnight was ordered to turn back even though it had been in the air for several hours at the time of the order.

No one is certain why Transport Canada made the plane fly all the way back to Pearson. Normally a flight would land at the closest runway.

The man who had committed the security breach was arrested and then released after it was determined there was no criminal intent in his breach.

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American Airlines cuts majority of flights to Venezuela over summer due to debt

Posted: June 19th, 2014

On June 17, American Airlines announced it would cut almost 80 percent of its flights to Venezuela due to the debt owed by the Venezuelan government. Currently the government owes different airlines $4.2 billion.

Starting on July 2, American Airlines will offer only 10 flights per week instead of its usual 48. Further, the flights from Dallas, New York, and San Juan, Puerto Rico will be scrapped; only the flights from Miami will be kept. According to the airline, this is because Venezuela owes the carrier $750 million in revenue.

Other airlines are owed as well. This month, the International Air Transport Association said that the country is holding $4 billion in airline money due to a currency-control problem.

Alitalia and Air Canada have already suspended all flights to Caracas. Copa has reduced services, and other U.S. airlines have restricted sales due to money owed.

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