Gambia bans flights coming from Ebola-affected countries

Posted: April 16th, 2014

Gambia has banned flights coming from west African countries affected by Ebola.

According to staff at Banjul International Airport, President Jammeh made an order to all airlines to cancel all flights from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea in an attempt to stop the spread of the deadly virus Ebola. This means that people who are traveling are now stranded in those countries.

Brussels Airlines will still be permitted to drop people off but cannot pick up any passengers.

To date, 168 cases have been identified in Guinea, which is the worst in history. One hundred and eight people have died since the start of the year. According to the World Health Organization, the outbreak started in the southern forests but spread to a city on the Atlantic coast that is home to two million people.

Liberia has 21 suspected cases and 10 deaths, Mali has suspected cases, and Sierra Leone has no suspected cases but is still on the list of banned countries.

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Air Canada Rouge to hire over 100 flight attendants in Montreal

Posted: April 7th, 2014

Air Canada Rouge is opening a base of operations in Montreal in June, and plans to hire more than 100 flight attendants.

A low-cost division of Air Canada, Rouge will offer travellers 51 flights a week from Montreal. Some of the 12 destinations it will serve will include the United States and Europe. Right now the flights from Montreal are staffed by crews that fly in from Toronto on Air Canada flights.

According to Air Canada, service will be transferred from some routes to Air Canada Rouge later in April from Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary. Flight attendants based out of Vancouver will fly the Calgary routes.

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Air Canada: some flights may be canceled because of pilot strike

Posted: April 3rd, 2014

Air Canada has warned its passengers that some code-sharing flights with Lufthansa might be affected by the current Lufthansa pilots’ strike.

On Tuesday, Lufthansa announced that approximately 3,800 flights would be canceled between Tuesday and Thursday, including to and from some airports in Canada, because of a planned strike by cockpit crews.

Air Canada is a partner with Lufthansa in the Star Alliance and has code-share flights with the German airline. Air Canada recommended travelers check their Frankfurt and Munich flights to ensure they wouldn’t be affected. If so, Air Canada is offering those affected passengers rebooking through other available gateways.

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Families of passengers from Flight MH370 demand truth about missing plane

Posted: March 31st, 2014

Thirty-five relatives of the passengers from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in Malaysia early on Sunday to demand proof from the authorities that the jet crashed into the Indian Ocean.

According to the spokesperson, the Malaysian government has been providing “confusing information” and that led to delays in the search efforts. The group wants an apology and wants their relatives’ bodies.

Flight MH370 disappeared early in the morning on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8. The majority of those on board were Chinese.

As of right now, the group says they don’t have any intention to head to Australia According to a representative of the group, they don’t feel there is enough evidence to show that’s where the jet ended up.

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People still flying despite loss of MH370

Posted: March 25th, 2014

The loss of Flight MH370 has not deterred travelers from flying but some experts say that Malaysia Airlines’ reputation might suffer if the search is drawn out much longer.

According to a spokesperson from Flight Centre, sales have remained steady overall for Australian travelers, and Malaysia Airlines’ sales are “faring well.” He said most people want to know what happened to the plane, and will make their decisions about flying with the company after it’s discovered what happened.

An anonymous source at Malaysia Airlines said that he wasn’t aware of any flights from or to Australia being canceled aside from typical low-season factors.

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Know your travel rights

Posted: March 23rd, 2014

According to CBC Marketplace, most Canadians don’t know their rights when it comes to issues with their flight.

Canada doesn’t have a comprehensive air passenger bill like the EU, so passengers have to enforce their rights on their own. Here are some tips when it comes to dealing with problems with flights.

You can be compensated if there’s a problem with your luggage. If you lose it, or it gets damaged, airlines have to compensate you for reasonable costs. In other words, if you’re on your way to an important meeting and your suitcase is lost, buy a new suit and the airline will reimburse you.

If you’ve been sitting on the plane for more than 90 minutes, you might be able to get off the plane.

If your flight is overbooked and you get bumped, you can get some compensation in the form of travel voucher or cash.

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Passengers of missing Malaysian flight did not try to make cellphone calls

Posted: March 19th, 2014

Unlike the passengers of the four airplanes that were hijacked on September 11, 2011, the passengers of Flight MH370 did not try to make frantic cellphone calls after the plane turned off course.

Investigators have been unable to find any evidence of cellphone calls, Weibo or Twitter postings, or any other type of communications from anyone on board the plane. Of course, there are millions of phone records for authorities to get through, but to date there is no evidence that anyone tried to contact anyone in the outside world.

Considering that most people on the plane were from two countries where the use of mobile phones is prevalent, it’s unusual that no one tried. This makes sense if the plane was flying too high for personal electronics use.

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Flight MH370 flew on for more than six hours after contact was lost

Posted: March 17th, 2014

According to Malaysia’s Prime Minister, investigators have ruled out pilot error and mechanical failure in missing Malaysian Flight MH370; the plane flew on for more than six hours after the last contact.

The plane, a Boeing 777, which had the fuel to fly for eight hours, could have gone northwest to Kazakhstan or towards the Indian Ocean. It is unknown at this time if the plane has crashed. Search teams, previously focusing on ocean areas hundreds of miles from the new suspected flight path, will refocus their efforts with this new information.

Experts say someone disabled the plane’s communication systems and then continued flying.

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Tips for dealing with delayed and canceled flights

Posted: March 10th, 2014

With the weather the way it has been for most of this winter, tens of thousands of flights have been canceled and several hundred thousand have been delayed. There are some things you can do that may help you in the event that this happens to your flight plans.

The first thing you should do is talk to an actual person. If that means hinting that you’re thinking about buying a first-class international flight, then so be it. Once you get a person on the phone, let him or her know about any flexibility you may have and be open to suggestions on alternative routes.

The second thing you should do is to change your flight as soon as possible when a travel advisory is issued. Get out of the way of the storm rather than waiting it out and getting delayed or canceled. Alternatively, fly on standby if you can.

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Jet Airways withdraws Kolkata flights

Posted: March 9th, 2014

Jet Airways has pulled four flights from Kolkata in order to free up aircraft that are needed for international commitments. An additional two flights will be withdrawn next month, which will leave 24 daily departures from that city.

The commitments were part of a deal with Etihad Airlines, which bought 24 percent of Jet Airways in a $339 million deal.

The four flights that were withdrawn were to Delhi, Lucknow, Chennai, and Bangalore. They were cut first because they had lower volume of passengers and it makes sense to cut the flights with the lowest yields.

The two flights that will be withdrawn next month are ones with international destinations.

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