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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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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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