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Nasty Weather in Saskatchewan Disrupts Flights

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

A nasty Saskatchewan Screamer swooped into the region and the result was a disrupted flight schedule throughout much of the mid-west US yesterday.  Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport was the hardest hit where more than 350 flights were canceled due to the weather.  There were an additional 100 cancelations at Chicago Midway.  Southwest Airlines had many cancelations as the airline halted all flights into and out of the area between 6:00 and 9:00 pm on Thursday evening.

In addition to cancelations, many delays were a problem for travelers at O’Hare.  Flights were experiencing an average delay of 90 minutes.  Most airlines flying into Chicago and throughout the mid-west are allowing passengers to have flexibility in re-booking flights in light of the weather and the cancelations.  Snow and ice were the major problems in the region, although wind and low clouds also caused problems in the northeast.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Air Zimbabwe Suspends All Flights Indefinitely

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Air Zimbabwe, the national carrier in Zimbabwe, has announced that it is suspending all flights indefinitely.  CEO for the airline, Innocent Mavhunga, has confirmed this.  The airline had hopes of getting their planes off the ground this week, but they have not been able to convince their pilots to return to work.  Their pilots walked off the job last week after not being paid their wages.

The airline says the situation is in the hands of the government now, which is the major shareholder in the airline.  They are waiting for the cabinet to intervene.  The airline has been struggling for years, with pilot strikes and increasing debt.  A debt of $1.2 million owed to a US spares company caused one of their planes to be impounded in London last year.  This prompted the airline to suspend flights to South Africa, to whom they owed a debt of $500,000.

See the original Google News article for more details.

International Flights Get a Boost as Jet Fuel Prices are Cut

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

B.C. is about to cut the two-cent-per-liter jet fuel tax they currently charge on international flights.  This created a revenue for the government of about $12 million.  However, without the tax international flights will be saving approximately $2000 per flight of ten hours and that means that more and more international flights will come into Vancouver, according to David Solloway from Air China.

If there is even an increase of two international flights per week, Solloway estimates that tourism dollars and job creation will add up to more than the $12 million the government will lose from the jet fuel tax.  That has to be good for the province as a whole.

Alberta was ahead of the game and gave up the tax in 2004.  Most other provinces have followed suit and few remain who still charge the jet fuel tax, which includes Toronto International Airport.  Brad Davies with Virtually There Travel said that by removing the jet fuel tax, Vancouver will be able to compete with Toronto and Calgary.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Possible Siberian Flight Limitations

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In response to the carbon tax imposed by the bloc, Russia is considering limiting the flights over Siberian airspace for all EU carriers.  Earlier this year, the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) began charging all carriers in the EU a tax for the carbon dioxide emissions they produce.  Ivan Kim, transport and infrastructure analyst from Renaissance Capital, said that this tax will cost Russian airlines about 30 million euros, with Aerloft, the country’s flagship carrier, bearing the brunt of the blow.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) are gathering in Moscow to work out a final decision.  Russia, Brazil, the US, and other non-EU countries say that they should not have to pay the tax.  There are as many as 30 countries that plan to take measures in response to the decision.  Limitations on aircraft flying through Siberian airspace is one such measure.  They also plan to ban their airlines from paying the tax.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Delta Now Offering Wi-Fi on All Shuttle Service

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Delta Airlines is now offering Wi-Fi on all their Delta Shuttle flights between New York’s LaGuardia and Chicago’s O’Hare and flights between LaGuardia, Boston Logan, and Washington National.  Delta currently offers the most Wi-Fi-equipped flights of any carrier worldwide.  By this summer more than 800 Delta aircraft will have Wi-Fi installed, including 250 two-class regional jets and 550 mainline aircraft.

Once all the aircraft are equipped with Wi-Fi it will mean that more than 400,000 passengers on 3000 daily flights will have inflight access to Wi-Fi services.  Gail Grimmett, Delta’s senior vice president – New York, said that the inflight Wi-Fi offers passengers to remain connected at 30,000 feet and they are thrilled to offer this service to their Shuttle passengers, along with other amenities, such as free morning newspaper and coffee.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Kingfisher Files New Flight Schedule

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

The struggling Kingfisher Airlines has filed a new flight schedule for the day, in response to demands from the aviation regulators.  The airline has canceled about 30 flights in major metropolitan areas today and has left hundreds of passengers stranded.  The cancelations and new scheduled were delivered with the annoucement to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that the airline will be operating approximately 180 flights daily on 28 aircraft.

On Tuesday the airline was told by DGCA to submit a revised and realistic flight schedule within 24 hours.  Sources say the DGCA is now studying the new schedule.  The concern of the regulators is the large number of recent cancelations and whether or not the lack of funds is compromising the safety of passengers.  In addition, the cival aviation minister declined to comment on the move by the airline to seek financing from a consortium of 13 banks.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Fire at Washington Refinery Does Not Disrupt Vancouver Flights

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The main jet fuel supplier for Vancouver International Airport, BP Cherry Point refinery, has been shut down due to a refinery fire.  Despite this, airport operations are still in full swing.  The fire broke out on Saturday at the third largest plant on the west coast and the interruption in fuel delivery is indefinite at this point.  On Saturday a spokesperson for the company said they do not yet know when the refinery will get back to normal production as workers have worked throughout the weekend to determine how much damage was done.

Ralph Eastman, of Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation, said that there is currently no disruption in the fuel supply to the airport.  The airport gets 60% of its fuel from BP and the remaining fuel from the Chevron refinery in Burnaby.  A delivery from BP that was scheduled for Saturday morning came through and Eastman said that BP has told them it is business as usual.  However, the interruption in BP operations has caused headaches at the pumps.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Estonian Air to Service Tallinn-Paris Route

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

March 16 will see the addition of new Estonian Air flights on the Tallinn-Paris route.  There will be three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and during the peak season, from June 4 to August 31, there will be six weekly flights.  CCO of Estonian Air, Rauno Parras, said that they have added the new flights to enhance their plan to provide the most appealing destinations via Tallinn.

AS Estonian Air is the national carrier in Estonia that and the largest that operates out of Tallinn and connects Estonia to Europe.  The airline flies to a total of 24 destinations throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the CIS countries.  The airline strives to be a hub carrier by expanding its network to include more worldwide travel.  New destinations for 2012 include Helsinki, Jyvaskyla, Riga, Hanover, Venice, Vienna, Joensuu, Tbilisi, and Kajaani.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Frankfurt Airport Continues Flight Cancelations Due to Continuing Strike

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

A continuing strike by ground crew workers at the Frankfurt Airport has caused the continuing cancelations of flights.  The strike began last Thursday.  A total of 231 flights were canceled on Monday and the strike is expected to continue through to Wednesday morning.  The majority of these cancelations were for the airline Lufthansa, which has been canceling flights ahead of time in anticipation of the strike, giving passengers plenty of notice on their website.

The GdF union has about 200 workers on strike as they demand better pay.  Mike Peter Schweitzer, a spokesperson for Fraport AG, the company that operates the airport, said that a total of 1250 flights have been scheduled to operate and the cancelations have come out of those.  He also said that Fraport is ready to negotiate with GdF, but the are waiting for GdF to step up to the negotiating table and to be willing to compromise.  No talks are scheduled as of now.

See the original Google News article for more details.

More Spirit Between Denver and Chicago

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Spirit Airlines is adding more flights between Denver and Chicago‘s O’Hare International Airport.  The announcement was made on Thursday.  Chicago aviation deparatment Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino made a statement in which he said that the addition of the new flights would offer residents of Chicago a new and super low-fare option on flights to Denver.

These new flights will expand the already significant flight offerings  that can be found at O’Hare.  Chicago to Denver is a popular route and Spirit is an ultra low-cost carrier.  The daily flights will begin on May 3, 2012, departing from Chicago at 11:05 am and departing Denver for the return trip at 1:20 pm.  They are a great match for residents of both Chicago and Denver and Spirit will also be adding new flights between Denver and Fort Lauderdale, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Las Vegas.

See the original Google News article for more details.

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