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Direct Flights to India Soon to Be Reality

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The concept of direct flights from India to Australia have been on the drawing board for a long time and it now looks as though India will soon allow flights from Delhi to both Sydney and Melbourne.  Formal permission has been granted by civil aviation authority in India and flights between India and Australia could begin as early as the end of this year.  Air India has the option of refusing to operate in the sector, but they are ready to take it on, wanting to take advantage of the student, business, and holiday travelers.

In order to operate flights from India to Australia, Air India is waiting for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which are late arriving and are expected to be ready mid-year.  An official with the civil aviation ministry said that these aircraft are a crucial part of the plan to ensure that Air India become more competitive in the industry.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

US Airways Adds Three Flights Between Memphis and Washington

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

US Airways is about to launch its new service between Memphis and Washington, D.C.  The new service starts today and increases the competition at the Memphis International Airport.  There will be three new flights per week, further expanding the airline’s service at Reagan National Airport.  The expanded service included adding flights to 11 new cities and improving service to three others, Memphis included.

Memphis currently has some of the highest airfares in the country and Delta Airlines operates most of the flights out of the airport.  The new competition offered by US Airways, with three daily nonstop flights to Washington, will increase competition and stimulate a decrease in airfares.  The other cities being served from Washington include Omaha, Ottawa, Birmingham, Fayetteville, Islip, Little Rock,  Jacksonville, Pensacola, Tallahassee, and Fort Walton Beach.
The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

KLM Launches Taipei-Amsterdam Nonstop Flights

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

On Monday, KLM Asia, a subsidiary of the Netherlands’ KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, has launched nonstop flights between Taipei and Amsterdam.  This gives KLM the prestigious position of being the first and only carrier to offer nonstop flights between Europe and Taiwan.  There will be daily round-trip flights between the two cities.  KLM has offered flights to Taiwan for the past since 1983, but previously there was a stopover in Bangkok.  The new nonstop flights will save passengers about 3.5 hours each way.

As the nonstop flights are launched between Amsterdam and Taipei, the airline will cease its direct flights between Amsterdam and Manilla.  Instead, under the new schedule, flights to Manilla will go through Taipei.  Chief operating officer of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Pieter J.Th. Elbers, said that the new flights will stimulate trade and tourism between the two cities.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Flights Between Moscow and Minsk Resume

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

A disagreement over the number of flights operating between Moscow and Minsk caused Russia and Belarus to suspend all flights on Monday morning.  Flights resumed when the two countries consented to stick with their current agreement until March 29, at which time they will negotiate.  First Russia revoked the license of Belarusian national carrier Belavia, which in turn prompted Belaruse to revoke Russia’s license.

Russia wants to increase the number of flights to Minsk in order to push Belavia out of competition on the route.  The previous schedule allows Russian airlines to conduct 4 flights per week to Minsk, but Russian airline S7 plans to start daily service on Monday.  Belavia’s Deputy General Director Igor Cherginets said that the Belarusian aviation authorities will not allow this, but despite this the Russian airlines are insisting on it.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Lufthansa Raises Prices on Intercontinental Flights

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

As of April 2, 2012, Lufthansa, the German carrier, will be raising the cost of its intercontinental flights in an effort to offset its higher costs.  These higher costs include that of fuel, air travel tax, and the purchase of carbon emissions certificates.  Ticket prices for all domestic flights and flights within Europe will remain the same.

The increase in ticket prices means that all intercontinental economy flights will go up by EUR20 and for intercontinental business class flights by EUR60.  To balance the rise in prices at least somewhat, Lufthansa is also doing away with the surcharges of booking flights online.  Without the surcharge, the total increase in economy flights will be EUR5 and in business class it will be EUR45.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Mumbai Flights Arrive Only a Minute Apart

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport barely averted tragedy yesterday evening when two Jet Airways flights were scheduled to land on the same runway only a minute apart, the same runway that another flight was about to use for takeoff.

Ottawa Flights Affected by Wildcat Strike in Montreal and Toronto

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Friday morning saw a number of departures and arrivals in the Ottawa Airport in the red.  The flight disruptions were the result of a wildcat strike by Air Canada baggage workers in the Montreal and Toronto airports.  There were at least five Air Canada arrivals to the Ottawa Airport that were canceled and at least another five were delayed.  As of 8:00 am four departing flights were canceled and two were delayed.

The situation was far worse in Montreal and Toronto where the wildcat strike of ground workers caused the delay and cancelation of dozens of flights.  Approximately 150 ground crew workers walked out and the result was the cancelation of 30 flights out of Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau and 60 flights out of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.  Air Canada spokesperson, Isabelle Arthur, said the airline has taken immediate legal action to end the strike and restore service.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

South Korea Will Divert Flights for Rocket Launch

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

According to officials, South Korea is planning to divert the route of a number of flights to clear the airspace for the North Korea Rocket Launch.  North Korea has announced their plans to launch a satellite sometime between April 12 and 16, a move that is viewed by the US and its allies as a precursor to missile testing.  However, North Korea has gone through the proper channels and has notified international aviation and maritime agencies of the intended flight path

North Korea sent a letter to the London-based International Maritime Organization, detailing the launch.  It will be done between 7:00 am and 12:00 pm local time and the coordinates for the two stages of rocket fall-off were given.  The first is due to fall approximately 140 km off the west coast of South Korea and the second stage is expected to fall 190 km east of the northern part of the Philippines.  The government will ask all cargo vessels to keep out of the way of the falling debris.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the original article at Google News.

Hawaiian Airlines to Add New Bay Area-Maui Flights for the Summer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines is adding five new flights from the Bay Area to Maui this summer, which will increase their level of service to the island by 70%.  In addition to their flights to Honolulu, the airline currently operates four weekly flights to Maui from Oakland and three weekly flights to Maui from San Jose.  Ann Botticelli, a spokesperson for the airline, said that the new flights will allow them to route more passengers to other island destinations through Maui, making it so they can avoid the more crowded Honolulu airport.

From July 1 to August 21 daily flights will be operated from Oakland International Airport and from July 4 to August 19 there will be five flights per week from Mineta San Jose International Airport.  These flights are all operated on Boeing 767 aircraft and the airline is offering a fare sale of $498 for a round-trip ticket to Maui from Oakland or San Jose.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the original article at Google News.

Lightening Causes Flight Delays in Winnipeg

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Monday night saw lightening in the Winnipeg area, causing flight delays at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.  The Winnipeg Airports Authority activated a red alert at about 8:00 pm, an alert that requires all ground crews to stay inside for the duration of the alert.  This means that ground crews are not able to go outside to service the aircraft or to load and unload luggage.  A spokesperson for the airport said that the aircraft on the tarmac can act as lightening rods, causing great risk to anyone coming in contact with them.

The red alert meant that flights were facing potential delays while the ground crew had to stay inside.  In addition, the lightening caused power outages for 3800 Manitoba Hydro customers in the Fort Richmond region.  Lightening even started a fire on top of a hydro pole on Bison Dr. just after 8:00 pm.  All power was restored to residents by 1:00 am and a total of 12 mm of rain fell on the city.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the original article at Google News.

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