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Continued Flight Cancelations in Queenstown

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Passengers continue to wait at Queenstown Airport as Air New Zealand grounds ATR flights a second day, with no end in sight.  The airline found hairline cracks around the cockpit windows on one aircraft while performing routine maintenance.  This discovery prompted the airline to cancel six inbound and five outbound flights, all but one heading to Christchurch, with the other heading to Wellington.  Naoto Unno, duty manager at Air New Zealand Queenstown, reported on the cancelations and could not say when the flights would be operational.

Lee Evans and Rachel Southee, of Wellington, were supposed to fly out from Queenstown to Wellington yesterday.  Their flight was due to leave at 1:50 pm and they were then put on a flight departing at 2:20 pm.  This caused their arrival home to be three hours late.  An Queenstown Airport retailer said she was busier than usual with so many people having to sit around at the airport for an hour and a half or more.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Air Canada Flights Delayed in Montreal and Other Cities

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

In Montreal and other cities around Canada, Air Canada was experiencing flight delays due to a number of pilots calling in sick due to fatigue or stress.  The Toronto area also experienced flight delays, but as of yet no connection between the two have been confirmed.  This was a peak travel weekend and Air Canada staff has been working diligently to ensure that passengers made it to their intended destinations safely

These flight delays come at a time when a bitter labor dispute is raging between Air Canada and its pilots.  The pilots were facing a lockout earlier this month when the government intervened.  The pilot’s union has yet to comment on the absence of their pilots.  The airline is also in the midst of a labor dispute with their ground crew workers.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Cameron Says There Will Be More Flights to Serve South-East

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron says that there will be expansions of the airport capacity in London that will allow thousands more flights to service the region.  The plan is to build a Boris Island-style airport in the Thames Estuary that will provide east London with a new hub.  Cameron also stated that with Gatwick’s growth in business flights, it might one day be a serious rival to Heathrow.  The new plans were disclosed during a keynote address in which Cameron said he was aware of the need for additional airport capacity.

The subject of the keynote speech was Britain’s ageing infrastructure and in light of the need for greater airport capacity, Cameron said that they need to continue to be a key hub in the global air travel industry, rather than become a feeder for the larger airports.  Cameron also stated the understanding that this is a controversial issue and that they need to make decisions that are appropriate for the long-term.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Additional Flights from Taipei to Queensland

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

An announcement from Tourism Queensland states that China Airlines will be offering a total of five charter flights from Taipei to Queensland over the span of the Australian winter.  These flights will go to Cairns and Brisbane and will run between July 4 and August 1.  CEO of Tourism Queensland, Anthony Hayes, said that the flights have been planned to coordinate with summer in the northern hemisphere.

Hayes also said that the charter flights will bring a boost to Queensland during a period that is typically quiet.  Although visitors will arrive in Cairns and Brisbane, they will have easy access to domestic flights to other parts of Queensland and the rest of Australia.  The goal is to work with travel agents and Taiwan to put together and sell Queensland vacation packages that will entice travelers from Taiwan to come and see Queensland.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Direct Flights from Thiruvananthapuram to Bahrain

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

Starting today there will be direct flights from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to Bahrain, thanks to Bahrain Air.  Flight number BN 552 will depart for Bahrain at 5:00 am and the new flights will run four days per week, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Flights leaving Thiruvananthapuram at 5:00 am will reach Bahrain at 7:30 am.  Return flights will depart Bahrain at 9:25 pm and reach Thiruvananthapuram at 4:15 am.

Non-resident Keralites are particularly happy about the new flights.  Air India had been providing direct flights on the route, but pulled out recently.  Bahrain Air has been approved to operate four daily flights, but is starting with four per week.  This is one more step in the flight expansion process for Bahrain Air.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Airlines to Pay More for Passengers Who Miss Flights

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) is proposing that the compensation that airline passengers are given when they miss a flight due to airline practices of overbooking should be increased.  These passengers are missing their flights through the fault of the airline, not their own, and they should receive more money for that.  The current rates, set in the 1970s according to CAB executive director Carmelo Arcilla, are P300 for domestic flights and P500 for international flights.

The CAB is looking to have these rates raised by ten times, making compensation as much as P3000 for domestic flights and P5000 for international flights.  Overbooking flights is standard practice now, with airlines counting on a certain number of passengers to not make their flight on time.  However, many times too many passengers show up and some have to be turned away.  They are charged airline fees and rebooked on the next available flight.

See the original Google News article for more details.

AirAsia X Increases Flights to Australia and Taiwan

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

AirAsia X has announced their decision to increase flights to Kuala Lampur, Taipei, and Perth in an effort to realign their flight network.  As of June 22, the number of weekly flights to Taipei will increase to 11 and on June 24 the number of weekly flights to Perth will increase to nine.  The airline made a statement in which it said it is committed to strengthening its core market in Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, and Iran.

The company has the goal of becoming a leader in the low-cost, long-haul aviation sector.  AirAsia X CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, said that there has been a strong and growing travel demand to Taiwan and Australia.  He said last year average passenger loads were greater than 85%.  He also said that the additional flights would boost tourism and commercial activity in Taiwan and Australia.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Direct Air Suspends Flights, Stranding Canadians

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Direct Air, a charter airline out of the US, has abruptly suspended all their flights for the coming two months.  The airline is a preferred discount airline for Canadians and their move has left many Canadians stranded in the middle of their March Break vacation and others wondering whether they should cancel future travel plans.  The airline operates direct flights to a number of locations, including New York, Myrtle Beach, and a few destinations in Florida.

The company website posted a brief statement to go with their Tuesday announcement of the flight suspension until May 15, a decision they said was made due to operational matters.  The statement on their website read “We are currently evaluating strategic alternatives for Direct Air.”  Those who have a ticket were told that they should contact their credit card company for a refund.  One customer, Carey Diggon, said she will be canceling her family’s vacation to Florida, which was booked for next month.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Kingfisher to Cut More Flights and Mallya to Meet with Pilots

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Kingfisher Airlines is once again cutting flights and has announced that its owner, Vijay Mallya has plans to meet with the airline’s pilots tomorrow.  The airlines had submitted a revised schedule to the regulator last month that indicated they would be operating 140 flights per day.  However, yesterday and today they operated only 101 flights.

The airline has also announced its plans to curtail their international services, which the company has said is “bleeding heavily.”  In light of this, they have returned their wide-body Airbus A330-200 to their lessor in the UK.  There has been to confirmation or clarification as to which sectors will be affected by this move.  The airline holds firm that their issues have arisen from tax authorities seizing their bank accounts and they say they are currently working with banks to access interim working capital.

See the original Google News article for more details.

Hainan Airlines to Increase Flights to Europe

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Hainan Airlines of China have announced their plans to increase their flights from Beijing to Brussels and Beijing to Berlin in an effort to serve the demands of their customers.  These additional flights will begin on March 25.  According to a spokesperson for the airline the flights to Brussels will run five days a week, on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will run seven days a week between July 1 to October 28.

The flights to Berlin will operate four days a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and will operate five days a week, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from July 1 to October 28.  Flights to both Brussels and Berlin will be operated using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.  Hainan Airlines has been operating for 19 years and is one of the world’s top five safest airlines.

See the original Google News article for more details.

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