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More Kingfisher Flights Cancelled Due to Pilots’ Strike

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

An ongoing pilots’ strike has cause the cancellation of another 12 flights for Kingfisher Airlines.  The striking pilots are those who fly the short-haul ATR aircraft and who are striking in protest of unpaid salaries.  Airline officials have said that there have been nine flights from Bangalore that have been cancelled and at least three flights from Delhi have also been cancelled.  A number of pilots failed to report for their shifts.


Sanjay Aggarwal, CEO of Kingfisher, made an attempt yesterday to convince the pilots to return to work, assuring them that payment processing would begin on Friday morning, but the pilots still refused to return to their jobs.  The pilots have said they will wait and see what Friday brings before deciding whether to return to work.  Sources at the airline has said that flights on their Kingfisher’s Airbus A-320 have not been affected.


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Delta Airlines Halifax to LaGuardia Ready to Launch

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Delta Airlines is once again connecting residents of Nova Scotia with the Big Apple.  Flights from Halifax Stanfield International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia Airport are set to launch and will operate twice daily.  Jerry Staples, Halifax International Airport Authority’s vice-president of marketing and business development, said that Halifax has become an important feed-in for LaGuardia.  Since LaGuardia is centrally-located, it is of particular interest for business and leisure travellers.


The new Halifax-LaGuardia route is part of Delta’s new route expansion to LaGuardia, the biggest one they have had in over 40 years.  The expansion has seen the addition of 100 new flights and 26 new destinations at LaGuardia.  Delta had pulled its flights from Halifax only last fall, as they merged with Northwest Airlines and focused on corporate restructuring, and then started temporary service in April.  The new Delta flights are the only ones from Halifax to New York.


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Kingfisher Pilot Strike Causes Flight Cancellations

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Some of Kingfisher Airline’s pilots went on strike on Tuesday.  The strike action was due to unpaid salary and other unpaid dues that has been ongoing for the last five months.  The strike caused the cancellation of five domestic flights.  The pilots that went on strike are those who operate the smaller 70-seat ATR turboprop planes that are used for short-haul flights between regional airports.  The Airbus A-320 flights are still operating on schedule.


Among the cancelled flights were two flights from Delhi to Dharamsala, two flights to Dehradun, and one flight to Shimla.  This is the second strike action by disgruntled pilots in the past eight days.  At this point it is not clear how many pilots have joined the strike, but Kingfisher CEO Sanjay Aggarwal is expected to meet with them sometime soon.  There was no spokesperson for the airline available for comment.


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An Emergency Landing for Spirit Airlines

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Early Sunday morning a Spirit Airlines flight that was en route from Los Angeles to fort Lauderdale was forced to make an emergency landing at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.  The decision to land was due to the presence of a disruptive passenger.  There were more than 100 passengers onboard and the plane took off again at 10:00 pm, at least 10 hours after making the emergency landing.  It was reported that the passengers spent an hour on the tarmac and then ten more in the terminal with no food and no one answering their questions.


Misty Piston, a spokesperson for Spirit Airlines, said that as the plane got close to Houston, a passenger became disruptive and the pilot decided to land the plane for the safety of everyone onboard.  However, she did not state the nature of the disruption, but did indicate that he had been turned over to law enforcement, although they do not know yet with what he will be charged.


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Great Lakes Aviation Flight Cancellations Cause Concern for Passengers

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It seems that Great Lakes Aviation has had to cancel a number of flights due to mechanical problems.  This has passengers of the airline concerned about whether they are safe to fly with and/or whether the airline is having issues with low passenger numbers and is struggling, passing off the flight cancellations as mechanical issues.  One passenger, Mavis Owens of Nora Springs, said her flight from Mason City to Minneapolis was great, but then her return flight was cancelled.


Other passengers that Owens spoke with also had their flights cancelled due to mechanical problems.  Great Lakes Airline just took over flights to Mason City in April, which does not bode well for the airline to have so many problems at this point.  However, an official from the airline, Mary Osborne, says there is no cause for concern.  She said that low passenger volume is not a cause for cancellation and that the airline has a few cancellations in April in May that were due to bad weather or mechanical problems.  Ideally they want no cancellations and she understands passengers’ concerns.


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Aukland and Waikato Flights Delayed Due to Fog

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Thousands of passengers have been left stranded and waiting as thick fog blanketed Aukland and Waikato, causing planes to be grounded.  MetService’s Daniel Corbett said they had the perfect recipe for fog – lots of moisture in the air, clear skies, and light winds overnight.  Despite the fog lifting later in the morning and the backlog is beginning to be cleared, Aukland Airport has still been experiencing major delays well into the afternoon.


A total of 111 international and domestic flights were affected by the fog, including flights that were diverted, rescheduled, or cancelled.  The disruption in flights has occurred during the middle of the school break, disrupting the travel plans of many.  Richard Llewellyn, Aukland Airport senior communication manager, said that he is not sure how much longer they will be experiencing delays, but most of the affected flights were domestic flights as the smaller planes do not have the technology to fly in fog.


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Lufthansa Flights to Cape Town Grounded by Curfew

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Lufthansa has announced the cancellation of its winter service to Cape Town thanks to the ban on night flights at the Frankfurt International Airport.  The ban on night flights was initiated eight months ago and it does not allow flights after 11:00 pm.  There isn’t even any room for flights that must operate for medical reasons or when weather delays flights until after the curfew.  This has caused problems for passengers and for Lufthansa, which is battling competition from budget airlines as well as increased fuel costs.


Lufthansa manager Kay Kratky said the new curfew has caused Kufthansa to drop their winter Cape Town flights simply because they don’t want their passengers to end up stranded.  The flights to Cape Town have been moved to Munich, another airport that is having trouble since a proposed third runway has been voted down by residents in the area.  Kratky, who is a former pilot, said that Munich will bottleneck in the next three to five years.


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Canadian Airlines Told to Give More Options to Passengers Whose Flights are Delayed

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The Canadian Transportation Agency has made changes to how airlines can operate in terms of flight delays or cancellations.  The changes affect Air Canada, WestJet, and Air Transat and will allow passengers whose travel plans are affected by delays, overbookings, and cancellations to have more options.  Until these new changes, airlines had the discretion of deciding whether or not passengers would receive refunds or be rebooked.


Now the airlines are obligated to issue a refund and a free trip home, should passengers wish it.  The new decision by the CTA also requires the airlines to rebook passengers on the first available flight in some cases, even if it means booking them on a flight with a competitor.  The ruling allows passengers to choose whether they get a full refund, not only a refund on the unused portion of their ticket, or whether they get rebooked on another flight.


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American Eagle Flight Attendant Looses His Cool During Long Delay

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Passengers who experienced a lengthy delay on an American Eagle flight waiting to fly out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Monday, also experienced a cranky flight attendant.  During a long delay due to weather, flight attendant Jose Serrano was caught on video yelling at the passengers.  It was Flight 4607 to Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and the attendant was yelling at the passengers to go ahead and leave the plane “if you have balls.”


The flight was originally scheduled to leave at 1:25 pm, but passengers didn’t board until 4:00 pm, at which time they had to wait behind 20 other aircraft before taking off.  This caused the pilot to need to refuel the plane, which meant the passengers had to get off again and didn’t re-board until 6:00 pm.  By this time the passengers and the flight attendant were agitated and witnesses say he started confronting passengers.  The flight ended up being cancelled after 8:00 pm.


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British Airways Announces Year-Round Flights to Ibiza and Palma

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

British Airways flights to Ibiza and Palma are extremely popular during the summer months and now these flights will be offered throughout the winter as well.  During the winter months there will be two flights per week, operating on Thursdays and Sundays.  This is great news for Ibiza, which does not currently have direct flights to the UK during the winter months.  While the islands are popular destinations in the summer, winter flights will allow those who want a winter vacation a chance to get away from the cold.


Ibiza and Palma offer something for everyone, from exciting nightlife to family destinations to secluded vacation spots.  Luke Hayhoe, general manager commercial, British Airways CityFlyer, said that leisure travellers are a large part of their business and that flying to sun destinations is popular, particularly from London City Airport, which has a one-of-a-kind 20-minute check-in.


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