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Over 18,000 Flights Grounded Due to Sandy

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Superstorm Sandy, as it is now being hailed, has caused the grounding of more than 18,000 flights across the northeastern U.S. and around the world, stranding hundreds of thousands of travellers.  It might take days for travel to get back to normal as the northeastern states clean up and take stock after the storm moves out.  FlightAware, a flight tracking service, just on Tuesday 7000 flights were cancelled.

 

Delays due to the flight cancellations have had a ripple effect across the U.S. all the way to the west coast and cities such as San Francisco and even passengers as far away as Europe and Asia have been stuck.  New York’s three big airports were closed due to the storm, which caused a large majority of the flight cancellations.  As of Tuesday, it was not certain whether any of the New York airports would reopen on Wednesday.

 

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

Hurricane Sandy Grounds Flights Headed for the American Northeast

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of passengers have been stranded all around the world thanks to what is now Tropical Storm Sandy, which made landfall in New Jersey on Monday evening.  Thousands of flights into and out of the airports in New York and the other northeastern states were grounded, affecting passengers as far away as Asia.  Flights will very likely be grounded for at least two days, flights to a region that is key to both international and domestic flights.

 

Jennifer Sanford, a spokesperson for WestJet, said that they cancelled all of Monday’s and Tuesday’s flights from Vancouver into LaGuardia Airport in New York.  Air Canada also cancelled its one daily flight from Vancouver to Newark, New Jersey for both Monday and Tuesday, along with another 150 flights to the northeastern U.S.  There are also hundreds of travellers stranded along the eastern seaboard, those whose flights could not depart.

 

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

Hurricane Sandy Grounds Flights in Toronto

Monday, October 29th, 2012

With Hurricane Sandy about to make landfall on the northeast coast of the U.S., even Canada is bracing for some nasty weather.  Wind warnings have been issued by Environment Canada for the Toronto area and southern Ontario.  This has caused the cancellation of more than 300 flights at the Pearson International Airport.  Most of the flights affected are those heading into the U.S., including New York, Newark, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charlotte, Hartford, and Providence.

 

Both arriving and departing flights have been affected and all travellers are encouraged to contact their airline before heading to the airport.  In addition, all Porter Airlines flights from Billy Bishop Airport to Newark, Boston, and Washington have been cancelled for the day and the airline is waiving the usual fees for cancelling or re-booking flights.  Those flying with Porter Airlines can call 1-888-619-8622 to check the status of their flight.

 

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

United Cancels Flights Ahead of Eastern Storm

Friday, October 26th, 2012

United Airlines has cancelled a number of flights from mid-Atlantic and eastern airports starting Sunday evening.  These cancellations come ahead of the massive storm that is expected to hit the east coast as Hurricane Sandy comes up the coast and hits land.  United will also limit or stop operations at major airports in the east, including at Newark Liberty International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

Travellers who have flights booked to or from cities that will be affected by the storm between October 28 and 31 are allowed to rebook their flight for travel through November 4 with no fees charged, provided it is a one-time date or time change.  Flights that are delayed for more than two hours or cancelled, passengers can get a refund.  Passengers can check the United Airlines website to find out further details.

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

American Adding Flights from Fargo to Dallas

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

American Airlines has announced that they will be adding nonstop flights from Fargo to Dallas.  Paige Teel, regional manager of business development and sales for American, made the announcement at a news conference, stating that American is adding two new domestic destinations and four new international destinations in 2013.  One of the new domestic routes will be the Fargo to Dallas route, on which there will be one flight per day, starting on February 14.

 

According to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of the Fargo Municipal Airport Authority, they have received $750,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Transportation and another $300,000 from local contributors.  This infusion of funds has made the new service possible.  Tickets for the new route will go on sale on Sunday.

 

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

American to Add Flights at Chicago’s O’Hare

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

In its effort to expand its network, American Airlines will be adding new flights from Chicago’s O’Hare international Airport to Dusseldorf, Germany, and to Columbia, Mo.  These new flights will begin next year and they are in line with the goal of American’s parent company to increase capacity in five separate markets by 20% each.  The airline says that the delays and cancellations that have been plaguing them are now over.

 

Flights to Dusseldorf and Colombia will begin on April 11.  Virasb Vahidi, chief commercial officer at American Airlines, said that they are trying to balance their portfolio and improve their mix of international destinations.  In addition to these flights, the airline will also add flights from Dallas to Seoul, South Korea, and Lima, Peru in the spring and from Dallas to Columbia, Mo., Beaumont, Texas, and Fargo, North Dakota in February.

 

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

Air Zimbabwe Will Resume Flights

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

It has been announced that Air Zimbabwe will be resuming international flights by October 31.  The nation’s airline has been in debt and struggling, but they need to resume flights in order to avoid an International Air Transport Association (IATA) ban on flying foreign routes.  The airline had two new Airbus aircraft delivered this month in order to replace two of their older Boeing plane in order to meet safety standards.

 

The carrier had been given a three-month deadline by the IATA to comply with safety standards or they would no longer be able to to access international air space or international airports.  State radio has said that everything is on course for resuming the international flights that have been grounded since a series of pilots’ strikes and a debt that reached $140 million.  While there has been no official word, China has been linked to a possible bailout plan.

 

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

Glasgow Airport Operations Resume After Emergency Evacuation of Plane

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Officials of the Glasgow Airport in Scotland say that operations at the airport have now resumed.  All operations were brought to a halt on Friday as a Boeing 737 operated by Jet2 and that was on the runway and ready to depart for Alicante, Spain when smoke was reported in the cabin of the aircraft.  As a precautionary measure, all the plane’s 189 passengers were evacuated via emergency chutes.

 

Strathclyde Police say that four people were taken to hospital and another 13 people were treated on the scene for minor injuries.  The runway was closed down for only a short while, but passengers were warned they could expect delays into the day.  No word has been released on the cause of the smoke seen in the cabin.

 

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

American Airlines Hiring Replacement Flight Attendants

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

On Wednesday, American Airlines announced they will be hiring some new flight attendants.  This will be the first time that the airline has hired flight attendants in more than ten years.  Lauri Curtis, American’s vice president of flight service, said the airlines is looking forward to welcoming some new faces and to the fresh energy they will bring.  The airline is planning on hiring a total of 1500 flight attendants to replace the 2200 who are taking buyout packages and moving on.

 

Training for the new attendants will begin in January.  According to airline spokesperson Bruce Hicks, the hiring push will help the airline take advantage of new productivity measures that were negotiated with the flight attendants union.  Leslie Mayo, a spokesperson for the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, said the hiring is long overdue.  It gives senior flight attendants a way to leave and junior attendants a way to move up the promotional ladder.

 

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

All Nippon Airways Resumes Flights to Myanmar

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) is once again offering flights to Myanmar after 12 years of not offering service to the country.  In 2000, ANA suspended all service to Myanmar due to the political instability that plagued the region.  However, the recent increase in business travellers and tourists heading to Myanmar and the new democratic reforms that have been put into place herald the rapidly-changing environment in the country.

 

On Monday, ANA President Shinichiro Ito said that Myanmar has a strong potential for economic growth and many Japanese companies have already made the decision to make connections in the country.  ANA will be operating three flights per week from Tokyo’s Narita airport to  Yangon, the previous capital city of Myanmar.  Hong Kong’s Dragonair and Singapore Airlines are also looking to start flights to Myanmar.

 

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

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