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Winter Weather Causes Hundreds of Flight Delays on the Weekend Before Christmas

Monday, December 24th, 2012

Winter weather across the U.S. continued into the weekend, with holiday travel at its peak.  Early on Saturday, winter storm warnings were issued for areas on both the east and west coasts.  In the west, Northern California and Oregon had warnings issued and in the east Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia were under warnings.  As of 11:30 am ET on Saturday morning, nearly 2700 flights had been delayed and 95 had been cancelled.

 

The airport that was affected the most by the weather was Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, with 223 flights delayed and 10 flights cancelled.  Friday had been an even worse day across the country, with almost 900 flights cancelled and 13,500 delayed.  The forecast from Weather.com said the storm would likely hang over the New England states for the duration of the weekend with high winds and snow throughout the region.

 

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

AirAsia Launches Flights to Singapore and Taipei

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

On Sunday, AirAsia from the Philippines launched flights to both Singapore and Taipei, Taiwan.  These new flights have been introduced as the airline tries to boost tourism in the Philippines and makes it easier for migrant Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to fly home.  The CEO of AirAsia, Maan Hontiveros, said that the launch of the new flights is also in line with their commitment to “serve the underserved” by giving them low-cost options when they travel.

 

Flights to Taipei are operated four times per week and flights will depart at 12:05 pm and arrive at Taoyuan International Airport at 2:00 pm, an arrival time that will be beneficial to OFW who must have a medical exam when they arrive.  Flights to Singapore will be daily, departing at 6:10 am and arriving at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 at 9:40 am.  There are 177,600 OFW in Singapore and 100,000 OFW is Taipei.

 

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

Cathay Flight Attendants to Withhold Food, Beverages, and Smiles

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Flight attendants on Cathay Pacific Airways are in the middle of a pay dispute and as a result, they are threatening to withhold food, alcoholic beverages, and even their smiles from passengers on flights over the holidays.  The cabin staff at Cathay has a solid reputation for outstanding customer service, yet they voted this week in favor of taking industrial action, which could cause flight delays and unhappy passengers.

 

The dispute is over a requested 5% pay increase that the airline has countered with an offer of 2%.  The airline has been struggling after they had a loss in the first half of the year of 935 million Hong Kong dollars ($120.5 million).  The union will soon announce when the industrial action will be carried out and should the flight attendants say they will refuse to serve food and drinks, the airline will warn passengers ahead of time to bring their own.

 

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

One-Way Flights Surge with the Coming of the Mayan Apocalypse

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21 and many believe that this is to bring in the apocalypse.  There are also regions in the world where those who believe in the apocalypse think they will be safe and there is a rising number of one-way flights being booked to these destinations, which include the south of France and Şirince in Turkey.  The website Skyscanner shows that one-way flight bookings to the south of France are up 41% the week before December 21, compared to the week before, and that is just flights from the UK.

 

There is also an increase of 30% in searches for flights to Turkey.  In towns in these regions, hotel prices are skyrocketing as they prepare to capitalize of the sudden influx of people.  Victoria Bailie of Skyscanner says they have been surprised to see the influx of searches for one-way flights to these regions in the south of France and in Turkey.  Despite all this, most people are going on as usual and the busiest day for flights will be December 22.

 

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

Heavy Snow Disrupts Flights in Brussels

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Many flights at Brussels’ international airport were cancelled on Friday due to heavy snow falling in Belgium.  As of 3:00 am 40 flights had been cancelled at the airport and a spokesperson for the airport said that the snow was still falling heavily as of Friday morning, although they expected to taper off later in the morning.  Flights at the low-cost airport Charleroi in the south of Belgium were running on schedule.

 

The heavy snow also disrupted the high-speed Thalys train services between Belgium and France, Germany, and the Netherlands.  On their website, Thalys was advising travellers to delay their trip until the weather cleared.  The region was expecting a possible snow front to move in in the afternoon and as much as 8 cm (3 inches) of snow had already fallen across Belgium during the night.

 

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

Freezing Rain Causes Flight Cancellations in Ottawa

Monday, December 10th, 2012

A system moving through the Ottawa region has brought with it a lot of freezing rain, which has caused school buses to stop running Monday, giving many students a day off school.  Schools remain open, but parents will have to transport their children to school.

 

As the freezing rain coated the ground with ice, many flights into and out of the Macdonald-Cartier International Airport were cancelled as of 6:30 am.  Those travellers who have flights booked for today are being advised to check ahead to ensure the status of their flight.  The freezing rain is expected last throughout the morning before changing to rain this afternoon.

 

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

Fees to Increase at Calgary Airport

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

With a $2 billion expansion project ongoing at Calgary Airport, passengers flying out of the airport will be paying more out of their own pockets to help pay the tab for the expansion.   March 1 will see the introduction of a new airport improvement fee of $30 for flights departing from Calgary Airport, which is a $5 increase from the current fee of $25.  This higher fee will bring Calgary into first position, along with Fort McMurray, for the second-highest airport improvement tax in the country.  The highest is Bathurst, N.B., at $40.

 

Jody Moseley, a Calgary Airport Authority spokesperson, says that repeated increases are necessary to help pay for the expansion, which will give the airport a new runway in 2014 and a new international terminal in 2015.  She added that they do not take raising the fees lightly, but they are the only airport in Canada making such big improvements.  In addition, the airport does not receive any government funding for capital projects.

 

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

New Ryanair Flights from Glasgow and Edinburgh

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Ryanair has announced they will be launching eight new flights from Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh to various European destinations.  The Glasgow flights will be to Warsaw and RzeSzow and the Edinburgh flights will be to Beziers, Bologna, Corfu, Cagliari, Santander, and Katowice.  Ryanair had previously cut their flight schedule at Edinburgh after have a disagreement with former operator BAA.  However, they have now reached a new agreement with the new operator, Global Infrastructure Partners.

 

The new agreement means a total of 38 new flights from Edinburgh Airport and 27 new flights from Glasgow Prestwick Airport.  In addition, Ryanair is increasing the frequency of flights on a number of existing routes.  Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary said the new flights will serve more than 3 million passengers and sustain over 3000 jobs between the two airports.

 

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

No In-Flight WiFi for Qantas

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Qantas Airways has decided against offering WiFi on their flights after they had a poor response in their latest trial of the service.  The airline conducted an eight-month trial of the service, which they held on their Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft on some flights between Los Angeles and London.  Passengers were able to connect to the internet and email on their mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

 

The airline charged between $12 and $39 for the service and they had an average of 5% of passengers opting to use the service.  They said that this was not sufficient to justify the cost of the technology required to offer the service.  This decision goes against a pledge made by Qantas and Emirates that where there was a service gap between the two airlines they would both make a higher offering than the one they currently had on offer.

 

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

British Airlines Will Now Leave In-Flight Entertainment System on During Takeoff

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Starting this coming Saturday, British Airlines will allow their passengers to use the in-flight entertainment during takeoff and landing.  The airline made an agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority that allows passengers to use in-flight entertainment from the moment they get into their seats until the moment they leave their seats.  The current regulations require passengers to wait 30 minutes after takeoff to turn on in-flight entertainment and to shut it off 20 minutes prior to landing.

 

The airline says this will give passengers an extra hour of viewing time and at any time the pilot will be able to override the entertainment system in order to make announcements.  The new regulations only apply to the newer aircraft used by British Airlines, those aircraft that offer the new seat-back in-flight entertainment systems.  In addition, the rules have not changed for passengers with portable mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones.

 

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

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