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SpiceJet Launches Flights to Guangzhou

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Next week, SpiceJet will become the only private Indian airline to fly to China as they launch flights between New Delhi and Guangzhou.  There will be four flights per week and the first flight will depart New Delhi on February 8.  Guangzhou holds one of the biggest Indian ex-pat communities in China and it is also the center of the country’s manufacturing industry.  With southern China as a major trade partner with India, these new flights will add another direct connection besides Shanghai.

 

Officials in both China and India see the lack of direct connectivity via air between the two countries as a major obstacle to increasing their commercial engagement and trade between them.  For this reason, SpiceJet is hoping to target the business community by focusing on southern China.  The airline is also considering launching flights to Macau and Zhuhai.  The new flights to Guangzhou will depart New Delhi in the evenings and arrive in Guangzhou shortly after midnight.

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Flight Delays in UAE Due to Thick Fog

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Thick fog blanketed the United Arab Emirates and this caused the disruption of flights, according to the Dubai Civil Aviation.  There were two flight cancellations, one flight was diverted out of Dubai, and there were ten flights delayed early this morning due to the fog.  Sharjah Airport was severely affected by the fog, with all of their scheduled flights delayed by a few hours.

 

One Air Arabia flight from Chittagong that was scheduled to arrive at 3:15 am was diverted to Ras al Khaima Airport, but is returning to Sharjah Airport and will land at 10:20 am.  Many other airlines cancelled flights or had flights delayed by the fog, including Emirates, flydubai, and Eithad.  However, the airports in Sharjah and Dubai are now getting back to normal and clearing the backlog of flights.

 

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All Nippon Cancels More Dreamliner Flights with No Solution in Sight

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Japan’s All Nippon Airways, which has the biggest fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the world, announced on Saturday that they were cancelling hundreds of flights through until February 18.  This means another 379 flights being cancelled between February 1 and 18, bringing the total number of cancellations up to 838.  This indicates that there is no quick fix to the safety problems experienced with these aircraft.

 

One of All Nippon’s Dreamliners had to make an emergency landing just a few weeks ago and now experts and safety regulators are warning that it could take as much as a year to determine what is causing the small fires that have been breaking out on the planes.  Dreamliners all around the world have been grounded since January 17, which has caused hundreds of cancellations around the world, including in the U.S., South America, and India.

 

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Heathrow Cancels More Flights in Anticipation of Bad Weather

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

British Airlines has cancelled dozens more flights that were due to head out today, including the first flight of the day to Stockholm and other short-haul flights.  The cancellations were made the evening before in order to give passengers advanced warning and time make other arrangements.  The goal behind the advanced cancellations is to ensure that operations at the airport run smoothly when the bad weather strikes.

 

Chief executive officer of Heathrow, Collin Matthews, sends out an apology to passengers who had to endure the chaos on Friday, when over 400 flights were cancelled with very little notice.  He explained to BBC that because the airport runs at full capacity, any amount of snow is going to cause flight disruptions.  To make a decision on cancellations, the airport, air traffic control, and the airlines sit down together the day before and try to determine what will happen.  There have also been more flights cancelled at Bristol Airport.

 

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Hundreds of Flights Cancelled Across Europe Due to Snow and Bad Weather

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

On Monday, northern Europe was still dealing with the severe winter weather that brought with it snow and freezing rain.  In the wake of the storm, hundreds of flights across Europe were cancelled.  In Frankfurt, 40% of their flight schedule was cancelled for the day.  London’s Heathrow, which is the busiest airport on the continent, cancelled 20% of its flights.  At Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, the civil aviation authority said that 40% of their flights would be cancelled.

 

At Heathrow, officials explain that the cancellations were a result of poor visibility and problems elsewhere in Europe.  Since 2010, Heathrow has spent 36 million pounds ($57 million) in upgrading their snow removal equipment.  However, even in Munich, a city that is accustomed to getting severe winter weather, the airport cancelled 161 flights.  In addition, train service across the continent was also affected and roads were a mess.

 

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More than 250 Flights Cancelled at Heathrow Due to 2 cm of Snow

Monday, January 21st, 2013

According to London’s Heathrow International Airport, more than 250 flights have been cancelled due to 2 cm of snow and low visibility.  This works out to 20% of their total daily flight schedule of 1,300 flights.  Many airlines have been affected, including British Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air France, Lufthansa, and TAP Portugal.  The forecast for the day is 2-6 cm of snow and low visibility and since the airport is at maximum capacity, they do not have the room to reschedule flights and space them out like other airports can.

 

Travellers waiting for flights at the airport are angry and frustrated that the forecast for such a small amount of snow has such a significant effect on the flight schedule, especially since this is the third day in a row that flights have been cancelled due to weather.  On Friday, 440 flights were cancelled and another 100 were cancelled on Saturday.  Despite this, Gatwick Airport is operating as normal and the 50 cancellations they have had are the result of disruptions at other airports.

 

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

Air India to Start Dreamliner Flights to Paris

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

On Thursday, Air India launched its first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Delhi to Paris.  The airline already operates flights from Delhi to Frankfurt on the more fuel-efficient Dreamliner, just recently took delivery of its sixth jet.  Their total order is 27 Dreamliners, an order they placed in January 2006.  By the end of December, 2013 an additional six planes will join the airline’s Dreamliner fleet.

 

An executive from the airline said that the Delhi to Paris route was previously operated on a Boeing 777 and he added that the next flights to be switched to the Dreamliner would be flights to Melbourne and Sydney in March and April and then more destinations in Europe and Asia throughout the rest of the year.  The Dreamliner is 20% more fuel efficient and Air India is switching to the new model in an effort to cut costs.

 

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Snowstorm in Turkey Causes Flight Cancellations

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

A snowstorm in Turkey on Tuesday forced the closure of the Bosphorus Strait, a vital shipping channel in the region.  According to the GAC, a shipping agent, traffic for all vessels, both north- and south-bound was suspended at 11:45 am thanks to reduced visibility in the area, and this was the second day of intermittent closure of the strait.  As for the Dardanelles Strait, it remained open to traffic.  The two straits are the only maritime outlet for oil, grains, and a number of other commodities from Russia and other countries on the Black Sea.

 

The snowstorm also caused the nation’s carrier, Turkish Airlines, to cancel 76 flights over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday and this came after they cancelled dozens of flights on Monday.  According to the airline’s website, these cancellations were all weather-related.

 

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

Flights Resume in Southwest China after Huge Delays

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Flights finally resume in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province in Southwest China, after heavy fog blanketed the region, causing visibility as low as 300-800 m.  The fog settled in at about midnight on Thursday night and from then until Saturday afternoon there were a total of 281 flights affected, including 170 departing flights and 111 arriving flights.

 

On Sunday, almost 10,000 passengers flew out of the region, many of them having been stranded at the airport since the fog settled in on Thursday.  At one point during the delays, the airport became chaotic as passengers became angry over the delays.  However, operators at the airport made assurances that they were doing all they could to keep order in the airport and find accommodations for the passengers.

 

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

East Horizon Airlines Launches Flights to Badakhshan

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

On Monday, East Horizon Airlines launched flights to Badakhshan, a remote province in the northeast of Afghanistan.  This makes it the first time a private airline has offered flights to the remote region in three years, ever since Ariana Airlines, Pamir, and Kam Air pulled their operations from the region for reasons left unexplained.  However, during these three years, reports indicate that only military and UN aircraft flew in the airspace.

 

There were 44 passengers on the first East Horizon flight to Badakhshan and the flights are welcome by the people and officials of Afghanistan, who say they can now travel easily between Kabul and Badakhshan.  Provincial governor Shahwaliullah Adeeb has praised the flights, but is also urging the airline to reconsider the fares for the flights.  The airline is currently using two aircraft to service the route and will purchase two more in the near future.

 

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