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Winter Storm Causes Flight Disruptions at Pearson International

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

With a winter storm moving through the region, dozens of flights out of Pearson International Airport in Toronto have been cancelled, mostly flights to other Canadian cities and more so to cities in the U.S.  Even some school buses were cancelled in the GTA and a few flights out of Billy Bishop Airport were also cancelled.  The weather system had a huge impact on the American mid-west before it moved slowly east into southern Ontario.

 

At Pearson, there were 106 cancelled departures and at least 80 cancelled arrivals.  There were also about a dozen cancelled flights in Ottawa.  While the U.S. mid-west is still digging out after being blasted with snow, the Toronto area saw a lot of heavy rain and snow through Tuesday night and more snow on Wednesday.  As the storm moves east, it will impact Montreal, which now has snowfall warnings in place.
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Airlines Cancel Flights before Winter Storm Hits

Monday, February 25th, 2013

With a severe winter storm approaching that is expected to drop a foot of snow in the region, officials at Denver International Airport have announced that cancellation of dozens of flights.  On Saturday, airlines reported approximately 170 cancellations of combined arrivals and departures before noon on Sunday.  They are also expecting significant flight delays.  Flights to a number of destinations were cancelled, including Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle, and more.

 

The heavy snow and high winds are supposed to hit the Denver region and northeastern Colorado by Saturday night, with the heaviest snow falling from Sunday morning through Sunday evening.  Meteorologists have issued a blizzard watch for the region and 6-10 inches of snow could fall in the city of Denver, accompanied by winds gusting to 25 miles per hour west of the I-25 and as high as 40 miles per hour east of the I-25.
The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Backlog Causes Dozens of Flight Cancellations at Pearson Airport

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Snowfall on Saturday caused over 100 flight delays and cancellations from Pearson International Airport on Sunday, mainly to destinations such as Quebec and the eastern part of the U.S.  The Sunday cancellations were due to a backlog of flights from Saturday and Scott Armstrong, a Greater Toronto Airports Authority spokesperson, said that the flight disruptions were a result of the snow in the region on Saturday coupled with the storm that hit the northeastern U.S.

 

Mr. Armstrong said that they were hoping to clear the backlog by Sunday evening, but that more delays and changes to the flights schedules were possible due to the storm in the U.S.  All travellers are advised to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport.  In addition, a power failure at Calgary International Airport caused flight delays there.  There were also winter storm warnings across the east coast, making for a snowy Sunday and Monday there.
The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Flights Cancelled at Vienna Airport Due to Forecast Snow

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Snow is being forecast for Vienna Wednesday morning and as a precaution 20 flights at the Vienna airport have been cancelled up until noon.  This includes a combination of departures and arrivals.  The cancellations were announced on the website as of 7:00 am.

 

However, a spokesperson for the airport, Peter Kleeman, said that as no snow has yet fallen at the airport, flight operations are currently at a normal level.  Despite the current normal operations at the airport, passengers are being advised to check with their airline prior to heading to the airport because if snow begins to fall, cancellations may occur.
The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Bad Winter Weather Grounds Flights in Atlantic Canada

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Blizzard warnings were given for Nova Scotia and Eastern New Brunswick on Saturday as a major winter storm moved into the region.  As much as 30-40 cm was expected to fall in some areas by Sunday morning and the storm was the result of two systems coming together, one from central Canada and one that came up the eastern seaboard of the U.S.  Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland were also bracing for heavy snowfall.

 

The storm brought with it a storm surge, flooding roads and streets, and as many as 21,000 customers in Nova Scotia were without power on Saturday afternoon.  Most of the flights at Halifax Stanfield International Airport were cancelled for the day on Saturday and all Marine Atlantic crossings were cancelled.  In anticipation of the coming storm, officials in Newfoundland asked customers to conserve power.

 

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

Boeing Asks FAA for Permission to Hold Dreamliner Test Flights

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Boeing has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to conduct test flights of their 787 Dreamliner.  All Dreamliners were grounded by the FAAtwo weeks ago, following battery problems on two of the planes, one of which caused a fire.  Boeing spokesperson Marc Birtel said the company submitted their request and it is currently under consideration by the FAA.  The move indicates that Boeing has made progress in resolving the problem with the batteries.

 

According to an official with the FAA, who asked not to be named because the information has not yet gone public, the FAA is taking the request into consideration.  This is good news because regulators around the world followed the example of the FAA in grounding the Dreamliners.  The Boeing test would be for a potential fix of the battery problem.  However, passenger flights on the Dreamliner are still weeks, maybe months in the future.

 

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

Jet Airways Cuts Flights to Increase Profits

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Jet Airways changed their tactics in the last quarter of last year, putting profitability ahead of volumes, and it paid off.  Their net profit was Rs.85 crore, which has come in ahead of a potential equity deal with Eithad Airways of the United Arab Emirates.  In the same quarter of the previous year, the airline experienced a loss of Rs.101.22 crore and in the September quarter of 2012 they also experienced a loss of Rs. 99.7 crore.

 

To accomplish this gain in profits in such a tight market, the airline cut flights.  The reduced the number of flights in the December quarter of 2012 to 40,676, which was 11.7% fewer flights than the 46, 069 flights of the December 2011 quarter.  This meant they had 10.7% fewer passengers, but they also cut costs and manpower, which ended up giving them a revenue per kilometer increase of 21.6%.  Essentially, they cuts costs and network capacity, to increase profits and it worked.

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