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EasyJet Launches Flights from Manchester to Moscow

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

EasyJet has announced the launch of their flights between Manchester Airport and Moscow, on which they expect to carry 60,000 passengers over the coming year.  They will operate four flights per week and Ali Gayward, of easyJet, said that Moscow is a landmark route for easyJet out of Manchester and they are happy to have opened up the important new link for England.  In addition to Moscows, this summer easyJet will add service to Prague and Thessaloniki.

 

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer for MAG, which owns Manchester Airport, says that having Moscow added, as well as a new eighth aircraft based at the airport is precisely the kind of growth for which they have be striving.  He adds that there are more than 20 million passengers in their catchment area, which offers a strong market and a high demand in Northern England.  Clive Drinkwater, director north west for UK Trade & Investment, said the new flights come just in time for their High Growth Markets week from May 13-17.
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Freezing Weather in Britain Causes Continued Flight Disruptions

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Easter weekend is fast approaching and it looks like it might be a white one for Britain.  The weather forecast at the present time indicates it is highly likely that there will be snowfall on Good Friday, Saturday, and Easter Day.  Snowfall, winds as high as 45 mph, and temperatures as low as -10 Celsius are all forecast for this week.  This past weekend, airports in the country had a difficult time with the weather, but at the present they are operating under normal conditions.

 

Despite this, Heathrow Airport sent out a warning to passengers today that there might still be some flights affected by the weather and that they should check the status of their flight before heading to the airport.  Stansted has also given a warning that adverse weather conditions in the coming week might affect flights and passengers should keep an eye on flight status.  Gatwick was operating smoothly this morning, but Leeds Bradford Airport was experiencing some flight disruptions.
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Storms Cause Flight Delays at Birmingham Airport

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

On Monday afternoon a series of thunderstorms moved through the Birmingham region, causing a number of flight delays at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, according to the airline’s website.  At least 14 flights were delayed, including a flight coming in from Chicago that had to be diverted to Nashville.  The storms brought with them heavy rain and high winds that not only caused problems at the airport, but caused a number of problems with power outages.

 

Alabama Power Co. reported that as of 4:00 pm a minimum of 189,000 customers were without power.  The high winds caused damage to trees and in the downtown area it blew out a revolving window in the AT&T building.  The areas that were the hardest hit were Birmingham, Oneonta, Jasper, and Gadsden.
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Dreamliner Flights to Resume within Weeks

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Despite the fact that they have not yet pinpointed the cause of their batteries overheating, Boeing announced on Friday that they are confident their grounded 787 Dreamliners will resume within weeks.  Boeing Co. Chief Project Engineer Michael Sinnett said they have designed a new design for their lithium-ion battery that is a multilayer approach to safeguards that will protect against the battery overheating and to ensure that any malfunctions that do occur are contained.

 

Sinnett was speaking to reporters at a hotel in Tokyo and said they could be back up and flying in week instead of months.  So far one third of test flights have been conducted and one Japanese official said that Dreamliner flights could be operating again as early as next month.  The planes were grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration and other authorities around the world in mid-January after a battery fire on a plane parked in Boston and an overheated battery that caused an emergency landing in Japan.
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Flights at Jersey Airport Suspended a Second Day Due to Heavy Snow

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Heavy snow and gale force winds have caused the closure of Jersey Airport for a second day in a row.  Snow built up in the overnight hours and Jersey Met has reported an accumulation of 5.5 inches (14 cm) of snow, although snow drifts are much deeper in some areas.  Some roads were blocked with abandoned cars and fallen trees and about 90 homes are still without power after flying debris damage around 20 power lines on Monday.

 

Schools were closed on Monday and Tuesday and buses have been suspended.  Jersey Police are urging people to stay off the roads as conditions are treacherous.  According to Jersey Met Forecaster Adrienne Le Maistre, the snow will continue to fall until about 3:00 pm and BBC Weather forecaster David Brain said this weather could make the Jersey record books as the previous record for March snowfall is 3.5 inches (9 cm).
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Saturday Flights Canceled at Denver Airport, Sunday Flights a Go

Monday, March 11th, 2013

On Saturday, 602 flights at Denver International Airport were canceled due to a major snowstorm that hit the region, bringing lots of snow and high winds.  However, by 9:00 pm on Saturday evening, the storm had tapered off and conditions drastically improved.  Snow and ice removal crews cleared the runway to get ready for Sunday’s flights and by 10:00 pm operations were running fairly smoothly, with runways staying wet, but clear of snow.

 

Overnight Saturday night roads in the region were expected to be icy, with patches of snow and ice being common.  Of the 602 flights that were canceled on Saturday, many of them were small commuter planes that fly to mountain towns and cities that lie outside of Denver.  Travelers are cautioned to check the status of their flights with their airline before heading to the airport.
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Passengers Soon to Be Allowed to Carry on Small Knives and Sports Equipment

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

On Tuesday, Transportation Security Administration administrator John Pistole announced at an airline industry meeting in New York that, starting next month, travelers will be able to carry on with them small knives and small souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs, and other sports equipment.  The new security policy will allow the U.S. policy to conform to international policy and it gives the TSA room to focus on bigger threats to security.

 

The announcement brought an immediate reaction form the unions that represent flight attendants and other airline workers, who argued that these items are dangerous if they are held by the wrong passenger.  Transport Workers Union Local 556 said the new policy is dangerous and short-sighted.  They said that while these items pose little threat to the pilots, the real threat is to the safety of the passengers and flight attendants.
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Heavy Fog Causing Many Flight Disruptions in Saint John’s

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Saint John’s International Airport has been having a rough go of it with the heavy fog that has been plaguing the region since Friday.  By Friday evening many flights were delayed and many others were cancelled.  Wayde Guinchard is one passenger who was affected.  He was trying to get out of Newfoundland for Friday to make it to Toronto for Saturday morning business meetings, but it was not to be.  He had originally been booked to fly out Saturday, but couldn’t switch to Friday, and it looked as though he wouldn’t get out until Monday.

 

Cathy Wentzell was also trying to fly out of Saint John’s.  She was on an inbound flight from Halifax that couldn’t land on Friday due to the fog so she could not make her flight out of Saint John’s Friday afternoon.  Her flight out has been rescheduled for Sunday evening, which is tight for her because she has a Monday morning flight out of Ottawa for Moncton.  Passenger Trevor Wheeler is late for work because he couldn’t fly out, but he said that is nature and there’s no use getting upset over it.
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