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American Airlines Flights Cancelled at Philadelphia Airport

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

All American Airlines flights operating out of Philadelphia International Airport on Monday morning have been cancelled due to power problems.  On Sunday, the Philadelphia area experienced heavy rains that not only set a record for one-say rainfall in the city, but also knocked out a power substation.  According to the National Weather Service, 8.02 inches of rain fell in Philadelphia on Sunday, breaking the previous record of 6.63 inches.

Flights were delayed on Sunday as flash flooding was a problem and rain caused traffic problems throughout the city.  Flights are cancelled until at least noon on Monday and passengers are tweeting that security lines a wrapped around the building.  Fortunately drier weather is coming with the beginning of the week.

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

AirAsia Japan Will Cancel Hundreds of Flights in September and October

Monday, July 29th, 2013

AirAsia Japan is separating from AirAsia Malaysia and the company announced on Friday that they will be cancelling many of their flights this fall because they won’t have enough aircraft to service all of its routes.  According toAirAsia Japan spokeswoman Chikako Takiguchi, a total of 14 flights per day will be cancelled between September 1 and October 26, which will affect 14,000 passengers per day.

Originally, the budget carrier was formed as a joint venture between All Nippon Airways of Japan and AirAsia Bhd and now that it is splitting into its Malaysian and Japanese counterparts, AirAsia Japan has to return two of the five planes from its fleet to AirAsia Malaysia by the end of September.  The decision to end the relationship with AirAsia was made by All Nippon Airways in June, citing an unprofitable partnership and disagreements in how to run the budget carrier.

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

 

Flight Disruptions Due to Fog at Auckland Airport

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The fog was thick at Auckland airport on Monday, causing the cancelation of 22 flights and the delay of 17 flights.  A spokesperson with the airport said that the fog was still thick by 11:30 am and that was affecting flights to and from local destinations.  The airport got main routes operating once again, but there were still delays due to the backlog of flights.  There was also one international flight that was delayed, a Fiji Airways flight headed to Suva.

Air New Zealand reported that the delays affected their turbo-propelled planes, which were unable to take flight until the fog cleared.  JetStar flights were operating, but many were delayed.  Anyone who had booked a flight to or from Auckland was advised to keep an eye on the status of their JetStar flight on the airline’s website.  A spokesperson for the airline said there were no cancelations and that flights were nearly back on track.

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

United Airlines Launching Flights to St. Lucia

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

On the weekend, United Airlines launched new flights to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.  The inaugural flight flew on Saturday from Newark Liberty International Airport to St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport.  United will offer the service once per week, with a flight operating each way on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft that seats 154 passengers.

According to United, those flying from St. Lucia will be able to connect through Newark to 22 U.S. cities and a number of Canadian cities.  The U.S. cities passengers can connect to include Washington, Boston, and Chicago.  Milagros Uriarte, United’s director, Latin America Onshore & Caribbean Sales, said St. Lucia is the 17th Caribbean destination for United and it is a very welcome addition to their network.

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

Dust Storm Grounds Flights at Phoenix-Mesa

Monday, July 15th, 2013

On Friday, a dust storm swept through the Phoenix area, temporarily causing all flights at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to be grounded.  In the areas of San Tan Valley and Queen Creek there were about 2,000 customers without power.  There were damaged awnings on mobile homes in Florence and in South Phoenix some trees were uprooted by the storm.

The dust storm began on Friday morning in Pinal County and moved west through Mesa, Gilbert, and Chandler.  At the airport, winds were gusting up to 60 miles per hour and all flights were grounded until the winds calmed.  While it is not know just how many flights were affected, there was a report of one flight being diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  Flights were back to normal by 2:00 pm Friday.

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

Severe Storm Causes Flooding and Flight Disruptions in Toronto

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

On Monday, a severe storm passed through the Toronto area, causing flash flooding and power outages for as many as 300,000 hydro customers.  Close to 100 millimeters of rain fell in just a few hours.  The flooding disrupted traffic, subways, and the Go Transit services.  There was a definite sense of panic throughout the city as many took to social media with images of the flooding and abandoned cars.

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport also experienced flooding and the airport tweeted at 9:30 pm that their website was down because of flooding in their server room.  Many flights were cancelled and others were delayed.  The airport warned travelers to check with their airline to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport.  All flights out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport were cancelled.

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

Terrorism Not Involved in Crash at San Francisco Airport

Monday, July 8th, 2013

According to San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White, it has been determined that the crash of an Asiana Airlines flight during landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday was not caused by any act of terrorism.  However, an investigation is currently under way by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to determine the cause of the crash.  The twin-engine Boeing 777-200 was conducting flight 214 from Seoul to San Francisco.

Witnesses reported seeing the plane approach the runway at an odd angle when landing.  Some even said it looked like the plane was out of control and the tail might have hit the ground.  The plane went up in flames and the crew and passengers had to evacuate the plane via the inflatable slides.  Of the 307 crew and passengers on board, at least two are dead and 181 were taken to local hospitals.

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

Air Canada Rouge Making Its Inaugural Flight

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Air Canada’s new Rouge service launched its inaugural flight on July 1from Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to Athens.  With the caption of Athens Ahead! Air Canada conducts the flight on a Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.

The nonstop flights to Athens will operate twice per week.  Air Canada Rouge also operates out of their hub in Toronto and from there the carrier is offering flights to Venice, Edinburgh, and 13 Caribbean destinations.

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

Severe Heat Wave Causes Flight Cancelations

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

US Airways had to cancel 18 flights out of Phoenix on Saturday as a record heat wave hit the region.  The temperature hit a high of 48.3 C (119 F) and according to Todd Lechmacher, a US Airways spokesperson, aircraft are certified to take off in temperatures up to 47.8C (118 F).  In Death Valley, California, temperatures reached 53.3C (128 F) on Saturday and Sunday and in Las Vegas on Saturday they hit a record temperature of 47.8C (118 F).  According to the US National Weather Service, this broke the city’s previous high of 47.2C (117 F)

One of the major concerns with the heat was for visitors to the region.  Troy Stirling, a police spokesman in Lake Havasu, Arizona, which is located near the California border, said he isn’t so much concerned about the people who live there, but he is concerned about those visiting.  Charlotte Dewey, a meteorologist in Phoenix, said it is quite dangerous and they are advising people to stay indoors.

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

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