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Archive for November, 2013

Winter storm causes canceled flights

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

At least eight people are dead from traffic accidents in the western U.S. after a large winter storm made its way through the New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and other southwest states on Sunday. Hundreds of flights were canceled. Meteorologists are anticipating that the storm will go south and east and will affect travel plans for Thanksgiving.

Just at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, over 300 flights were canceled, which worked out to approximately one-third of the scheduled flights out. According to spokesperson Cynthia Vega, most were in the afternoon and evening and involved American Eagle and American Airlines.

The trick with this storm is that it is acting differently depending on where it hits; some places get snow while others get rain or sleet.

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

Direct flights between Iran and the United States could resume this year

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

According to an Iranian minister, direct flights between the United States and Iran could start as early as this year. Ali Mohammed Nourian said that as long as the negotiations move along as anticipated, flights will begin by the end of 2013.

The agreement will depend upon Iran’s nuclear program and international talks including the latest P5-plus-1. These latest international talks include China, Britain, Russia, Germany, Iran, and the United States, and took place in Geneva.

Nourian also said that direct flights between Iran and the U.S. would mean that Iranian citizens in the United States could more easily travel between the two countries.

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

WestJet going international: flights to Dublin

Monday, November 18th, 2013

WestJet, the Calgary-based airline, will soon offer international flights to Ireland. Starting in June of 2014, the non-stop flights will be offered from St. John’s to Dublin once a day.

According to the airline’s spokesperson, Robert Palmer, this is a great opportunity for the airline to see what it’s like to operate in the European market on a small scale at first, before spreading out to other cities.

Travelers will also be able to fly from Toronto and Ottawa, with one stop-over in St. John’s. Connecting flights will soon be added from Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, and other cities within the WestJet network.

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

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines limits aircraft at Tacloban airport

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The CAAP, in an effort to prioritize aircraft being used for relief purposes, has limited the number of planes permitted at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban. Tacloban city was one of the worst-hit by Yolanda.

Private aircraft will be restricted; only turboprop aircraft carrying medical and relief supplies, military flights, or commercial humanitarian flights, all using turboprop aircraft, will be permitted.

The airport is still without power and communications; the radar equipment and tower were totally destroyed in the storm.

Airports that reopened early this week include Caticlan, San Jose, Guiuan, Ormoc, Bantayan, Roxas, Busuanga, Kalibo, Caticlan, Dumaguete, Calbayog, Biliran, and Borongan.

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

Mistake by Aeroplan costs parents $4,600 for toddler’s flight

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

A couple from British Columbia was forced to pay over $4,600 to fly their two-year old son home from Europe on a last-minute Air Canada flight. The flight was originally booked through Aeroplan; the family, Emily and husband Greg Grady and their son Micah, were booked to go to France for a work conference.

When they checked in to fly home, Air Canada told them that the Aeroplan-issued toddler ticket was invalid; children over two have to have their own seats. The couple was forced to buy a seat for Micah for $4,643.39. A Go Public infant fare to the same destination, and a child fare back, booked in advance, costs only $675. It turns out that Micah turned two while in France and his birth date in Aeroplan’s system was wrong.

Aeroplan has acted and will issue a full refund for the price of Micah’s one-way child fare as well as some other costs the family was forced to pay.

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

Frontier Airlines to expand operations at the New Castle Airport

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

On Wednesday, Frontier Airlines announced that it will expand its operations in Delaware at the New Castle Airport. It will soon offer flights to Atlanta and Detroit. These are in addition to the new flights to Fort Myers, Florida that will start on November 16.

The nonstop flights to Atlanta and Detroit will start on April 29, 2014.

If the sale of Frontier to Indigo Partners goes through as planned, we could be seeing a lot more expansion very soon. More news should be available on the sale in the coming days. Indigo wants to turn the airline into an “ultra-discount airline.”

Frontier started operating from Wilmington in the summer of 2013 and currently provides service to Tampa, Denver, Chicago, and Orlando.

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

American Airlines will now allow electronics use through whole flight

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Since the FAA gave the okay, American Airlines allows, as of November 4 at 5 pm, the personal use of electronics from gate to gate. That means that travelers can use cellphones, laptops, and tablets from the time they enter the plane until the time they disembark.

American Airlines is the third big airline to allow this; JetBlue and Delta began allowing it earlier in November. Airlines have to prove to the FAA that electronic devices will not affect the safe operation of the planes before they can begin the practice. Officials at the FAA believe that all major US airlines will allow gate-to-gate device use by the end of 2013.

Cellphones will have to remain in airplane mode.

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

Flights back on schedule at Birmingham after threatening note

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Around 4 pm on Sunday, a threatening note was found in a bathroom at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Both the tower and the terminal with hundreds of passengers were evacuated and all flights were diverted. Today’s first flight was scheduled to leave on time at 5:35 am, to Atlanta.

An employee found the note and police were called; bomb squads searched the terminal but nothing was found. The FBI worked with local police for the investigation.

Approximately 12 flights were diverted or delayed. Airport officials advised people in a Facebook post around 6:30 pm Sunday that the airport was open as usual.

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

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