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Victoria International Airport resumes flights after de-icer shortage

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Flights at Victoria International Airport were grounded for several hours on Monday when there was a shortage of de-icing fluid.

The area was hit by cold and snow and this caused two-thirds of the daily flights to be affected when the airport unexpectedly ran out of de-icing fluid. Crews were ready for flurries and rain, but not the freezing temperatures that require the use of the mix of glycol and hot water. The airport went through a season’s worth of the fluid in just 48 hours.

Vancouver International provided Victoria International with 6,000 liters of glycol but it had to travel by ferry to Victoria. Flights were up and running an hour later.

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Heavy fog at Delhi airport shuts down runways

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

An extremely thick “freak” fog covered the Indira Gandhi International Airport Monday morning, shutting down both runways. Visibility was nil and 40 flights were affected as of 10:30 am.

The delays could affect flight scheduling for the rest of the day.

Delhi has been enjoying two weeks of clear skies with no fog to affect flights and the sudden fog came as a surprise. Sunday’s weather was clear and warm, three degrees above average temperatures for the season.

Passengers who had boarded a flight to Kolkata sat on the runway for over an hour and a half, waiting for visibility to improve.

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Fog causes delays at UAE airports

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Early morning fog caused delays at two United Arab Emirates airports.

At least 10 flights were delayed at Abu Dhabi International and still more delays were reported at Dubai International on Sunday.

Heavy fog that covered most of the country was a repeat from the day before, which also caused flight disruptions. Some of those affected passengers were put up in hotel rooms by Emirates Airline. These cancelations, in turn, affected Sunday flights with overbookings. When the fog caused delays, this caused even more problems.

The fog started clearing shortly after lunch and it was expected that service would return to normal as soon as possible.

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Canada’s Prime Minister refuses to reconsider visa restrictions for Mexicans

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Stephen Harper, Canada’s PM, has said he has no intention of lifting the visa restrictions for Mexican travelers, even with the trilateral talks among the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, directly raised the issue on Tuesday in Mexico City, which forced Harper to publicly announce he has no plans to change the controversial rules. Obama will join Mexico and Canada in talks on Wednesday.

The visa restrictions limit Mexican travelers’ ability to come to Canada on short notice, which severely impacts tourism revenue from Mexico. Even with the announcement that airlines will work to increase flights between the two countries, it is unlikely that Mexicans will take advantage of the increased routes unless the visa restrictions are lifted.

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Heathrow denies four planes in distress were turned away

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

It was reported in the Sunday Times that Heathrow had denied four planes that made Mayday calls in high winds. Three of the four were close to running out of fuel; another had problems with its rudder.

The planes were diverted to other airports and were met by emergency response teams.

Heathrow officials deny that the airport turned away planes in distress, saying that the story in the paper is not true and that no calls for help were ever received.

A fifth flight, one from Moscow to Heathrow, was also sent to another airport because of the gale-force winds around Heathrow. A journalist who was on the flight tweeted, saying it was the scariest flight he’d ever been on.

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Porter Airlines signs deal to offer flights to Israel

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Porter Airlines has signed a deal with EL AL Israel Airlines in order to give travelers more options when flying between Canada and Israel.

The two airlines will use Newark International Airport as a connecting point between Toronto and Tel Aviv. Porter currently offers up to 13 round trip flights to New Jersey on a daily basis, and has plans to offer more interline options in the coming year.

EL AL also offers flights out of Los Angeles and Toronto; it flies to 33 destination cities around the world and has other inline partnerships like the one just signed with Porter.

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Transport Canada considering ban of liquids, gels, and aerosols from all flights to Russia during Olympics

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Transport Canada is considering banning all liquids, gels, and aerosols from carry-on luggage from passengers traveling from Canada to Russia during the Olympic Games.

Because of an announcement on Thursday by the U.S. Homeland Security Department, airlines are on high alert for possible explosives on flights with a direct route to Russia. All U.S. flights already have bans prohibiting liquids on board in carry-on for non-stop flights. Homeland Security’s intelligence indicated something might be assembled on board or upon arriving in Russia.

There are four direct flights to Russia from Canada; the spokesperson for federal minister of Transport, said the ban will apply to all four of those flights.

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World-Cup-bound flights to show child-sex warnings

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Flights headed from England to Brazil will show child-sex warnings to those traveling to watch the World Cup games.

British Airways flights will warn travelers against paying to have sex with children, an initiative to help reduce the child sex market in Brazil. These warnings will also show on the big screens in Brazil at England Games.

The National Crime Agency in Britain is supportive of the campaign that is being led by charities. The campaign explains that just because the child prostitute may approach someone, doesn’t mean he or she is consenting or that the adult is not legally responsible should the offer be taken. Anyone arrested for having sex with a person under the age of 18 can also be prosecuted in England.

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First flight from Georgia to Sochi in over 10 years arrives for Olympics

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

For the first time in more than 10 years, a flight from Georgia to Sochi has landed, carrying four Georgian Olympic officials for the Winter Games.

After a brief war between the two countries took place in 2008, flights between Georgia and Russia were canceled. Even before that, there were no direct flights between Georgia and Sochi. There have been, however, occasional flights between Moscow and Tbilisi since 2010.

According to a Georgian Airlines company spokesperson, 15 passengers were on board the flight.

Many people in Georgia remain bitter about the war in 2008, because two separatist territories became outside Georgia’s control as a result, one of which is Abkhazia, just south of Sochi.

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Philippines and Manila discuss possibility of increasing flight frequency

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

According to a government spokesperson, Singapore and the Philippines will go ahead with talks to increase the flight frequency between the two countries.

The executive director of the Civil Aeronautics Board said that the two countries would get together for talks on February 5 and 6, after being tabled in 2012 because of outstanding issues. The CAB is also looking to talk with other countries to increase international destinations.

Some of the countries which the Philippines may pursue for talks include Canada, France, Ethiopia, Egypt, and New Zealand. As of right now, there are no direct flights between France and the Philippines, due to a ban on local carriers flying to Europe, which was lifted in 2013.

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