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Chandigarh International Airport: Air India announces flights to Mumbai, Pune from January 16

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN Chandigarh and different parts of the country is all set to get a boost as national carrier Air India on Tuesday announced two direct flights to Pune and Mumbai from January 16. The total number of flights operating from Chandigarh International Airport will now go up to 23.

Adding to connectivity is a fresh proposal by Ambala division of Northern Railway, which wants to start one additional Shatabdi train from Chandigarh to Delhi on Sundays.

Starting from January 16, two direct flights will operate to Pune and Mumbai. The flight between Mumbai and Chandigarh will take off from Mumbai at 7.20 am and land in Chandigarh at 10 am. From Chandigarh, the flight to Mumbai (AI 642) will take off at 5.45 pm and reach Mumbai at 8.10 pm.

The Pune flight will take off from Chandigarh at 10.50 am and land in Pune at 1.20 pm. The flight will take off from Pune at 2 pm and then land in Chandigarh at 4.30 pm.

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

China’s Capital Airlines today launches first Vancouver flight

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

China’s Capital Airlines is readying to make its first-ever departure from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 4:30 p.m. on January 6.

The airline plans to fly three times per week out of Vancouver – on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The flights arrive at Qingdao, China, at 7:40 p.m. the following day and then continue on to Hangzhou, arriving at 11:25 p.m.

Flights will depart Hangzhou at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. They make a stop at Qingdao, where the non-stop flight to Vancouver will leave at 6:05 p.m. Flights then arrive at YVR at 1:15 p.m.

Capital Airlines is the marketing brand of Beijing Capital Airlines, which is a subsidiary of Hainan Airlines – an airline that is headquartered in the Chinese island province of Haikou, which is in the South China Sea.

Hainan Airlines is the largest privately owned air-transport company in China and the country’s fourth-largest airline in terms of fleet size.

The airline becomes the sixth mainland Chinese carrier to fly out of YVR.

The fifth mainland Chinese carrier to fly out of YVR was Xiamen Airlines, which launched flights in July.

Other mainland-China carriers to service YVR are Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines.

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

Southwest Airlines adds 2 cities, dozens of new routes

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Cincinnati and the Cayman Islands are in. The Ohio cites of Dayton and Akron-Canton are out.

Cincinnati and the Cayman Islands are in. The Ohio cites of Dayton and Akron-Canton are out.

The carrier routinely adds and drops routes during its seasonal updates. But the latest schedule release features an unusual amount of activity; More than two dozen nonstop routes will begin with the 2017 summer schedule in June, according to information from Southwest.

The highest-profile changes come with the destinations that will join Southwest’s route map, and with the ones that will fall off.

Southwest will begin flying from Cincinnati and from Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islandson June 4.

Southwest will connect Cincinnati to its bases at Baltimore/Washington and Chicago Midway. Southwest’s Grand Cayman service will operate to its base in Fort Lauderdale, pending regulatory approval for that international route.

Cincinnati had long been the biggest metro area that Southwest did not serve, and the airline’s new service was warmly embraced by officials there. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) was once one of America’s busiest airports, buoyed by bustling hub for Delta Air Lines. Delta still operates a hub there, but it has sharply reduced its presence – eliminating hundreds of flights and dozens of nonstop routes that it used to fly from Cincinnati — since its merger with Northwest last decade.

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

What Businesses Travelers Can Expect In Air And Hotel Costs In 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Getting back to work after the new year holidays, business travelers and corporate travel departments have questions of what’s to come. Will airfare prices increase? Has Airbnb become a true alternative for business travelers? Will the election have a major affect on business travel? Rocketrip, the business travel startup that incentivizes employees, has compiled a survey of what to expect in 2017. The highlights:

Airfare
Average airfares will remain stable, but actual prices paid by business travelers could be on the rise.

Stable Airfare – Airfare inflation has been minimal because of low fuel prices and slow economic growth in Europe and Asia. These factors are projected to continue into 2017. However, there’s little reason to expect airfares to decrease. Airlines have not expanded capacity as passenger volume recovered from its low in 2008, and mergers have reduced competitive pressure on many routes.

Higher Costs for Business Travelers – Several factors will continue to put upward pressure on the actual cost of airfare for business travelers. Essentially, airlines are getting better at (perfectly legally) price discriminating against business travelers.

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

Passengers can fly directly from Montreal to Lyon

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

For those travelers already thinking ahead to next year’s summer holidays they may want to consider the new year-round service that Air Canada will begin to offer at that time. Starting on June 16, 2016 the airline will offer direct flights between Trudeau airport and Lyon. This is on top of the flights already offered that fly from Trudeau airport to Paris Charles de Gaulle. Tickets for the new route will go on sale beginning July 2.

“This new Air Canada main line route will further increase convenience for customers travelling to France as well as provide the only year-round service between North America and Lyon,” said Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines, Air Canada. “It also complements our Air Canada Rouge Nice-Côte d’Azur service,” he finished.

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

10 LOT flights grounded due to IT attack

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Hackers have been busy at work and as a result 10 LOT flights were forced to be grounded over this past weekend. This is actually the first time that hackers have caused actual flight cancelations. The attack was made on the airline’s IT network and it affected flights to such cities as Munich, Stockholm, Hamburg, and Copenhagen. All the affected flights were to European cities from the airline’s base in Warsaw, Poland. These cancellations ended up affecting a whopping 1,500 passengers.

“Sunday afternoon LOT encountered IT attack that affected our ground operation systems,” was the official message from LOT. “As a result we’re not able to create flight plans and outbound flights from Warsaw are not able to depart.” The airline went on to assure passengers that it doesn’t affect their plane systems nor does it affect flights that are already airborne.

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

Allegiant cancels six flights Thursday

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Allegiant Airlines suddenly canceled six flights on Thursday at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. A statement was released saying that there were “operational needs” in the system causing the cancelations. Upon further questioning, it was revealed that there weren’t enough planes in service to handle all of the flights for Thursday. Allegiant is providing all affected passengers with a $200 voucher for future travel in addition to other compensation. Where passengers were located on their journey dictated what they will be given. For example, passengers with a canceled return flight home will receive reimbursement for travel expenses related to returning to their city of origin.

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

U.S. surveillance flights too close for comfort in South China Sea

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The U.S. has been taking quite a bit of interest in the activities in the South China Sea and CNN just filmed a US surveillance plane that flew over the area of interest. This flight was too close for comfort as far as the Chinese government was concerned and now the incident has ballooned into an international story. The flight was told repeatedly by the Chinese to turn around, which it didn’t. This confrontation is causing waves throughout the region, not just with the two countries involved, but with others in the area.

Earlier this month China’s foreign minister Wang Yi told the US Secretary of State John Kerry that the “determination of the Chinese side to safeguard our own sovereignty and territorial integrity is as firm as a rock and it is unshakeable.” This statement certainly makes it clear what China’s position is.

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

Massive delays as Mumbai domestic airport

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Anyone trying to flight through Mumbai’s domestic airport this past Friday likely ran into a whole lot of delays, which translated into a day of chaos at the airport. The day saw an incredible 45 flight delays, most of which were for about one hour. Some of the airlines that were involved in the delays include GoAir, Jet Airways, Air India, Indigo, and SpiceJet.

So what was the cause of all the delays? Airport officials have put the blame on operational and technical issues; however, there seems to be some argument there. Sources are saying the delays were due to the fact the main runway was undergoing maintenance work for two hours and needed to be shut down. A GoAir spokesperson wrote in an email “every Friday there is routine maintenance and the main Mumbai runway is closed from 2 pm to 4 pm.”

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

Carry-on luggage will now be more scrutinized by Air Canada

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

It seems as though passengers will have to look forward to even more scrutiny regarding carry-on baggage when traveling with Air Canada. The airline has announced that will be checking bags more closely to be sure it meets the regulations when it comes to weight and size requirements. Staff will be positioned at the check-in and security checkpoints to keep an eye on the carry-on items.

This announcement comes just in time for the summer travel season to begin. Any bags that exceed the requirements will then be subject to the regular standard fees. If the bag needs to be checked because it is too large the passenger will be given a special card so they can get back to the check-in agent and return to the gate quickly.

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

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