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Lufthansa Cuts 140 Flights Due to Strike

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, has canceled 140 European and domestic round-trip flights due to the renewed strike of 190 workers at Frankfurt Airport.  The airline said that their long-haul international flights have not been affected as the GdF unions employees go on a three day strike.  The workers are in their third week of strikes over a pay dispute in which they are demanding increased wages and shorter hours.

Fraport, the operator of the airport, has said that the union’s demands are unreasonable, but the union says they are just asking that their pay be brought to the same level as that of ground workers at other airports.  Juergen Harrer, a spokesperson for Fraport, said another 60 flights have been canceled for Monday, but that most of the airport’s 1300 flights are still operational.


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Kingfisher Cancels Flights Between Mangalore and Bangalore

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Two Kingfisher flights between the cities of Mangalore and Bangalore have been canceled, leading passengers to opt for Jet Airways instead.  Unfortunately, with the excessive demand for this route, prices are beginning to soar.  Kingfisher used to operate three flights between the cities, but the airline canceled all three flights a week ago, although they operated one flight on each of last Saturday and Sunday.

Travel agents have stopped booking flights through Kingfisher because of the unpredictability of whether flights will operate.  They simply do not want to deal with the anger of customers whose flights may be canceled.  Jet Airways has taken many of these customers on their flights, but cannot accommodate them all.  As a result, airfare has increased substantially.  What used to be Rs 2500 to 4500 now costs as much as Rs 11,000, particularly for those passengers who are booking last minute.


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Flights from Phuket to Australia Might be Lost

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Resort managers in Phuket are uncertain of the future of flights from Phuket to two of Australia’s biggest cities, Melbourne and Brisbane.  The future of these routes are in question since Air Australia halted all flights.  Before that happened there had been 100,000 tickets purchased for flights to Phuket, many of which were for passengers who were resort-bound.

One resort manager said that it isn’t just about the resort guests who have be stranded and have to find a way home, but also about those who have booked their trips well in advance.  They have lost their money and many cannot afford to pay for a new flight.  With thousands of tourists stranded in Phuket and Thailand, many others are now scared to book flights and are rethinking their travel plans.  Now resort managers are waiting to see if another airline will pick up the routes between Australia and Phuket.


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International Flights Get a Boost as Jet Fuel Prices are Cut

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

B.C. is about to cut the two-cent-per-liter jet fuel tax they currently charge on international flights.  This created a revenue for the government of about $12 million.  However, without the tax international flights will be saving approximately $2000 per flight of ten hours and that means that more and more international flights will come into Vancouver, according to David Solloway from Air China.

If there is even an increase of two international flights per week, Solloway estimates that tourism dollars and job creation will add up to more than the $12 million the government will lose from the jet fuel tax.  That has to be good for the province as a whole.

Alberta was ahead of the game and gave up the tax in 2004.  Most other provinces have followed suit and few remain who still charge the jet fuel tax, which includes Toronto International Airport.  Brad Davies with Virtually There Travel said that by removing the jet fuel tax, Vancouver will be able to compete with Toronto and Calgary.

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Possible Siberian Flight Limitations

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

In response to the carbon tax imposed by the bloc, Russia is considering limiting the flights over Siberian airspace for all EU carriers.  Earlier this year, the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) began charging all carriers in the EU a tax for the carbon dioxide emissions they produce.  Ivan Kim, transport and infrastructure analyst from Renaissance Capital, said that this tax will cost Russian airlines about 30 million euros, with Aerloft, the country’s flagship carrier, bearing the brunt of the blow.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) are gathering in Moscow to work out a final decision.  Russia, Brazil, the US, and other non-EU countries say that they should not have to pay the tax.  There are as many as 30 countries that plan to take measures in response to the decision.  Limitations on aircraft flying through Siberian airspace is one such measure.  They also plan to ban their airlines from paying the tax.

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Estonian Air to Service Tallinn-Paris Route

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

March 16 will see the addition of new Estonian Air flights on the Tallinn-Paris route.  There will be three weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and during the peak season, from June 4 to August 31, there will be six weekly flights.  CCO of Estonian Air, Rauno Parras, said that they have added the new flights to enhance their plan to provide the most appealing destinations via Tallinn.

AS Estonian Air is the national carrier in Estonia that and the largest that operates out of Tallinn and connects Estonia to Europe.  The airline flies to a total of 24 destinations throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the CIS countries.  The airline strives to be a hub carrier by expanding its network to include more worldwide travel.  New destinations for 2012 include Helsinki, Jyvaskyla, Riga, Hanover, Venice, Vienna, Joensuu, Tbilisi, and Kajaani.

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More Spirit Between Denver and Chicago

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Spirit Airlines is adding more flights between Denver and Chicago‘s O’Hare International Airport.  The announcement was made on Thursday.  Chicago aviation deparatment Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino made a statement in which he said that the addition of the new flights would offer residents of Chicago a new and super low-fare option on flights to Denver.

These new flights will expand the already significant flight offerings  that can be found at O’Hare.  Chicago to Denver is a popular route and Spirit is an ultra low-cost carrier.  The daily flights will begin on May 3, 2012, departing from Chicago at 11:05 am and departing Denver for the return trip at 1:20 pm.  They are a great match for residents of both Chicago and Denver and Spirit will also be adding new flights between Denver and Fort Lauderdale, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Las Vegas.

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Flights Grounded by Air Australia

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

Air Australia, the budget carrier based out of Brisbane, has grounded all flights effective immediately, having gone into voluntary administration on Friday.  The has said that it has no funds for the operation of the airline at the current time and they have appointed John Park and Mark Korda of KordaMentha as voluntary administrators.

The airline is not expecting to resume flights in the immediate future or in the short-term or medium-term.  The airline flew to a number of destinations in Western Australia, including Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Derby, and Port Hedland.  It also flew to international destinations in Hawaii, Bali, and Thailand.  The administrator has indicated that there are currently approximately 4000 passengers abroad who have return tickets with Air Australia and they have been advised to make alternative travel arrangements.

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One in Five Times are the Delays of 390 Mumbai Flights

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Mumbai is not improving on the number of flight delays that occur.  A total of 390 flights have been delayed one in five times in the month of January.  Of these flights, a larger number of them were delays for arriving flights rather than for departing flights.  A breakdown of the data shows that 167 flights that took off from the Mombai airport were delayed 20% of the time, where as 223 arriving flights were delayed 20% of the times they were schedule to touch down.

The data was collected by Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and it shows that Kingfisher came out on top with only 33 delayed arrivals, as compared with 51 late arrivals by Air India and 62 late arrivals by Jet Airways.  In terms of departures, once again Kingfisher came out on top with only 23 late departures.  Jet Airways had a total of 41 late departures and Air India had 47.  Airport officials said that the number of delays is proportional to the number of flights the carrier offers so the larger carriers have more.

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Busiest Airport in Brazil Opens New Termina

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Sao Paulo’s Guarulhos International Airport opens a new terminal that is designated to handle domestic flights, which total 60% of the airport’s traffic.  The new terminal will see as many as five million domestic passengers each year.  Infraero, the government agency that operates the nation’s airports, said the cost of the new terminal was 85 million real ($49.4 million).


The first airline to make use of the new terminal is Webjet.  Passengers will have to be bussed between their aircraft and the terminal as it is located approximately 2 km away from the runways.  The new terminal is included in the privatization contract won by Invepar Consortium this past week.  The contract will allow them to operate and expand the airport for the next 20 years.  Brazil has the goal of improving the country’s airports prior to hosting the World Cup in 2014.


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