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US tightens chokehold on Cuba, blocks private charter flights

Washington - The United States announced Thursday it is suspending all private charter flights to Cuba, intensifying its drive to starve the Havana government of revenue over its human rights record and support for Venezuela's leftist president.

French government is introducing an eco-tax for airline travel

Airline travel comes with a relatively high environmental impact. Adopting the 'polluter pays' philosophy, the French government is set to introduce a so-called 'eco-tax' each time an airline ticket is purchased.

Commercial airline industry’s safest year ever

The number of fatalities on commercial passenger jets in 2017 was zero making it the commercial airline industry’s safest year ever. As to the safest airlines in the world, the answer is to fly British.

United incident shows how few rights you have on a flight

United Airlines has come under fire for a viral video that shows a passenger being forcibly removed from a plane after refusing to give up his seat.

New platform offers improved in-flight WiFi

WiFi services on aircraft are notoriously inefficient: often slow and prone to cutting out. Too overcome this, technologists have developed an extension called ScaleUp that significantly improves web browsing speeds at 30,000 feet.

Delta says it can't predict when schedule will be back to normal

Atlanta - Delta Air Lines still was forced to cancel nearly 700 flights Tuesday, even as operations began to normalize following a massive computer outage on Monday that stranded thousands of passengers worldwide.

U.S. airlines expected to begin regular flights to Cuba this year

Havana - Six U.S. airlines have been authorized to begin commercial service to Havana starting later this year for the first time since the 1960s, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday.

Winter storm slams East Coast with snow, rain and cold

New York - More than 1,000 flights from East Coast cities in the U.S. had to be cancelled Monday as a major winter storm moved into the region with snow, ice and high winds.

U.S. and Cuba nearing deal to resume commercial flights

Havana - Commercial airline flights between the United States and Cuba could begin later this year if a new agreement between the former Cold War enemies is signed this week, U.S. officials said Friday.

SpaceX gets new NASA contract to supply space station

Hawthorne - NASA agreed Friday that a private California aerospace company could continue to build an experimental launch vehicle expected eventually to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Hundreds more UK travellers stuck in Egypt hope to fly home

London - Hundreds of British holidaymakers stranded in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh were hoping to return home on Saturday after a handful of flights landed in Britain, although others were held up by logistical problems.

Ukraine and Russia ground direct flights in latest spat

Kiev - Direct flights between Ukraine and Russia were grounded Sunday as mistrust between the ex-Soviet neighbours boiled over into a new trade war that affects tens of thousands of families.

$69 flights from US to EU coming soon, says CEO of Norwegian Air

The CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is hoping to sell one-way tickets to Europe for as low as $69, beginning as early as 2017.

This airport allows marijuana on in-state flights

Portland - Those who are flying within the state of Oregon can bring their marijuana with them on in-state flights, as the Portland airport now allows it.

Aircraft set to get minute-by-minute tracking

A new initiative aims to equip all commercial flights worldwide with technology that would enable minute-by-minute tracking of the plane in times of distress, aiding rescuers and recovery efforts.

'Face reality:' Malaysia sets funerals for missing jet passengers

Sydney - The first memorial service for passengers on board the missing Malaysian Airlines jet is scheduled to be held tomorrow in Australia, nearly two months after the disappearance and apparent crash of the flight.

Working in London? Cheaper to live in Barcelona and commute

London - While he wouldn't actually do it, Londoner Sam Cookney has caused a ruckus by saying that property prices in London are so high, it would be cheaper to live in Barcelona and fly to work each day.

Hong Kong cancels over 400 flights due to typhoon Usagi

Hong Kong - Due to the severity of the oncoming typhoon Usagi, more than 400 flights have been cancelled from Hong Kong. Ferry services have also been suspended due to rough waters.

Popocatépetl disrupts flights, evacuations still on hold (UPDATE)

Puebla - Several U.S. based airlines suspended numerous flights as Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano increased its activity once again. Authorities have maintained the very active volcano's alert level at a Yellow phase 2.

Air Canada increasing baggage fees on US-bound flights

Travellers flying economy class to the US on Air Canada will soon have to pay a fee for every piece of baggage they check.

TSA moves to tighten security for possible terrorist 'body-bombs'

Obama Administration warns TSA about potential terrorist use of surgically implanted bombs that are increasingly undetectable by current security procedures and technology.

Strike at Brussels Airport affects flights

Brussel - The employees of one of the companies handling ground services at Brussels Airport are on a 24-hour strike. The flights of 39 airlines might be impacted.

Super Bowl fans scramble as flights to Dallas canceled

On Friday American and Southwest airlines canceled a more than several hundred flights to and from hubs in Dallas. A storm hit Texas just two days after a massive snowstorm grounded flights.

NAV CANADA hope to save 13.4 million tons of emmissions by 2016

NAV CANADA has announced a project to reduce aviation-related greenhouse gas emissions with safe and more efficient air traffic flows.

Bomb explodes at Zamboanga Airport, two dead and 12 wounded

Zamboanga - At least two people are dead and a dozen injured after a bomb exploded at the arrival area of Zamboanga International Airport in southern Philippines, according to an early evening newscast by ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network.

Resigned Philippine Airlines pilots ordered to return to work

Pilots of Philippine Airlines {PAL) who abandoned their posts last Saturday were ordered by PAL management to return to work or they will face appropriate charges.

Honeywell redesigning skies for quicker, more comfortable flights

Phoenix - A flight on an airplane can be uncomfortable, longer than you expected, and hunger inducing. But now Aerospace giant Honeywell has big ideas about how to turn things around in the air.

Porter Airlines will be flying during G20 Special

Toronto - Porter Airlines will be flying from Toronto's Billy Bishop Island Airport during the G20 summit. This decision leads to questions about the overall security of the small airport that is just minutes away from where diplomats will be located.

Passengers face more disruption as volcanic cloud hits flights

Passengers face yet more disruption at airports in the UK and parts of Europe, as Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano’s cloud continues to drift.

UK flights disrupted by volcano cloud, more is on the way

The Icelandic volcano cloud is continuing to disrupt flights in Europe, with forecasters warning that it may extend itself during Monday and Tuesday.
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CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that ...
CROWDED: The departure lounge at Havana Airport will be getting substantially more crowded now that U.S. airlines have permission to schedule regular flights in keeping with a gradual lessening of diplomatic tensions that began in 2014.
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An empty Istanbul Airport during the Iceland volcanic ash incident
An empty Istanbul Airport during the Iceland volcanic ash incident
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