Articles tagged “flights”

World’s Busiest Air Route in 2017 Was to Tiny Island Off South Korea’s Coast

World’s Busiest Air Route in 2017 Was to Tiny Island Off South Korea’s Coast

Angus Whitley, Bloomberg

The fact that most of the busiest routes in 2017 were outside of North America and Europe should be another wake-up call for how the future of travel is tilting toward destinations in Asia like Jeju Island, fueled by growth from enormous markets like China.

7 days ago

Google to Retire ITA Software Flight-Search Engine for Small Companies

Google to Retire ITA Software Flight-Search Engine for Small Companies

Mark Bergen and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

ITA was a hot commodity in its heyday before Google swallowed it up in 2010. That's ancient history, and there was waning interest among small companies to access what is now Google's flight-search software. All things must pass.

3 months ago

9 Travel Hacks For Thrill Seekers on Long Flights or Greenland Nights

9 Travel Hacks For Thrill Seekers on Long Flights or Greenland Nights

Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg

As more travelers seek thrills and extreme sports experiences while traveling, these are some handy tips on how to make the most of those kinds of trips.

3 months ago

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Central European Travel Disrupted by High Winds That Stranded Many

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

Some more wild weather for a change following hurricanes in Ireland, the Caribbean and the U.S., as well as an earthquake in Mexico. Let's hope the human toll from this latest storm in Central Europe is kept to a minimum.

3 months ago

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Storm Ophelia Lashes Ireland

Hundreds of Flights Cancelled as Storm Ophelia Lashes Ireland

Thomas Seal, Bloomberg

In the aviation industry, safety is paramount and with the worst storm in 50 years rolling across Ireland, airlines are naturally going to be extremely cautious.

3 months ago

UK Chancellor Downplays Brexit Threat to Aviation Sector

UK Chancellor Downplays Brexit Threat to Aviation Sector

Robert Hutton, Bloomberg

The Chancellor might be right to say a scenario where UK flights would be blocked to Europe is unlikely, but the lack of planning from the UK government on the subject of aviation is very alarming. The industry is tightly entwined with the rest of Europe and separating it is going to be a mammoth task.

3 months ago

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Turkey and Venezuela Agree to Increased Flights and Tourism

Joseph Ataman, Associated Press

We see it all over the world these days: When countries have difficulties with their traditional allies, they turn elsewhere. It's a smart move by Turkey and Venezuela to seek closer ties, although both governments are pariahs right now.

3 months ago

Ryanair Flight Cancellations Lead to Exit of Operations Boss

Ryanair Flight Cancellations Lead to Exit of Operations Boss

Associated Press

Heads had to roll over this flight-scheduling debacle at Ryanair. If Hickey retains his ties to the airline in an "advisory role," it might be prudent not to take his advice.

3 months ago

UK Planes Ready to Fly Stranded Passengers if Monarch Airlines Goes Bust

UK Planes Ready to Fly Stranded Passengers if Monarch Airlines Goes Bust

Sofia Horta e Costa, Bloomberg

Kudos to UK regulators for having a plan to assist stranded passengers if Monarch Airlines goes bust. That wouldn't happen in many other countries.

4 months ago

New Zealand Flight Disruptions Ease as Pipeline Repair Stems Fuel Shortages

New Zealand Flight Disruptions Ease as Pipeline Repair Stems Fuel Shortages

Nick Perry, Associated Press

Vacation-planning and business travel can soon get back to normal now that a 10-day fuel crisis has been abated with a pipeline repair. Airlines using Auckland Airport had been supplied with just about 30 percent of their usual fuel allotments.

4 months ago

Ryanair Could Suffer Considerable Damage to Its Friendly New Image From Mass Cancellations

Ryanair Could Suffer Considerable Damage to Its Friendly New Image From Mass Cancellations

Benjamin Katz, Bloomberg

In recent years, Ryanair has sought to move away from its brash, aggressive tactics that upset so many passengers. Its new friendly approach was paying off, but all that good work may well have just been undone.

4 months ago

Ryanair Forgot to Consider Crew Vacations So It Canceled 82 Flights in One Day

Ryanair Forgot to Consider Crew Vacations So It Canceled 82 Flights in One Day

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

Dear Ryanair Human Resources: As you know, you commute daily to work in Dublin, and the Irish government has rules about flight crews taking time off. You might want to have the people in charge of crew and flight scheduling take these things into account before booking passengers on these flights. It would be so much easier for all concerned.

4 months ago