Entries in flights (7)

Thursday
Jun302011

Mass turtle crossing delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning.  The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs.  They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.

A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land."  150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below).  Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.

original stories

JFK Airport Runway Closed Due to Turtles (NYC Aviation)

Flight delays as JFK airport runway taken over by turtles! (New York Daily News)

Turtles halt flights at JFK airport (The Daily Telegraph)

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Tuesday
Jun212011

American Airlines, Air Berlin expand already-existing codeshare

Air Berlin's recently-added non-stop flights between Tegel Airport (IATA: TXL; ICAO: EDDT) in Berlin, and Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) in New York, are now part of the codeshare agreement in force between Air Berlin and American Airlines since late last year.  The arrangement allows American Airlines customers in the United States to access the Berlin-New York and Düsseldorf-New York non-stops operated year-round by Air Berlin, on the American Airlines website.  The Berlin-New York round trip operates four times a week, on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.  The Düsseldorf-New York round trip operates daily between late June and late October.  Both routes are flown with the Airbus A330-200.

High-ranking representatives of both airlines expressed enthusiasm for the newly expanded codeshare.  Air Berlin's Chief Financial Officer Ulf Hüttmeyer, identified the United States as a "growing market" for Air Berlin, and expressed eagerness to "[sign] more codeshares [with American Airlines] in the future."   According to American Airlines, global distribution systems "will display the [codeshare] flights...for travel starting this Friday, June 24."

American Airlines is a member of the Oneworld airline alliance.  Air Berlin is expected to join the alliance in 2012.  Its sponsoring member is British Airways.

Also, this coming Saturday, Air Berlin, along with Berlin Airports and Boeing, will host a ceremony for the German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  Air Berlin boasts that it will be the first airline based in Germany to receive a shipment of the Boeing 787.  Air Berlin flies a fleet of 147 aircraft, comprised of 74 Airbus models, 63 Boeing models, and 10 Bombardier models.  It was founded in the American state of Oregon in 1978 as Air Berlin USA.  It relocated to Berlin in 1985.  Air Berlin operates a semi-low-cost business model.

related stories

Air Berlin will commence year-round JFK routes this coming fall (February 3, 2011)

American Airlines and Air Berlin codeshare is in effect (November 8, 2010)

Air Berlin makes codeshare agreements with Finnair and American (July 29, 2010)

original stories

airberlin and American Airlines expand codeshare agreement (Air Berlin)

American Airlines and airberlin Expand Codeshare Agreement (American Airlines)

airberlin: German premiere of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner (Air Berlin)

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Thursday
May262011

Iceland's Grímsvötn erupts; only 500 flights cancelled

The Icelandic volcano Grímsvötn began spewing ash and smoke into the air last Saturday, but will not cause near the disruption to trans-Atlantic air traffic that the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull did last spring.  Two large Irish airlines, Aer Lingus and Ryanair, have had to cancel dozens of flights over volcanic ash-related concerns, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).  And the total number of flights cancelled across Europe due to the eruption is around 500.

But Iceland itself expects no major disruption to its travel industry as a result.  The country's Director General of Tourism, Olof Yr Atladottir, said that hotel bookings, tour bookings, and other tourist services are not decreasing.  The site www.icenews.is reported that this summer is still expected to be "one of [Iceland's] biggest travel summers to date."  Though there are small amounts of ash lingering over northern Scandinavia and Russia, the (nearly) pan-European air traffic control agency Eurocontrol also expects very little, if any, additional disruption to air traffic over Europe because of the eruption.

original stories

Ireland steers clear of volcano woes as 500 flights in Europe are grounded (Irish Central)

'Little harm done' to Iceland tourism sector (IceNews)

Eurocontrol: No major impact on air traffic anticipated in next 24 hours (Washington Post)

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Saturday
Jan012011

Finnair adds flights to Japan and South Korea

Yesterday Finnair, the national airline of Finland, added a new weekly flight in each direction between its Helsinki hub Vantaa Airport (IATA: HEL; ICAO: EFHK) and the Japanese city of Nagoya.  Finnair flies to Nagoya's Chūbu Centrair International Airport (IATA: NGO; ICAO: RJGG), a facility constructed on an artificial island in the Ise Bay between 2000 and 2005, 22 miles (35 kilometers) south of Nagoya.  Chūbu Centrair International Airport is one of five Japanese offshore airports and is one of two built on a manmade island.  Despite its relative isolation, passengers may easily access the facility by automobile via a toll road, by train, by bus, or by ferry.  This additional weekly flight introduced by Finnair increases the number of weekly round-trips between the two locations to five.  The newly added round-trip will operate each Friday, indefinitely.

Moreover, as of today, Finnair has increased the frequency of its flights between Helsinki and the Japanese city of Osaka.  Finnair operates out of the North terminal at Kansai International Airport (IATA: KIX; ICAO: RJBB), 24 miles (38 kilometers) southwest of central Osaka.  With this addition of one more weekly flight, Finnair now flies between Helsinki and Kansai International - the other Japanese airport constructed on an artificial island - six times a week.

Today, Finnair also added a weekly flight in each direction to Incheon International Airport (IATA: ICN; ICAO: RSKI) in the South Korean capital of Seoul.  Finnair plans to resume a suspended route between Helsinki and Changi International (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) in Singapore in May, and to increase the frequency of its existing service between Helsinki and Hong Kong International (IATA: HKG; ICAO: VHHH) in June.

Finnair heavily promotes its non-stop connections to eastern Asia, of which it boasts more per week than any other European-based airline.

original stories

Finnair increases flights to Asia (GlobeNewswire)

Finnair adds flights to Nagoya (GlobeNewswire)

Finnair's growth in Asia continues, additional flights to Osaka (GlobeNewswire)

Monday
Dec272010

JFK, LGA, EWR, trains, buses all shut down for snow in NYC

On account of the first blizzard of winter 2010-2011, transportation and infrastructure in the City of New York is all but shut down this morning.  Reuters reported that "up to 29 inches of snow" fell on the area.  And the region's three largest airports, Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK), Newark International (IATA: EWR; ICAO: KEWR), and LaGuardia (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA) have shut down, forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights, and stranding tens of thousands of post-Christmas travelers.

Earlier this morning a camera aimed at an intersection near Times Square showed absolutely no automobile traffic on the road, at an hour of the day when it is usually very crowded.  Moreover, the Associated Press reported that two subway trains operating near Kennedy International had been stranded overnight for "several hours" on the tracks.  Ice formation on the third rail, which delivers the electricity necessary to power the trains, caused the lengthy delay.

New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority advised travelers to expect delays on all bus routes, to expect limited service buses to make local stops, and to expect delays on subway routes.  All Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) service has been suspended indefinitely "in both directions."  Metro-North service is suspended indefinitely on the Hudson, New Haven, and Harlem lines; and there are service disruptions on the Pascack Valley and Port Jervis lines.

AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark, which provide service from local transit hub and subway stops to the airport terminals, have also suspended service indefinitely, and are being temporarily replaced by bus service.

original stories

New York hard hit as winter storm slams northeast (Yahoo News)

East Coast storm strands travelers, vexes drivers (Yahoo News)

NYC subway stalled for hours in snow drifts (Yahoo News)

New York Metropolitan Transit Authority Official Website