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Hartsfield-Jackson still busiest, but other airports remain ahead in international traffic, cargo

15 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Airport World's busiest airport Delta Air Lines Atlanta Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Airline hub Georgia
World's busiest airports revealed
According to new figures, more than 101 million passengers traveled through the world's busiest airport in 2015.
2821 points by CNN | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic United States Airline hub Delta Air Lines World's busiest airport United Airlines World's busiest airports by cargo traffic Kasim Reed
BA apologizes for delays caused by computer glitches
LONDON - British Airways has apologized for delays caused by computer glitches in check-in systems — and warned that there may be further troubles.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | British Airways Airline Qantas London Virgin Atlantic Airways Airline hub Air France London Heathrow Airport
Frontier Airlines to launch daily service to Havana on Dec. 1 — but from Denver, you’ll have to stop in Miami first
Denver-based Frontier Airlines will launch service to Havana, Cuba on Dec. 1, with once-daily flights between Miami and the Cuban capital.
1775 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Airline hub Delta Air Lines American Airlines John F. Kennedy International Airport Cuba US Airways
Drunken United passenger who shouted in Arabic diverts flight
A drunk United Airlines passenger who broke a bathroom door and shouted in Arabic caused an emergency landing, police said.
296 points by Daily News | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Nashville Tennessee George Bush Intercontinental Airport Airport Davidson County Tennessee Trans States Airlines Airline hub
Warm day brings record high temperature at O'Hare
The temperature at O'Hare International Airport hit 80 degrees early Friday afternoon, surpassing a record of 79 set in 1939, according to the National Weather Service. The temperature hit the record for March 24 at 1:05 p.m., according to the weather service. Temperatures were expected to continue...
17 points by Chicago Tribune | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic United Airlines Rain Cloud Airline hub Chicago Weather Republic Airlines
Allegiant Air launches service in Cleveland; 4 things to know about Hopkins' newest carrier
Industry experts expect the competition among Spirit, Frontier and now Allegiant to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Exactly how cheap are Cleveland travelers? We're about to find out. Starting Wednesday, the nation's three largest ultra-low-cost airlines will compete head-to-head at Cleveland Hopkins, the only mid-size airport in the United States where they'll fly to so many overlapping destinations. Industry experts expect the competition to stimulate demand and drive down airfares in Cleveland even more. Newest to the competition is Allegiant Air, the Las Vegas-based carrier that is leaving the Akron-Canton Airport after less than two years and moving to Cleveland Hopkins. Its first flight from Cleveland is Wednesday. Eventually, the carrier will serve 11 nonstop destinations from Cleveland, competing against Spirit Airlines or Frontier Airlines (or both) on at least seven of those routes. Critics of these bare-bones carriers say you get what you pay for: no in-flight entertainment, no peanuts and seats that don't recline. Even worse, they say, when weather or mechanical problems lead to delays and cancellations, passengers are sometimes stranded for days. Credit the dismantling of the United Airlines hub in 2014 for all this intense interest in Cleveland. Since United shuttered its hub, Hopkins has seen major expansions from several airlines, including Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue. Allegiant, founded in 1997, is different from most other carriers, even other low-cost airlines. Cleveland's ultra-low cost carriers COMPARING PRICES We picked a random week - the week of March 13 - and looked for the cheapest one-way fare available from Cleveland to four destinations on three competing airlines. We found some rock-bottom prices: Fort Myers/Punta Gorda Allegiant: $49 Frontier: $51 Spirit: $49.19 Orlando/Orlando Sanford Allegiant: $41 Frontier: $39 Spirit: $38.19 Phoenix/Phoenix-Mesa Allegiant: $67 Frontier: $99 Fort Lauderdale Allegiant: $42 Spirit: $39.99 COMPARING ON-TIME ARRIVALS Allegiant Percentage on time: 69 percent Average delay: 79 minutes Frontier Percentage on time: 71 percent Average delay: 67 minutes Spirit Percentage on time: 75 percent Average delay: 64 minutes Source: FlightStats; figures for January 2017 Here's what you need to know about Cleveland's newest carrier: Leisure destinations only Allegiant targets the leisure travel market exclusively, primarily north to south. From Cleveland, the airline will fly to six cities in Florida, plus Phoenix, New Orleans, Austin, Myrtle Beach and Savannah/Hilton Head. Many times, Allegiant flies into smaller, alternative airports (including Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda and Phoenix-Mesa). Elsewhere, they fly into big, international airports, as in Austin, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale. In addition to focusing only on leisure destinations, the airline also flies only on the most popular travel days. To New Orleans, for example, the carrier is flying Fridays and Mondays only, hoping to capitalize on weekend travelers. Allegiant is beginning with twice-weekly flights on all of its Cleveland routes, except Orlando Sanford (three times a week), Punta Gorda (three times a week) and St. Pete-Clearwater (four times a week). Fees, fees, and more fees Like its low-cost cousins, Allegiant entices travelers with super-low base fares that buy you a seat only. Most travelers need more: A checked bag is $20, a carry-on is $15 - but only if you pay for it when you buy your ticket. Otherwise, it's $45 or $50 (one-way). The price for an advanced seat assignment varies by flight, but starts at $10. And yes, of course, you'll pay for your Coke and chips. Allegiant also continues to charge an $8 fee to use a credit card to buy a ticket. The company also makes a big chunk of revenue from travelers who buy hotel rooms, rental cars and other vacation amenities on its site. Reliability and safety concerns Allegiant also saves money by flying older, used airplanes. Its fleet of 85 planes is the oldest among major U.S. carriers, with an average age of 22 years. When these older planes break down - and they do - it can create havoc for an airline that only flies to a destination two or three times a week. The Internet has an abundance of stories from unhappy Allegiant passengers, who have missed half of their vacation (or can't get home) because of flight delays and cancellations, caused by mechanical or weather issues. A bigger problem, according to the Tampa Bay Times, is whether the airline's planes are safe. The newspaper in November published the results of a major analysis of Federal Aviation Administration records, which concluded that Allegiant planes are four times as likely to fail during flight as those operated by other major U.S. airlines. The paper studied 65,000 records from 2015, and found that the average U.S. airline had about three unexpected landings caused by mechanical problems for every 10,000 flights. Allegiant had 12. The FAA last year cited Allegiant for a series of minor procedural infractions and required the airline to file a plan to address the findings, which it did last fall. In response to the newspaper's findings, Allegiant CEO Maurice Gallagher Jr. acknowledged that the airline needed to make some changes. "I don't disagree with the thrust of your numbers," he said in an interview with Times reporters. "We want to be well-known as being reliable and on time, and obviously safe, and that's an important part of our brand. And we're going to make sure we do those things. But if you stub your toe, step up and own it and move on." The airline is in the midst of phasing out its oldest airplanes, MD-80s that have been flying for nearly three decades. Last July, the carrier made its first-ever order for new airplanes, contracting with Airbus for 12 new A320s. Where they fly AllegiantFrontierSpirit Austin Atlanta Atlanta Destin, Fla. Cancun Boston Fort Lauderdale Charlotte Dallas Jacksonville Denver Fort Lauderdale Myrtle Beach Fort Myers Fort Myers New Orleans Houston Las Vegas Orlando Sanford Las Vegas Los Angeles Phoenix-Mesa Los Angeles Myrtle Beach Punta Gorda Minneapolis-St. Paul New Orleans Savannah/Hilton Head Orlando Orlando St. Pete-Clearwater Phoenix Tampa Portland Raleigh-Durham San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Source: the airlines; note that not all routes have started and many are seasonal Cleveland's debut At least initially, Cleveland's new routes will be flown with a combination of MD-80s and Airbus 319s and 320s (to check which planes are used on which routes, see seatguru.com). The carrier kicks off its service in Cleveland with a Wednesday afternoon flight to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport. On Thursday, flights begin to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Punta Gorda and Savannah/Hilton Head. And Friday: Austin, New Orleans and Phoenix. Flights to Myrtle Beach start in April and to Destin, Florida, in May. With those 11 destinations, Hopkins will have more Allegiant destinations than any northern city except Cincinnati. Allegiant spokeswoman Krysta Levy said the airline has been pleased with ticket sales so far. "Northeast Ohio has always been an important area for Allegiant, and we're excited that we get to serve even more travelers with more new service for the area." In addition to its short history at Akron-Canton, Allegiant also flies to several destinations from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport. Cleveland's launch, however, marks a major expansion by the carrier - in a region that already has several low-cost carriers battling for customers. Tom Reich, an aviation consultant based in Washington, said he thinks Cleveland can support the additional capacity. "The pie is large enough," said Reich, director of air service development at AvPORTS, an airport management company. "Allegiant is coming to Cleveland because they see there's still a vacuum. If they thought the market was already saturated, they wouldn't come in." Todd Payne, chief of marketing and air service development at Hopkins, said Allegiant's aim is to actually grow the pie - by enticing more people to travel. "Air fares are going to continue to drop, for sure," he said. "This is a new test for their industry. Let's see how they do."
1096 points by The Plain Dealer | Southwest Airlines Airline Low-cost carrier US Airways Airline hub Airport Delta Air Lines AirTran Airways
Detroit Metro passenger traffic up second straight year
Metro had 34.4 million passengers come through its gates in 2016        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Delta Air Lines Southwest Airlines Airline Northwest Airlines Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Low-cost carrier Airline hub US Airways
Hit-and-run driver hits transformer, knocks out power to two DIA hangers
A suspected hit-and-run driver is in custody Tuesday morning after hitting a power transformer outside Denver International Airport and fleeing the scene, Denver Police said.
-2 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines Southwest Airlines Republic Airlines Airline hub World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Denver International Airport English-language films United Kingdom
Lawyer: Singapore teen seeking asylum detained until hearing
CHICAGO (AP) — A Singapore teen seeking asylum after blog posts mocking his government landed him jail will remain in U.S. custody until a Chicago immigration court hearing next month.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic United Airlines Airline hub Chicago Republic Airlines O'Hare International Airport Comair Delta Air Lines
Chicago sees least amount of midwinter snow since 1900
We're more than three-quarters through the heart of winter — mid-December through mid-February — and Chicago has had an extremely rare midseason snow drought. The official Chicago observing site at O'Hare International Airport has recorded just 0.6 inches of snow since Dec. 19, making this the...
168 points by Chicago Tribune | United Airlines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Chicago O'Hare International Airport Airline hub Chicago Midway International Airport Blue Line Republic Airlines
Hundreds of O’Hare airport workers vote to strike
Hundreds of O’Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Thursday that about 500 workers have committed to strike. Union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich said the strike “will definit...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Chicago United Airlines Airport Delta Air Lines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Airline hub Trade union O'Hare International Airport
Union: O'Hare strike could slow, but not shut down airport
CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Trade union United Airlines Chicago World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Airline hub Republic Airlines O'Hare International Airport Comair
Hundreds of Chicago O'Hare airport workers vote to strike just before busiest travel day
Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. CHICAGO (AP) -- Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Service Employees International Union Local 1 officials said Thursday that about 500 workers have committed to strike. Union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich said the strike "will definitely take place in the coming days," though she didn't specify which day it will start. The workers involved have been trying to organize with the union's help. They work mainly for private contractors at the airport. "They don't expect to shut the airport down," SEIU Local 1 President Tom Balanoff said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2g0mq1X ). "That's not what they're trying to do. Oh, there will be disruption." Balanoff said a walk out could slow but not shut down airport operations. He said what workers are trying to do "is get the powers that be to hear their voice." The workers who plan to strike include baggage handlers, cabin cleaners, janitors and wheelchair attendants. They are seeking a $15 per hour wage. It wasn't immediately clear how such a strike would affect operations at O'Hare, which is one of the nation's busiest airports. The Chicago Department of Aviation said in a statement that it doesn't anticipate any disruption in service. Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst and former airline executive, said much depends on what types of jobs are affected, whether airlines or the private contractors can assign other employees to fill in and on how many workers will be willing to cross a picket line. Workers have taken similar actions at other airports, including LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports in New York, creating disruptions that "ranged from noticeable to marginal," he said. Joseph Schwieterman, a transportation expert and economics professor at DePaul University in Chicago, noted the city has a few days to try to come up with a "plan B." "This will be a mass headache, but a crisis it is not," he said. O'Hare has about 190 gates and is a hub airport for both American and United airlines, which hold the majority of those gates. Auto club AAA predicts it will be an especially busy Thanksgiving weekend of traveling.
8 points by The Plain Dealer | Chicago United Airlines Delta Air Lines Airport Airline hub World's busiest airports by passenger traffic O'Hare International Airport US Airways
O'Hare workers threaten to strike during busy Thanksgiving week
Workers at O'Hare International Airport are threatening to strike during the busy Thanksgiving travel week to draw attention to their fight for a $15 hourly wage and what they feel are shoddy working conditions.Airplane cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, janitors and wheelchair attendants, who are...
2406 points by Chicago Tribune | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Trade union United Airlines Delta Air Lines Chicago O'Hare International Airport Airline hub Republic Airlines
Hundreds of O'Hare Airport workers to strike this holiday
Hundreds of O'Hare International Airport workers have voted to go on strike ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Officials with the Service Employees International Union Local 1 said Thursday that about 500 workers have committed to strike. Union spokeswoman Izabela Miltko-Ivkovich says the strike...
-2 points by Chicago Tribune | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Trade union Airline hub United Airlines Chicago Midway International Airport Airport World's busiest airport Republic Airlines
Cop accused of boozy spill at airport plans to sue city for $250M
An NYPD cop accused of falling down drunk in a Canadian airport is claiming he was stricken by vertigo and not intoxicated.
8 points by Daily News | Toronto Pearson International Airport Delta Air Lines Stevie Wonder Police Mary J. Blige Airline hub Comair World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Las Vegas-to-London flight declares emergency after passenger falls ill
The Daily Mail website is reporting an emergency aboard a British Airways flight that left Las Vegas Sunday night and is headed to London Heathrow Airport Monday morning.
-1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Virgin Atlantic Airways Qantas John F. Kennedy International Airport Pan American World Airways Airbus A380 Airline hub London Heathrow Airport
Police: School bus driver dies in crash at Denver International Airport
DENVER (AP) - Police: School bus driver dies in crash at Denver International Airport.
-1 points by The Washington Times | School bus United Airlines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Southwest Airlines Republic Airlines English-language films Airline hub Runway
School bus crashes at DIA, some critically injured
Several people have been taken to a hospital with critical injuries after a school bus crash at Denver International Airport, according to the Denver Police Department.
6919 points by The Denver Post | United Airlines School bus World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Southwest Airlines Republic Airlines Airline hub Runway Police