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ATL airport busiest, but others lead in international traffic, cargo

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Airport Delta Air Lines World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Atlanta World's busiest airport Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Southwest Airlines Airline
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
Global airport traffic up 6.4 percent in 2015, fastest rate since 2010
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Global airport traffic grew at its fastest rate last year since 2010, rising 6.4 percent to 7.2 billion passengers, according to data published on Friday by an international trade association representing airports.
-1 points by Reuters | Airport Reuters Thomson Reuters World's busiest airport News agency World's busiest airports by passenger traffic News Investment
Booking a flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect now
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
Hartsfield-Jackson launches project to reduce wait times for Plane Train people-mover, add capacity

79 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Public transport Train station Train Delta Air Lines Airport World's busiest airport Atlanta World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Booking an early flight to Cuba? Here's what to expect
As flights to Cuba's smaller cities launch, U.S. fliers face a different airport experience.         
436 points by Arizona Republic | Cuba Airport Southwest Airlines Airline José Martí Delta Air Lines Cubans Cuban convertible peso
London City Airport flights disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters blocking runway
London City Airport was brought to a standstill on Tuesday for more than five hours after nine protesters from the Black Lives Matter campaign gained access to the runway. Read Full Article at RT.com
683 points by Russia Today | Airport United Kingdom Racism White people Civil disobedience Protest Miscegenation Race
Metro votes to hold public hearings on cuts to late-night service
A Metro Board committee voted Thursday to hold public hearings to discuss deep cuts to late-night service that would give maintenance crews more time to repair the subway system. Metro offered four options that would provide an extra eight hours a week for track work and maintenance. Three of the ...
43 points by The Washington Times | Public transport Public transport timetable Rapid transit Rail transport Commuter rail Airport Mark Ovenden
Helicopter tour company Papillon inaugurates new helipad service
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters on Thursday launched a new set of flights that will take off even closer to Lake Mead, with opening of a helipad at the Hoover Dam Lodge and Casino.
115 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Hoover Dam Nevada Clark County Nevada Las Vegas Nevada Colorado River Boulder City Nevada Casino Airport
Investigators hope wreckage offers clues to plane crash that killed 3

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Tennessee Aviator Beechcraft Airport Beechcraft Baron English-language films Beechcraft Travel Air Aircraft
Airport tax cut brings planes, but revenue yet to take off
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - A city's steep tax cut has succeeded in getting more planes to park at the local airport. But officials are still waiting for tax revenues to grow. The Daily Press newspaper on Tuesday reported (http://bit.ly/2bR5wie) that city officials in Newport News expect proceeds to increase ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Taxation Virginia Hampton Roads Newspaper Public finance Public transport Time Airport
Metro Detroit voters urged to OK transit plan
Ballot question for Region Transit Authority, millage to be decided Nov. 8       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Metro Detroit Detroit Public transport Michigan Oakland County Michigan Wayne State University Rail transport Airport
Atlanta airport to dig tunnel, expand 'plane train' route
ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta's airport is embarking on a major project to extend the tunnel for the "plane train," which carries passengers between terminals, to the ground transportation area. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport officials say they're planning an informational meeting on Sept. 20 to discuss details of the project, one ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Delta Air Lines Atlanta World's busiest airport Airport World's busiest airports by passenger traffic Georgia Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport Domestic airport
Group to urge metro Detroit voters to OK transit plan
Ballot question for Region Transit Authority, millage to be decided Nov. 8       
-1 points by The Detroit News | Metro Detroit Detroit Public transport Michigan Oakland County Michigan Wayne State University Rail transport Airport
SEIU Local 1 beefs about ‘rampant wage theft’ at O’Hare
SEIU Local 1 and its City Council allies want the state and city to investigate “rampant wage theft” from hundreds of employees at O'Hare and Midway.
174 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Wage Minimum wage Employment Rahm Emanuel Chicago Midway International Airport Airport Democratic Party
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
Passenger plane hits van
A van driver had a lucky escape after a passenger plane crashed into his vehicle at Hong Kong International Airport on Thursday.
228 points by CNN | Cathay Pacific Airport Air Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Runway Kai Tak Airport Dragonair World's busiest airports by passenger traffic
Disabled Frenchman ponders suing EasyJet for kicking him off flight
A hemiplegic Frenchman with a half-paralyzed body who was removed from an EasyJet flight after he had already been helped to get on board found the experience humiliating and is now considering taking the airline to court. Read Full Article at RT.com
123 points by Russia Today | World's busiest airports by passenger traffic US Airways Southwest Airlines Airport London Gatwick Airport EasyJet Flight Aircraft
The Latest: Witness: Crash followed apparent landing attempt
CARROLLTON, Ga. — The Latest on a deadly plane crash in western Georgia (all times local):2:10 p.m.A fire chief says two single-engine planes may have been trying to land at the same time when they collided at a small airport in western Georgia.Carroll County Fire Chief Scott Blue confirmed in phone interview that three people died in the Wednesday crash just off the runway at West Georgia Regional Airport.
-1 points by Boston Herald | Airport Coroner Sheriff Utah Air safety Mid-air collision Charles Carroll of Carrollton Carrollton Georgia
3 killed when 2 planes collide in midair at Georgia airport
Three people died Wednesday after two small airplanes collided in midair at a rural airport in western Georgia, where one witness told authorities the pilots may have been trying to land at the same time.
1 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Airport National Transportation Safety Board Aircraft Air safety Associated Press Alberto Santos-Dumont Carrollton Georgia Aviator
3 killed when 2 planes collide at small Georgia airport
FAa said it was investigating the crash in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Airport National Transportation Safety Board Aircraft Air safety Associated Press Copyright All rights reserved Carrollton Georgia
3 dead when 2 planes collide in air at small Georgia airport
CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — Three people died Wednesday after two small airplanes collided in midair at a rural airport in western Georgia, where one witness told authorities the pilots may have been trying to land at the same time.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Associated Press Airport Aircraft Time Charles Carroll of Carrollton Carrollton Georgia Carroll County Iowa Carroll County Illinois
Three people dead after two planes collide midair in Georgia
The single-engine planes crashed just before 11 a.m. near the end of the lone runway at West Georgia Regional Airport.
228 points by Daily News | Airport National Transportation Safety Board Aircraft Air safety Associated Press Alberto Santos-Dumont Carrollton Georgia Aviator
Harrison Ford says he was distracted when he flew over plane
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Harrison Ford said he was distracted and concerned about turbulence from another aircraft last month when he mistakenly landed on a taxiway at a Southern California airport after flying low over an airliner with 116…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Airport Oshkosh Wisconsin Wittman Regional Airport Experimental Aircraft Association EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Oshkosh Northwestern Aircraft EAA AirVenture Museum
Bill would ban heli-hunting in Nevada
A bill prohibiting helicopters from taking hunters, big game and equipment to remote areas unless the landing area was established by a government agency and is accessible by a public road was approved Thursday by a Senate committee.
5 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Helicopter Hunting Nevada Elko County Nevada United States Senate Airport Great Basin Ruby Mountains
4 survive airplane crash in Berks Co.

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Berks County Pennsylvania Abuse Federal Aviation Administration Bullying Airport Defamation Boyertown Area School District Chester County Pennsylvania
1 hospitalized after small plane crash south of Denver
DENVER (AP) - Authorities say one person is hospitalized after a small plane crash near Centennial Airport south of Denver. The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/qtObYD ) the plane crashed just south of the airport on Saturday afternoon. The other person on board was treated at the scene. The plane struck ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Saturday Parking lot Washington D.C. Airport Arapahoe County Colorado Weekend Workweek Sunday
Board hires consultant to strategize for airport
With thousands of acres of land at its disposal, Pittsburgh International Airport wants to be ready should Ford, Uber or any number of spinoffs from the Shell cracker plant in Beaver County come calling.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Pittsburgh International Airport US Airways Pennsylvania Southwest Airlines Allegheny County Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Airport JetBlue Airways
My Turn: Regulations are in place for a reason
One of the time-honored mantras of the Republican Party is their distaste for many government regulations. They claim that regulations choke freedom of expression, discourage creativity, impinge on personal liberties, and burden free enterprise with unnecessary costs that drive up the price of goods...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Airline Regulation Federal Aviation Administration Airport Federal government of the United States Avianca Southwest Airlines Airlines
Plane hits deer during takeoff from North Carolina runway
Daniel UriaFeb. 16 (UPI) -- An airplane was damaged after striking a deer while taking off from an airport in North Carolina on Wednesday.
1 points by UPI | Airport Comair United Press International Air traffic control US Airways Air safety JetBlue Airways North Carolina
No serious injuries as plane emergency-lands in Fontana
POMONA, Calif. (AP) - A small plane has made an emergency landing at the Southern California auto speedway but the pilot and passenger escaped with only minor injuries. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the engine failed in the single-engine Beechcraft on Wednesday night when it had nearly reached ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | California San Bernardino County California Federal Aviation Administration Air safety Inland Empire Airport Southern California Sun Myung Moon
Harrison Ford's close call in another airplane mishap was unusual and troubling, experts say
Harrison Ford’s close call at John Wayne Airport on Monday — in which he mistakenly landed on a taxiway as an American Airlines jet was preparing for takeoff — could have easily ended in disaster, aviation experts said, adding that the actor is likely to face some type of disciplinary action. Air...
731 points by Los Angeles Times | Southwest Airlines Air safety Air traffic control Airport Air traffic controller Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Runway
Demotion of Cleveland airport whistleblower appears to have been in retaliation, OSHA finds
After a nearly two-year investigation, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for blowing the whistle on runway snowplowing problems. CLEVELAND, Ohio – The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a preliminary finding that a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport employee appears to have been demoted in retaliation for sounding the alarm on runway snowplowing problems and should be reinstated to his former position as airfield maintenance manager. In a letter this week to the city of Cleveland, OSHA Assistant Regional Administrator Mary Ann Howe wrote that the results of the agency's nearly two-year investigation suggest that Abdul-Malik Ali was warranted in blowing the whistle on a lack of de-icing chemicals and inadequate staffing on snow removal crews in recent winters. (Read the full letter in the document view below.) The letter goes on to say that Ali's demotion – the day after he met with an inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration to report the deficiencies – appears to be a form of retaliation for speaking out. That could constitute a violation of a federal law that protects employees from retaliation for reporting violations of FAA rules related to air carrier safety, the letter states. "The [city] has not demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that it would have taken the same unfavorable personnel actions in the absence of Complainant's protected activities," the letter says. Howe emphasizes that the agency's findings are not yet final and said the city has 10 business days to provide additional evidence supporting its position. OSHA also invited the city to propose a settlement. A city spokesman declined to comment Wednesday, stating that the matter is the subject of pending litigation. Ali's complaint to the Department of Labor in 2015 states that in February of that year, he told FAA inspector Michael Stephens that his crews had been understaffed in violation of an agreement the airport had reached with the FAA three months earlier, spelling out how many field maintenance employees must be on duty to combat snow and ice. The following day, then-Airport Director Ricky Smith removed Ali from his 15-year post as manager of field maintenance. Ali said he was transferred to the job of "assistant to the deputy commissioner," instructed to clear out his office, moved to what he called a "mop closet" behind the cab booking stand on the terminal baggage level at Hopkins and given "make-work" assignments such as counting trashcans. The city responded by pointing out that Smith, at the time, was unaware of what Ali had told the FAA, and that Ali's conversation with the inspector was not the reason for his demotion. Instead, the city asserted, Smith reassigned Ali because of a long history of complaints that he was a poor manager and because of an incident – coincidentally on the day Ali spoke with the FAA inspector -- in which Ali was "too intoxicated to come into work during a snow event." Ali contends that he was off the clock at the time and was drinking a beer at home when he was ordered to return to the airport. The city called it the final straw that led to his transfer. In the following months, however, the FAA validated Ali's report of staffing shortages that led to runway snow and ice control problems. In September 2015, FAA officials sent the city notices of violations, listing dozens of dates when staffing at Hopkins fell far short of requirements, leaving inches of snow and ice uncleared from the taxiways and runways. Some of the most egregious infractions stemmed from a day in March of that year, when the airport's field maintenance crew was understaffed on all shifts -- with only four out of the required 18 maintenance operators working third shift -- despite a forecast calling for several inches of snow. As a result, snow and ice accumulated on runways, pilots refused to land, reporting poor braking conditions, and one taxiway went without anti-icing chemicals until well after midnight, the FAA found. The airport also failed to alert air carriers of the poor conditions and to deter planes from taxiing or landing on slick, hazardous surfaces, according to the FAA. The FAA proposed a civil penalty of $735,000. Last May, the city agreed to pay a $200,000 fine and pledged to improve its snow and ice control plan as part of a settlement with the agency. The city, however, has maintained that the incidents in question posed no risk to the flying public. While the FAA was investigating, Smith announced that he would be leaving the post he had held since 2006 to serve as the CEO and executive director of the Maryland Aviation Administration, responsible for overseeing public-use airports statewide. Ali's attorney, Subodh Chandra, said in an interview Wednesday that Ali feels vindicated by the findings of the FAA and OSHA. But he remains "hurt and baffled by the fact that no one presently in charge seems to be willing to do the right thing." "It is no shock that OSHA has determined that the city retaliated against Mr. Ali for reporting safety violations to the FAA," Chandra said. "But what remains shocking is the apparent continued unwillingness of the present airport administration and the mayor to take Mr. Ali out of the broom closet to which he was relegated and put him back in charge of keeping the traveling public safe. 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399 points by The Plain Dealer | Runway Southwest Airlines Airport Federal Aviation Administration Snow Delta Air Lines Airline Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Airport runway closed after American Airlines plane hits deer
A jet airliner began leaking fuel after striking a deer, causing a runway at Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina to be closed. Read Full Article at RT.com
63 points by Russia Today | English-language films John F. Kennedy International Airport Aircraft Airport United Airlines Damage Landing American Airlines
FAA to investigate Harrison Ford after potentially serious incident
Stephen FellerFeb. 14 (UPI) -- A plane piloted by Harrison Ford narrowly missed a commercial airliner while landing Monday in what FAA officials say could have been a serious accident.
32 points by UPI | Southwest Airlines Airport Airline Federal Aviation Administration Air safety Boeing 737 Douglas DC-3 Airliner
Harrison Ford's plane in airliner mishap

4204 points by CNN | Southwest Airlines Dow Jones Industrial Average Airport Air safety Dow Jones & Company Trademark Federal Aviation Administration National Transportation Safety Board
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at Calif. airport
Ford, who was told to land on a runway, mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing over an American Airlines jet        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Los Angeles International Airport Airport Airline Runway
Harrison Ford lands illegally while piloting private plane
Harrison Ford reportedly landed illegally at a California airport while flying his private plane Monday.
571 points by Daily News | Southwest Airlines Airport Runway NBC Nightly News Air traffic control Airline Landing Orange County California
Harrison Ford involved in close call at John Wayne Airport; FAA investigating
Actor and vintage plane buff Harrison Ford was involved in a close-call incident involving a 737 passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. FAA officials did not disclose the name of the pilot involved in the incident...
3790 points by Los Angeles Times | Air safety Southwest Airlines Air traffic control Federal Aviation Administration Airport Runway Santa Monica California Aviat
Report: Harrison Ford has jet run-in at California airport
BC-TV says actor Harrison Ford had a potentially serious run-in with an airliner at a Southern California airport. NBC reports that Ford, an experienced pilot, was told to land on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County on Monday, but he mistakenly landed on a parallel taxiway, passing...
174 points by Chicago Tribune | Southwest Airlines Orange County California Airport Los Angeles International Airport Runway Air traffic control John Wayne Federal Aviation Administration
Flight returns to IAH, passengers evacuated after smoke reported in cockpit
A United Airlines flight headed from Houston to Florida was forced to return to the runway after reports of smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokesman.
3 points by The Houston Chronicle | Airport Flight News Continental Airlines United Airlines Runway Breaking news Southwest Airlines
Harrison Ford Involved in ‘Potentially Serious’ Passenger Plane Incident (Report)
Harrison Ford had a “potentially serious” incident while piloting his private plane on Monday in an incident that is now being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration, according to a report by NBC Nightly News. The actor landed on the wrong runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, which put him near a full passenger... Read more »
3971 points by Variety | Southwest Airlines Airport NBC Nightly News John Wayne NBC Orange County California NBC News MSNBC
GE: Public-use helipad not a must
General Electric no longer needs a public heliport to shuttle executives to its new Hub headquarters after finding access to and from Logan Airport has been easy enough — though the corporation still thinks a helipad in Southie would be helpful.“We agree with the city and state that a helipad should be part of the overall transportation strategy for Boston,” GE spokeswoman Sue Bishop said in a statement. “However, we have told the city and state that our experience at Logan has been positive.”
7 points by Boston Herald | Massachusetts New York City Airport Massachusetts Turnpike Quincy Massachusetts Shuttle America Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Blue Line
Iowa State could lose thousands on sale of president's plane
An airplane that nearly cost Iowa State University President Steven Leath his job has more bad news: a lower-than-expected sale price.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Central Illinois Regional Airport Airport Cirrus SR22 Illinois Iowa 2016 Cirrus Design 2015
FAA releases air traffic control audio in Lake Erie plane crash that killed 6
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released nearly 16 hours of air traffic control audio from Dec. 29, 2016, the night when a plane carrying six people crashed into Lake Erie. Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released audio recordings Monday of air traffic controllers' conversations on the night that a plane carrying six people - including a family of four - crashed into Lake Erie. The FAA released more than 16 hours of audio recordings to cleveland.com. On the recordings, air traffic controllers and other airport officials can be heard discussing the missing Cessna Citation 525 after it disappeared over Lake Erie on the night of Dec. 29, 2016. One air traffic controller from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and the other, who was stationed at Burke Lakefront, spoke to make sure that the plane had not just dropped off one radar system but in fact had disappeared. The two also decided to call in the necessary officials to initiate a search-and-rescue effort. You can listen to the conversation between the two controllers in the video above. In January, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a preliminary report on the crash. The report gave a timeline for the plane's takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport and the subsequent disappearance of the aircraft. The plane, flown by Ohio beverage distribution company CEO John Fleming, was cleared for takeoff at 10:56 p.m., the NTSB report states. The air traffic controller instructed Fleming to head west but turn back eastbound and maintain an altitude of 2,000 feet. However, the plane dropped off radar after it turned eastward and reached an altitude of 2,925. About five seconds after the plane's first data point was recorded, the plane quickly descended and disappeared from the radar about 10:57 p.m., the report says. Fleming, of Columbus, was on the plane with his wife, their two sons and the family's neighbors. The passengers had flown to Cleveland to watch a Cavaliers basketball game.  Searchers worked for weeks to locate debris and human remains from the plane. The city of Cleveland officially ended the search on Jan. 17.
78 points by The Plain Dealer | Air traffic control Air safety National Transportation Safety Board Ohio Airport Southwest Airlines Runway Control tower
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
Crazed pilot rants about politics and divorce over plane intercom
A hysterical pilot dressed in civilian clothing took over an intercom on a San Francisco bound-flight and starting ranting about politics and her divorce, according to a report. The early morning diatribe at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport continued until the unnamed pilot–who was scheduled to charter the flight– was overcome by tears, and removed from the...
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Denver breaks 66-year-old high temperature record
Friday's sunny skies and gusty winds helped set a new high temperature for the date. The National Weather Service in Boulder says the temperature climbed to 74 degrees at 10:24 a.m. Friday at Denver International Airport. That's three degrees above the previous Feb. 10 high of 71 degrees set in 1951.
4664 points by The Denver Post | Colorado Rain Week-day names Grand Junction Colorado Monsoon Weather Airport Wind
Video shows moment plane’s engine catches fire at JFK Airport
This is the moment an airplane engine catches fire at John F. Kennedy International Airport, dramatic footage shows. The Buenos Aires-bound Argentina Airlines flight 1201 moves down the runway when a loud boom sounds off, and the jet is surrounded by an orange flash of light. The small fire occurred around 11 p.m. Thursday. By...
15 points by New York Post | Airport Delta Air Lines JetBlue Airways John F. Kennedy International Airport John F. Kennedy Aircraft United Airlines Eastern Air Lines
Plane engine catches fire just before takeoff at JFK
A plane engine fire caused delays at John F. Kennedy airport Thursday night, officials said. A representative for the Port Authority confirmed an Argentina Airlines flight 1301 bound for Buenos Aires experienced a small engine fire around 11 p.m. just prior to takeoff. By the time Emergency Service crews responded, the flames were already out,...
24 points by New York Post | John F. Kennedy Miami John F. Kennedy International Airport Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Airport Delta Air Lines Buenos Aires Avianca