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#Air Travel

# air-travel - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

Aer Lingus to attend talks aimed at averting new strikes

Talks at the Labour Relations Commission will try to avoid a rostering dispute that could see flights cancelled next week.

# air-travel - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock

Airport chaos looms as Aer Lingus pilots threaten strike action

Thirty thousand people could be affected if pilots go ahead with threatened industrial action from next Tuesday. Eighty-seven per cent of pilots represented by IALPA voted in favour of a strike.

Passengers feared for their lives when Ryanair flight 'plummeted 12,000ft'

The Air Accident Investigation Unit is investigating a rapid descent on a flight between Liverpool and Dublin 11 days ago.

# air-travel - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Flight restrictions across Europe lifted as the ash cloud threat abates

Passengers breathe a sigh of relief as the skies look clear for the next 36 hours at least. Ryanair, Aer Lingus and all the major carriers are operating normal schedules.

# air-travel - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Air travel relief as Grimsvotn volcano stops erupting

The volcano causing air travel difficulties across Europe stopped eruptions this morning, says Iceland’s Met Office.

Ryanair’s test flight claims disputed by experts

The airline said that it safely flew a test plane through a ‘red zone’ for volcanic ash yesterday and incurred no damage – however experts have said the plane never entered a danger zone.

No Irish closures - for now - as Ash Cloud reaches Europe

As Grimsvotn’s eruption begins to wane, airspace closures on continental Europe will still mean some cancelled flights.

# air-travel - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

All the news of the day you might have missed…

BA flight to Boston stops in Shannon following ‘technical fault’

A transatlantic flight from London to Boston is forced to land at Shannon, and is set to take off again this morning.

# air-travel - Monday 23 May, 2011

Aer Lingus cancels Scottish flights as volcanic ash cloud moves closer

President Obama won’t be the only one inconvenienced by ash from the Grimsvotn volcano, however IAA says it still doesn’t expect any disruptions to air travel in Irish space in the next 24 hours.

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

EU confirms that volcanic ash cloud is heading in Ireland's direction Ash Cloud This post contains videos

EU confirms that volcanic ash cloud is heading in Ireland's direction

Met Éireann says it is monitoring the situation, but the IAA is not expecting any disruptions to flights in Irish air space over the next 24 hours. The EU has confirmed that the ash looks likely to enter British and Irish airspace shortly.

Ryanair profits up 26 per cent - but tougher times ahead

The airline performs well on fuel bets and bounces back from airspace closures – but oil prices will mean a leaner 2011.

# air-travel - Sunday 22 May, 2011

Another Icelandic volcano erupts - but it's unlikely to cause travel disruption

History shows that previous eruptions in Grimsvotn have not had much influence on flight traffic — unlike the massive disruption caused last year by Eyjafjallajokull.

# air-travel - Wednesday 18 May, 2011

United Airlines apologises for reusing 9/11 flight numbers

The airline blames a technical error for flight numbers 93 and 175 going back into use, ten years after the 2001 attacks.

# air-travel - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Aer Lingus may have to consider further job cuts

The airline says the continued weakness of the Irish economy means its profits won’t be as high as first expected.

# air-travel - Wednesday 4 May, 2011

Aviation company behind Cork air crash 'in danger of losing its licence to fly'

Concerns over Barcelona-based Flightline outlined as BBC radio programme hears how survivor’s recollection of the horror crash.

# air-travel - Friday 29 April, 2011

Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: President McAleese gives France and Germany a slap on the wrists, the poignant tale of an elderly man who arrived in hospital with a small fortune strapped to his body and the story of Bear-ack Obama.

# air-travel - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Report vindicates aviation authorities over ash cloud flight cancellations Ash Cloud This post contains videos

Report vindicates aviation authorities over ash cloud flight cancellations

The ash cloud from Iceland’s (still unpronounceable) Eyjafjallajökull volcano could have caused engines to fail and seriously scratched up windows.

# air-travel - Wednesday 20 April, 2011

New air traffic control rules after Michelle Obama's plane aborts landing US

New air traffic control rules after Michelle Obama's plane aborts landing

Flight carrying US first lady was forced to abort a landing after air traffic controllers mistakenly allowed the place come too close to a military plane.

# air-travel - Tuesday 19 April, 2011

US air traffic controller caught watching DVD on the job US

US air traffic controller caught watching DVD on the job

The air traffic controller in question accidentally broadcast the Samuel L Jackson film he was watching over his microphone, blocking incoming calls from planes.

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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: dog ownership could be outlawed in Iran; more drivers caught speeding; and Ukraine promised €550m to build Chernobyl reactor containment shell.

Shatter proposes Ireland opts into EU passenger data sharing agreement

Minister for Justice says any measure which gives gardaí an advantage in fight against terrorism and serious crime deserves out support.

Ryanair announces trials for reserved seating on selected flights Ryanair This post contains a poll

Ryanair announces trials for reserved seating on selected flights

Would you pay €10 to book a seat in the front two rows, or for extra legroom? Ryanair’s going to give you the chance.

# air-travel - Monday 18 April, 2011

Ryanair repeats calls for DAA "monopoly" break-up

Traffic in Dublin Airport fell by 3.4 per cent in February, leading Ryanair to call for the end to DAA’s “failed monopoly”.

# air-travel - Tuesday 12 April, 2011

Video: Planes collide on ground at JFK Airport Collision This post contains videos

Video: Planes collide on ground at JFK Airport

Investigation underway after a jumbo jet clipped a smaller aircraft while taxiiing on the runway at JFK Airport in New York.

# air-travel - Monday 11 April, 2011

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# air-travel - Tuesday 5 April, 2011

American aviation authority demands inspection of all older Boeing jets

The FAA’s order comes as Southwest Airlines finishes inspecting its entire fleet after a panel burst open mid-flight.

# air-travel - Monday 4 April, 2011

Southwest cancels 100 flights as cracks found in three planes

After a hole appears – mid-flight – in the roof of one plane, checks show at least three jets with structural problems.

# air-travel - Thursday 31 March, 2011

RYANAIR HAS “ANNOUNCED” that it will introduce ‘child-free’ flights from October. In what is most likely an early April Fool’s prank (the statement is dated as April 1) the airline says it was influenced by a pan-European survey of 1,000 passengers – half of those surveyed said they would pay higher fares to avoid having to sit in an enclosed space with other people’s children.

What is definitely true is that Ryanair is to add a €2 levy on to every passenger who book a flight from next Monday. The levy is to cover costs incurred by Ryanair when they are compensating people who have had their flights delayed or cancelled in ‘force majeure’ conditions like last year’s severe snow and ice and the volcanic ash crisis.

# air-travel - Wednesday 30 March, 2011

Dublin Airport defends low ranking in international airport survey

Confidential report shows Ireland’s main airport ranks 98th out of 146 international air hubs – but DAA says it compares well with its peer airports in Europe.

Ryanair puts €2 levy on all passengers from Monday

Airline says passengers will have to pay for costs of compensation the company is legally obliged to pay under EU law in case of flight cancellations and delays.

# air-travel - Saturday 26 March, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Catch up on the day’s main news, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed earlier.

# air-travel - Wednesday 16 March, 2011

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

# air-travel - Thursday 17 February, 2011

From The Daily Edge Brian McFadden questioned over alleged air rage incident McFadden

Brian McFadden questioned over alleged air rage incident

Former Westlife star denies being drunk and disruptive on flight from LA to Syndey.

# air-travel - Monday 14 February, 2011

From Business ETC Boeing unveil new jet in bid to boost sales Air Travel

Boeing unveil new jet in bid to boost sales

The new 747 jetliner is the world’s longest and will seat 467 passengers.