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#Air Travel

# air-travel - Friday 11 February, 2011

FF made Ireland 'Europe's biggest loser', says Ryanair

The travel tax is blamed, as independent research shows air travel in Ireland was hit harder than anywhere else in Europe.

Report into Cork disaster could take 'more than a year'

Investigations begin into yesterday’s Cork disaster, with both flight recorders recovered – but it could take some time.

# air-travel - Thursday 10 February, 2011

How news of the Cork disaster broke on Twitter Cork Crash This post contains images

How news of the Cork disaster broke on Twitter

The serious nature of the morning’s plane crash unfolded in all its tragedy through both news accounts and regular tweeters.

Manx2 accident within six months of Belfast-Cork launch

Manx2 had only launched its Belfast-Cork route six months ago, established its permanent base in Belfast in October.

# air-travel - Tuesday 18 January, 2011

From Business ETC Ryanair appeals Spanish court ruling on boarding card fees Ryanair

Ryanair appeals Spanish court ruling on boarding card fees

The airline says the ruling of a Spanish court – which said the €40 fee for reissuing boarding cards was illegal – was “bizarre”.

# air-travel - Tuesday 28 December, 2010

US airports reopen after snowstorm US

US airports reopen after snowstorm

Air travel disruptions continue as airlines struggle to accommodate passengers on already-busy flights.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Nine things you really need to know this morning: Three killed in Monaghan crash; serious flooding in north-eastern Australia; and Elton John’s first baby.

# air-travel - Monday 27 December, 2010

Snowstorm strikes east coast of US US

Snowstorm strikes east coast of US

Four eastern states declare states of emergency after heavy snowfall which is hampering rail, road and air travel.

# air-travel - Friday 24 December, 2010

Airports scramble to get passengers home for Christmas

Irish airports are open and operating this morning, but further delays are expected due to a backlog of flights and poor conditions at other airports.

# air-travel - Thursday 23 December, 2010

Dublin Airport closed until 5am as chaos continues

The main runway at Ireland’s biggest airport freezes over again, causing further headaches for tens of thousands.

# air-travel - Tuesday 21 December, 2010

Take 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Air travellers and commuters struggling as thaw holds off

Air travellers and commuters struggling as thaw holds off

That’s the bad news. The good news is that some of you are in for a White Christmas.

# air-travel - Monday 20 December, 2010

Travellers face serious delays as cold snap rolls on

Traditionally busy Christmas travel period getting off to bad start with cancellations and delays at a range of European airports.

# air-travel - Thursday 2 December, 2010

Dublin Airport closed again, while gas explosion closes O’Connell St

A suspected gas explosion on O’Connell St closes the main thoroughfare, as snow continues to fall on the capital.

Transport chaos as temperatures hit record -14° lows

Dublin Airport records one of its lowest temperatures ever as icy roads continue to hamper Ireland’s travel plans.

# air-travel - Friday 5 November, 2010

Plane crashes in Pakistan and Cuba kill 90

All passengers are killed after 22 die in a crash near Karachi, while all 68 on board a Cuban aircraft also perish.

# air-travel - Monday 1 November, 2010

Ryanair's profit takes off despite ash cloud

Forget Eyjafjallajokull: despite having to cancel hundreds of flights, Ryanair’s profits increased by 17%.

# air-travel - Sunday 12 September, 2010

The best (and worst) of Michael O'Leary's surprise announcements Michael O'Leary This post contains videos

The best (and worst) of Michael O'Leary's surprise announcements

The CEO says that expanding Ryanair will mean scrapping low fares. Here’s some of our favourite O’Learyisms.

# air-travel - Friday 3 September, 2010

Security alert shuts down Miami airport US

Security alert shuts down Miami airport

Airport reopened earlier today, but flights may be disrupted.

# air-travel - Friday 27 August, 2010

15 injured after plane catches fire on landing

“Get out! Get out!” scream attendants as JetBlue plan goes ablaze in Sacramento.

# air-travel - Wednesday 18 August, 2010

AN AIR STEWARDESS on Southwest Airlines was forced to step in and remove a crying baby from its parents after its mother slapped the child in the face on board a commercial flight, according to reports.

Authorities in New Mexico said Beverley McCurley seized and took care of the child until the plane landed in Albuquerque, and only agreed to give the child back to its parents after questioning them about the origin of the child’s black eye.

Her parents attributed the bruise to an injury caused by the baby’s uncle’s dog.

The 13-month-old child was taken to the back of the plane where McCurley rocked it until it fell asleep,

The airline has downplayed the incident, saying its employee only offered to hold the child while its parents, Lee Ann and Joseph Cid, were arguing -but state police said the attendant had done the right thing by trying to guarantee the safety of the child.

“It was a solid move from the part of the flight attendant to take custody of the child, Albuquerque airport’s chief of police said. “It neutralised the situation, it calmed eveybody down.

“McCurley further stated the mother appeared agitated with the child and that the husband continued to yell at his wife to shut up due to her screaming at the child.”

# air-travel - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

AN AIRPORT STRIKE threatened for six airports in the UK this month has been called off.

Thousands of passengers at Heathrow, Stansted, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports would have been affected by the strike.

The strike was cancelled after a day of talks between the Unite trade union, representing airport engineers and ground staff, and the BAA. BAA runs the airports.

After nine hours of negotiations, a new pay offer was presented to the union. Workers had rejected a previous pay deal, but are now being urged to accept the new agreement.

BAA said it was pleased that an agreement on pay was reached that is “fair to staff but which also reflects the difficult economic climate.”

# air-travel - Thursday 12 August, 2010

GROUND STAFF at British operator BAA has voted to strike following a dispute over pay.

The news will be a concern  for passengers who are booked to fly through Heathrow, Stansted, Glasgow, and Edinburgh airports.

The Unite trade union, which represents the ground staff at BAA, says that it will meet with key representatives on Monday to discuss what form the action is likely to take.

Despite British Prime Minister David Cameron saying that strike would be damaging to the ecomony the union remains firm on its resolve, saying that staff have already accepted many unfavourable cuts. Staff accepted a pay freeze in 2009, and this year the BAA offered staff a 1% rise, plus 0.5%, which was conditional on changes to a sickness agreement.

Unite says that it also wants workers to receive a performance-related bonus, which it says BAA promised to staff if the company reached a certain financial target.

Similarly, the smaller Prospect union said 53% of its members had voted in favour of strike action. Prospect represents around 100 BAA workers based at Heathrow, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton and Stansted airports.

# air-travel - Friday 23 July, 2010

A MAN WHO sent hoax bomb threat emails to Heathrow Airport has been jailed for four years. Adam Busby, 61, was found guilty of two counts of sending hoax messages claiming bombs were on two transAtlantic flights in 2006.

The emails were sent from a library in the North Strand, Dublin.

He denied the offences, but was convicted last month. Judge Desmond Hogan suspended the last two years of his sentence.

Busby, originally from Scotland but with an address at Santry Lodge in Ballymun, moved to Ireland in 1980 after organising several minor terror attacks in Scotland.

He allegedly founded the Scottish National Liberation Army (SNLA) in 1979, which sent dozens of letter bombs to its political targets in the 1980s. The group’s targets included Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher and Cherie Blair, but no one was injured.

The SNLA was outlawed in Ireland in 2005.

He was convicted of similar hoaxes 13 years ago after making threatening phone calls to the press.

# air-travel - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

A FRENCH AIR TRAFFIC controllers’ strike is causing serious disruption to flights today. Flights between Ireland and France have been affected, with Aer Lingus, Air France and Ryanair cancelling flights between Ireland and Paris, Nice, Carcassonne, Biarritz, and Marseille.

Air France said that only short- and medium-haul flights are affected.

In Paris, one in five flights scheduled at Charles de Gaulle Airport and 50% at Orly have been cancelled.

Air traffic controllers are striking over plans to unify EU airspace and create one regional authority between France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The switch to this airspace body comes under the “Single European Sky” plan which aims to streamline Europe’s air traffic control.

The strike is the third major airport strike in France this year, and is expected to run until early tomorrow.

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