Belgium lodges case against Ryanair

October 6, 2017 by  
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BRUSSELS, 6 October 2017: Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low-cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.

The Dublin-based airline has “shown a lack of professionalism”, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, who handles the consumer affairs portfolio, said in a statement.

Ryanair has been plagued by a pilot shortage that has led it to axe thousands of flights in Europe — and has now extended the wave of cancellations into early 2018. Read more

Ryanair flouts passenger rules

October 2, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 2 October 2017: Ryanair said at the weekend it had complied with demands from Britain’s aviation regulators to inform their customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations of their full rights.

The Civil Aviation Authority said the Irish low-cost carrier had “capitulated” to its demands by telling passengers they could receive a refund, be transferred onto other airlines’ flights and claim for expenses incurred.

The Dublin-based airline had been “systematically flouting” the rules, but “it appears that Ryanair has now capitulated”, said CAA chief executive Andrew Haines. Read more

Ryanair rocked by cancellations

September 29, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 29 September 2017: Ryanair plunged deeper into crisis Wednesday with the cancellation of more flights, threatening the travel plans of another 400,000 customers, while the low-cost airline dropped its bid for Italy’s Alitalia.

The Dublin-based carrier has been plagued by a pilot shortage that has led it to axe thousands of flights — and has now extended cancellation plans to early 2018.

Ryanair plans to fly 25 fewer aircraft during its European winter schedule, hitting less than one percent of its customers but more than doubling the amount of passengers originally affected by a crisis dogging the airline since mid-September. Read more

Blackout hits Panama airport

September 20, 2017 by  
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PANAMA CITY, 20 September 2017: A blackout at Panama’s main international airport — a major hub for Latin America — caused more than 200 flights to be cancelled and many others delayed on Monday, airport officials said.

A malfunction in a circuit panel distributing power internally to the facility was to blame, according to the airport authority, which set up a “crisis room” to handle the disruption.

Thousands of frustrated passengers faced lines and clogged halls as harried airport staff struggled before blanked-out check-in screens. Read more

Air Berlin has cash to stay aloft

June 16, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 16 June 2017: Struggling German airline Air Berlin insisted, Wednesday, that it has sufficient cash to stay solvent despite suffering heavy losses and a string of flight cancellations.

“Insolvency is not an issue for us. We have sufficient liquidity and a reliable partner, Etihad, which has pledged its support through to October 2018,” a spokeswoman from the airline told AFP.

The Berlin-based airline booked losses amounting to 1.2 billion euros (USD1.3 billion) for the last two years, and depends on cash infusions from key shareholder Etihad for survival. Read more

Vietnam airlines tardy on timings

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 April 2017: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam reports more than 7,050 flights operated by airlines in Vietnam missed their scheduled departures, January to  mid-March.

Local media quoted the CAAV saying four Vietnamese carriers offered a combined total of 55,251 flights between 1 January and 15 March, with 7,059 of them delayed and 337 cancelled.

Jetstar Pacific topped the country’s list of airlines with the highest number of delayed and cancelled services. Read more

Events cancelled or rescheduled

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 17 October 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand updated schedules for events and festivals, identifying those that have been cancelled or postponed.

Grand Palace and The Temple of the Emerald Buddha has closed until 20 October.

Wat Pho, Wat Arun and National Museum Bangkok open as usual. Read more