Archive for March, 2015

A flight link between Malaysia and Mandalay may be in the works

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

In an effort to make tourist attractions all the more accessible Myanmar President Thein Sein has suggested offering new flights that will connect Malaysia to Mandalay. Currently Malaysia has two airlines which are AirAsia and Malaysia Airlines. These airlines offer surfaces between Yangon and Kuala Lumpur. Sein would like to see their routes increased to so that tourists can easily get into the country’s old capital city which also happens to be the second largest city.

This proposal was discussed in a recent meeting in Putrajaya between Sein and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The Malaysian prime minister plans to bring the proposal to the carriers but ultimately leave it in their hands to decide.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Flights ground in Costa Rica due to volcano

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

It’s not every day a volcanic eruption grounds flights but that’s exactly what happened in Costa Rica this past week. The country’s famed Turrialba volcano just had its most powerful eruption in the past 20 years, which resulted to large amount of ash in the sky. As a result the airport in San Jose had to close the airport. The gas and ash reached the area over the capital city making it far too dangerous for flights. As a result there were over 100 flights that were cancelled.

It wasn’t just one eruption, the volcano erupted three times on Thursday alone then again on Friday. As a precaution the residents who live in the foothills have left their homes and everyone is being told to stay on alert.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Jet Airways increases its offerings

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Jet Airways, a private carrier, is increasing its offerings starting immediately as it introduces two flights that will service Kozhikode to Doha and Thiruvananthapuram to Doha. The idea is that these new routes will provide travelers with more connectivity options when heading to the Gulf region of the world. The idea is that these flights will take place three days a week initially then starting on June 1 they will be offered daily, increasing the options of travelers yet again.

There are special prices in effect as travelers can fly from Thiruvananthapuram-Doha route return in economy class for Rs 9,250 (excluding taxes). The premiere class pricing is Rs 29,560 (excluding taxes). The Kozhikode-Doha flight is being offered for Rs 12,170 (excluding taxes) in economy class (return trip), while Premiere is 28,095 (excluding taxes) return fare.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Fog causes a number of flight delays in Western Canada

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

It seems as though we’ve moved from winter weather conditions to spring conditions as fog is to blame for flight delays in Western Canada. There was heavy fog in effect Monday and Tuesday that affected seaplanes and airlines in Nanaimo and surrounding areas. In fact there were delays up and down the entire coast of B.C.

On Tuesday there was a WestJet flight and four Air Canada flights that were affected while on Monday there was a WestJet flight and two Air Canada flights affected. In total the delays affected approximately 700 passengers spread out over 60 flights. Meanwhile travel by ferry was up as the fog doesn’t affect the ferry boats.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

LAN Argentina dealing with flight cancellations thanks to strike

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

LAN Argentina is going through quite the rough time and has had to cancel all of its domestic flights for Wednesday. This is due to the strike by maintenance workers. Workers have taken this action in response to the company firing three of their colleagues. LAN Argentina is part of LATAM airlines and is the Argentine branch of the Chile-based airline.

This strike of unionized workers is now affecting all of the airports located in Argentina, which of course is causing problems across the board. The Ministry of Labor has stepped in according to LAN and has sent the two sides to the table to negotiate. During this “compulsory reconciliation” workers will have to go back to their jobs.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

Dozens of passengers in Japan are delayed thanks to three tourists

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

It’s incredible that just a couple of people can cause such problems that dozens of passengers are affected but that’s exactly the case a Naha Airport in Okinawa Japan this week. It seems that three tourists from China managed to get into secure areas of the airport without first going through the security check points. In response all the security gates were shut down for an hour, which then went on to cause flight delays throughout the entire airport.

It turns out that the tourists wandered off looking for duty-free stores while they were waiting for their own connection flights, not realizing the mistake they had made until it was too late. They ended up at the departure gates and in the baggage claim before they were discovered.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

New Google Search Feature Makes Looking and Prepping for Flights Better than Ever

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Google has made a new arrangement with Routehappy, which means that users will be able to get more information when searching for flights.  Those who use Google Flight will be able to determine which flights have Wi-Fi and will be able to compare flights based on other “happiness” variables.  These include the amount of leg room, in-seat power, and others.

Gianni Marostica of Google said that they are aware that people want to find more information regarding the flight they will be taking prior to boarding, which makes Routehappy Happiness Factor a great addition to Google Flights.  With the information supplied by Routehappy, people have a much better chance of ensuring that their flight will get their trip off the a proper and enjoyable start.

The above article is a summary.  Please see the source article at Google News.

Ryanair reverses plans to offer transatlantic flights

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Irish airline Ryanair announced last week that it would offer $15 flights between London, UK and the U.S. Now the CEO, Michael O’Leary, said the airline messed up and the news last week was “a miscommunication.” The Ryanair board denied every having approved such a plan: “In the light of recent press coverage, the Board of Ryanair Holdings Plc wishes to clarify that it has not considered or approved or approved any transatlantic project and does not intend to do so.”  Mr. O’Leary said that Ryanair’s board couldn’t approve the project because the transatlantic project would need a separate company.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.

How to make travel rewards work

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

There are so many different travel rewards programs available and it seems the alliances, partnerships, programs, and rules always seem to be changing. This makes it extremely confusing for the traveler and the provider. is offering some tips on how to make travel rewards programs actually stick and work in the long-run through its Top 10 Ways to Make Travel Rewards Programs Go the Distance.

To highlight just a couple of the tips it is suggested that travelers don’t ever pay to get into the game. Meaning there should be no fee unless it is an annual fee on your credit card. Travelers should take advantage when they can and double, even triple dip and use rewards from different companies all at once. And of course always be aware of blackout dates so you aren’t trying to book travel during a time that is supported by the program.

The above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News.