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Snowstorm forces hundreds of flight cancellations at Denver Airport

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

DENVER — Officials with Denver International Airport reported hundreds of flight cancellations and delays Saturday, which impacted many travelers’ holiday plans.

The airlines reported about 400 flight cancellations for today, that’s about 26 percent of the daily schedule. Winter weather on the East Coast also caused delays for some flights Saturday.

The airport reported nine inches of snow accumulation by 1 p.m. Saturday, an additional 5 inches from what was initially expected.

The cancellations caused some confusion and frustration at some individual airlines as people waited inside the crowded airport.

Despite the heavy snow, the airport’s snow removal teams worked to keep the runways and associated airfield surfaces clear for the airlines to use.

The airlines, which manage their own deicing operations via contractors, were in full deicing mode Saturday so passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the aircraft prior to departure due to deicing.

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In Winter, Hotel Bargains in Northern Climes

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

With the snowbird migration underway, warm-weather deals can be hard to find. But winter is a good time to seek a bargain in cities, especially cities where the cold weather may be bleak. But what’s a little rain to a museum-goer?

Stay in New York during the period of Jan. 6 to 15 to participate in the deals offered by Hotel Week NYC. Over a dozen hotels, many of which regularly charge at least $500 a night, will offer rooms for $100 or $200 a night. They include the Archer Hotel New York in the garment district ($200), the Cosmopolitan Hotel-TriBeCa ($100), the Hotel Gansevoort in the meatpacking district ($200) and the Econo Lodge Times Square ($100). Most require a booking code found at the Hotel Week NYC website.

In Canada, Montreal will mark its 375th birthday in 2017. To celebrate, a number of hotels are offering Sweet Deals accommodation packages from Jan. 1 to April 30 with 50 percent off room rates the second night. The collection of hotels represents a range of prices, from budget to luxury, and includes Hotel Le Saint-Sulpice next to the Notre-Dame Basilica, from $139 for the first night; and the Hotel Le Crystal downtown with an indoor pool, from $122. Travelers booking these deals will also receive a discount booklet with coupons for activities and attractions valued up to $290. Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 4, Igloofest will take place, including an igloo village and a snowsuit contest.

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Allegiant Air flight hits geese, makes emergency landing at Chicago Rockford International Airport

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

ROCKFORD – An Allegiant Air flight carrying 177 passengers and six crew members made an emergency landing just before 5:30 p.m. today at Chicago Rockford International Airport after hitting a flock of geese.

Allegiant Air spokeswoman Hilarie Grey said the Airbus 320 left Rockford at 4:50 p.m., and “shortly after departure from Rockford … there was a bird strike to the No. 1 engine.”

She said the captain shut down that engine and ordered the flight, which was bound for Punta Gorda, Florida, to return to the airport. It landed safely at about 5:25 p.m. No one reported being injured, Grey said.

While some passengers said there was a fire in the damaged engine, Grey said that isn’t true.

“There was no evidence of fire. There was not a fire to the engine,” she said.

Airport Executive Director Mike Dunn said the bird strike occurred about 20 miles south of the airport. Hitting the birds “did some severe damage, so the pilot declared emergency and turned around,” Dunn said.

The Rockford Fire Department and other area fire crews were called to the scene as a precaution. Rockford’s department was dismissed around 6 p.m., Chief Derek Bergsten said.

Caledonia resident Joe Contarino, owner of ContryHomes Group of Rockford, was on the flight, and said the plane had only been in the air for about 20 to 30 minutes when something went wrong.

“We get up in the air and suddenly we heard a big loud bang and then the frame started vibrating,” he said. “We didn’t know what happened.”

Some passengers began screaming, saying one of the engines was on fire, he said.

“It was very concerning. And then it started making more noise and that was very concerning,” said Contarino, who also works as a real estate agent for Key Realty. “I thought, ‘OK, one engine down.’ ”

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American Airlines upgrades aircraft for RDU-London flight

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

American Airlines’ eight-hour, nonstop flight to London’s Heathrow Airport from Raleigh-Durham International Airport is receiving an upgrade.

Airport officials confirm the service will switch to a Boeing 777, rather than a 767. Frequent fliers will recognize the plane, which is similar to a temporary upgrade American Airlines implemented last year when it was making changes in its overall fleet. As the airline was upgrading its 767, it used a 777 at RDU to accommodate Heathrow travelers.

But this time it’s a permanent change.

Specifically, the plane is a Boeing 777-200. It offers 45 lie-flat, all-aisle access seats in Business Class, 55 Main Cabin Extra seats (with five inches of additional pitch) and 160 Main Cabin seats. The plane also features in-seat entertainment, such as live TV and Wi-Fi.

In a prepared statement this week, RDU Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth lauded the upgrade. “Customers love this nonstop route and we anticipate demand for international service will continue to grow in the Triangle region,” he said.

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