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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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In times of Indo-Pak tension, Jet Airways flight makes emergency landing at Karachi airport

Friday, November 18th, 2016

At a time when the tension between India and Pakistan is at its peak, an emergency landing in Pakistan will the last thing on the mind of any pilot operating an Indian flight.
A Jet Airways flight today made an emergency landing in Pakistan after a passenger complained of a serious health problem.

The Jet Airways flight 9W 202 took off at 12.05 am. Soon after, a passenger complained of a serious health problem. The pilots had two choices: turn back and head towards the New Delhi airport or land at the nearest runway and save crucial time.

The Jet Airways flight 9W 202 took off at 12.05 am. Soon after, a passenger complained of a serious health problem. The pilots had two choices: turn back and head towards the New Delhi airport or land at the nearest runway and save crucial time.

The pilots decided to take the aircraft to Karachi airport. The aircraft touched down at the Karachi airport runway at 1.57 am. The Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) extended all possible help as per the international obligation and informed the Delhi ATC.

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The shortest international flight lasts 8 minutes

Friday, November 18th, 2016

This week, People’s Viennaline will launch service between St. Gallen-Altenrhein Airport in Switzerland and Friedrichshafen in Germany, CNN reported. The flight is the shortest scheduled international flight in the world— covering just 13 miles in distance and lasting a brief eight minutes. The 8-minute flight beat the previous record held by a 10-minute flight between Vienna and Bratislava (Slovakia) according to Travel and Leisure.

Now, the shortest commercial flight in the world takes place between the towns of St. Gallen-Altenrhein (Switzerland) and Friedrichshafen (Germany) on a distance of 20 km. The flight is operated twice a day in both directions and cost 40 euro for a single trip. The flight between the two destinations takes place over Lake Constance and is a good option for both tourists and workers who commute on both sides of the lake. Other transport options between the two cities are traveling by car for an hour and two-hour journey by train.

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How to Make Your Holiday Air Travel More Bearable

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

There’s not much that any traveler can do about the crowds and long lines at airports during the holiday season. But there are ways to cope.


Stay current on flight and airport status.

  Track the flight status through the airline’s app, and monitor the airport’s Twitter feed.


Sign up for TSA PreCheck.

  Frequent travelers are nearly unanimous in their recommendations of this program, which gives expedited passage through security to travelers who have undergone background screening.
There’s still time to sign up before this holiday season if you move quickly: The agency says there is about a two-week wait for appointments, and turnaround is about a week more if your background check is clear.


Fly on the least busy days and times.

  Thanksgiving and Christmas Day tend to have lighter traffic than other times during the holidays, said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist at Hopper, an air travel app.

An analysis by Hopper of Thanksgiving week travel patterns finds that, as a general rule, traffic at airports in Western states peaks early in the morning, as travelers try to bridge the time zone difference. Hubs like Chicago and Atlanta also tend to have busy mornings, while big international jumping-off points on the East Coast have an evening “rush hour” as travelers begin overnight journeys.

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Hurricane Matthew disrupts flight plans

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Hurricane Matthew’s threat has started to cause ripple effects in airports serving the affected area. In Houston, Southwest canceled all Monday service to Montego Bay but offered to additional Sunday flights from Jamaica to help people get home before the storm hit. The airline is waiving fare differences for people traveling to or from the affected area through to Tuesday.

American Airlines was also changing flights for affected areas and announced that travellers may qualify for change fee waivers.

As of Sunday afternoon, the hurricane had kept winds up to 145 mph and hurricane warnings were in effect for tall of Jamaica, all of Haiti, and the eastern end of Cuba.

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School’s out but the learning doesn’t have to stop

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Just because school’s out for summer doesn’t mean the learning has to come to a halt. Instead why not take the kids on a vacation that will immerse them in an educational experience giving them the chance to live it and see it first-hand. There are a number of places you can look to for a learning opportunity such as this handful of destinations offered by Cheapflights.com’s website.

It doesn’t get much more historical than Rome, Italy. Here you’ll be able to take in beautiful landmarks, history that is deep and rich, and an atmosphere that is like no other. If your kids are interested in nature, animal wildlife, and outdoor adventure then you can’t go wrong with Costa Rica. This country features more than 615 species of fauna and flora, which means it is among the highest in the world. You may choose to stay closer to home and if that’s the case Cape Canaveral, Florida provides a thrilling look into our advancements in space exploration.

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The world celebrated Summer Solstice in a big way

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

People all around the world were incredibly excited to welcome in the start of summer and with that the longest day of the year. Summer Solstice celebrations took place all around the world including New York City where all kinds of events were held in Times Square.

In Reykjavik, Iceland there was the Secret Solstice Festival that tourists flocked to. Because Iceland is known as the home of the midnight sun it meant you could experience solstice to the full extent. The sun didn’t set until midnight and then sunrise began just three hours later at 3 a.m.

Those celebrating in Croatia got to take part in Astrofest which appeals to those who love stargazing and astronomers from around the world. The event was filled with science, stargazing, incredible local cuisine and foods, and entertainment.

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Vancouver customers wait in line for days to get cheap flights

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Almost 100 people were willing to waiting line for a really long time outside Flight Centre in Vancouver in order to get inexpensive tickets to New Zealand. The tickets were being offered for $475 for 75 people, which translates to a savings of around $1500. Two friends, Seija Rain and Tayler Luck were the first two people in line, and they both say it was worth the wait. They were able to use Four Seasons and Tim Hortons for the bathroom facilities, but at some times, used a cup in their tent. Twenty-five of the people who stood in line will be on the same flight. They’ve even created a Facebook group through the friendships made with other campers.

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Kick off summer season with free money

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The busy summer travel season is almost upon us and with that said, how would you like to start it with some free money to put towards your dream trip? That is what Cheapflights is offering in its 10,000 Loonie Giveaway. Anyone walking around Toronto on May 23, 2015 got to discover this first-hand as Cheapflights representatives were on the streets and giving out Loonies so that they could take their chance at winning on the Loonie game board. There were three prizes to give away, each one being a vacation getaway perfect for capping off your summer.

Cheapflights enjoys more than 17.5 million visitors to its site each month and has a whopping eight million travel newsletter subscribers interested in learning the latest happening in the world of travel.

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