DOT Fines United Airlines for Violating Tarmac Delay Rule

Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined United Airlines $1.9 million for violating federal statutes and the Department’s rule prohibiting long tarmac delays. The airline was also ordered to cease and desist from future similar violations. This is the largest fine issued by the Department for tarmac delay violations.   An extensive investigation by the Department’s Office of Aviation Consumer Protection (OACP) found that between December 2015 and February 2021, United allowed twenty domestic flights and five international flights at various airports throughout the United States to remain on the tarmac for a lengthy period of time without providing passengers an opportunity to deplane, in violation of the Department’s tarmac delay rule. The tarmac delays affected [...]

2021-09-24T21:43:11+03:00September 24th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|


Source: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Gates in the A1 Concourse of Terminal A are Scheduled for Closure September 30 to Facilitate Completion of New, State-of-the-Art Terminal Replacement Beginning September 30, 2021, one of three passenger gate areas currently in operation at Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal A will be closed to make way for the final construction phases of the new state-of-the-art Terminal A, which is scheduled to open in spring 2022. The A1 passenger gate area, which has six gates, will be demolished as part of the airport’s $2.7-billion redevelopment program. This will result in a shift in flight operations that could result in increased wait times at peak periods. As a result, Terminal [...]

2021-09-24T18:45:55+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRPORTS, News|

Air Travel Consumer Report: July 2021 Numbers

Source: US DOT The U.S. Department of Transportation today released its September 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report (ATCR) on airline operational data compiled for the month of July 2021. The ATCR is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by airlines. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant changes to airline schedules and operations in July 2021 although airlines scheduled and operated more flights in July 2021 than any month since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The total number of flights operated in July 2021 reached 86% of pre-pandemic levels with 605,508 flights operated in July 2021 compared with 702,876 flights operated in July 2019. Flights operated in July 2021 were 65% more [...]

2021-09-24T18:40:28+03:00September 24th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

NTSB Launches Redesigned Website

Source: NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board launched a redesigned website Friday featuring a modern user experience, improved navigation with easier-to-find-content and a mobile-friendly design. This is the first major overhaul of NTSB.gov in 10 years. As part of the redesign process, analytics data and visitor feedback were analyzed to understand how people use the site. Website visitors will find new main navigation topics like Data and Safety Research and quick links to top actions such as searching for investigations or safety recommendations. “The NTSB website is one of the agency’s most important tools for communicating to the public about our investigations and safety recommendations to prevent future tragedies and save lives,” said NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy. “This new website [...]

2021-09-24T18:39:27+03:00September 24th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Subcommittee Hearing on the Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and Airports

Source: Chair of the House Committee on Transportation The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today’s hearing titled, “Disruption in the Skies: The Surge in Air Rage and its Effects on Workers, Airlines, and Airports.” Videos of DeFazio and Larsen’s opening statements are here and here. More information on the hearing can be found here. Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today’s hearing on the spike in air rage cases. Even as we continue to fight a pandemic, the amount of disruption and violent behavior on planes has reached epidemic proportions. Today, [...]

2021-09-24T18:38:36+03:00September 24th, 2021|News, ORGANISATIONS|

KLM to serve more US destinations this winter

Source: KLM Thanks to the recent easing of travel restrictions, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will be allowed to operate additional services to destinations in the United States this winter. The US recently announced that, from the start of November, vaccinated travellers from the EU and UK would be granted access to the US. The Dutch government also decided to withdraw previously announced quarantine regulations for vaccinated travellers from the United States. Earlier, KLM had been forced to cancel flights due to these regulations. The easing of restrictions prompted KLM’s decision to resume service to Las Vegas and Miami from 7 December. Passengers to these destinations, who were previously rebooked, can contact KLM for a free rebooking to these direct flights. [...]

2021-09-24T18:30:39+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Southwest Airlines Continues Companywide Commitment Toward Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Southwest Airlines Co. shared an update today with its Employees, Customers, and Partners on the progress the airline has made during the last year and its next steps within the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roadmap. In September 2020, Southwest Airlines announced Company goals to strengthen and improve efforts to create more diverse, equitable, and inclusive job opportunities and candidate pipelines while championing a welcoming environment for all Employees. "Summer 2020 was a season of learning for Southwest Airlines in many ways; it heightened our awareness of social injustice and initiated an increased focus on our own diversity and inclusion efforts. We started with evolving our existing Company Values around how we show up individually, how we treat each other, and [...]

2021-09-24T18:26:56+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Memos reflect Delta’s commitment to employee and passenger safety

Source: Delta Air Lines Two memos were sent internally in the last day as a reminder of Delta's commitment to creating a culture of safety for every employee. Kristen Manion Taylor, S.V.P. - InFlight Service, and Eric Phillips, S.V.P. – ACS and Cargo Operations, sent the memos to their teams in response to recent incidents involving unruly passengers. The full text of the memos is available below. At Delta, we now have more than 1,600 people on our “no fly” list, and we’ve submitted more than 600 banned names to the FAA in 2021 as part of their Special Emphasis Enforcement Program. We’ve also asked other airlines to share their “no fly” list to further protect airline employees across the [...]

2021-09-24T18:02:02+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

Now Playing: Movies Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Source: American Airlines In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, American Airlines is featuring a collection of must-watch movie hits on the airline’s inflight entertainment, including Selena, West Side Story and In The Heights. American’s Latin Diversity Network Employee Business Resource Group chose 15 classic films for the Hispanic Heritage Month Channel, which will be on board aircraft through Oct. 15. Below are some of the movies featured on the Hispanic Heritage Month Channel. In The Heights (2021) Magnetic bodega owner, Usnavi, saves every penny from his daily grind as he imagines, hopes and sings about a better life. Coco (2017) Aspiring musician Miguel teams up with a charming trickster named Héctor on an extraordinary journey through the Land of the Dead. Mcfarland, [...]

2021-09-24T17:29:10+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRLINES, News|

MIA ranked best mega airport in North America by J.D. Power

Source: MIA Airport also ranked #1 in baggage claim, food, beverage, and retail Based on surveys from U.S. or Canadian residents who traveled through at least one U.S. or Canadian airport from July 2020 through July 2021, Miami International Airport was ranked the best mega airport in North America for passenger satisfaction by the J.D. Power 2021 North America Airport Satisfaction Study SM, released on September 22. The annual J.D. Power study measures overall traveler satisfaction with mega, large, and medium North American airports by examining six factors (in order of importance): terminal facilities; airport arrival/departure; baggage claim; security check; check-in/baggage check; and food, beverage, and retail. This year, MIA ranked highest among mega airports in the bag claim and food, [...]

2021-09-24T17:23:47+03:00September 24th, 2021|AIRPORTS, News|