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Cyprus airline Cobalt halts flights amid lack of investment

Oct. 18, 2018 3:02 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus-based airline Cobalt Air suspended its operations indefinitely after failing to find new investors to keep it in flight, officials said Thursday. As stranded passengers scrambled to find alternate flights, Cyprus' government said it would compensate Cobalt Air ticketholders...

Shanghai airport automates check-in with facial recognition

Oct. 16, 2018 9:26 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — It's now possible to check in automatically at Shanghai's Hongqiao airport using facial recognition technology, part of an ambitious rollout of facial recognition systems in China that has raised privacy concerns as Beijing pushes to become a global leader in the field. Shanghai Hongqiao...

Delta profits soar as demand drives ticket prices higher

Oct. 11, 2018 2:08 PM EDT

Airlines have been pouring money into amenities that making flying nicer for high-paying customers while economy-class passengers endure cramped quarters and higher fees for extra services. That strategy might anger budget travelers, but it makes sense for the airlines, judging from Delta's latest financial...

Have 19 hours? World's longest commercial flight takes off

Oct. 11, 2018 11:54 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — The world's longest direct commercial flight is back and taking travelers from Singapore to the New York region. Operated by Singapore Airlines, the city-state's national carrier, the trip takes slightly under 19 hours. Skipping a stopover in Frankfurt will save hours of traveling time,...

AA aims to avoid putting delayed travelers on other airlines

Oct. 8, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is telling employees to think twice before rebooking stranded customers on rival airlines, and regular economy-class passengers are the most likely to suffer when there are long delays or canceled flights. A new policy at American directs airport agents not to rebook economy...

Delta Air Lines partners with startup to improve pet travel

Oct. 2, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta is partnering with a pet travel pod startup, as it changes its prices and policy for transporting passengers' animal companions, the airline announced Tuesday. Delta Air Lines Inc. struck a long-term partnership with CarePod, saying the Singapore-based startup will help it carry and...

Indebted Air Moldova sold to Romanian group for $71 million

Oct. 2, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Moldovan government says loss-making national airline Air Moldova has been sold to a Romanian group for 1.2 billion Moldovan lei ($71 million.) The Public Property Agency said Tuesday that Civil Aviation Group paid 50 million lei ($2.96 million) to Moldova's state budget. The...

Ryanair warns earnings hurt by strikes, rising fuel cost

Oct. 1, 2018 6:52 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair, Europe's biggest airline by passengers, has issued a profit warning for the year amid strikes and rising fuel prices. The low-cost carrier says Monday it has lowered its guidance by 12 percent to between 1.1 billion euros ($1.28 billion) and 1.2 billion euros for the full year. Pilot...

Everybody on plane survives crash landing in Pacific lagoon

Sep. 28, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A passenger on a plane that crashed into a Pacific lagoon on Friday said the flight attendants were panicking and he saw water pouring through a hole in the side of the plane before he was able to escape. Local boats helped rescue all 47 passengers and crew after the plane...

Thousands of travelers affected in Europe by Ryanair strike

Sep. 28, 2018 6:59 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Thousands of travelers in Europe saw their plans disrupted Friday after airline Ryanair cancelled more than 200 flights because of strikes by cabin crew in Spain, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Italy and Germany. The budget airline says it had informed passengers of possible disruptions ahead of...