Latest Air travel disruptions News

Southwest suffers technology problem for second straight day

Jun. 15, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines said it was working Tuesday to restore normal operations after a technology-related issue interfered with flights for the second straight day. By midafternoon, the nation’s fourth-largest airline had canceled about 500 flights and...

US seeks to fine Air Canada $25.5 million over slow refunds

Jun. 15, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department said Tuesday it is seeking to fine Air Canada about $25.5 million for what it termed extreme delays in giving refunds to thousands of passengers whose flights across the U.S.-Canada border were canceled or rescheduled. ...

Ryanair plane diverted to Berlin over 'potential threat'

May. 31, 2021 03:42 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Ryanair flight from Ireland to Poland diverted to Berlin after the crew were warned of a “potential security threat” on the plane, the airline said Monday. German air traffic control warned the crew of the Dublin-Krakow flight of the potential threat...

FAA approves Boeing fix for jets grounded by electrical flaw

May. 13, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a Boeing procedure to fix about 100 jets that have been idled for the past month because of improper electrical grounding of some components, and some of the planes could be flying again in the next few days. A Boeing...

The 3 biggest US airlines are suspending flights to Israel

May. 12, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have suspended flights to Israel amid rising violence in the conflict between Israel and Palestinians. Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza, and Palestinian militants in Gaza fired rockets at targets in Israel, including the...

Alitalia worker strike cancels flights at Rome's airport

Apr. 23, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Hundreds of workers from Italian airline Alitalia protested outside Rome’s international airport Friday during a four-hour strike against what they see as plans to destroy the long-struggling carrier. The Italian government is negotiating with the...

Boeing sees uptick in airplane orders as travel picks up

Apr. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

Boeing orders picked up in March, fueled by a major deal with Southwest Airlines that helped to offset another round of cancellations for its 737 Max airliner. Boeing said Tuesday that it received 196 orders in March, including the previously announced 100 from Southwest,...

Airlines pull Boeing Max jets to inspect electrical systems

Apr. 09, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

Airlines pulled dozens of Boeing Max 737s out of service for inspections after the aircraft maker told them about a possible electrical problem, the latest setback for the plane. Boeing said Friday that the issue affected planes used by 16 airlines. The company did not...

Canceled flights, expired clearances: resettlements in limbo

Apr. 09, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

(RNS) — It’s been two months since President Joe Biden signed an executive order he said would “begin the hard work of restoring our refugee admissions program.” Part of that work was to include raising the number of refugees allowed into the United States from...

Albania’s flights resume after 2-day airport closure

Apr. 09, 2021 06:18 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Commercial flights resumed at Albania’s Tirana International Airport on Friday after they were blocked for two days by an air traffic controllers' strike. The first commercial flight with passengers left the airport for Italy on Friday at 9:05...