Latest Air travel disruptions News

Volcanic ash delays aid to Tonga as scale of damage emerges

Jan. 17, 2022 22:58 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Thick ash on an airport runway was delaying aid deliveries to the Pacific island nation of Tonga, where significant damage was being reported days after a huge undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami. New Zealand's military is sending much-needed...

Major winter storm: South braces for big blast of snow, ice

Jan. 15, 2022 19:17 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasts of snow and ice as far south as Georgia have put a big part of the Southeast on an emergency preparedness footing as shoppers scoured store shelves for storm supplies and crews raced to treat highways and roads as a major winter storm approached from the Midwest. ...

After wave of cancellations, Delta sees recovery in 2022

Jan. 13, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Delta Air Lines lost $408 million in the final quarter of 2021, dragged down by a COVID-19 surge that rocked the airline in December, and the carrier predicted Thursday that it will suffer one more quarterly loss before travel perks up in spring and summer. CEO Ed Bastian said 8,000...

5 reasons why ‘shoulder season’ is the best time to travel

Jan. 13, 2022 08:51 AM EST

In many ways, travel in 2021 was more challenging than it was in 2020. While demand for travel returned, sufficient hospitality staffing often did not, leading to long waits at airports, hotel check-in desks and restaurants. The eye-catching travel deals seen in 2020 mostly faded...

Delta extends life of expiring travel vouchers from pandemic

Jan. 12, 2022 20:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it will extend through 2023 the window for customers to rebook credits earned when they purchased but then canceled flights during the pandemic. Before the announcement, Delta flight credits were set to expire at the end of 2022. The...

US airlines say China is forcing them to cancel some flights

Jan. 11, 2022 19:47 PM EST

U.S. airlines say China has blocked more than a dozen recent and future flights from entering the country, which has been tightening already-strict COVID-19 travel restrictions. China ordered the cancellations after some passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on flights that arrived...

Alaska Air trims January flights to cope with virus outbreak

Jan. 06, 2022 19:22 PM EST

Alaska Airlines said Thursday it will trim its schedule by about 10% for the rest of January as it deals with “unprecedented” numbers of employees calling in sick during the current COVID-19 surge. The move by Alaska is similar to a decision last week by JetBlue Airways to cut...

Canadian passengers stranded after party flight to Mexico

Jan. 06, 2022 14:20 PM EST

MONTREAL (AP) — Passengers who filmed themselves partying without masks aboard a chartered flight from Montreal to Mexico face being stranded after three airlines refused to fly them home to Canada. Sunwing Airlines cancelled the return charter flight from Cancun that had been...

Senegal latest team hit by virus days ahead of African Cup

Jan. 05, 2022 09:23 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s national soccer team was forced to delay its flight to the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon after three more players and six members of the backroom staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The Senegalese soccer federation named the players on...

US flight cancellations ease a bit but still running high

Jan. 04, 2022 19:22 PM EST

Clearing weather over much of the eastern United States raised hopes that air-travel disruptions will ease after a dreadful start to the new year. By early Tuesday evening on the East Coast, airlines had scrubbed about 1,500 flights for the day. That's a very high number but well...