[Airport Informer] There are no words that we can add to report on this outrage today, other than to say that our thoughts remain with all of those directly and indirectly affected this morning. 

Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tradegy

    Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this tradegy.


Airport Informer
22nd March, 2016


[The Telegraph] A Syrian refugee has been stuck in a Turkish airport for a year, forced to live in the “Problematic Passengers Room” and constantly facing the threat of being deported to Syria, according to Amnesty.

1 year is enough says Fadi Mansour

1 year is enough says Fadi Mansour

Fadi Mansour has been arbitrarily detained in inhumane conditions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport since March 15, 2015, Amnesty International claimed as it urged Ankara to release him.

Mr Mansour apparently told relatives he is considering asking to be return to Syria because “at least there I die once and it’s over, instead of dying more and more each day I spend in here”.

His lawyer has urged the courts to release him from detention, where Amnesty says he has no natural light and artificial lighting is constantly on.

During his year in the airport, he was attacked by another detainee and asked to return to Lebanon. After arriving there, the Lebanese authorities denied him entry and he came back to Turkey where authorities re-detained him, Amnesty said.

Turkish Airlines aircrafts taxi at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where a Syrian refugee has been stuck for a year Photo: REUTERS

Turkish Airlines aircraft taxi at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where a Syrian refugee has been stuck for a year Photo: REUTERS

But after being kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang, he left for Turkey in 2014.

A month later, he left for Malaysia which would not allow admission because of the alleged use of false identity papers, Amnesty said.

In what appears to be Mr Mansour’s Twitter account, he has urged the authorities to let him leave, in one picture he wrote: “One year is enough.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph…..


By Raziye Akkoc
8:01PM 15 March, 2016

[Telegraph] London hubs experienced the most flight delays among airports in Britain between July and September last year, with nearly a third of passengers (31 per cent) delayed at the capital’s five airports last summer, new figures from the Civil Aviation Authority reveal.

A runway at Gatwick Airport, the worst for summer delays

A runway at Gatwick Airport, the worst for summer delays

Gatwick was the worst, with 43 per cent of its summer flights departing at least 15 minutes behind schedule, followed by Luton and Heathrow, ranked second and fourth worst overall, respectively.

Stansted and London City Airport fared best among London airports, finishing in 10th and 19th place, while Jersey and Manchester rounded out the top five UK airports with the most delays in the third quarter of last year.

Britain’s airports had its busiest summer ever, with more than 78 million passengers passing through one during the three summer months. The result was the worst flight punctuality of any summer period since 2010.

On-time flight performance dropped three per cent to 73 per cent, while the average delay time per flight across the 24 airports surveyed was 15 minutes, a one-minute increase on the same period in 2014.

“Airlines are accommodating the continuing strong passenger demand by carrying the extra passengers on larger aircraft, rather than increasing the number of flights significantly,” said Tim Johnson, CAA Policy Director.

“The strong passenger demand and a……

Read the full story at The Telegraph…..


The Telegraph
9th March, 2016


[BBC News] United Continental is facing a challenge from two shareholders calling for changes to the airline’s board.

Altimeter and PAR said the airline has done little to improve performance

Altimeter and PAR said the airline has done little to improve performance

Altimeter and PAR said they would put forward six new board members for election at United’s annual meeting.

They blamed an “entrenched board” on the airline’s failure to make progress.

But United’s chairman Henry Meyer said the shareholders had ignored attempts the board had made to engage them.

Together Altimeter and PAR control 7.1% of United’s shares.

The investors object to United’s decision, on Monday, to expand the size of its board with three new members.

“Yesterday’s last-ditch effort – adding just three people to its now 15-person board – is a cynical attempt to preserve power by this entrenched board,” said Brad Gerstner chief executive of Altimeter.

United announced its chief executive officer Oscar Munoz will return to full time work on 14 March after recovering from a heart attack in October.

Read the full story here at BBC News……


BBC News
9th March, 2016

[The Airport Informer] ‘PSIairport’, the newly delivered Baggage Handling System in Düsseldorf Airport failed Monday 29th February after the software failed to recognise the leap year date. The system thought it was 1st March.

There were red faces all around after more than 1,200 passengers were left without their bags while arriving passengers struggled to find their luggage. The airport team struggled to deliver baggage manually as a backup as the system issues started to become apparent at 5:45am on 29th February.

A spokesman for the airport admitted that the new system was only installed to Düsseldorf Airport just six months ago.

Speaking to a MailOnline Travel spokesperson, Christian Hinkel said: ‘The story is true, unfortunately.

‘On Tuesday the leap day has caused us a computer problem. In the morning it came repeatedly to disturbances in our baggage handling system.

‘The reason was a software problem. Against all plans, the system didn’t recognise the date February 29 as a ‘sort criterion’.

‘Around noon, the problem of the software company was solved by an update.

According to the company website in a news article released  in January, 2012, “PSI subsidiary PSI Logistics GmbH  received the order from the Danish company Crisplant, a subsidiary of the BEUMER Group from Beckum, for the delivery of the PSIairport/BHS Baggage Handling System and the entire hardware required for the computer center at Dusseldorf International Airport.”

An airport spokesman added by saying: “It also is not the first time this has happened.”

Düsseldorf airport handles between 25,000 to 50,000 pieces of luggage every day. “We hope that we’ll do better in four years,” a spokesman said, adding that travellers will receive their luggage within 48 hours.

The airport advises travellers not to pack necessities like medication in their suitcases and to always carry those in their carry-on baggage.

A statement about yesterday’s issues has yet to be released by the company.


The Airport Informer
2nd March, 2016


[Sky News] Passengers are told to contact their airlines for the latest information after the runway is shut for over an hour to all flights.


Image: Sky News Site

At least 19 incoming flights were diverted and dozens more delayed following a suspected oil spillage on the runway at London’s Gatwick Airport.

No planes were allowed to land or take off from around 10.15am on Monday until the runway reopened just over an hour later.

The airport urged passengers to check for an update on individual flights directly with their airlines.

An airport spokesman said “Arriving and departing flights recommenced from Gatwick at 11.38am.

“The runway closure has caused some flights to be diverted to other airports in the area and there will be delays to some departing flights

“Friends and family waiting for passengers should contact the relevant airline for the latest information.”

Details of the spillage, and its cause, were not disclosed, but reports suggested oil had leaked from a jet on landing.

Some passengers complained about…..

Read the full story here…..


Sky News
29th February, 2016

[Daily Mail] The first ever Boeing 727, first revealed to the public in 1962, is set to fly again after sitting in a museum for the last 25 years.

A team of volunteers with a keen interest in aviation, and the skills to make a difference, have spent weeks restoring the United Airlines jetliner to its former glory.

A tentative date of March 1 has been pencilled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

A tentative date of March 1 has been penciled in when the aircraft will rise from the tarmac once more

The plane was donated by United Airlines back in 1991 to the Museum of Flight’s Restoration Center at Paine Field, where it has been sat ever since.

The restoration of the iconic jet has been documented by aviation enthusiast and keen photographer Robert Bogash on his blog.

‘We are waking up an airplane that first flew 53 years ago, and that has been “sleeping” for the past 25 years,’ writes Mr Bogash.

‘But – especially for me – I began my affair with her 32 years ago – she is still an airplane that has the magic of flight embedded in her genes, and we intend to let her experience that magic one more time. And we will savour the…….

Read the full story at the MailOnline…..


Friday 26th February, 2016>

[The Guardian] Price comparison study finds the likes of Ryanair and easyJet charging more than triple the supermarket price for popular food and drink brands.

 Ryanair was found to have the most expensive in-flight refreshments. Photograph: Alamy Ryanair was found to have the most expensive in-flight refreshments. Photograph: Alamy

Low cost airlines are hiking up the price of snacks and drinks by more than 1,000% compared with everyday prices, according to research that shows that a 12p cup-a-soup sachet can cost passengers as much as £2.50.

A comparison of six major budget airlines serving the UK market found huge price increases on basic refreshments, with most carriers charging £2.60 for a tea and £1.80 for a 500ml bottle of water.

Ryanair, perceived by most as the airline offering the lowest seat prices, was found to be the most expensive when it came to on-board snacks, charging £2.34 for a bottle of water and £1.56 for a chocolate bar.

Passengers on a Ryanair flight could find themselves paying £1.96 for a 200ml can of cola, and £2.34 for a 160g bag of gummy sweets.

However, Ryanair is by no means alone in……

Read more at the The Guardian……….


The Guardian
Friday 126th February, 2016

[Sky News] A consortium wins the race to land the airport in London’s Docklands and pledges to continue expansion efforts.

City Airport's expansion plans have endured turbulence on pollution grounds

City Airport’s expansion plans have endured turbulence on pollution grounds. Image courtesy: Sky News

A consortium including Canadian pension funds and Kuwait’s investment arm is to pay around £2bn for London City Airport.

The business was put up for sale last summer by Global Infrastructure Partners – the private equity firm – which paid a third of that sum when it acquired the airport in 2006.

In that time, passenger numbers have doubled to 4.3 million in 2015 – an 18% rise on the previous year’s total – but Global’s ambitions for the site in the Docklands area have been largely thwarted.

London’s mayor Boris Johnson has sided with campaigners who fear that City’s plans to double passenger traffic by 2030 will mean more noise and pollution.

The consortium – made up of the Ontario Teachers, Borealis and Aimco pension funds and Kuwait’s Wren House – said in a statement it was “committed to the responsible, long-term ownership and development of London City Airport to ensure its continued strong position and reputation as a key airport for London”.

The statement added:……

Read the full story here at Sky News…..


Sky News
26th February, 2016

[Stuff.co.nz] Despite increased security travel measures around the world, one woman managed to board the wrong plane, with the wrong airline – all under the wrong name.

Despite the fact that she was travelling under a different name, on passenger was able to board a Cathay Pacific plane.

According to The South China Morning Post, the incident happened at Taiwan Airport when a woman, known as “Ms Hong” was flying to Hong Kong.

The first error in the series of incredible events happened when she checked into the Cathay Pacific desk – instead of Hong Kong Airlines.

Despite checking in with the wrong carrier, Hong was processed. She was also holding a boarding pass that belonged to a man with the same surname, also flying to Hong Kong.

The flights had been booked by Hong’s boyfriend who was told his partner had not boarded her Hong Kong Airlines flight.

SCMP reports that the woman was furious.

“The name on the air ticket wasn’t me. Even the sex on the air ticket was not right. This is ridiculous,” she said.

Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Airlines have since come together to ensure Hong made a safe return trip, she was also given the use of Cathay’s executive lounge.

A spokesperson for Cathay Pacific confirmed there had been an ……

Read the full story at Stuff.co.nz….

27th February, 2016