US Department of Transportation orders the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela, citing reports of unrest and violence around airports in the South American country. In a letter to the Transportation Department requesting the halt, the Department of Homeland Security said “conditions in Venezuela…

A woman has accidentally crashed a van into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane at Dortmund Airport, forcing her to delay her return to Berlin

A German airport worker accidentally crashed a van into Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plane, forcing her to delay her return to Berlin. The woman was driving at Dortmund Airport when she stopped to take a picture of Ms Merkel’s aircraft. But she had not put the handbrake on and the van rolled into the aircraft’s fuselage,…

INCIDENT A Delta flight to New York LGA was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman tried to open the plane’s door

 A Delta flight, going from Raleigh to New York, was forced to make an emergency landing after a woman tried to open the plane’s door. “5935, like to declare an emergency, forward entry door’s open. We’ll need crash, fire, rescue,” the pilot said over dispatch. Passengers said the woman was in hysterics and was…

INCIDENT Ryanair passenger detained after he tried to open a plane door midflight and threatened to “kill every one of you”

 Passengers on a recent Ryanair flight had a scary time when a man allegedly tried to open a plane door midflight and threatened to “kill every one of you.” The disruption happened May 4 on a flight from Manchester, England, to Gran Canaria, Spain. According to passengers, the man started throwing things and yelling…

French firm Vinci Airports takes control of London Gatwick

Today, VINCI Airports completed the acquisition of a majority shareholding (50.01%) in London Gatwick airport, a freehold property and the UK’s second-largest airport. With this transaction, VINCI Airports becomes the world’s second-largest airport operator with over 240 million passengers a year including 46 million at London Gatwick. VINCI Airports now operates the world’s largest and…

WestJet to be sold in $5B deal

WestJet says it has agreed to be acquired by Onex Corp. and will become a private company in a transaction valued at $5 billion including debt. The deal that came as a surprise to some, including the head of the pilots union. Under the agreement announced Monday, Onex will pay $31 per share, or $3.5…

Ryanair surpasses new safety standards regarding flight tracking

Ryanair announced the deployment of GlobalBeacon, a live flight monitoring platform that combines FlightAware’s data processing capabilities and web-interface with global flight tracking coverage from Aireon. The Aireon network tracks aircraft via their ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) out antennas, which are mandated in many parts of the world including throughout Europe. This enables most airlines…