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January 6, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Nearly three dozen flights at Los Angeles International Airport have been canceled since midnight due to frigid weather in the Midwest and northeastern U.S., officials said Monday night. More than 5,200 passengers were affected by the 35 canceled flights, an LAX spokeswoman said in a statement. The flights were arrivals or departures involving Chicago-O'Hare, New York-JFK, Newark and Washington/Dulles airports. PHOTOS: Deep freeze in the Mid West Passengers on 151 flights that were not canceled experienced delays averaging 90 minutes, LAX officials said.
September 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If you are flying Allegiant Air over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations as the carrier inspects the evacuation slides on many of its planes. The Las Vegas-based carrier late Thursday announced that the airline was taking as many as 30 of its MD-80 planes out of service to inspect the slides. Allegiant operates a fleet of 52 MD-80 aircraft, six Boeing 757-200 jets, and three Airbus A319 planes. The inspections were triggered by an incident on Monday when an Allegiant MD-80 was evacuated at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after smoke was detected in the back of the plane.
October 30, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Super storm Sandy continued its devastation on the nation's transportation system, closing at least eight major airports and canceling more than 16,000 flights. JOIN US AT 2:30 P.M. FOR A LIVE VIDEO DISCUSSION Although the eye of the storm has moved west, away from the major East Coast airports, airlines began early Tuesday to cancel flights for Wednesday, increasing the likelihood that regular flights won't begin for several days. In the period stretching from Saturday to Wednesday, the nation's airlines have canceled 16,271 flights, according to the airline monitoring website
August 6, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Flights in and out of Los Angeles International Airport were operating normally Tuesday morning after a computer outage at a online reservation system caused delays worldwide. Airlines at LAX first reported problems in the Sabre reservation system at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. About 17 flights experienced delays of 15 to 45 minutes, according to Nancy Castles, public relations director at LAX. Airlines affected included Frontier, American, American Eagle, JetBlue, Virgin America, Alaska, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, British Airways, WestJet and LAN Fiji Air. Passengers were checked in manually and no flights were canceled, Castles said.
February 7, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
In anticipation of a strong winter storm heading toward the Northeast, airlines have canceled more than 2,000 flights for Friday, mostly from New York, Boston and Chicago airports. The 2,004 cancellations for Friday are in addition to 475 flights canceled for Thursday and 454 canceled for Saturday, according to the flight-monitoring site FlightAware . The National Weather Service has issued storm warnings and predicted blizzard conditions when two weather systems meet over the next 24 hours to "produce a major and potentially historic winter storm for the Northeastern U.S. " Because the storm is to cut through in the nation's busiest air space, airline passengers across the country will also feel some of the pain.
April 5, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
American Airlines canceled 323 flights in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Thursday in the aftermath of tornadoes and hail storms that have snarled air traffic since Tuesday.  Sixty planes remain out of service at the airline's hub because they are awaiting inspection or need repairs, spokesman Ed Martelle wrote in an email. (Check out this Associated Press video above of inspections that took place Wednesday.)
April 19, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Finnair has launched an airfare sale on flights between New York City and Estonia , Sweden , Russia and Lithuania for less than $700 round trip. Los Angeles fliers could use up some air miles or hunt down a cheap L.A.-New York airfare to take advantage of sale prices. The deal: Prices for economy seats from New York start at $655 to Tallinn, Estonia; $670 to Stockholm; $679 to St. Petersburg, Russia; and $695 to Vilnius, Lithuania. The sale applies to business class seats too, which cost $2,729 to $2,755, depending on the destination.
March 24, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
BAGHDAD - Secretary of State John Kerry began an unannounced trip to Iraq on Sunday to urge the government to halt the Iranian supply of arms and fighters through its airspace to Syria, and to implore it to share more power with its alienated Sunni population. Kerry, in the first trip as top diplomat to the Arab state, met with Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and Parliament Speaker Osama Nujayfyi, and was scheduled to speak by telephone to Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdish Regional Government.
December 8, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A series of snowy and icy storms swept through the southern and northeastern United States over the weekend, leaving at least five people dead and causing the cancellation of thousands of flights -- including more than 1,000 just at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday.  Some parts of north Texas received as much as four inches of sleet and ice -- a treacherous situation for drivers and travelers. At least three storm-related deaths were reported in the Dallas area Saturday and Sunday, according to police reports reviewed by the Dallas Morning News . A 26-year-old man died after his car hit an icy patch and slammed into a tree; a 75-year-old woman died after slipping on some ice in her yard; and a woman in her mid-40s was found dead in a parking lot, possibly due to exposure to the cold, police said.
August 15, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak
What kind of next-door neighbor would Barack Obama make? If Mitt Romney showed up for a potluck, what dish would he bring? Those are not exactly questions of war and peace, but given the recent neener-neener tenor of the presidential debate (chains vs. shackles, anyone?) they seem almost Platonic by comparison. Peter Hart, a Democratic strategist and longtime diviner of the public pulse, held a focus group Tuesday night outside Milwaukee, seating a dozen women around a rectangular table for nearly 2½ hours of freewheeling, mostly political conversation.
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