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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.
September 23, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
On the streets of most cities, access to wireless Internet is as ubiquitous as coffee shops. But on domestic airlines, Wi-Fi is still only available on about a third of flights. A new study by the flight rating website found that 31% of all domestic flights offered wireless access as of Sept. 17, while the other 69% didn't. To improve your chances of getting in-flight Wi-Fi access, you'll need to shop around for the right airline. For example, Burlingame, Calif.-based Virgin America and Dallas-based AirTran Airways offer wireless Internet access on 100% of their flights, according to Routehappy.
November 9, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Is the era of standing-room airline flights upon us? Michael O'Leary, CEO of Europe's Ryanair , said he believes that airline regulators are overreaching by requiring seat belts on flights. Passengers who'd prefer to stand -- and presumably pay less to travel -- should have that right, he said. "If there ever was a crash on an aircraft, God forbid, a seat belt won't save you," O'Leary told the Telegraph . "Seat belts don't matter. " Test your knowledge of business news He elaborated on this thinking by observing that "you don't need a seat belt on the London Underground.
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
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.
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.
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.
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