Search / 33 results found

from
to
  • Updated

A budget airline will get a chance to add flights at the busy airport in Newark, New Jersey, just outside New York City. The Transportation Department said Thursday that it will give coveted afternoon and evening runway rights to a low-cost airline. The takeoff and landing rights were previously used by Southwest Airlines, which pulled out of Newark in 2019. The Transportation Department decision follows a federal court ruling that went against the Federal Aviation Administration, which is part of the Transportation Department. Spirit Airlines wants the old Southwest runway rights, and it sued the FAA when the agency planned to eliminate them rather than award them to another airline.

  • Updated

Irish airline Ryanair is planning to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. The additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers will mean that the company will have more than recouped the 3,000 jobs it got rid of at the start of the pandemic last year. CEO Michael O’Leary said Thursday that the carrier has been snapping up slots that have been vacated by airlines that have either collapsed or retrenched over the past 18 months or so. Ryanair also upgraded forecasts for growth over the next five years. The projections are that passenger numbers will grow by 50% compared to 33% predicted previously.

  • Updated

Washington’s special envoy and the architect of an often criticized deal with the Taliban says more than 250 foreign nationals have left Afghanistan in the past three days. The deal signed last year provided for the safe withdrawal of U.S and NATO troops but say his critics was heavily weighted in favor of the hardline-Islamic movement. In a series of tweets, Zalmay Khalilzad praised both the Middle Eastern State of Qatar, whose national airline carried out the flights and the “Taliban’s cooperation in this important effort,” for the recent departure of foreign nationals from Afghanistan. 

  • Updated

The Transportation Department is detailing efforts it's making to help airline customers who didn't get refunds after their flights were canceled during the early days of the pandemic last year. The department says in a new report that it investigated 20 airlines over failures to issue prompt refunds to customers, and 18 of those probes are still going on. A probe of United Airlines was dropped in January after the airline took steps to give refunds to “thousands” of customers, and the Transportation Department is seeking a $25.5 million fine against Air Canada. The Canadian carrier is appealing. The department says it got more than 30,000 complaints over airline refunds.