Flight delays as long as 90 minutes at major airports, including those in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, are expected if automatic U.S. spending cuts set to begin March 1 take effect, US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday.
Two European airlines said on Saturday they were halting services to Iran, a sign of the crumbling purchasing power of Iranians as their economy buckles under the weight of Western sanctions.
The Saudi aviation authority has awarded Qatar Airways and Bahrain’s Gulf Air licences to operate domestic flights in the vast desert kingdom. The national carriers of the two neighboring Gulf states will be the first foreign
As Hurricane Sandy made its leisurely but threatening trip up the East Coast, airlines canceled thousands of flights, moved planes to safer ground and began offering refunds to stranded travelers. By Sunday evening, more than 6,800 flights scheduled for Sunday and Monday had been canceled, according to travel monitoring site FlightAware.com.
Turkey’s foreign minister announced on Sunday a ban on all Syrian aircraft entering his country’s airspace, days after the authorities discovered what they said were Russian military munitions on board a passenger plane bound for Damascus. The announcement followed Syria’s ban on Turkish aircraft a day earlier
Turkish civilian planes are no longer allowed to fly over Syria, Damascus has said, amid growing tensions between the two neighbouring countries. The ban took effect at midnight (2100GMT) on Saturday. This comes just days after Turkey intercepted a Syrian-bound plane, claiming it carried Russian-made munitions for the Syrian army.
Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday. “We have assured U.S. officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian) flights and carry out random searches,” Zebari said,
U.S. officials were angry today over reports that Iraq is allowing Iran to use its airspace to supply the embattled Syrian regime with military equipment, but Iraq demanded evidence to back up the American accusations.