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‘Brace for Impact’ – 10-Year Anniversary of ‘Miracle on the Hudson’

Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of what became known as the Miracle on the Hudson.
US Airways Flight 1549 was an Airbus A320 that, after takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on January 15, 2009, struck a flock of Canada Geese northeast of the George Washington Bridge.
With both engines out, the aircraft had no power and was unable to reach a nearby airport or runway. Captain Chesley Sullenberger …

Frankfurt Airport Saw Record Number of Passengers in 2018

Frankfurt Airport Saw Record Number of Passengers in 2018

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for December as well as for calendar year 2018.
Passenger traffic for December was approximately 4.9 million passengers, a 7.8% increase over December 2017, while passenger traffic for calendar year 2018 was a record 69.5 million passengers, also a 7.8% year-over-year increase.
The number of aircraft movements for the year increased by 7.7% year-over-year to 512,115 takeoffs and landings, while the figures …

Security Staff to Strike at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday

Security Staff to Strike at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday

If you are planning to travel through Frankfurt Airport in the coming week, you may wish to travel on Monday or Wednesday. Security personnel at Frankfurt Airport will go on strike on Tuesday in support demands for of higher pay.
The move will impact thousands of passengers who typically use the airport as a starting point for their journeys. The strike is scheduled to start at 1 a.m. local time and …

Winter Storm to Impact Wide Swath of Nation

Winter Storm to Impact Wide Swath of Nation

A new winter storm will begin to pound much of the United States starting Friday.
The storm will stretch from Colorado to the East Coast and affect over 20 million people, the National Weather Service said. Major cities from Denver to Kansas City to St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are in its path.
Expect snow from the Rockies, Plains, and Midwest to the mid-Atlantic states as …

Strikes at German Airports Strand Thousands of Passengers

Strikes at German Airports Strand Thousands of Passengers

Hundreds of flights originating at German airports were cancelled after security staff at three airports walked off the job.
The strike affected flights at Düsseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, and Stuttgart airports and 623 flights were cancelled as a result.
The union Verdi represents over 23,000 airport security staff at German airports. It is demanding a pay increase of €3 per hour, an 18% increase that would result in an hourly pay of €20. …

Air France to Shut Down Low-Cost ‘Millenial’ Carrier Joon

Air France to Shut Down Low-Cost ‘Millenial’ Carrier Joon

Air France said on Thursday that it is planning to shut down its Joon lower-cost subsidiary. The airline is also planning to move Joon’s employees and aircraft back to Air France.
The French flag carrier acknowledged that customers and employees alike failed to understand Joon.
“Despite the many positive impacts of Joon… the brand was difficult to understand from the outset for customers, for employees, for markets, and for investors,” adding that …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …