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London City Airport Closes After Discovery of World War II Bomb

London City Airport Closes After Discovery of World War II Bomb

All flights into and out of London City Airport were cancelled Monday after an unexploded bomb from the Second World War was discovered in the River Thames early Sunday.
The bomb was found during planned development work at the airport.
The Metropolitan Police said that the Royal Navy specialists had established an exclusion zone of over 650 feet (200 meters) while handling the removal of the bomb.
The removal is taking place in …

WestJet to Increase Summer Flights, Begin Service to London, Paris

WestJet to Increase Summer Flights, Begin Service to London, Paris

WestJet announced that it plans to increase the number of flights to multiple destinations from its Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver hubs this summer. In addition, the carrier will launch new service from Halifax to both London and Paris, beginning in April.
The airline will increase the number of flights to 15 destinations from Calgary to major cities including Las Vegas, Dallas/Fort Worth, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal, as well as to smaller …

Jumeirah Debuts New Casual ‘Zabeel House’ Brand

Jumeirah Debuts New Casual ‘Zabeel House’ Brand

Jumeirah Group announced a new brand, Zabeel House. The new Zabeel House by Jumeirah brand is intended to offer a more casual experience than the traditional Jumeirah properties do.
The brand was created “in response to the continuing and growing travel trend for exploration and enrichment through travel experiences,” the company said.
The hotelier plans to locate the Zabeel House properties in lesser-known neighborhoods although it did not offer specifics beyond saying …

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ Parent Loses Control of Austrian Airline Niki After Court Ruling

British Airways’ parent IAG won’t be assuming control over Austrian airline Niki after all. An Austrian court ruled that former owner Niki Lauda had put forward the best bid.
Lauda will assume ownership via a private company, Laudamotion GmbH.
“Niki was always my heart and soul,” the former Formula One champion told reporters, after the news was announced.
The move came only after only a German court had awarded IAG control and two …

Deadly Winter Storm Batters Europe

Deadly Winter Storm Batters Europe

A major winter storm swept through much of Europe on Wednesday, bringing with it winds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h) and heavy rain. The storm battered homes with hail, cut power to tens of thousands of homes, flooded streets, impacted transport, and uprooted trees.
The severe weather resulted in over 500 flight cancellations and 5,048 flight delays. In Switzerland, a train was blown off its tracks, causing multiple injuries.
One …

Norwegian Air to Begin London-Buenos Aires Flights, Introduce New 787 Premium Cabin and Wi-Fi

Norwegian Air to Begin London-Buenos Aires Flights, Introduce New 787 Premium Cabin and Wi-Fi

Norwegian Air announced it will launch its first service to South America on February 14. In addition, the carrier plans to begin new service to Chicago and Austin, increase flights to Boston, introduce a new Premium cabin, and add Wi-Fi to long-haul flights.
Starting in February, Norwegian will begin four weekly flights to Buenos Aires from London Gatwick. The carrier will operate the route using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
On March 25, …

Air Canada Begins Toronto-Cartagena Route, Plans New Routes to Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Lisbon, Tel Aviv for 2018

Air Canada Begins Toronto-Cartagena Route, Plans New Routes to Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Lisbon, Tel Aviv for 2018

Air Canada announced the launch of new flights to Cartagena, Colombia from Toronto on December 18.
The carrier will operate the service using Airbus A319-100 aircraft, equipped with 14 seats in business class and 106 seats in economy. Business-class seats are 21.1” wide and have a pitch of 38”-39”.
The route is one of many that are part of the airline’s global expansion this year, having already launched flights from Toronto to …