Entries in Flight Cancellation (3)


Continental Cancels 24 Flights after Pilots Call Out Sick

United Continental Holdings(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Due to something that was apparently "going around," Continental Airlines was forced to scuttle two dozen flights Wednesday, most of them from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport -- one of the carrier's main hubs.

The sick-out forced Continental to find accommodations for their passengers on other flights.  The airlines attributed the canceled flights to "pilot unavailability."

However, it's also known that Continental pilots have been upset with the slow pace of negotiations to combine labor agreements since Continental and United announced plans last year to merge the two carriers.

United has already said that it would not reach collective bargaining agreements with all the unions until after this year.

Continental typically offers 3,000 domestic and international flights daily.

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Midwest Winter Storm Causes Messy Commute; Moves Eastward

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Just when Americans thought they finally had a break from winter weather, a snowstorm stretching across the upper Midwest and heading eastward has forced the cancelation of more than 1,000 flights and caused travel hazards throughout roadways in the country.

In Minnesota, drivers struggled to get around Sunday in whiteout conditions that caused hundreds of fender benders and spin-outs.  The majority of the state is under either a blizzard warning or winter storm warning, and the Minneapolis area could see up to 15 inches of snow by Monday afternoon.

In western Wisconsin, a string of accidents occurred Sunday along Interstate 94, where cars collided, spun out or got stuck in snow-covered ditches.  Most of the state remains under a winter storm warning and another 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible by Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Over in Michigan, drivers from Grand Rapids to Detriot had to stop their vehicles Sunday to clear their windshields as the storm moved in and rapidly diminished visibility.  Across the state, plows and salt trucks were out, trying to stay ahead of the rapidly deteriorating road conditions.  A winter storm warning remains in Michigan, where 6 to 10 inches of snow fell Sunday night into Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Elsewhere, in the Northeast, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories remain in effect until late Monday.  In New York City, Philadelphia, Connecticut, and Rhode Island up to four inches of snow are expected to fall, while the western parts of New York and Pennsylvania could see about half a foot of snow.

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Flight Delays Down in 2010, Cancellations Up in December

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) - If you thought flight delays were bad in 2010, they were still better than they were in 2009, according to new figures from the Department of Transportation.

The Air Travel Consumer Report showed that 2010 was the third-best year in terms of on-time flights in the past 16 years, with 79.8 percent of flights arriving on time. The number is just slightly better than 2009's on-time rate of 79.5 percent. Long tarmac delays, however, were much lower in the last month of 2010 than the previous year. Just three flights sat on the tarmac for more than three hours in December, compared to 34 such flights in December of 2009.

But flight delays were much worse some places than others. Take the Southwest flight from Baltimore to Hartford, for example. In December, Southwest Flight 2016 from BWI to Hartford was the most delayed flight – it was late 91.7% of the time, averaging 47 minutes late.

Cancelled flights were up slightly in December from the same period a year ago due to extreme winter weather. Carriers cancelled 3.7 percent of domestic flights in December 2010 compared to 2.8 percent in December 2009.

The least likely air carrier to cancel your flight in December was Hawaiian Airlines with just a .2 percent cancellation rate. The highest rate of cancellations went to JetBlue, who canceled 8.5 percent of all domestic flights in December.

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