Travel Industry News – Air France was expecting to cancel 15 percent of its flights on Monday as a cabin crew strike entered its third day during a major French holiday week.

Qantas resumes flights as industrial dispute ends –
Australia’s Qantas returned to the air Monday, hours after a government tribunal ordered an end to a destructive industrial dispute that grounded its fleet and sparked passenger and political fury.

The first Qantas aircraft to fly in nearly two days took off around 0300 GMT, from Sydney bound for Los Angeles, after the shock grounding of planes and a staff lockout that left nearly 70,000 passengers stranded worldwide.

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Travel News Alert: Princess Cruises canceled calls to Puerto Vallarta on three cruises aboard the Sapphire Princess for security reasons.

The cruises depart Los Angeles on Nov. 19, and Dec. 10 and 31.

The line earlier this year had already canceled calls to Mazatlan, another Pacific destination on Mexican Riviera cruises.

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U.S.: An engine problem caused a Delta flight bound for Los Angeles to return to Atlanta shortly after taking off. Delta Flight 1323, with 174 passengers aboard, landed safely early Tuesday and emergency vehicles assisted once the Boeing 757 was on the ground. Three passengers suffered minor injuries, believed to have happened while they were going down the plane’s evacuation slides.

Universal follows Disney in raising theme park ticket prices – Universal Orlando hiked its theme park admission prices Monday, raising the gate price of a one-day, one park ticket from $82 to $85. The move comes a little more than a week after rival Disney hiked its own one-day admission fee to $85 from $82. Both resorts also have raised prices for multi-day, multi-park tickets, the Associated Press reports.

Russia: RussAir flight crashes on highway near Petrozavodsk airport – Several people were killed late Monday when a Russian plane carrying 43 passengers and five crew crashed on a highway near Petrozavodsk airport in Karelia, northwest Russia, Russian news agencies reported.

The aircraft was on a flight from Moscow to Petrozavodsk, the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

Mediterranean Cruise

Chris escorted clients on this Mediterranean Cruise.

Chris escorted clients on this Mediterranean Cruise.

Air New Zealand has been forced to cancel flights on Thursday evening because of aircraft being out of rotation as it deals with an ash cloud from a volcano in Chile. The national carrier has again canceled flights to and from South Island. The airline had to cancel the flights because the earlier disruption meant some planes were not at the airports they were meant to fly from.

UK Airport Workers Strike June 30 – The media reported on Thursday that airport immigration officials and some air traffic controllers may join public sector workers in the U.K. for a mass walkout on 30 June. A spokesperson for the British Airports Authority, the operator of six U.K. airports, reportedly said there was uncertainty about how the one-day strike would affect air travel.

British Forces News reported on Friday that ash from the eruption of the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex in Chile that began last Saturday has disrupted flights to and from the Falkland Islands. Flights are suspended until weather officials say it is safe to fly.

U.S. Update: Flights Disrupted as Arizona Wildfire Rages

The State Column reported on Wednesday morning that “numerous flights” in and near eastern Arizona continue to be disrupted because of smoke from the huge wildfire that is burning in the region.

Those planning to travel by air to or from the Arizona or New Mexico areas should check with their airline or travel agent to reconfirm travel arrangements.

BUENOS AIRES, June 7, 2011 (AFP) – Domestic and intl flights from the two Buenos Aires airports were suspended Tuesday due to volcanic ash from the erupting volcano in Chile, officials said.

An airport official said 32 flights were canceled at the Buenos Aires Ezeiza international airport and 30 others were canceled at the Aeroparque de Buenos Aires, which has flights to domestic and regional destinations.

Baggage Fees Increase – Both United Continental and Delta are upping their fees for checking a second bag on trans-Atlantic flights, The Associated Press reports.

Each company still allows customers to check one bag free of charge, but checking a second bag on United Continental will now cost $70. On Delta, a second bag will now cost $60 if checked online or $75 if checked at the airport.

The Jamaica Observer reported late Tuesday morning that the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority has announced normal operations have resumed at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport and the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay after air traffic controllers ended their strike and reported for work.

JCAA spokesperson Nicole Hutchinson said that flights are now leaving and departing on time.

Jamaica: Air traffic controllers’ strike causes flight delays

(AP) – Dozens of flights to and from Jamaica are being delayed as a strike by air traffic controllers stretches into a second day.

Jamaica Airports Authority spokesman Mark Williams says the walkout is causing flight delays of roughly two hours.

LONDON, May 24, 2011 (AFP) – Airlines grounded hundreds of flights Tuesday after a plume of ash from a volcano in Iceland blanketed Britain and touched Scandinavia in a fresh travel nightmare for thousands of passengers.

Tel Aviv Airport Delays – JERUSALEM, May 5, 2011 (AFP) – Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport grounded all departing flights on Thursday after jet fuel at the airport was found to be tainted. All aircraft refuelling has been suspended until the the contamination source is found.

Air India Strike – From media reports: The Hindu reported at least 19 Air India flights were canceled early Wednesday morning after some pilots began a strike. Eight flights from Delhi and 11 from Mumbai were canceled and several others were delayed by more than three hours after Air India pilots who are members of the Indian Commercial Pilot’s Association went on strike from midnight.

Jetstar Airlines – The New Zealand Herald reported heavy winds at the Wellington Airport on New Zealand’s North Island caused a baggage container to hit the engine of a Jetstar plane. Flight 262 was preparing to leave the terminal when the incident occurred on Wednesday morning. The Auckland-bound flight was canceled. There were no injuries reported and most of the passengers have been rebooked on other flights.

Homeland Security is unveiling its new two-level terror alert system today, replacing the color-coded version. New threat levels: Elevated: Warns of a credible terrorist threat against the US Imminent: Warns of a credible, specific, and impending terrorist threat against the US. New alerts will include maps / graphics showing the areas affected and will include a specific date when the alert expires

Federal Officials are expanding a tarmac-delay rule to prohibit airlines from holding passengers on stranded international flights for more than 4 hours. The rule also will require airlines to refund bag fees if they lose customers’ luggage, to include fees and taxes in advertised prices, and to pay passengers more if they get bumped from oversold flights. Most of the new rules will take effect in 4 months.

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