Travellers face a difficult day after the largest union of air traffic controllers called for a 24-hour strike in France. About half of scheduled connections in and out of the country have been grounded. Low-cost airline Ryanair called for EU action as it had to cancel hundreds of flights, which it said were affecting 80,000 passengers, mainly those flying over France.
Dubai's Emirates airline says it plans to reduce the number of flights to Nigeria's Lagos because of trouble repatriating funds.
The carrier's ground staff went on strike, prompting more than 1,000 flights to be canceled. The walkout comes as air travel industry faces several crises.
The first flight to take asylum seekers from the United Kingdom to Rwanda can go ahead next week, the High Court in London ruled after a judge dismissed attempts to win an injunction to stop the deportation to the East African nation.
Staff shortages exacerbated by a strike have caused huge delays at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport during the holiday season. The airport has now asked airlines to reduce the number of passengers by cutting flights.
26 Dec 2021
Travel plans are being disrupted around the world amid a surge in coronavirus cases, driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. Airlines in the US, Australia and other countries have canceled hundreds of flights, citing the impact of omicron infections on employees and passengers.
24 Dec 2021
German airline Lufthansa is slashing its winter schedule as a result of reduced demand amid the omicron variant. Spohr said the airline was running just 60% of flights compared to the pre-pandemic year 2019, with "roughly half" the number of passengers.
1 Dec 2021
Japan has stopped new bookings onto incoming flights after identifying the first cases of the Omicron strain of Covid-19. The country has also tightened its quarantine requirements for all arriving passengers, and extended a ban on non-citizens coming from ten countries in southern Africa. Travel companies have seen their shares tumble in recent days as governments tighten border rules in response to the new strain. Also today, Australia's economy feels the pinch from the recent lockdowns.
29 Nov 2021
The Dutch public health institute said in a statement that testing was continuing on the samples of 61 people who tested positive for COVID after arriving from South Africa.
12 Oct 2021
Southwest Airlines has said air traffic control issues are behind the cancellation of hundreds of flights. The pilots' union has denied reports its members staged a work stoppage to protest the airline's vaccine mandate.
4 Oct 2021
Tropical Cyclone Shaheen made landfall in Oman Sunday, disrupting flights. The storm hit early evening and has already killed three.
30 Sep 2021
Commercial flights to the Canary Island have been called off due to an "accumulation of ash" in the air. A recent volcanic eruption on the island has forced the evacuation of thousands of residents.