Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travellers

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. The United States, India, Italy and Taiwan now require mandatory COVID-19 tests on travellers … Read more

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

Southwest flight upheaval a ‘system failure,’ U.S. says

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday ratcheted up pressure on Southwest Airlines (LUV.N), saying thousands more canceled flights indicated a system failure at the low-cost carrier. “We are past the point where they could say this is a weather-driven issue,” Buttigieg said in an interview posted by ABC News … Read more

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

U.S. stocks drop on recession fears, Nasdaq closes at new bear market low

Tesla gains 3.3% in choppy trade Southwest Airlines slips 5.2% on government scrutiny Indexes down: Dow 1.1%, S&P 500 1.20%, Nasdaq 1.35% Dec 28 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes ended weaker on Wednesday, with the Nasdaq hitting a 2022 closing low, as investors grappled with mixed economic data, rising COVID cases in China, and … Read more

U.S. weighs new COVID rules for travelers from China

U.S. weighs new COVID rules for travelers from China

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. government may impose new COVID-19 measures on travelers to the United States from China over concerns about the “lack of transparent data” coming from Beijing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The move comes after Japan, India and Malaysia announced stepped up rules on travelers from China in the last … Read more

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Blizzard kills 13 in Buffalo, N.Y., area

Dec 25 (Reuters) – A lethal blizzard paralyzed Buffalo, New York, on Christmas Day, trapping motorists and rescue workers in their vehicles, leaving thousands of homes without power and raising the death toll from storms that have chilled much of the United States for days. At least 30 people have died in U.S. weather-related incidents, … Read more

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

U.S. deep freeze forecast to break Christmas Eve records

Dec 24 (Reuters) – An arctic blast gripped much of the United States on Saturday driving power outages, flight cancellations and car wrecks, as plummeting temperatures were predicted to bring the coldest Christmas Eve on record to several cities from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Temperatures are forecast to top out on Saturday at just 7 degrees … Read more

Airlines cancel 5,700 U.S. flights amid fierce winter storms

Airlines cancel 5,700 U.S. flights amid fierce winter storms

WASHINGTON, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Airline cancellations topped 5,700 U.S. flights on Friday as massive winter storms snarled airport operations around the United States and frustrated tens of thousands of holiday travelers. That followed nearly 2,700 canceled flights on Thursday, while just over 1,000 flights have already been canceled for Saturday, according to flight tracking … Read more

Russia explores buying stranded jets from Western leasing firms

Russia explores buying stranded jets from Western leasing firms

Some 400 jets worth $10 billion stranded by war $644 mln offered for 17 Aeroflot aircraft -letter Russian plan would use its National Wealth Fund Required EU approval not yet forthcoming -sources DUBLIN/LONDON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – Russian airlines have held exploratory talks with at least one major Western leasing firm about using state funds … Read more

Morocco airline cancels World Cup fans flights, citing Qatar restrictions

Morocco airline cancels World Cup fans flights, citing Qatar restrictions

RABAT, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Morocco’s national airline said it was cancelling all flights it had scheduled for Wednesday to carry fans to Doha for the World Cup semi-final, citing what it said was a decision by Qatari authorities. “Following the latest restrictions imposed by the Qatari authorities, Royal Air Maroc regrets to inform customers … Read more

United Airlines makes big Boeing order, includes 100 787 Dreamliners

United Airlines makes big Boeing order, includes 100 787 Dreamliners

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C./CHICAGO Dec 13 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said Tuesday it is ordering 100 Boeing (BA.N) 787 Dreamliners and 100 737 MAXs as it pushes for post-pandemic growth and replaces older, less-efficient aircraft. The Chicago-based airline’s order for 200 airplanes is worth about $43 billion at list prices and represents a big boost … Read more