Category Archives: Airports

Hear it first from Rainbow Travel: Vancouver Airport recently launched Automated Passport Control (APC)

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Hear it first from Rainbow Travel:

Vancouver Airport recently launched Automated Passport Control (APC) giving US passport holders options for streamlining their airport travel experience, while pre clearing US Customs at YVR Airport.

YVR Airport is the first Canadian airport to launch with US Customs and Border Protection Automated Passport Control that gives passengers tangible options to use technology to expedite the US pre-clearance process.

Canadian passport holders are looking forward to this process being made available to them.

For more information please click on the link below:

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/passport+control+system+expected+reduce+delays/8351249/story.html

Thanks to The Vancouver Sun for this information

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Beatle City, Liverpool gets new link to Cyprus

#Beatle City, #Liverpool gets new link to Larnaca, Cyprus, welcome to John Lennon Airport- Larnaca. http://ow.ly/mFSha

Rainbow Travel is always looking for way

Rainbow Travel is always looking for ways to make our clients flying experience easy, thanks Frommers. http://ow.ly/bbg7Z

Rainbow Travel Blog 7thMay10

Important Air Canada Information.

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Air Canada’s check-in for flights within Canada at Vancouver International Airport has temporarily been moved to the international terminal due to maintenance of the baggage system in the domestic terminal. This change will be in effect until May 22, 2010.

Visa introduces World Cup Visitors Guide.

 

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Visa has created an easy-reference travel guide that aims to give visitors the insight they need into South Africa to ensure that they are as well informed as possible.

Developed with the help of local experts from South Africa, the Visitors Guide: South Africa contains information on must-see heritage sites, museums, safari parks and other attractions as well as insight on local shopping and dining hot spots.

The guide offers information such as a football glossary and World Cup schedule, a list of qualified teams and helpful money and payment card tips.

Special merchant offers for Visa cardholders such as discounts at heritage sites, museums, parks and other attractions throughout South Africa are also included – designated by a small blue Visa card throughout the guide.

“We want to make sure people attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ have a memorable experience, so for fans travelling to South Africa we created this easy reference travel guide to help answer questions about the area and help them prepare for their trip,” said Antonio Lucio, Chief Marketing Officer of Visa Inc.

“To ensure any trip is a success, travellers must prepare in advance, especially when it comes to their money. When travelling internationally, it’s important to know what payment cards are accepted, the best way to exchange your money for local currency and what to do in an emergency.”

To view an interactive version of the Visa Visitor Guide, visit www.visa.com/fifavisitortravelguide

China: Update to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

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Enhanced security measures have been implemented in Shanghai for the World Expo 2010 which is taking place from May 1, to October 31, 2010. Travellers should expect an increased police presence and numerous check points which are likely to cause severe traffic disruptions.

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That Ash Cloud Just Won’t Go Away.

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Irish Airport Chaos

Just when you thought things had nearly got back to normal, hundreds of flights were cancelled over the last 24 hours, causing travel misery for thousands, after airlines had to scrap all services to and from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The restrictions also prevented flights to and from Tiree, Barra, Benbecula and Islay in the Hebrides, and Campbeltown in Argyll in mainland Scotland.

Budget airlines Ryanair and easyJet were among those forced to cancel flights.

Even the effects on the imminent  British Elections are not spared the disruption. Tory leader David Cameron was among those affected, having to delay a campaigning visit to Northern Ireland due to the restrictions.

Flights from continental Europe were not affected by the ash cloud. Neither were transatlantic services which pass over Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The re opening of the airports could prove short-lived, however, with forecasters predicting more ash from the Icelandic volcano will blow down over the country later this week.

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Ash Alert: Updated airline advisories Friday 23rdApril2010

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Ash Alert: Updated airline advisories.

Air Canada advises that it plans to operate a full schedule of 40 flights from Canadian cities and the following destinations in Europe: London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Rome, as well as Tel Aviv. Some airspace restrictions continue to be in place as a result of the spread of volcanic ash over Europe due to volcanic activity in Iceland. Operating schedules remain subject to change. Go to http://www.aircanada.com for updates or call 1-888-422-7533.

Air Transat Reports that all flights are back on schedule.

British Airways  Reports all flights are operating on schedule. BA have a customer webform for stranded pax. In an effort to repatriate passengers as soon as possible, British Airways has introduced a new webform on ba.com.
The webform requires passengers who are still trying to get to their original destination and who have not yet rebooked or cancelled flights, to provide the airline with details that will assist in prioritising its flight schedule.

Information submitted through the form will be used to understand where passengers are and also which areas the airline need to prioritize for extra flights or larger aircraft.  Passengers are urged to use the form if they are unable to get availability for flights.

Take note:
*The airline will not be able to contact passengers directly who use the form
*Once forms are completed a pop-up confirmation will show
*Passengers should continue to check ba.com for the latest information

KLM will operate all scheduled intercontinental destinations, and most of the European network, except a few early departures from United Kingdom and Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Go to http://www.klm.com for more information.

Lufthansa Resumed normal operations on Thursday, April 22.

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UK AIRSPACE RE-OPENS

Runway UK Re Open's Skies

Runway UK Re Open's Skies

UK AIRSPACE RE-OPENS

Flights from UK airports will be able to resume from 22.00 this evening BST.

Much of the UK airspace will re-open in phases, the Department for Transport said.

“Most of the skies over the UK has been closed to commercial airliners due to the volcanic ash plume over the UK.

“There will continue to be some ‘no fly zones’ where concentrations of ash are at levels unsafe for flights to take place, but these will be very much smaller than the present restrictions.”

The Civil Aviation Authority made the ruling to lift restrictions following increasing pressure from airlines.

The CAA will continue to monitor the situation with tests both in the air and on the ground.

“It will take time for flights to settle down to normal timetables. If you are hoping to travel, you should contact your airline before travelling to the airport,” the DoT said.

There will continue to be some ‘no fly zones’ where concentrations of ash are at levels unsafe for flights to take place, but very much smaller than the present restrictions, according to the CAA.

The Met Office advice is that ‘no fly zones’ do not currently cover the UK.

“Making sure that air travellers can fly safely is the CAA’s overriding priority,” the authority said in lifting the ban after five days.

“The CAA has drawn together many of the world’s top aviation engineers and experts to find a way to tackle this immense challenge, unknown in the UK and Europe in living memory.

“Current international procedures recommend avoiding volcano ash at all times. In this case owing to the magnitude of the ash cloud, its position over Europe and the static weather conditions most of the EU airspace had to close and aircraft could not be physically routed around the problem area as there was no space to do so. We had to ensure, in a situation without precedent, that decisions made were based on a thorough gathering of data and analysis by experts.

“This evidence based approach helped to validate a new standard that is now being adopted across Europe.

“The major barrier to resuming flight has been understanding tolerance levels of aircraft to ash. Manufacturers have now agreed increased tolerance levels in low ash density areas.”

“Our way forward is based on international data and evidence from previous volcanic ash incidents, new data collected from test flights and additional analysis from manufacturers over the past few days. It is a conservative model allowing a significant buffer on top of the level the experts feel may pose a risk.”

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Ash Cloud Permits Some European Flights To Resume.

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland, April 20  – A new ash cloud spewed from a volcano in Iceland forced Britain to ground flights and operate a nearly flight-free zone Tuesday.

Limited air services began operating in Scotland and Newcastle, but aviation officials scrapped plans to reopen the rest of Britain’s airspace as a new ash cloud moved toward the country, The Times of London reported.

“The situation regarding the volcanic eruption in Iceland remains dynamic and the latest information from the Met Office shows that the situation today will continue to be variable,” Britain’s National Air Traffic Systems said in a statement.

Eurocontrol, Europe’s air regulation agency, expected as many as 60 percent of flights to be allowed Tuesday but while many flights remain grounded, some planes took off from Paris, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Frankfurt. Air traffic controllers said more than 10,000 of Europe’s 27,500 daily flights were scheduled to fly.

To address the situation created by volcanic ash drifting over Europe from Iceland, the European Union transport ministers created three levels of airspace: a no-fly area, a limited service zone and an open skies area after receiving criticism from the world’s airlines who say that it was safe to fly days ago.

In Spain, where all airports were open, the government offered European countries use of its airports to get passengers moving again.

The International Air Transport Association pegged losses at more than $1 billion since most of Europe’s airspace closed last week because of the volcano.

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Breaking News Ash Cloud, Which Airports Are Open So Far?

EU airport status: flights remain interrupted 06h00 EST

THE National Air Traffic Service’s (NATS) latest statement on the Icelandic volcanic eruption – based on the latest information from the Met Office, advises that the current restrictions across UK controlled airspace remain in place until 01h00 (local time) on Tuesday, April 20.

Conditions around the movement of the layers of the volcanic ash cloud over the UK remain dynamic.

Reuters released a list of affected airports as for 20h00 GMT(Greenwich Mean Time) and their airspace status:
AUSTRIA – Airports expected to reopen 04h00 GMT Monday.
BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 18h00 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines, has cancelled all flights until Monday.
BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 01h00 GMT Tuesday. British Airways cancels all Monday flights.
BULGARIA – Sofia and Plovdiv airports open as of 11h00 GMT Sunday. Other airports closed. Transit flights permitted at 8 000m altitude.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace closed until at least 10h00 GMT Monday.
DENMARK – Airspace closed until 12h00 GMT Monday.
ESTONIA – Airspace closed until 12h00 GMT Monday.
FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 15h00 GMT Monday.
FRANCE – Bordeaux, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and several other southwest airports will remain open until at least 13h00 GMT Monday. Airports north of Nice-Bordeaux line remain closed at least until Tuesday morning. Air France said a test flight from Paris to Toulouse on Sunday had ended without problems; tests continuing.
GERMANY – International airports shut until 12h00 GMT Monday. Temporary opening permission to Berlin’s Tegel (TXL) and Schoenefeld (SXF) airports to end at 22h00 GMT.
HUNGARY – Airspace to remain closed until at least 10h00 GMT Monday, although some flights at the discretion of traffic control may be allowed to take off or land.
IRELAND – Airspace closed until at least 12h00 GMT on Monday. Ryanair cancelled all flights to and from northern Europe until at least mid-Wednesday. Aer Lingus cancelled all flights Monday.
ITALY – Northern airspace to reopen from 05h00 GMT Monday.
LATVIA – Airspace closed until 06h00 GMT Monday.
LITHUANIA – Lithuania airspace is now open, Vilnius Airport said on its website on Sunday.
LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg airport closed until at least 16h00 GMT Sunday.
NETHERLANDS – Airspace shut until at least 06h00 GMT Monday.
NORWAY – Main airport, Oslo Gardermoen, opened for take-offs, but so far no landings. Airspace opened for some traffic north of Bergen, with some northern areas still closed.
POLAND – Six Polish airports, including Warsaw, reopened for commercial flights.
ROMANIA – Airspace closed until at least 09h00 GMT Monday.
RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.
SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 13h00 GMT on Friday.
SLOVENIA – Airspace was opened around 18h00 GMT Sunday and will stay open until at least 04h00 GMT Monday, national news agency STA cited Traffic Ministry as saying. However, the ministry expects it to be closed again because of more ash reaching Slovenia around 06h00 GMT, STA said.
SPAIN – The 17 airports closed on Sunday morning by the Spanish airport authorities now open.
SWEDEN – Airport authority has opened airspace north of 62 degrees latitude, about 250 km north of Stockholm. The rest remains closed into Monday. SAS said most of its flights on April 18 and 19 had been cancelled.
SWITZERLAND – Main carrier Swiss says cancelled all European flights from and to Switzerland until Monday, 18h00 GMT. Swiss also says cancelled all intercontinental flights from Switzerland for all of Monday.
TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 20,000 feet (6 km).
UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.

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Ash cloud: Scottish airports May open tomorrow?

Ash cloud: Scottish airports to open tomorrow

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Sabre Flight Explorer map above shows the extent of the ash cloud, in red, over Europe at 7pm last night.Straight blue lines show flight routes being used, with A and B being the only two in or out of northern Europe, which are being used only for test flights.The aircraft symbols show the aircraft flying at the time. Blue arrows show the high altitude jet streams

Airports in Scotland will open from 7am tomorrow and England and Wales could follow later in the day.

National Air Traffic Control Service said the volcanic eruption in Iceland had reduced and the volcano was no longer emitting ash at altitudes that would affect the UK.

“Assuming there are no further significant ash emissions we are now looking at a continuously improving situation,” it said.

Nats said restrictions across the UK would remain until 7am on Tuesday, but from that time Scottish airspace would open down to a line between Teeside and Blackpool.

It added that there was a chance restrictions to airspace above England and Wales could also be lifted tomorrow.

“This is a dynamic and changing situation and is therefore difficult to forecast beyond 07.00 local time; however, the latest Met Office advice is that the contaminated area will continue to move south with the possibility that restrictions to airspace above England and Wales, including the London area, may be lifted later tomorrow,” it said.

The latest update is due at 9pm tonight (BST).

BAA, the UK’s largest airport operator, reacted cautiously: “The decision to lift airspace restrictions will be taken by others, and as things stand all flights remain suspended,” it said in a statement.

“When airports do open for business, we will continue to strongly advise passengers that they must check the status of their flight with airlines before travelling to airports. We appreciate the continued patience of our passengers at this difficult time.”

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