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Festive Party theme time in Portsmouth

The Maritime city of Portsmouth in southern England is fast becoming a cruise ship passenger and general visitors attraction. The 170 metre tall Spinnaker Tower is the icon of the city these days and only recently visitors overlooking the historical Portsmouth harbour and Solent, caught an unexpected glimpse of the world's largest cruise ship "Oasis of the Seas" passing by.

In the next few days the city is celebrating a Victorian Festival of Christmas, which was a highlight of feature at the WTM event in London recently.

The celebration will occur on November 27th until November 29th with a Dickensian theme of snowy white streets, a festive fairground and seasonal carols.

In a Christmas and outdoor continental market, guests can expect a variety of activities throughout the dockyard including a parlour athletic competition, Punch and Judy shows, a bawdy music hall, a nativity farm and a classical "green" Santa.

Also featured are characters such as Queen Victor…

The great German airfare price hike!

In these challenging financial times, The German Aviation Authorities rang alarm bells in the European Aviation world last week by ordering the UAE carrier Emirates to raise their fares for the German market, whilst threatening fines starting at Euros 25,000 for non-compliance.
This seemingly badly timed move has occurred at a crucial moment, as frequent German travellers discover the potential to save in some cases thousands of Euros, by taking advantage of long-haul flights with indirect (plane change required) as opposed to direct (direct to destination) or non-stop carriers.  Such savings are more even appealing when flying business class.
At Perpetual Traveller we find it incredible that the German Aviation policy appears to actually force a reputable international carrier to increase fares if it is seen to be less expensive than Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners.  We understand that a letter sent by the president of The Federal Office for Goods Transport, indicates to sen…

Iran Stages Nuclear Facility War Games

Iran on Sunday launched five days of war games aimed at displaying the country's ability to retaliate against and defend its nuclear facilities from aerial attacks.

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By Planet Data

Russia Launches New Military Satellite

A spokesperson from Russia's Space Forces told RIA Novosti that a Soyuz-U carrier rocket with a Cosmos-series military satellite was successfully launched into orbit on Friday (11/20).

The Cosmos 2455 satellite could be part of Russia's early warning system or a reconnaissance satellite.

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Jet Overshoots Runway in Eastern Congo, 20 Injured

On Thursday, a passenger plane carrying 117 people overran a runway while landing in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Boeing MD-82 aircraft operated by Congolese carrier Compagnie Africaine d'Aviation (CAA) struck a patch of hardened lava at the end of the runway. At least 20 people suffered injuries.

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Guatemala Seizes Large Shipment of Meth Ingredient

Guatemalan anti-drug agents confiscated their third major illegal shipment of pseudoephedrine this month at the La Aurora International Airport, when on Wednesday, 400,000 tablets of the drug were discovered in warehouses belonging to airfreight company Combex-IM Express Aereo. Police say the crystal meth ingredient was transported from Bangladesh.

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TSA Names New FSD for Three Tennessee Airports

"The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) named Stephen N. Wood federal security director for McGhee Tyson (TYS), Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA), and Tri-Cities Regional (TRI) airports in Tennessee."

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Feds Want Limits on Companies Hiring Ex-FAA Inspectors

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to strengthen the rule governing what types of positions former FAA employees can hold at airlines and other operators after leaving the FAA.
According to an FAA statement, "the proposed rule would prohibit air carriers, flight schools, repair stations and other certificated organizations from employing or contracting with former FAA inspectors and managers to represent them in agency matters if the former employee had any direct oversight of the certificate holder in the preceding two years. This rule also would apply to anyone who owns or manages a fractional ownership program aircraft."

The FAA is asking for public comments until February 19, 2010. The text of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is available on the Federal Register website here (100 KB PDF).

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NEW LARNACA AIRPORTS OPENS

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THE NEW €656.3 million LarnacaInternationalAirport is openfor business after being inaugurated by President Demetris Christofias yester­day. Operations will officially begin on Tuesday.
Christofias was joined by his wife Elsi and Hermes Airport Ltd's founder and Chairman Nicolas Shacolas, as well as a number of officials, includ­ing French Minister of State for European Affairs Pierre Lellouche, Communications Minister Nicos Nicolaides and EU Commissioner Androller Vassiliou. 
A musical performance by the Police Philharmonic Band was followed by a bless­ing from Archbishop Chrysostomos II and more musical events, before the speeches. The invitation-only event wrapped up with a dancetheatre performance, fol­lowed by a cocktail recep­tion courtesy of Cyprus Air­ways.
Arriving at the airport, both the President and Elsi expressed their "pride" over the new building. Asked whether he would be en­tering with his right foot, left-wing Christofias joked, "I'll be entering…

Google's WiFi Gift for Holiday Air Travelers

Google on Tuesday announced that it is providing access to free WiFi at 47 U.S. airports now through January 10, 2010.
According Google's FAQ about the offer, the search giant is "working with Boingo, Advanced Wireless Group, Time Warner Cable, Electronic Media Systems, Lilypad as well as numerous airports that provide wireless services themselves." For more information about the offer and which airports are participating visit Google's www.freeholidaywifi.com.
And remember if you are traveling by air during the holidays, Google has partnered with Virgin America to offer free WiFi on its flights until January 15, 2010.

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By Planet data

United Airlines Pilot Arrested for Being "Drunk" at Heathrow

A 51-year-old United Airlines pilot who was to captain a flight from London's Heathrow Airport to Chicago was arrested Monday after allegedly failing a breathalyzer test for alcohol.

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Plane Skids Off Mumbai Runway

A Kingfisher Airlines turboprop ATR-72 airplane skidded off the runway Tuesday evening while landing at Mumbai airport. The plane had flown on a domestic route from Bhavnagar. Read more By Planet data

FAA Announces Digital NOTAM Testing Plan

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday (11/10) announced plans to test digital distribution of Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs) to air traffic control facilities beginning in January 2010. According to the FAA, Southern California TRACON, Denver ATCT, Amarillo ATCT, Tallahassee ATCT, Las Vegas ATCT and Boise ATCT will serve as the test sites.

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By Planet data

Delta Jet Grounded Due to Mouse Sighting

A Delta Air Lines flight at Kennedy International Airport bound for London Heathrow Airport was delayed and the passengers were switched to another plane Sunday night after someone reported...a mouse in the cabin.

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Jet Engine Part Falls Into Long Island Yard

Last Thursday (11/05) night, the tail cone from a commercial jet engine fell into the front yard of a home in Long Island, New York.
Delta Flight 799 had just taken off from JFK International Airport in Queens en route to Tokyo when the part fell off in mid-air. The pilots had no idea anything was amiss until the plane landed in Tokyo.


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Delta Jet Grounded Due to Mouse Sighting

A Delta Air Lines flight at Kennedy International Airport bound for London Heathrow Airport was delayed and the passengers were switched to another plane Sunday night after someone reported...a mouse in the cabin."

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Jet Engine Part Falls Into Long Island Yard

Last Thursday (11/05) night, the tail cone from a commercial jet engine fell into the front yard of a home in Long Island, New York.
Delta Flight 799 had just taken off from JFK International Airport in Queens en route to Tokyo when the part fell off in mid-air. The pilots had no idea anything was amiss until the plane landed in Tokyo.
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By Planet data

Israelis to Get Rocket Attack Warnings Delivered to Cell Phones

he Jerusalem Post has learned that within the next two years, the Israel Defense Force's Home Front Command "will install a rocket alert system...that will be able to calculate the precise location of an impact zone, and alert residents in an affected neighborhood via their cell phones.

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By Planet data

British Airways Cutting 4,900 Jobs

The Times reports British Airways said on Friday that it plans to cut 4,900 jobs or nearly 12% of its workforce by next March.

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CBP Opens New Aviation Facility in Southern California

This past week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air Marine officially dedicated its new aviation facility that opened on October 29th in Pine Valley, California.
CBP says the new installation, "includes landing space for CBP helicopters, administrative space, and provides a new launching point further to the east in California for aircraft in CBP's San Diego Air and Marine branch."

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NTSB, FAA Probe High-Altitude Bird Strikes Over Arizona

US Federal teams are investigating two high-altitude in-flight bird strikes earlier this week in central Arizona.

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2 wrongs do not make a right for Italian Aviation

Now that Alitalia and Air One effectively have the same owner "CAI" clear signs of a merging of operations are beginning to materialise. In the first instance a consolidation of flight routes took place, which in reality for the business and frequent traveller meant considerably less options and frequency.

The void in terms of lack of air routes is being gracefully filled by Ireland's Ryanair and Britain's easyjet who collectively dominate Italian Skies in regional airports and both are enjoying a steady rise in passenger numbers. Blu-Express, Air Italy and other relatively new airlines on the block are also taking advantage of the Air One Alitalia fiasco.

Having travelled to Naples, Genoa and Rome recently there are also indications of a streamlining of operations, however the situation is somewhat confusing. For example some flights are operated by Air One, however they possess and Alitalia air Crew and the exact reverse is occasional occurring also. In some region…

GATWICK AIRPORT SOLD FOR A LOSS

Maybe its a sign of the Times or simply a bad moment for the Spanish giant Grupo Ferrovial, who have been under official pressure to reduce their dominance in UK airports. Running out of credible options Grupo Ferrovial agreed to sell London Gatwick (LGW) airport for a lower than expected £1.51 billion GBP to a consortium featuring General Electric and Credit Suisse.

Officials at Ferrovial stated that they expected to endure a capital loss on the deal of around 125,000 million against its consolidated earnings following the sale.

This news comes a mere 3 years since Ferrovial paid 10.1 billion for BAA overall, which at the time operated 7 British airports in addition to international operations.

London Gatwick has been on sale for a year now following indications from the UK authorities that the Company should reduce their UK airports portfolio. Nevertheless BAA is still appealing a UK Competition Commission ruling ordering it to sell minimum 3 airports.

London Gatwick is the second …

New Larnaka Airport to Open on November 10th 2009

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Hermes Airports Ltd assumed management and control of Larnaka International Airport on 12 May 2006,
under a 25 year BOT (Build-Operate- Transfer) concession agreement with the Republic of Cyprus. Phase 1 of it’s development plan for Larnaka International Airport, sees it completion with the opening scheduled for November 10th.

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Amazon Indians Find Survivors from Missing Plane

On Friday, the Matis, a tribe of indigenous people, found 9 survivors of a Brazilian air force plane that made an emergency landing in the Amazon rain forest. The plane, which was carrying 4 crew and 7 health workers on a mission to vaccinate Indians, lost contact with air traffic controllers early Thursday. Of the two other people aboard the aircraft, one is presumed dead and the other is still missing.
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By Planet Data

What the FAA Wants Pilots to Know About Winter Flying

On its website, the Federal Aviation Administration has a post directing pilots to its November/December 2009 issue of FAA Aviation News which is focused on "winter flying safety, including icing avoidance strategies, safe operations on icy runways, snow/frost contamination, and more."
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By Planet Data

Colombia Signs Deal to Allow U.S. Access to Military Bases

The United States and Colombia officially signed an accord Friday that will give the U.S. access to seven Colombian military bases for anti-terrorism and counter-narcotics operations. While the Colombian Congress does not have to approve the deal, on the American side Congress must ratify it.
The deal with Colombia is especially important for U.S. counter-narcotics operations since Ecuador refused to allow the U.S. renew its lease on the Manta Air Base.

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By Planet Data

Maoists Threaten Kathmandu Airport Protests

Maoist rebels have said that they will institute a blockade of the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu if their demands are not met by Sunday, November 1.
The rebels have also called on all international air carriers to cancel all flights to and from Kathmandu on November 10, in a "token sacrifice for democracy."

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By Planet Data

New Cape Town Terminal to Open Nov. 7

Cape Town International Airport's new Terminal 2010 is set to open next Saturday (11/7), and in preparation for the big day, it seems that every aspect of the building's infrastructure is going to be tested and retested so that there are no glitches when the doors open. For more on the "dry runs" and "mass simulations" check out this article from the Cape Argus.
One element of particular concern is the baggage sorting and handling system. It is the same one that failed miserably last year when London Heathrow's Terminal 5 opened.

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By Planet Data 

Coast Guard Plane and Marine Helicopter Collide in Midair

Thursday (10/29) evening a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane collided with an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter, from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing off the coast east of San Clemente Island, California.
The Coast Guard and Navy are now searching for the 9 people who were in the two aircraft.

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By Planet Data