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Dublin: 6 °C Tuesday 31 January, 2023

# Flights

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Administration
Scheduled flights cancelled after embattled regional airline Flybe ceases trading
Flybe was previously pushed into administration in March 2020 with the loss of 2,400 jobs as the pandemic destroyed large parts of the travel sector.
This month
January 2023
# FAA
US lifts flight restrictions that grounded thousands of early-morning departures
Flights were delayed or cancelled at multiple locations across the United States, leading to serious disruption.
# Flights
EU members “strongly encouraged” to demand pre-flight Covid tests on passengers from China
China has already vehemently rejected such actions and has warned of ‘countermeasures’ if such policies were to be imposed across the bloc.
Last year
2022
# Prisoner Swap
Zelenskyy calls on Russians to resist mobilisation as major prisoner swap takes place
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has welcomed the exchanges.
The high-profile prisoner swap saw 215 Ukrainian and foreign fighters exchanged — 200 of them for a single person, an ally of Putin.
Ministers in Germany today signalled that the country is ready to take in Russian deserters.
Flights out of Russia to neighbouring countries are now nearly entirely booked and prices have skyrocketed.
Debunked: No, 35km queues of traffic have not formed at the Russia-Finland border
Tom Clonan: Putin has made another strategic blunder but this is a dangerous moment
# London
Heathrow airport cancels flights to reduce noise near queen's funeral procession
More flights are expected to be axed during the queen’s funeral on Monday.
# Dublin Airport
Aer Lingus 'planning for normal operations' today, affected customers can apply for refunds
The airline cancelled over 50 flights at Dublin Airport yesterday.
# Delays
Aer Lingus says Sunday will 'operate as normal' after cancelling 51 flights due to IT error
Thousands of people have been queuing inside and outside Dublin Airport today due to long delays.
# Cancelled
Aer Lingus cancels 12 flights to and from Dublin today over 'spike' in Covid-19 cases
The flights were bound for destinations in Scotland, Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
# Travel
Ryanair announce seven new routes as part of winter schedule
Shannon Airport also announced that it will begin a twice weekly flight to Paris from September.
# Podcast
The Explainer: What’s causing the chaos at Dublin Airport?
Listen to hear travel editor Eoghan Corry explain what’s been causing the recent chaos.
# buy or lease
Buying a new Govt jet under consideration as current plane is 'nearing the end of life'
The Air Corps Learjet was purchased in 2004.
# arrivals and departures
'Strong rebound' in international travel as over 1.4 million people arrive in Ireland in April
A majority of the passengers travelled to Ireland by air, 1,377,100, while just 99,500 came by sea.
# Flying Off
Ryanair complains to European Commission over Polish decision to reduce flights in capital
Up to 80% of air traffic controllers in the Warsaw region have threatened to walk out due to a conflict over wages and safety.
# Invasion
Ryanair suspends Ukrainian flights as country's airspace closes to civilian operators
A number of the country’s airports have reportedly come under attack in the past few hours.
# bomb cyclone
Thousands of flights cancelled as powerful storm slams into eastern US
With blizzard warnings in effect, cities like New York and Boston bore the brunt of the storm.
# ghost flights
Why near-empty 'ghost flights' aren't a major concern for climate campaigners
Misleading headlines about Lufthansa flying thousands of empty planes have been reported in recent weeks.
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# grounded
Aer Lingus cancels handful of European flights due to resourcing challenges
The Irish airline is liaising directly with affected customers.
# Volcano
Canary Island's La Palma airport shuts again due to ashfall from volcano
The volcano has been erupting for almost three weeks.
# Aer Lingus
Cabin crew at Aer Lingus face temporary lay-offs after staff reject structural change proposals
The airline said there will no pay rises for cabin crew members until 2025 at the earliest.
# Afghanistan
First foreigners on commercial flight fly out of Kabul since US pulled out
It represented a breakthrough in the bumpy coordination between the US and the new Taliban leaders.
# Flights
Ryanair says it will not accept boarding passes issued by Kiwi.com
Customers have been told to avoid booking flights via third party agents.
# Flights
10% of new Covid-19 cases now linked to international travel
Advice against travelling overseas for non-essential reasons is to end tomorrow with the rollout of the EU Digital Covid Certificate.
# grounded
'My life savings have been wiped out': Pilots concerned that Covid restrictions could see licences elapse
Many pilots have been laid off due to a lack of international travel during the pandemic.
# stobart air
Stobart Air collapse: Staff 'devastated' after trading ceases with Aer Lingus regional flights cancelled
Stobart Air has ceased trading and is now in the process of appointing a liquidator with 480 airline staff informed of the decision.
Aer Lingus is now communicating to customers to advise them of their options for refund or re-booking.
Trade union Fórsa called on the Government to “wake up to the ongoing crisis in Irish aviation”.
All 480 airline staff have been informed of the decision.
# Eamon Ryan
Transport Minister calls for independent and thorough investigation into flight diverted to Belarus
Eamon Ryan told the International Transport Forum (ITF) that a thorough investigation into the incident is needed.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you go on a holiday abroad this year?
The EU’s ‘digital green cert’ is set to be in place by June.
# Travel
Portugal to start allowing tourists from most European countries
Travellers from European Union countries with coronavirus rates below 500 cases per 100,000 residents can visit Portugal from Monday.
# Your Say
Poll: Should travel restrictions between Ireland and the UK be lifted?
The vaccination programme is ramping up but easing restrictions too early could lead to another wave of Covid-19.
# Flights
Boeing calls for grounding of some 777s and UK bans them from its airspace after Denver engine fire
The order follows the failure of a Boeing 777 over Denver on Saturday.
# 737 max
Boeing 737 Max cleared to resume flying in Europe from next week
The 737 Max returned to the skies in the United States last month.
# Air Travel
Ryanair to operate ‘few, if any' flights to and from Ireland and UK from 21 January
The airline expects to carry under 1.25 million passengers this month.
# 737 max
Boeing 737 MAX returns to US skies for first time in almost two years with American Airlines flight
The return comes after the Federal Aviation Administration in late November cleared the jet to fly again.
# New Strain
Eamon Ryan says Ireland will work with UK 'on what comes next' after 48-hour suspension of transport
The Green Party leader also said increased restrictions will come into effect in Ireland “sooner than was originally planned”.
# travel restrictions
Here's the advice so far for those who were due to travel from Britain to Ireland
New restrictions will come into effect at midnight and will remain in place for an initial period of 48 hours before being reviewed.
# Travel
Union calls for government assistance for workers after Ryanair regional flight suspension
Ryanair will halt all flights from Irish regional airports between 14 November and 12 December.
# EU
Government plan on international travel to be published by 13 October, says transport minister
Eamon Ryan said that the government was also looking at the issue of airport testing.
# Flights
Ryanair tells staff it may close Cork and Shannon bases this winter due to government restrictions
CEO Eddie Wilson wrote a memo to Ryanair crew at the two airports today.
# Travel
Dublin Airport plans to introduce paid drop-off and pick-up zones after pandemic
Toll booths would be installed as part of the new system, with a free option available in one of the long-term car parks.
# Flights
Parties agree to accelerated hearing of Ryanair's challenge against travel restrictions
Ryanair claims that the Covid-19 restrictions are unlawful.
# Flights
Ryanair says it is trying to speed up processing customer refunds from March to June
Pilots at the airline have accepted a 20% pay cut to “minimise job losses”.