August 19, 2016 |
American Airlines, with a hub in Philadelphia, ranked last in on-time flight arrivals among 12 U.S. airlines in June, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics latest monthly report. Only 72.4 percent of American flights arrived on time in June. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rate with 91.1 percent of flights on time. Overall, U.S. airlines were on time 78 percent of the time. Flights at Philadelphia International Airport, for all carriers, arrived on time 76.1 percent of the time.
August 11, 2016 |
American Airlines said Tuesday that passengers on many U.S. flights can now watch free movies and TV shows, listen to music and play games in the main coach cabin at no charge. More than 850 American aircraft now have the free in-seat, wireless entertainment systems. An additional 300 planes will be getting the seat-back systems, and next year all American planes will be equipped with the free inflight programming for domestic flights. American operates a hub and 425 daily flights in Philadelphia.
August 10, 2016 |
Delta Air Lines grounded flights worldwide for nearly six hours Monday, snarling flights for hundreds of thousands during the busy summer travel season because of an equipment problem. Shortly before 9 a.m., Delta said the ground stop was lifted, and limited departures were resuming, but delays and cancellations would continue. As of 1:30 p.m., Delta said it had canceled 451 flights due to a power outage, while operating about 1,679 of its nearly 6,000 scheduled for Monday. At Philadelphia International Airport, Steven Bowles, of Allentown, arrived at 7:45 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. Delta flight.
July 30, 2016 |
Friday will be one of the busiest travel days of the year at Philadelphia International Airport, when most DNC delegates and visitors will be heading home. The airlines, Philadelphia airport, and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) say they will have extra staff on hand to answer questions, handle security screening, and get travelers to their gates. TSA offered travel tips Thursday for airline passengers departing the Democratic National Convention : arrive at least two hours before domestic flights and three hours ahead of international flights and allow extra time for traffic, parking, rental car returns, and airline check-in.
July 27, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines said Monday it will begin nonstop flights from Philadelphia International Airport and from Trenton-Mercer Airport to Punta Gorda, Fla. in the fall. Frontier will fly from Philadelphia International to Punta Gorda at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday starting Oct. 30. The return flight to Philadelphia will depart at 8:10 p.m. Frontier will fly from Trenton airport in Ewing Township to Punta Gorda at 6 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday beginning Oct. 31. The return Trenton flight will depart Florida at 10:15 a.m. The service will be year-around in Trenton and for the winter season in Philadelphia.
July 23, 2016 |
Passengers on American Airlines Flight 1822 headed to Philadelphia were forced to evacuate Thursday afternoon while on the taxiway at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida due to a "maintenance issue," American said. The Airbus 320 with 133 passengers and five crew evacuated the aircraft on the tarmac, using emergency slides, about 3:30 p.m. Fourteen passengers and three flight attendants sustained minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals, American spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said.
July 14, 2016 |
Frontier Airlines will discontinue 10 seasonal routes from Philadelphia International Airport at the end of October. Denver-based Frontier, which added flights to new cities from Philadelphia this spring, will drop nonstop flights in the winter season to Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, Ohio; Chicago; Nashville, Tenn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City, Mo.; Milwaukee; San Antonio, Texas; and St. Augustine, Fla., at the end of October. Remaining will be Frontier's flights from Philadelphia to 10 other cities: Austin, Texas; Denver; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Cancun, Mexico; Miami, Orlando, and Tampa, Fla.; New Orleans; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
July 13, 2016
A 46-year-old volunteer firefighter died after falling from a helicopter during a training exercise in lower Delaware, police said. The accident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown during a training exercise with the Delaware State Police Aviation Unit and the Delaware Air Rescue Team. The firefighter was among four people in the helicopter when he stepped onto a skid and fell to the ground, police said. Authorities on Tuesday morning identified the firefighter as Tim McClanahan, of Lewes.
July 9, 2016 |
American Airlines and seven other U.S. carriers won tentative government approval Thursday to fly nonstop to Havana, the Cuban capital. American will operate five daily flights -- four from Miami and one from Charlotte, N.C. Philadelphia travelers flying on American, which operates 433 daily flights and a hub here, will be able to connect through Miami or Charlotte to Havana. American said the Havana flights will go on sale later this month after the U.S. Transportation Department issues its final decision, with commercial service to begin in November.
July 1, 2016
A mechanical fire before takeoff delayed an American Airlines flight Wednesday morning bound for Philadelphia from Seattle, a company spokesperson said. The Port of Seattle Fire Department responded after flames were reported in an auxiliary power unit in the rear of the Airbus A320. The plane, which had 151 passengers and six crew, was able to taxi back to the gate after being cleared by fire officials. No injuries were reported. The plane was replaced and the flight arrived at Philadelphia International Airport shortly after 8 p.m. "We apologize to our passengers for the inconvenience," the airline said in a statement.