India’s debt-stricken Jet Airways has announced the suspension of all operations after failing to secure emergency funding from lenders. The carrier, saddled with roughly $1.2bn of bank debt, has been teetering for weeks after failing to receive a stopgap loan of about $217m from its lenders as part of a rescue deal agreed in late March. Without the funding, the airline would not be able to pay for fuel or other critical services to keep operations going. The company, which until November was India’s second-biggest airline by market share, employs more than 20,000 people.
Iceland’s low cost carrier Wow Air has canceled all flights and told passengers to book with other airlines. Its website has a travel alert that begins: “Wow Air has ceased operation. All Wow Air flights have been canceled.” The alert said people who wanted to travel should now look for “so-called rescue fares” which may now be offered by rival airlines. A fall in tourist visits to Iceland and rising fuel costs had been cited as headwinds to profitability. The airline had also suffered poor customer reviews and was particularly criticized over recurring delays.
Delta Airlines announced on Monday they plan to ban emotional support animals from flights longer than 8 hours and all service and support animals under 4 months of age. Delta says the rise in passengers flying with support animals has led to biting and cabin destruction. Full measures will go into effect starting in February.
Six employees were fired from Ryanair after they allegedly staged photos of themselves sleeping on the floor of Malaga Airport in Spain when weather issues forced them to stay overnight. Ryanair later released footage of the employees getting into position for the photos. The airline said the crew’s behavior ‘damaged their employer’s reputation.’
Human remains were found in the wreckage of the Horizon Air plane that crashed on Friday after being stolen and flown by an airport worker. The 29-year-old worker Richard Russell acted alone and was thought to be suicidal. No one else was believed to be on the plane. The crash raises airport security concerns.
The engine of a Southwest Airlines plane flying from New York to Dallas exploded in midair on Tuesday killing one woman and injuring seven others. This incident marked the first time since 2009 a passenger died on a US airline. The National Transport Safety Board said one of the engine’s 24 fan blades was missing.
Pilot Tammy Jo Schults is being called an ‘American hero’ with ‘nerves of steel’ after she completed an emergency landing of a Southwest Airlines flight where one engine exploded on Tuesday. Captain Shults was one of the first female pilots in the US Navy. Southwest Airlines announced they will be expediting their engine inspection program.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has pointed the Federal Aviation Administration to “adequately address” a petition pertaining to the increasing shrinkage of flight seat size. Safety concerns have been brought up with the petition, such as difficulty for passengers to evacuate what with such a cramped area. The petition was filed by Flyers Rights, a consumer advocacy in 2015.
On Saturday after a long delay waiting at the Côte d’Azur International Airport in southern France, customers of Easyjet were asking attendants when their flight was going to be ready when an attendant punched a customer in the face. The customer in question was holding a baby. Many took photos of the altercation, with one image going viral on twitter showing the moment of the punch. Easyjet made a statement saying the attendant was not an employee of their company but of the airport.