For the second time in two months, tens of thousands of passengers hoping to fly to and from Stansted over a bank holiday weekend face having their travel plans wrecked. Fuelling problems thought to be related to the overnight thunderstorms and lightning strikes mean that most of the first wave of flights, which normally start just before 6am, have not departed. More than 50 flights due out before 8am were still on the ground at 9am, representing more than 8,000 passengers. The majority are on Ryanair, which its by far the biggest operator at Stansted — its main base. Read more Plane carrying Irish voters home struck by jet on Stansted runway Inbound aircraft were ordered to divert because there was no room on stands at Stansted. By 9am Ryanair had started cancelling flights, mostly the return legs of aircraft that had been diverted. Departures to Barcelona, Bratislava, Cork, Dublin and Pisa are grounded. The day was expected to be especially busy with Irish citizens … [Read more...] about Stansted delays: Thousands of passengers’ flights cancelled as lightning strikes spark bank holiday chaos at airport
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One of Britain’s most-wanted men has been arrested in Spain under a European Arrest Warrant. Jamie Acourt was arrested in Barcelona in relation with a Metropolitan Police investigation into drug dealing, the force said. “Extradition proceedings now await,” it added. Acourt is due to appear in court in Madrid early next week. Armed officers detained Acourt, 41, of south London, after he left the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia Gym on Friday afternoon, an National Crime Agency (NCA) statement said. The Spanish National Police were also involved in the arrest. UK news in pictures 50 show all UK news in pictures 1/50 Prime Minister Theresa May with her supporters during a visit to Wandsworth Town Hall, where the Conservative Party retained control of Wandsworth Council in the local elections. Getty 2/50 Jeremy Corbyn outside a polling station in Islington after voting in the local elections. Rex 3/50 A memorial to George Michael outside his … [Read more...] about Jamie Acourt: One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives arrested in Barcelona
The moment that an Air Canada jet narrowly missed four planes on the runway as it came in to land at San Francisco airport was captured on camera. Newly released footage from the US National Transportation Safety Board shows Flight 759 descending towards the other aircraft which were waiting for take off clearance. The incident took place on 7 July 2017 but the footage was made public in a series of documents released as part of its investigation into the incident. Read more US 'not reducing troops in S Korea despite talks with Kim' US economy produces fewer jobs and smaller wage rises than expected First woman Afghan military pilot wins US asylum after fleeing Taliban Severe weather warnings for millions as tornadoes cross Oklahoma According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Air Canada airliner was given clearance to land in San Francisco airport but the … [Read more...] about Air Canada plane narrowly missing landing on taxiway at San Francisco airport
France is currently embroiled in a series of travel strikes that threaten to bring the country to its knees. Emmanuel Macron's government is facing a "spring of discontent" 50 years on from the famous protests of May 1968, as parallel disputes involving the country's key transport players conspire to create nightmarish conditions. An effigy of the young president, in power for less than a year, has already been set ablaze in Nantes at a time when Mr Macron is preoccupied with events in Syria. His approval rating has meanwhile dropped from 57 per cent to 40 per cent since his inauguration. Read more French strikes: Air France and SNCF are pitched against liberté Just 11 per cent of France's workforce is unionised, among the lowest in the EU, but its trade bodies retain powerful voices and are not afraid to risk public ire to defend their rights. Why are French railway workers on strike? The country's railway workers are engaged in industrial action over … [Read more...] about Why is France’s transport network mired in strikes and what does it mean for British travellers?
Tornadoes caused disruption to flights in Florida as severe weather passed through the state. Two twisters were seen in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday afternoon, local media reported. Greg Meyer, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told 10 News that one tornado touched down in the site’s north-western area at about 4.30pm. It damaged a private jet, shut down a runway and was strong enough to blow luggage trolleys around, he said. 10 News said several dozen flights were affected. It comes after days of inclement weather in a number of states. World news in pictures 51 show all World news in pictures 1/51 Seasonal winds washed tons of debris ashore at Matahari Terbit beach, near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. Reuters 2/51 Syrian onlookers gather around rescue teams clearing the rubble at the site of an explosion of unknown origin which wrecked a multi-storey building the previous night in the war-battered country's northwestern city of … [Read more...] about US weather: Tornadoes cause travel chaos at Florida airport after days of storms across America