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Recent articles by Ben:

Air France warns fliers to brace for Thursday strike

Air France said half of long-haul flights from Paris would be canceled and about a quarter of medium-range flights. U.S. cancellations were likely. → Read More

Air Italy: 'New' airline looks to push out Alitalia

Italian carrier Meridiana is rebranding itself as Air Italy, part of an ambitious plan to overtake perennially troubled Alitalia as Italy’s top carrier. → Read More

Spirit Airlines expands again, adds new route to U.S. Virgin Islands

Spirit Airlines will add St. Croix to its route map, a move that will further expand the carrier’s footprint in the Caribbean. → Read More

Name that airport ...

Here is this week's "name that airport" photo. → Read More

Fog: Southwest grounds Chicago flights until 6 p.m. CT

Conditions at Chicago Midway airport were so bad that Southwest Airlines had grounded all of its flights there through 6 p.m. local time. → Read More

Southwest Airlines reveals five new routes as it extends schedule into fall

Several of the new routes will put Southwest into highly competitive markets. Among those: Southwest will take on Delta on Atlanta-Nashville flights. → Read More

February's #avgeek gallery: 76 cool aviation photos

Check out our latest batch of fun airplane and aviation photos from locations around the world. → Read More

WOW Air will 'pause' its service to Miami

WOW Air will 'pause' its Miami schedule this spring, a move that could be the first stumble for the budget carrier in its breakneck U.S. expansion. → Read More

United Boeing 777 lands in Honolulu after losing engine cover

Passengers on a United Airlines flight got a jolt Tuesday when the engine cover came off their Boeing 777 as it was en route to Honolulu from San Francisco. → Read More

D.C. airports sold to the highest bidder? Not so fast ...

Could the D.C-area’s airports be sold off by the feds? That’s been a hot topic since the idea was included in the Trump infrastructure proposal Monday. → Read More

Lufthansa unveils new aircraft paint scheme; mixed reviews

Lufthansa unveiled a new paint scheme for its aircraft last week, becoming the latest big carrier to update its 'livery'. → Read More

Allegiant expands in Destin, up to 21 non-stop destinations

Company also will establish a year-round base at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida’s Panhandle. → Read More

Frontier Airlines adds four new cities in 35-route expansion

But the expansion has caveats. All but two of the new routes are seasonal with just two or three flights a week. Frontier also will end several routes. → Read More

United leads list of on-time U.S. airlines

United Airlines jumped to the top spot in the latest government rankings for on-time performance, moving up from its fifth-place finish in the month prior. Delta, the previous No. 1, dropped to second. The carrier was hit by two major schedule disruptions in Atlanta, its busiest hub. An unusual snowstorm and a power outage affected the airport during the month. Showing significant improvements… → Read More

United leads list of on-time U.S. airlines

United jumped to the top spot in the latest government rankings for on-time performance, moving up from its fifth-place finish in the month prior. → Read More

Snow! Airlines cancel 1,300+ flights as storm hits Midwest

Airlines were canceling flights and waiving changes fees Friday as a winter storm brought heavy snow to airports in the Midwest and Great Lakes. Nationwide, more than 1,300 flights had been canceled and another 1,390 delayed as of 12:20 p.m. ET, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The bulk of the cancellations were concentrated at three airports: Chicago O’Hare, Chicago Midway and… → Read More

Name that airport ...

Here is this week's "name that airport" photo. → Read More

Snow! Airlines cancel 1,000+ flights as storm hits Midwest

Airlines were canceling flights and waiving changes fees Friday as a winter storm brought heavy snow to airports in the Midwest and Great Lakes. → Read More

More snow: 900+ flights already canceled for Friday

Flying on Friday? Brace for another round of winter-weather disruptions. Airlines were already canceling flights for Friday ahead of a winter storm that’s forecast to dump up to a foot of snow across the Midwest, including in Chicago and its busy air-travel hubs. Most big carriers also were waiving rebooking fees for fliers ticketed through Chicago and at airports across the Great Lakes region.… → Read More

More snow: More than 500 flights already canceled for Friday

Nationwide, more than 530 flights have already been canceled, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. . Story Page - WZZM13.com is the official website for WZZM-TV, your trusted source for breaking news, weather and sports in Grand Rapids, MI → Read More