Airlines added more than 3,100 new routes in the past year

Airlines added more than 3,100 new routes in the past year

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In 2015, 359 airlines launched 3,141 routes across 173 countries, according to airline analysis website anna.aero, which tracks flight service in its route database. That’s about 500 more than were added in 2014.

More than half of the routes — 1,760 — connected two airports that previously had no direct flight.

UK-based budget carriers Ryanair and easyJet lead the way with 99 new routes each, but the UK came in fifth by country. The United States took the top spot with 827 new routes, followed by Russia (381), China (378), Spain (330) and the UK (312). Read more…

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Airlines added more than 3,100 new routes in the past year

Malaysia Airlines investigates why plane flew in the wrong direction

Malaysia Airlines investigates why plane flew in the wrong direction

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A Christmas Day flight on beleaguered carrier Malaysia Airlines was supposed to head directly northwest to Kuala Lumpur from Auckland, New Zealand. Instead, the flight path headed south, causing the pilot to request clarification on his route.

The mistake — though relatively minor with no injuries or even significant delays — is the latest public embarrassment for the airline.

Eight minutes into Flight 132, the pilot contacted air traffic control to ask why the route was taking the plane toward Melbourne. The pilot corrected the course, heading northwest to then head in the right direction. Read more…

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