BellingCat: Launching an Open Source Flight Database for Kazakhstan in Wake of Protests. “Military planes from neighbouring Russia have also headed towards Kazakhstan in recent days as part of an agreement struck by the regional Collective Security Treaty Organisation to help regain order, something which can again be monitored and tracked by flight monitoring platforms. Bellingcat has thus launched an open source database of noteworthy flights to and from the country’s airports in a bid to better understand the recent and evolving dynamics in Kazakhstan. The database, entries for which start on January 3, is open to use and continues to be updated at the time of publication.”
BBC: US flight cancellations hit new holiday peak amid Covid and bad weather. “Flight cancellations in the US have hit a new peak in a Christmas season hit hard by the Covid pandemic and bad weather. Nearly 4,400 flights around the world were cancelled on Saturday, more than 2,500 of them in the US, air traffic site FlightAware reported.”
Bing Blogs: This holiday season from Bing: flight booking and expanded visual search. “The holidays can be a busy time, but at Bing we hope to make your holiday season easier and more enjoyable! Today we’re excited to announce an advanced flight booking experience as well as expanded visual search shopping scenarios.”
USA Today: Google Flights aims to save flyers money with new alerts on nearby airports, travel dates
USA Today: Google Flights aims to save flyers money with new alerts on nearby airports, travel dates . “Google rolled out a new feature in November for all users that notifies them when cheaper flights are available at nearby airports, Craig Ewer, a spokesperson for Google, confirmed to USA TODAY. Google also now offers a similar feature that notifies you if altering your travel dates could mean saving a significant chunk of change.”
Bloomberg Quint: Google Shuts Off an Airline Booking Tool in Search. “Alphabet Inc.’s Google is pulling a software tool that let small companies access search information on airfares, a potential blow to online travel newcomers. Google’s tool was opened in 2011 after its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software Inc., an online airfare broker. In approving the deal, a federal judge required that Google keep an ITA flight search and pricing software, called QPX, accessible to third parties for at least five years.”
The Sunday Times: Google accused of rigging flight results. “Google could face more multibillion-euro fines as the European Commission turns its sights on the company’s flights and hotel services.” You’ll need to register to see the whole article.