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US and Russia agree to swap seats on space station flights

The US may have imposed economic sanctions against Russia over the war in Ukraine, but in space, the two countries are finding ways to continue working together. NASA and Roscosmos have signed a long-awaited agreement to swap seats on flights to the International Space Station. After the space shuttle program shut down, NASA relied on Russian Soyuz flights for years to ferry its astronauts to the orbiting lab. That is, until SpaceX succeeded in getting the Crew Dragon certified for human spaceflights. Now, the agency will…

NASA and Russian space agency signs contract to share space station flights, says Roscosmos

NASA and Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, have signed a long-sought agreement to integrate flights to the International Space Station, allowing Russian cosmonauts to fly on US-made spacecraft in exchange for American astronauts being able to ride on Russia's Soyuz, the agencies said. "The agreement is in the interests of Russia and the United States and will promote the development of cooperation within the framework of the ISS program," Roscosmos said in a statement, adding it will facilitate the "exploration of outer…

NASA, Russian Space Agency to Share Integrated Crew Flights to ISS From September

The United States said on Friday it would resume flights to the International Space Station with Russia, despite its attempts to isolate Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine."To ensure continued safe operations of the International Space Station, protect the lives of astronauts and ensure continuous the US's presence in space, NASA will resume integrated crews on US crew spacecraft and the Russian Soyuz," space agency NASA said in a statement.NASA said that astronaut Frank Rubio would fly with two Russian cosmonauts on a…

Emirates Slams London’s Heathrow Airport and Says It Won’t Scrap Flights

LONDON—Emirates, one of the world’s biggest airlines, lashed out at Heathrow Airport’s decision earlier this week to limit the number of passengers departing the hub and said it won’t comply with the request to cut flights to and from the airport. Heathrow, in the throes of staffing shortfalls and surging summer travel demand, has capped daily departing passengers to 100,000 a day through September. It said the move would help it cope with the throngs of passengers that have overwhelmed…

Emirates Airline refuses to comply with Heathrow’s demand to cut flights

The airline industry has been hamstrung by a perfect storm of challenges over recent weeks, from labor shortages and supply disruptions to rising fuel prices.Sopa Images | Lightrocket | Getty ImagesDUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates Airline has harsh words for London's Heathrow Airport, the U.K.'s largest aviation hub currently beset by travel chaos.Earlier this week, Heathrow made a demand to airlines to stop selling summer travel tickets, after imposing a cap of 100,000 passengers per day departing the airport in…

KLM Scraps Flights to Ease Congestion at Key European Airport

LONDON—KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said it would cut as many as about 2,000 flights from its schedule to help ease congestion at its main airport, the latest move by a European airline to rightsize summer operations amid an industrywide labor shortfall. The airline said Friday it would scrap between 10 and 20 return flights a day through Aug. 28, representing at least about 1,000 trips over the next two months. KLM is also restricting ticket sales for its remaining available seats on…

British Airways Cancels Hundreds More Summer Flights from London Airports

Last Updated: July 07, 2022, 09:37 ISTBritish Airways announced in the spring that it would cancel 10% of its flights between April and October. (Representative image: Shutterstock) The latest cancellations will affect tens of thousands of travelers planning to fly from London's Heathrow and Gatwick airportsBritish Airways said on Tuesday it will cancel hundreds more summer flights, saying it was necessary after previously announced moves to cut back on scheduled flights proved insufficient to ease travel disruptions. The…