Air Berlin: Big jobs losses

October 9, 2017 by  
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FRANKFURT, 9 October 2017: About 1,400 Air Berlin workers may soon be out of a job, some as early as the end of this month, according to a union paper obtained by AFP on Saturday.

Many of the cuts would hit the bankrupt airline’s ground personnel and administration staff, whose contracts could end by the end of the month or in February 2018.

According to the document, Air Berlin could also soon stop operating, with only its subsidiary Niki continuing to fly. Read more

US and Turkey visa row

October 9, 2017 by  
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ISTANBUL, 9 October 2017: The United States and Turkey on Sunday scaled back visa issuing services in each other’s countries in a deepening diplomatic row sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul.

The American embassy in Ankara said that “recent events” forced the US government to reassess Turkey’s “commitment” to the security of US mission services and personnel in the country.

In order to minimise the number of visitors while the assessment is carried out, “effective immediately we have suspended all non-immigrant visa services at all US diplomatic facilities in Turkey,” it said. Read more

Tuesday strike will reduce flights

October 9, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 9 October 2017: The French civil aviation authority (DGAC) has recommended that airlines reduce their flights by 30% on Tuesday due to a strike call by civil service unions, the transport ministry said Friday.

The airports affected are likely to include Paris’ two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as  Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

“Disruptions are expected throughout the country” Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement. Read more

London crash no link to terrorism

October 9, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 9 October 2017: A man arrested after his car ploughed into pedestrians in London’s museum district, injuring 11 people and sparking fears of a terror attack, was released from custody Sunday, police said.

The 47-year-old was held at the scene of Saturday’s crash on suspicion of dangerous driving, and questioned overnight over what police said was a traffic incident with no link to terrorism.

“This morning, he was released under investigation while enquiries continue,” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. Read more

Union to sue Monarch

October 6, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 6 October 2017: Britain’s largest trade union Unite announced, Wednesday, that it will take legal action on behalf of 1,800 employees who lost their jobs at Monarch Airlines.

Monarch declared bankruptcy on Monday morning after struggling to recover from the effects of terrorism and a weak pound. The airline immediately ceased activity and made more than 2,000 employees redundant.

Unite said in a statement that it will lodge employment tribunal proceedings over Monarch’s alleged failure to consult staff over the redundancies. Read more

Belgium lodges case against Ryanair

October 6, 2017 by  
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BRUSSELS, 6 October 2017: Belgium said Wednesday it intends to take Ryanair to court, accusing the low-cost airline of illegally punishing customers hit by thousands of flight cancellations.

The Dublin-based airline has “shown a lack of professionalism”, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Kris Peeters, who handles the consumer affairs portfolio, said in a statement.

Ryanair has been plagued by a pilot shortage that has led it to axe thousands of flights in Europe — and has now extended the wave of cancellations into early 2018. Read more

Tourism needs to be more sustainable

October 5, 2017 by  
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PARIS, 5 October 2017: The OECD on Tuesday called on governments to rethink their tourism policies to make growth in the key sector more “ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive.”

Tourism was one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world economy, and its potential remained very strong, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said in a statement.

In the 35 OECD countries, tourism contributed on average 4.1% of gross domestic product (GDP), 5.9% of employment and 21.3% of service exports, the OECD calculated. Read more

Colosseum opens top levels

October 5, 2017 by  
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ROME,  5 October 2017: The highest level of Rome’s ancient Colosseum will be opened to the public for the first time in 40 years, 1 November, Italy’s culture minister said, Tuesday.

Seats on the fifth level of the amphitheatre were once reserved for ancient Roman society’s lowest commoner: the plebeian.

But the seats boasted a breathtaking view — not only of the gladiator battles far below, but of the heart of the empire. Read more

Monarch mired by millions

October 4, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 4 October 2017: British short-haul carrier Monarch Airlines faced an annual loss in excess of UKP100 million (USD133 million, 113 million euros) when it went bust, chief executive Andrew Swaffield said Tuesday.

The airline declared bankruptcy on Monday after failing to secure fresh capital or sell the business, leaving British authorities racing to rescue tens of thousands of customers stranded abroad, while Monarch staff were made redundant.

“Yesterday was a heart-breaking day as 2,000 people lost their jobs and we are all absolutely devastated for the customers and for all of us,” Swaffield told BBC Radio 4. Read more

Monarch rolls down shutters

October 3, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 3 October 2017: Monarch Airlines ceased trading, Monday, triggering a move by the British government to bring home 110,000 customers stranded abroad.

The British airline and its holidays business entered administration, with KPMG appointed to oversee the financial chaos.

The UK’s Civil Aviation Authority described the situation as “the biggest ever UK airline failure,” adding that “all future holidays and flights provided by these companies have been cancelled and are no longer operating”. Read more

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