South Africa unveils infrastructure, jobs plan after COVID-19 hit

Cape Town - South Africa will roll out a big infrastructure spending programme and large-scale employment stimulus to revive an economy that was ailing even before the coronavirus crisis, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday. Unveiling a COVID-19 economic recovery plan in parliament, Ramaphosa said the government would unlock more than one trillion rand ($60 billion) in infrastructure investment over the next four years

The agreement

French Airbus workers sign key restructuring deal

Toulouse - Major French unions on Monday signed a keenly awaited labour deal with Europe's Airbus covering job reductions and furloughs for production workers affected by coronavirus-blighted demand for passenger jets

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El Salvador court orders freezing of assets of Italian construction company Astaldi

San Salvador - A court in El Salvador has ordered $227 million of assets of the Italian company Astaldi be frozen amid judicial proceedings against the construction company, the attorney general's office said on Tuesday. Authorities have accused Astaldi of breaching a 2008 contract for the construction of a hydroelectric dam by repeatedly delaying and then suspending the project. Astaldi was unreachable for a comment out of office hours


Mexico voids BlackRock consortium's bid for Mayan Train project

Mexico City - Mexico declared void a tender process, where a consortium that includes U.S. investment group BlackRock was the sole bidder, to build a section of one of the government's flagship infrastructure projects, the so-called Mayan Train. The 1,470-km train project is designed to link tourist hot spots and spur development on the Yucatan Peninsula at an estimated cost of $7 billion

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El Al to fly Israel's first flight to UAE by commercial carrier, airport timetable shows

Tel Aviv - El Al Airlines on Monday will fly Israel's first flight to the United Arab Emirates by a commercial carrier, a timetable on the Israel Airports Authority's website showed, as the countries forge ahead with a deal to normalise ties. The direct flight between Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport and the UAE's political capital of Abu Dhabi is expected to carry an Israeli delegation


Etihad looks to UAE supply chain in refreshed procurement strategy

Abu Dhabi - Etihad Aviation Group is has launched a new programme for suppliers in the UAE who would like to partner with the airline to provide their products and services. Vendors across the supply chain are encouraged to join Etihad’s Al Watani programme provided they fulfil its application criteria. To be eligible, suppliers must demonstrate their active contribution to the UAE’s market by having an operating business in the country.

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Dubai to welcome tourists from 7 July under new air travel protocols

Dubai residents stranded abroad will be able to travel back to the emirate from 22 June, while citizens and residents are allowed to travel overseas from Tuesday under new air travel protocols revealed by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. Under the directives, visitors and tourists will also be able to travel to Dubai from 7 July. Full details were released by the Dubai Media Office


Norwegian Air's lessors including China's BOC take main ownership

BOC Aviation is ultimately owned by the Chinese government, via a series of other companies. The restructuring involves the airline flying just seven aircraft for up to 12 months before a buildup to 110-120 planes in 2022, down from almost 150 aircraft before the crisis


China-Europe rail freight services buck falling volumes trend

Duisburg - China-Europe rail freight is bucking the pandemic-wide trend of falling air and ocean volumes, boasting double-digit growth this year. According to China Railway Group, 2,920 trains ran between January and April, carrying 262,000 teu, up 24% year on year. Last month alone, westbound volumes were up 58% and eastbound 29%, totalling 88,000 teu


Investment in railways connect dry ports in Africa / FOCUS

Il Cairo - In 1970, many African countries had been independent for barely 10 years and their economic development agenda, which was still in its infancy, included ambitious plans to develop inland ports. These ports were to serve as intermodal nodal points with the aim of achieving a seamless network of railway lines and roads linked to the region’s seaports


Hungary, China sign loan deal for Budapest-Belgrade Chinese rail project

The venture, part of Beijing's One Belt, One Road initiative intended to open new foreign trade links for Chinese firms, would be the first major Chinese infrastructure project inside the European Union. Its aim is to help ship Chinese goods from Greece to western Europe, but key sections in the Balkans are missing


Emirates asks pilots and cabin crew to take unpaid leave

Tourism and aviation are vital to the economy of Dubai, which does not have the vast oil wealth of some of its Gulf neighbours. Emirates employed over 21,000 cabin crew and 4,000 pilots among more than 100,000 employees overall at the end of March 2019

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Port of Baku, Austrian Rail Cargo Group sign MoU

Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC (Port of Baku) jointly with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has launched the project "Promoting Green Ports and Connectivity in the Caspian Region". The next meeting of the Working Group was held

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P&O Ferrymasters goes East

P&O Ferrymasters,  one of the leading European providers of tailor-made transportation and logistics services, plans to open five new offices across Turkey over the next two years as it continues the expansion of its pan-European logistics services into Asia

Aerospace industry

Boeing fires CEO Muilenburg to steady spiraling 737 MAX crisis

Boeing Co ousted Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg as the world’s biggest planemaker sought to control an escalating crisis that has seen it halt production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner following two fatal crashes

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Abu Dhabi Airports: a MoU with Beijing Daxing

Beijing - In the presence of His Excellency Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Yao Yabo, President of Beijing Daxing International Airport

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Construction of the new Genoa bridge has begun

Genoa - On 14 August 2018 the Morandi bridge suddenly collapsed, causing the death of 43 people. The new bridge, built by Fincantieri and Salini, will probably be inaugurated by the spring of 2020.

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Antwerp port, Amazon test drones

Antwerp - “Drones are a key element in the development of a digital nervous system through the port of Antwerp.

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Milvio appointed as new CFO Autostrade per l’Italia

Milan - Alberto Milvio has been appointed as chief financial officerof Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) in place of Giancarlo Guenzi who had held this office since 2007 and who continues to hold the position of Vice-Chairman of the company with responsibility for Finance and the position of CFO of Atlantia

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Portugal’s striking fuel-tanker drivers ready to talk to employers

Lisbon - Portugal’s striking fuel-tanker drivers said on Wednesday they were ready to sit down with employers, in what appeared to be the first conciliatory gesture in an industrial stoppage that has led to petrol rationing in the busy tourist season.

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Ryanair’s Irish pilots agree to talks as strike looms

Dublin - Europe’s largest budget airline suffered a number of strikes a year ago after a rocky start to its move to recognise unions for the first time, and is under pressure again with pilots in its home market threatening to join cabin crew in Portugal and pilots in Britain on the picket line this month.

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A lot of noise for nothing? / ANALYSIS

The compensation limit referred to in art. 22 of the Montreal Convention in the application of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice and the Court of Cassation.By ASLA - Associazione degli Studi Legali Associati

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Atlantia mulls a 35-40% share in Alitalia

Rome - Atlantia  is preparing to enter the game for the rescue of  Alitalia, Il Sole 24 Ore writes. The highway group  controlled by the Benetton family is considering to  present an expression of interest for the share of  missing capital in the Newco Nuova Alitalia

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European infrastructure refinancing volumes up in Q1

London - Although it is unwise to draw large conclusions based on league table results from a single quarter, one point which does stand out is that the volume of refinancings crept up considerably in the last three months compared to previous quarters

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Daily block train from Moscow to Siberia

Moscow - TransContainer, Obltransterminal and T1 have reached an agreement on launching daily block train from Moscow region to Siberia. The project branded as Kleschikha Daily by the name of the rail station in Novosibirsk is aimed to provide quality regular rail container service for cargo destined for Novosibirsk

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Trump says Boeing should fix, ‘rebrand’ grounded 737 MAX jet

Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration has been meeting with representatives from American Airlines Group Inc, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines Co over the next steps after more than 300 Boeing 737 MAXs were grounded worldwide.

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Alitalia faces uncertain future as easyJet quits talks

Rome - The future of Alitalia was plunged further into uncertainty on Monday after British budget airline easyJet pulled out of talks to rescue the Italian carrier two weeks before a deadline to save it.

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China’s Touchstone to invest $17 bln in Helsinki-Tallinn tunnel

Helsinki - A train tunnel linking Helsinki with Estonia’s capital Tallinn has got a provisional 15 billion euros ($17 billion) in financing from China’s Touchstone Capital Partners, the latest infrastructure investment in Beijing’s Belt and Road plan.

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Italian government defuses row over rail link, halts tenders

Milan - Italy’s prime minister halted on Saturday the launch of tenders for a high-speed rail link to France, defusing a dispute within the ruling coalition over the project that had threatened to bring down the government.

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Ernest Airlines to start a Genoa-Kiev flight

Genova - New flight from Genoa airport.The low cost airline Ernest Airlines presented, yesterday, the direct connection with Kiev. The carrier has also announced a new route - always from “Cristoforo Colombo” - to Tirana which is added to the connection already operated by Blue-Express

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Volotea grew by 34% in Italy last year

Genova - Volotea, the airline of medium and small cities in Europe, transported 3.4 million passengers in Italy in 2018, equal to an increase of 34% compared to 2.5 million in 2017. The airline takes off from 20 Italian airports

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Chongqing sees booming rail trade with Europe

Chongqing - Chongqing, a dynamic metropolis in China’s southwest, saw booming trade through railway with European cities, according to its government work report on Sunday. China-Europe freight trains to and from Chongqing surged over 50% to over 1,000 trips in 2018

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Siemens-Alstom rail deal, decision by Feb. 18

Brussels - . The European Commission will decide on whether to authorise the deal by February 18, EU Economy and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told a news conference.

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Peljesac, Neum: the bridge of discord

THE MINISTER of Justice of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Josip Grubesa, called the motion of the Interior Minister, Adil Osmanovic, “malicious.”

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Leonardo wins contract for Rome airports

Rome - Leonardo has been awarded, through a public tender, a contract for maintenance and technical management of all baggage handling systems at the Rome Fiumicino Intercontinental Airport and the Rome Ciampino International Airport, both managed by Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A.

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UK signs air service deal with Switzerland for post-Brexit flights

London - British transport minister Chris Grayling will sign an agreement with Switzerland on Monday to ensure air services continue to operate between the two countries after Brexit. Britain is due to leave the European Union in March next year

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Two projects to rebuild the Genoa bridge

Genova - It is no coincidence that Autostrade’s double move came on the day of the meeting in Rome between the government and the local institutions. The first, which is an official move, is the launch of a “transparency” operation that aims to demonstrate some basic concepts

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Global air freight market growth slows in July

Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets Wednesday, which showed demand rose 2.1 percent in July compared to a year earlier.

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“Gypsies get off, you’re breaking balls”

Milan - “Passengers are asked not to give money to the beggars. Gypsies: get off at the next stop, because you’re breaking our balls.” This message, delivered by a female voice over the Tannoy, was heard yesterday by the passengers onboard the regional 2653 train, the 12.20 from Milan stopping at Cremona and Mantua

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“Technology has prevented a disaster” / INTERVIEW

Genova - “Certain types of transport have no alternative, it is hypocritical to think we can avoid using road vehicles.” This is the opinion expressed by Maurizio Longo, leader of TrasportoUnito, the national association of professional hauliers

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This is not the way to defend Italian companies / ANALYSIS

Rome - But really: “if you want to bring tourists to Italy, you have to have a flag carrier.” This is what Matteo Salvini said yesterday, when interviewed by Alberto Mattioli for the Secolo XIX. Silvio Berlusconi had already said that too in 2008

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The project of an entirely public Alitalia / BACKGROUND

Rome - The government’s plan to relaunch Alitalia is taking shape. The idea is an “all-Italian” solution, which can safeguard jobs and re-establish the country’s flag carrier. No more 51%, as initially envisaged. The positions of the Lega and the Five Star parties are in fact increasingly in favour of this project

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Public Consultation: a new tool to prevent conflicts / ANALYSIS

One of the major issues that often arises in the construction of a large infrastructure project is the contestation of the project by groups of citizens organized in committees sometimes supported by political parties, who often receive broad coverage in the mass media

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EU slaps sanctions on six Russian groups over Crimea bridge

Brussels - The European Union has imposed asset freezes on six Russian firms for their involvement in the construction of a new road-and-rail bridge linking Russia to the annexed Crimean peninsula, which the bloc says is illegal

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FS: change at the top, enter Battisti and Castelli

Rome - «Experience, efficiency and ethics». They’re the three E-words chosen by Italy’s Minister of Transport, Danilo Toninelli who posted on Facebook the news of changes in the upper echelons of Ferrovie dello Stato. Enter two new “excellent internal managers”

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Air France-KLM China JV

Paris - Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines are merging their two existing agreements to create a single joint venture (JV), the Franco-Dutch airline group announced on Monday

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Confcommercio, slow down in transport

Rome - “At last the relevant players (including the government) have taken notice: the Italian economy is slowing down, and a 1.5% GDP growth is not a realistic target for 2018.” This the analysis from an ‘observatory’ committee set up to look at transport by the Confcommercio-Conftrasporti federation

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Air freight volume and rate growth slows

Rotterdam - Average worldwide air cargo yields dropped to US$1.8 in May, 3% below their level in April 2018, but still 14% higher than in May 2017, new figures from WorldACD reveal. But the changes are partly down to currency fluctuations

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RCG launches Greek rail freight operations

Thessaloniki - Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) subsidiary Rail Cargo Group (RCG) and Greek partner Goldair Cargo officially launched their Greek open-access rail freight operations at the RCG’s Sindos terminal in Thessaloniki on June 27

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CRCC tests Saudi rail project

Riad - China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC) started on Wednesday the testing of the Mecca Light Rail in Saudi Arabia, in preparation for Hajj pilgrimage in August when millions of pilgrims will head to the holiest city in Islam

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DHL buys Iveco LNG trucks

Frankfurt - DHL Freight, a unit of the German logistics giant DHL, said it has purchased four liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered Stralis trucks from Iveco in Belgium. These heavy-duty, long-haul trucks have a driving range of up to 1,500 kilometers and enable a total weight of tractor and trailer of up to 40 tons

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France has no plans to reduce stake in Air France-KLM

Paris - France has no plans to lower its 14.3 percent stake in troubled airline Air France-KLM but it may not maintain this level forever, an adviser to French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters.

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Air France to scale down its Iran business

Paris - Air France says it plans to cut back on the number of its flights from Paris to Tehran from October citing poor economic performance over two years in operation.

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Air France strike hits flights as French brace for rail stoppages

Paris - Air France grounded just under a third of flights on Saturday as staff staged a walkout over pay, and travellers also braced for a fresh wave of train strikes starting later in the day, crippling much of France’s transport network.

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Russian postal drone programme hits wall in debut

Moscow - A Russian-made drone on its way to making a first parcel delivery crashed into a wall and crumbled to pieces in the Siberian city of Ulan-Ude on Monday, shocking local residents and regional officials at the scene.

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Rail shortages are hitting Ukraine’s grain expansion

Kiev - Ukraine’s grain industry is thriving, but its expansion is being hobbled by an aging railway. The entire rail network is operated by state-run Ukrzaliznytsya, hauling about two-thirds of all grains that go from farmers’ fields to the the country’s ports in the Black Sea area