Brazil unveiled the first of 36 Gripen fighter jets bought from Sweden’s Saab AB in a $4 billion deal that includes the assembly of planes in Brazil
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
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
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 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
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
The accident left three carriages derailed close to the station of the small town of Carnate, the statement said. The cause of the accident was being investigated, it added
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Having largely stamped out domestic transmission of the disease, China has been slowly easing curbs on movement as it tries to get its economy back on track, but there are fears that a rise in imported cases could spark a second wave of COVID-19
Officials have said that could include hotels, restaurants, aviation manufacturing, and cruise lines. Boeing Co on Wednesday said it was seeking at least $60 billion in loan guarantees and other financing for the entire aviation manufacturing sector
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
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
Day and night for months on end hundreds of workers have been toiling with cranes, pipes, concrete blocks and steel rods to complete the new bridge in Genoa by a summer deadline
The company said net income rose to Canadian $664 million ($505 million), or C$4.82 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from C$545 million, or C$3.83 per share, a year earlier
According to the research firm Markets & Markets, the aviation blockchain market size is expected to reach USD 1,394 million by 2025 from USD 421 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 22.1% from 2019 to 20
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
According to the research firm Markets & Markets, the Internet of Things, IoT, is expected to reach USD 1,941 million by 2025 from USD 593 million in 2019, at a CAGR of 21.9% from 2019 to 2025
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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Genoa - The times for the construction of the new bridge on the A6 highway between Turin and Savona, after the collapse on Sunday afternoon, “are estimated at three, maximum four months”.
Genoa - The new viaduct should be open to the public in early 2021,but times are not yet certain.
Genoa - On 14 August 2018 the collapse of the Morandi bridge in Genoa caused the death of 43 people.
London - Appearing before a British parliamentary committee, Peter Fankhauser again apologised to customers, staff and suppliers for the firm’s collapse but did not say if he would hand back any of his pay.
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
London - Ryanair can wait out price rises sought by planemakers since the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX, the Irish airline’s boss said on Tuesday.
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 - “Drones are a key element in the development of a digital nervous system through the port of Antwerp.
Moscow - Russian Railways plans to significantly reduce transit times between Japan and Europe to generate increased volumes out of the east Asian nation.
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
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.
Hong Kong - China condemns protesters as ‘terrorists’. Protesters apologise after chaotic airport violence
Genoa - Politicians, relatives gather to remember 43 victims . Feuding lawmakers suspend hostilities for the day.
Genoa - A technical report showed some parts of a bridge that collapsed last year in northern Italy had lacked maintenance for 25 years, a local prosecutor said on Wednesday.
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.
Hong Kong - Carrie Lam defiant during news briefing. Airport reopens, braces for more demonstrations.
Dublin - According to the union, there will be a two-day strike from Aug. 22, and a second strike from the early hours of Sept. 2 until just before midnight on Sept. 4.
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
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
“The government’s deceleration is worrisome and harms national economy”.
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
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
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.
Berlin - The German government wants to inject some 50 billion euros ($57 billion) into upgrading the national rail network over the next decade, mass-selling Bild newspaper reported on Sunday.
Manila - More than 10,000 motorcycle riders staged a motorcade on Sunday in the main highways of the Philippine capital Manila.
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.
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.
Gara-Bokka - Sunday’s disaster kills 157 people from more than 30 nations. Second crash involving the Boeing 737 Max 8.
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.
New Delhi - India’s first locally built semi high-speed train broke down early on Saturday on its way back to New Delhi from Varanasi in northern Uttar Pradesh, a day after its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Milan - Italy lags other EU countries in non-life insurance. Social change seen driving demand for protection products.
Milan - The projected 270 km (167 mile) line, which is estimated to cost some 26 billion euros($30 billion) and will be partly paid for with French and European Union funds, has split the coalition government in Rome.
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
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
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
Madrid - Anti-riot police backed by a fleet of tow trucks took several hours to clear the vehicles from the capital’s Paseo de la Castellana. Stoppages are expected elsewhere as the protest drags on.
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.
THE MINISTER of Justice of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Josip Grubesa, called the motion of the Interior Minister, Adil Osmanovic, “malicious.”
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.
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
London - British police are investigating after footage of a man shouting racist abuse at an elderly black woman on a Ryanair flight went viral over the weekend, with the airline facing criticism over how it dealt with the incident.
Berlin - German carmakers and the government hashed out a compromise deal to cut pollution from diesel vehicles last week after environmental groups won a victory in February which allowed cities to ban older diesel cars.
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
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.
Genoa - A 200-metre section of the Morandi bridge gave way in busy traffic on Tuesday, plunging vehicles and chunks of concrete and twisted metal to the ground 50 metres (165 feet) below.
Genoa - Italy is weighing three options that range from stripping Autostrade per l’Italia of its entire motorway concession to fining the toll road operator in charge of a collapsed bridge, a junior minister said.
Dublin - Travel plans of 55,000 disrupted, 42,000 in Germany. Low cost carrier struggles to reach labour agreements. Shares down 21 pct since action ramped up in July.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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
Paris - In rare criticism of another country’s crash probe, the French BEA air accident investigation agency said in a statement that authorities in Egypt had apparently not followed up calls for further investigations.
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
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
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
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
Paris - Union says PM offers to mop up 35 of 47 bln euros debt. Macron seeks to end two-month anti-reform strike. Debt relief raises questions on state debt, EU rules.
Havana - More than 100 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 years
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.
Paris - Air France unions do not intend to renew their strike notice, two union officials said during a meeting on Monday.
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.
New Delhi - Government counts on private sector to foot most of $60bn.
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.
Tehran - Iran’s rail industry gets a fresh boost from China’s dedication of $845 million to build a train line connecting Tehran to the western cities of Hamadan and Sanandaj.
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.
Paris - Air France said it expected to operate around 75 percent of its flights on Tuesday, the first day of a strike that will coincide with a larger stoppage on the rail network, paralysing much of France’s transport network.
Teheran - Member of Board of Directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways Hossein Ashuri said that Azerbaijan Republic will invest $60 million to develop Astara railway freight station in west of Gilan province.
Dubai - The United Arab Emirates will have a rail link with Saudi Arabia by the end of December 2021, a senior transport official said.
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