Ebola Fears Hurt East African Tourism

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Published: October 30, 2014

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro. East Africa’s Serengeti and Maasai Mara safari parks are as far if not further from the Ebola outbreak in the west of the continent than much of Europe which supplies the tourists, but you’d hardly guess that from the slump in bookings. In Tanzania and Kenya, tour operators say tented camps and […]

Mouse Hunt Delays Norwegian Flight To New York

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Published: October 30, 2014

Norwegian Air Shuttle, already plagued by flight delays on its long-haul routes, was forced to delay a flight to New York by five hours on Tuesday because of a hunt for a mouse in the cockpit. “The pilots discovered a mouse on flight deck,” spokeswoman Charlotte Holmbergh said on Wednesday. “We had to make sure […]

Myanmar Selects Consortium To Build New Airport

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Published: October 29, 2014

Myanmar has chosen a Japan-Singapore consortium to build its fourth international airport, a USD$ 1.5 billion project north of Yangon. Hanthawaddy Airport near Bago Town, about 96 km (60 miles) from the main airport in the commercial hub Yangon, will be undertaken by Yongnam-CAPE-JGC, a consortium that includes Singapore’s Yongnam, Changi Airport Planners and Engineers […]

Etihad, Alitalia Offer Concessions In Bid For EU Approval

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Published: October 29, 2014

Etihad and Alitalia have offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust approval for the Abu Dhabi airline’s plan to acquire 49 percent of the struggling Italian carrier. The European Commission said on its website that it would decide by November 17 whether to clear the deal. It did not provide details of […]

Air France-KLM Profit Drops After Pilots’ Strike

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Published: October 29, 2014

Air France-KLM’s third-quarter operating profit fell 61 percent to EUR€247 million after a 14-day pilots strike cost the airline about EUR€416 million in lost revenue. Overall, the group’s revenue fell 6.7 percent in the third quarter to EUR€6.7 billion, while operating profit fell by EUR€394 million to EUR€247 million, the group said. On a like-for-like […]

TUI, TUI Travel Shareholders Back Merger Deal

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Published: October 29, 2014

Shareholders in both German travel and tourism group TUI and British travel group TUI Travel have approved the companies’ plans to merge. The two reached an agreement in September on the terms of a EUR€6.5 billion (USD$ 8.3 billion) merger to create the world’s largest leisure tourism group. The tie-up had been expected since TUI […]

Airbus To Launch US Assembly With A321

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Published: October 29, 2014

Airbus plans to start production at its first US factory with the larger A321 instead of the A320 as originally planned, a move that reflects rising demand for the bigger jet. Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston told an audience in Seattle that the European aircraft maker was switching the plans for the plant in Mobile, […]

Russia To Roll Out ‘Victory’ Budget Airline

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Published: October 29, 2014

Aeroflot will name its new low-cost airline Pobeda, or Victory, a symbol of defiance against Western sanctions over Ukraine that grounded the budget carrier’s predecessor. Aeroflot’s previous attempt at a low-cost airline, Dobrolyot (Good Flight), suspended operations in August, just two months after its first flight. Its aircraft lease agreement was cancelled under European Union […]

Fire Breaks Out At Mexico City Airport Terminal

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Published: October 28, 2014

A fire broke out at Mexico City airport’s Terminal 2 building on Monday, but the blaze was controlled without serious damage, an airport spokeswoman said. TV footage showed smoke billowing from an upper section of the building and local media reported the fire broke out in an area that houses fast-food restaurants. The airport spokeswoman […]

Air China Q3 Net Profit Down 8.8 Percent

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Published: October 28, 2014

Air China reported an 8.8 percent fall in third-quarter profit as a slowing economy hurt business travel. The Beijing-based airline said net profit fell to CNY2.68 billion yuan (USD$ 438.41 million) in the July-to-September period, from CNY2.94 billion a year earlier, according to a filing with the Shanghai Stock Exchange. For the first nine months […]

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