Kuwait Airways flights to Germany in jeopardy after it rejects Israeli passenger

Thursday, 29 March 2018

A German official warned the Kuwait national carrier it might lose flights to Germany, after it rejected an Israeli passenger two years ago. German tabloid Bild quoted the federal transportation minister Andreas Scheuer, as calling on his country's government to put political pressure on Kuwait Airways in retaliation for the incident. According to DW, in 2016, an Israeli passenger was scheduled to fly on national carrier Kuwait Airways, from Frankfurt Airport to Thailand with a layover in ...

Tunisair looks to African routes as European battle brews

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tunisair is counting on new African routes to drive passenger growth as it prepares for increased competition for flights to and from Europe under an “Open Skies” agreement with the EU. The Tunisian state-owned airline will launch two new routes by the end of this year, to Sudan and Cameroon, the company told Reuters. That will bring the number of its African routes to 10, after it began flights to Guinea and Benin last year. New paths to growth could be vital for the survival of ...

Following protests, Uber and Careem asked to cease operations in Egypt

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Egypt’s administrative court issued a ruling on Tuesday stopping the operations of ride sharing apps Uber and Careem, state media reported. Both services had sparked protests by taxi drivers who complained that the drivers did not need to pay the hefty fees to operate transportation vehicles. The court accepted a petition by a lawyer demanding the government stop licensing Uber and Careem activities in Egypt, including their online applications, state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported on ...

Ford recalls almost 1.4 mln cars; steering wheel can come loose

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Under pressure from US regulators, Ford is recalling nearly 1.4 million midsize cars in North America because the steering wheels can detach from the steering column and drivers could lose control.The recall covers certain Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ cars from the 2014 through 2018 model years. Ford says steering wheel bolts can loosen over time. The company says it knows of two crashes and one injury caused by the problem.Dealers will replace the bolts with longer ones that have more aggressive ...

Iran invites Pakistan to join port project with India

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Iran’s foreign minister has wrapped up a trip to Pakistan in which he made a surprise offer to let Islamabad take part in a major port project partly funded by Pakistan’s archrival India.India has helped to expand and develop Iran’s Arabian Sea port of Chabahar as part of efforts to set up a trade link to Afghanistan and Central Asia that would bypass Pakistan.But Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Pakistan’s Geo TV late Tuesday that Iran was open to ...

UAE will have rail link with Saudi Arabia by the end of Dec 2021

Monday, 12 March 2018

The United Arab Emirates will have a rail link with Saudi Arabia by the end of December 2021, a senior tranport official said on Monday. "By the end of December 2021 we will have a connection between us and the Saudis," Abdullah Salem Al Kathiri, director general of the Federal Authority for Land and Marine Transport, told a conference in Dubai. The planned 2,100 km passenger and cargo network connecting the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states was pushed back at least three years ...

Somaliland refutes claims by Somalia on port deal with DP World

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The Somaliland Government has refuted claims by Somalia nullifying an agreement signed between the UAE ports operator DP World and the Ethiopian Government to acquire a 19 percent stake in Berbera Port. The Somaliland Minister of Information, Abdirahman Abdillahi Farah, said in a statement that the government of President Musa Behi Abdi worked to conclude the agreement with DP World and the Government of Ethiopia. and added that the Republic of Somaliland is a “sovereign and independent ...

Dubai airport to close southern runway for 45 days next year

Monday, 26 February 2018

Dubai International Airport will close one of its two runways for 45 days next year for upgrade work, temporarily reducing capacity at the world's busiest airport for international travelers, its operator said on Monday. The southern runway will be closed from April 16 to May 30, 2019 for resurfacing and replacement of ground lighting and other infrastructure, Dubai Airports said in a statement. Dubai International, which handled 88.2 million passengers in 2017, is the ...

UAE says Djibouti govenrment illegally seizes DP World port

Friday, 23 February 2018

Dubai government said on Thursday that the government of Djibouti has illegally seized Doraleh port from Dubai owned DP World .The port was consigned to DP World in 2006 as its operator in a long term contract and is currently the largest employer in the country.The government of Djibouti has been disputing DP World’s claim on the port since 2014 and only on Tuesday a London-based arbitration panel has ruled in favor of DP World.The long-running dispute initiated by Djibouti in 2014, ...

Air France says strike disruptions to hit flights on February 22

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Air France on Wednesday said it would only carry out three in four planned flights on Thursday and warned of travel delays and disruptions after worker unions called a strike over pay.Only half of the long-haul flights leaving Paris on Thursday would be going ahead, according to the airline’s forecast, which said it would cover 75 percent of middle distance flights to and from the city’s Charles de Gaulle airport.Disruptions to short flights would be less onerous, though the airline ...

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