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Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

Airlines Cancel Flights to Tehran as Officials Implicate Iran in Ukraine Air Crash

As officials from Ukraine, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States began to piece together evidence that pointed to implicating Iran in a possibly unintended missile attack on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, airlines serving TehranImam Khomeini International Airport began to cancel flights and suspend service to the capital city.
Ukraine International Airlines suspended all flights to Tehran following the crash of Flight 752.
On Thursday, both Austrian Airlines and Lufthansa …

Flight Attendants Plan Strike at Lufthansa’s Low-Cost Germanwings Subsidiary

Flight Attendants Plan Strike at Lufthansa’s Low-Cost Germanwings Subsidiary

Travelers in and around Germany are facing delays and cancellations at Lufthansa’s discount airline Germanwings in the coming week.
Flight attendants at Germanwings will be on strike for three-day starting Monday.
The Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation or UFO, the union that represents the majority of the airline’s flight attendants, called for the strike after rejecting management concessions as insufficient. Germanwings had offered to enter mediation and make concessions on part-time working.
The airline said …

These Major Airlines Ceased Operations in 2019

2019 was a bad year for airlines. Multiple airline shutdowns made the headlines as hundreds of thousands of passengers were left stranded.  The marquee names included Wow Air, Jet Airways, and Thomas Cook, the latter a 138-year-old concern, as well as 20 minor players.
While the issues that caused these airlines to cease operations varied greatly, they can largely be put under the rubric of poor management, lower demand, and changing tastes.
As …

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany Surpasses Norway as Europe’s Largest Electric Car Market

Germany is now poised to take the lead in sales of electric vehicles, beating out perennial favorite Norway, which has held the position of frontrunner since 2010.
The news shows that German automakers’ investments in developing electric vehicles that average consumers will buy are finally paying off.
The number of new electric vehicle registrations in Germany through November was 57,533 versus 56,893 in Norway.
Norway still holds the lead in the percentage of …

Berlin Plans Redevelopment of Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin Plans Redevelopment of Checkpoint Charlie

Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie – the name given by the Allies to the popular border crossing between East and West Berlin from 1947 through 1991 – is getting a makeover.
The Senate of Berlin, the executive body governing the city, approved a redevelopment plan for the area around the former checkpoint on Wednesday after yearof public discussion and debate. The plan calls for a …

Mauerfall: The Berlin Wall Fell 30 Years Ago

On November 9, 1989, a somewhat comical slipup toppled the Berlin Wall when Günter Schabowski, the newly minted spokesman of the East German Politbüro, as a footnote to a press conference, added a statement concerning plans to lift travel restrictions between East and West.  When an Italian reporter asked when the change would come into effect, Schabowski assumed it would be the same day and replied, “Das tritt nach meiner Kenntnis …

Lufthansa Cancels 1,300 Flights in Advance of Union Strike

Lufthansa Cancels 1,300 Flights in Advance of Union Strike

Lufthansa said Wednesday it was cancelling approximately 1,300 flights because of a planned strike by flight attendants on Thursday and Friday.
The job action will impact over 180,000 passengers, the German flag carrier said.
The Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation or UFO, the union that represents the majority of the airline’s flight attendants, called the walkout amidst a bitter dispute over pay and the union’s legal status.
The airline plans to operate 2,300 of its …