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Berlin Tegel Could Become a Nightclub if Berlin Brandenburg Airport Ever Opens

Berlin Tegel Could Become a Nightclub if Berlin Brandenburg Airport Ever Opens

In the event that Berlin Brandenburg Airport ever opens, Berlin Tegel – the city’s main international airport whose history goes back to the 1948 Berlin Airlift – may become a music venue once it is decommissioned.
Berlin Brandenburg was scheduled to open in 2012 but multiple issues, from a faulty fire-protection system to escalators that were too short to allegations of corruption, have prevented the opening from taking place.
It is now …

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

Audi CEO Arrested in Dieselgate Case

MUNICH—Rupert Stadler, the Vorstandsvorsitzender or CEO of Audi, the German automaker, was arrested Monday morning relating to the automaker’s diesel emissions compliance scandal, known as Dieselgate, according to a statement by the Staatsanwaltschaft or district attorney’s office in Munich.
Stadler’s apartment in Ingolstadt was also searched.
“We confirm that Herr Stadler was arrested this morning,” said Audi spokesman Toni Melfi to the German magazine Focus Online, adding that “the presumption of innocence …

Porsche Celebrates 70 Years of Iconic Sports Cars

Porsche, known formally as Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche GmbH, is celebrating 70 years since its first vehicle, the 356 Model 1 Roadster, received street certification in 1948.
The 356 was a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive, two door that was available both as a hardtop coupe and a cabriolet.
Early prototypes of the 356 were designed and built by Ferry Porsche, the son of Porsche founder Ferdinand Porsche, while his father was …

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg became the first city in Germany to ban older diesel-powered vehicles when it prohibited them last Thursday from using two of the city’s major thoroughfares.
The move follows a February ruling by the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, or Federal Administrative Court, to limit vehicle emissions in Stuttgart. The ruling set a precedent for all German cities.
Until recently, German officials have been somewhat reluctant to place constraints on diesels, given that both the diesel …

Hertz to Offer Free Mobile Wi-Fi in Europe

Hertz to Offer Free Mobile Wi-Fi in Europe

Hertz Europe announced it will include its Go Anywhere Hertz Connect mobile Wi-Fi to members of its Hertz Gold Plus Rewards loyalty program at no charge at over 200 locations in Europe.
The move comes as part of the company’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
Customers will also receive free international calls at up to 30 minutes per day, a translation tool, and city guides.
The free devices will be made available in eight languages …

Air Berlin’s TopBonus Program to Close After Restructuring Attempt Fails

Air Berlin’s TopBonus Program to Close After Restructuring Attempt Fails

Air Berlin’s former frequent flyer program, TopBonus, announced late Friday that it was shutting down as a “precautionary measure.”
“Unfortunately, we must inform you today that the insolvency administrator had to shut down the business operations of topbonus Ltd. as a precautionary measure,” the company said in a message on its website.
Christian Otto, the company’s insolvency administrator, informed members of the program that the letter of credit provided by the planned …

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa to Begin Flights to San Diego, San Jose

Lufthansa announced that it will begin new service to both San Diego and San Jose, California from Frankfurt. The carrier will launch flights to San Diego on March 22, with service to San Jose scheduled to begin on March 25.
Flights from Frankfurt Airport to San Diego International Airport will depart at 10 a.m. and arrive at 1:20 p.m. Flights will then depart San Diego at 3:05 p.m. and arrive in …