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Frankfurt Airport Reports Increase in Passenger Traffic for August

Frankfurt Airport Reports Increase in Passenger Traffic for August

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for the airport for August 2019.
Passenger traffic was approximately 6.9 million passengers for the month, a 1.7% increase from August 2018.
Frankfurt Airport also reported a 5.2% year-over-year decrease in cargo throughput for August, with 173,122 metric tons of cargo passing through the facility.
In addition, Fraport said the number of aircraft movements for the month was unchanged year-over-year to 36,849 takeoffs …

Lufthansa to Take Over Air Canada’s Seasonal Service from Ottawa to Frankfurt

Lufthansa to Take Over Air Canada’s Seasonal Service from Ottawa to Frankfurt

Star Alliance partners Lufthansa and Air Canada announced that the German flag carrier would begin to operate summer seasonal service linking Ottawa and Frankfurt and that Air Canada would discontinue its own service after this year.
The last Air Canada flight on the route will be operated on October 24, 2019. Lufthansa will take over the route on May 16, 2020 and operate it through October 24, 2020.
The Ottawa-Frankfurt service will …

British Airways, Lufthansa Suspend Cairo Flights, Citing Security Risks

British Airways, Lufthansa Suspend Cairo Flights, Citing Security Risks

British Airways and Lufthansa separately on Saturday the cancellation of all flights to Cairo, a day after the British government warned of a “heightened risk of terrorism against aviation.”
BA said it was suspending flights for seven days, while Lufthansa said it would resume flights on Sunday.
“We constantly review our security arrangements at all our airports around the world,” British Airways said in a statement, “and have suspended flights to Cairo …

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, who in July told the Vorstand he would not seek a second term of office.
Oliver Zipse is “a decisive strategic …

Hertz to Accept Debit Cards in Europe

Hertz to Accept Debit Cards in Europe

Hertz Europe announced that its Hertz, Dollar, and Thrifty rental-car locations in Europe will now accept debit cards in addition to credit cards.
The list of countries where debit cards are now accepted includes Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Hertz said that the reason for the change was because many customers don’t have credit cards.
“A significant number of people do not have …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the plant’s museum.
The original Beetle, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler …

Euro Heat Wave Report: France Experiences Hottest Day in its History

Euro Heat Wave Report: France Experiences Hottest Day in its History

As Europe’s June heat wave drew to a close, Villevielle, a small town in France on Friday reported the country’s highest-ever recorded temperature, 113.2° F (45.1° C). Just a few hours later, that record was surpassed by the temperature in Gallargues-le-Monteueux, which reached 114.6° F (45.9° C).
Meanwhile, Germany recorded a new high temperature for June, just days after the early heat wave toppled a 72-year-old record.
The Deutscher Wetterdienst reported that …