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Frankfurt Airport Reports Rise in July Passenger Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Reports Rise in July Passenger Traffic

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for July 2018.
Passenger traffic was approximately 6.9 million passengers for the month, a 7.5% increase from July 2017. The airport saw a new daily record of 237,966 passengers in the course of the month.
Frankfurt Airport also reported a 6.4% year-over-year decrease in cargo tonnage for July, with 175,960 metric tons of cargo passing through the facility.
In addition, Fraport said the …

Frankfurt Airport Evacuated Following Security Breach

Frankfurt Airport Evacuated Following Security Breach

A portion of Frankfurt Airport was evacuated on Tuesday after passengers who had tested positive for explosives at the security checkpoint were inadvertently allowed to continue into the secure area of the terminal.
The incident took place in area A of the airport’s Terminal 1.
As of 7 p.m. Central European Time, 97 flights in and out of the airport had been cancelled as a result of the incident and 490 were …

Apple Pay to Launch in Germany and at CVS and 7-11 Stores

Apple Pay to Launch in Germany and at CVS and 7-11 Stores

Apple announced Tuesday that it plans to introduce its Apple Pay mobile payment and digital wallet service in Germany later this year.
The news was announced by Apple CEO Tim Cook during the company’s fiscal Q3 earnings call.
Cook also said that Apple Pay would be rolling out at CVS drugstores and 7-11 convenience stores although he did not specify a timeframe.
The service first became available in 2015 in the United States …

Kimpton to Open First Property in Germany

Kimpton to Open First Property in Germany

InterContinental Hotels Group announced plans to open a Kimpton hotel in Germany.
The Kimpton Frankfurt will open in 2023 in the Junghofstraße in the city center as part of Four Frankfurt, a mixed-use development that will include office space, residential space, and retail shops.
“Frankfurt is a key location for us,” said Kenneth Macpherson, CEO of IHG’s EMEA region.
The new property will offer 155 rooms, a restaurant, a sky-bar and restaurant on the …

German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

German Cities Consider Free Public Transit to Avoid Diesel Ban

Public transit in German cities could become significantly less expensive or even free for residents under a plan proposed by three German officials.
“We are considering free public transit in order to reduce the number of private cars [in cities],” wrote Umweltministerin or Environmental Minister Barbara Hendricks and two colleagues in a letter to Karmenu Vella, a member of the EU Commission with responsibility for the environment.
Under a current interim plan …

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 …