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Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa to Reduce Capacity by 50%, May Ground A380s

Lufthansa Group said late Friday that it may reduce capacity by up to 50% in the coming weeks. The move will impact all carriers owned by Lufthansa, including Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, and Swiss International Air Lines.
The airline cited the “exceptional circumstances” of the drop in demand due the novel coronavirus as the reason for the move.
The German flagship carrier also said it is investigating the possibility of temporarily …

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Relocate to New Berlin Airport in Early November

Austrian, Lufthansa, Swiss to Relocate to New Berlin Airport in Early November

Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, and Swiss International Air Lines announced they would relocate their operations to the new Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport on November 8.  Eurowings, another Lufthansa subsidiary, will begin operations there starting on November 4.
The news came following the announcement Wednesday that the airport will finally open on October 31, 2020.
The six Lufthansa Group airlines carry up to 33,000 passengers a day to and from Berlin …

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Set to Open October 31, 2020

Berlin Brandenburg Airport Set to Open October 31, 2020

After nine years of delays, Willy Brandt Berlin Brandenburg Airport will open its runways and gates to flyers on October 31, 2020.  The news was announced by Rainer Bretschneider, the head of the airport’s Aufsichtsrat or supervisory board at a business breakfast in Berlin on Tuesday.
Bretschneider said that work still remains but the date of October 31 is locked in.
Named after Willy Brandt, the popular former Reichskanzler of Germany who …

Coronavirus Update: Tokyo Disneyland Closes, Cases in Italy and Iran Up Sharply, Pence Appointed to Lead U.S. Efforts

Coronavirus Update: Tokyo Disneyland Closes, Cases in Italy and Iran Up Sharply, Pence Appointed to Lead U.S. Efforts

FRIDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The National Health Commission in China reported 44 new deaths in the country, bringing the death toll to 2,788.  The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country is now 78,824.
Officials in South Korea reported 256 new cases, bringing the total in that country to 2,022.
The number of reported cases of the virus in Italy rose 50% to 650, with 17 deaths.
In Iran, the number …

Coronavirus Update: Cases in Korea Double, CDC Prepares for Pandemic

Coronavirus Update: Cases in Korea Double, CDC Prepares for Pandemic

SATURDAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The Chinese National Health Commission reported 397 new confirmed coronavirus cases, a 55% drop from the 889 reported the prior day. This brings the total number of cases in the country to 76,288. The death toll on Friday was 109, bringing the total of those killed by the virus to 2,345.
In Europe, officials in several countries said that the total number of confirmed  cases in England is …

German Court Orders Tesla to Stop Cutting Down Trees for Gigafactory

German Court Orders Tesla to Stop Cutting Down Trees for Gigafactory

U.S. electric car manufacturer Tesla was ordered by a Germany court to stop clearing trees in in a forest near Berlin as it prepared to build a so-called Gigafactory to build cars and batteries in Grünheide.
The ruling by the Oberverwaltungsgericht of Berlin and Brandenburg came after the state Landsat für Umwelt gave the company the green light to clear 227 acres (92 hectares) for the plant, which is currently slated …

Accor and SBE to Open Mondrian Hotels in Asia

Accor and SBE to Open Mondrian Hotels in Asia

French hotelier Accor and SBE Entertainment Group announced plans to introduce the Mondrian hotel brand to Asia and expand the brand’s presence in Europe. The two hotel groups (Accor owns 50% of SBE) plan to open a total of ten new Mondrian hotels by the end of 2021.
The initial three Mondrian properties will be located in Seoul, Bordeaux, and Cannes.  The two plan to announce additional Mondrian properties in Australia, …