• Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new staff

      Ireland’s Ryanair aims to hire 5,000 new staff

      Irish airline Ryanair said on Thursday that it’s planning to create 5,000 jobs over the next five years as part of its recovery from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, AP reported. The additional pilots, cabin crew and engineers will mean that the company will have more than recouped the 3,000 jobs it got rid of at the start of the pandemic last year. CEO Michael O’Leary said the carrier has been snapping up slots that have been vacated by airlines that have either collapsed or retrenched over the past 18 months or so.

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    • US passes $10bn high speed rails bill

      US passes $10bn high speed rails bill

      US House of Representatives will vote next week on new legislation that envisages some $10 billion in government help for high-speed-rail corridors. The House Transportation and Infrastructure proposal also includes another 10 billion dollars to support mobility for low-income Americans, including establishing new transit routes and funding for a fare-free service. The money is expected to be part of a $3.5 trillion government spending bill, Reuters reported.

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    • Australia sells Sydney Airport for $17.4bn

      Australia sells Sydney Airport for $17.4bn

      Australia holds talks with strategic investors in a bid to sell its biggest airport. The expected value of the transaction for the Sydney Airport is some 17.4 billion dollars, Reuters reported. The buyer is an infrastructure investor group which won permission to conduct due diligence after depositing weetening its takeover offer.

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    • Masks will be mandatory on US flights until 18 January

      Masks will be mandatory on US flights until 18 January

      US extended the rule to ware mandatory masks on flights to 18 January 2022. The federal rule is also valid for other public transportation, AP reported. The Transportation Security Administration noted that the extension of restrictions is aimed to curb the spread of Covid-19. The same order which is currently valid was scheduled to expire 13 September 2021, an agency spokesman said.

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    • Dubai eyes a 40% fall in air passengers

      Dubai eyes a 40% fall in air passengers

      Pandemic has a heavy impact on the transport sector of the United Arab Emirates with the busiest Dubai airport signaling of 40 percent drop in air passengers in the first six months of this year. The decline is mainly due to the spread of the new variants of the Covid-19, AP reported. Still the CEO of the airport Paul Griffiths remained optimistic for the development of the east-west transit point as authorities gradually re-open Dubai routes to India and UK.

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    • DHL buys 12 electric cargo planes

      DHL buys 12 electric cargo planes

      The leading global delivery company DHL announced a major move targeted at facilitating the curbing of carbon emissions. It confirmed a deal with the Eviation startup which envisaged the purchase of 12 cargo planes powered by electricity, CNBC reported. Eviation is a start-up focused on developing electric fixed-wing airplanes both for cargo and passengers.

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    • Electric cars sales jumped in Europe, ACEA data show

      Electric cars sales jumped in Europe, ACEA data show

      Electric cars, key to reducing emissions and meeting climate change goals, have boosted their market share in Europe, data showed on Friday, as the region prepares to abandon petrol and diesel, dpa reported. Battery electric vehicles more than doubled their share of new car sales in Europe in the second quarter, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) which groups together major car firms.

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    • EU airlines warn of chaos amid Covid-19 certificates

      EU airlines warn of chaos amid Covid-19 certificates

      Groups representing EU largest airports and airlines warned in formal letters to the European Commission that the system of Covid-19 certificates will sparkle chaos in air traveling. The digital certificates are due to take effect from 1 July. However the airports and airlines warn that the extra bureaucracy will result in hours waiting and long queues in the peak of the tourist season.

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    • US injects $3bn subsidies in the aviation sector

      US injects $3bn subsidies in the aviation sector

      US announced another measure to spur the recovery of its aviation sector which was badly hit by the pandemic slowdown, Reuters reported. The programme of the US Transport Department is intended to compensate up to half of wages of eligible aviation manufacturing companies. The support is envisaged to last for up to six months. The funds are estimated at some three billion dollars.

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