transport

Thousands more affected by noise under Berlin flight route change

Thousands more residents in Berlin could be affected by aircraft noise due to changes in a flight route to a long-delayed new international airport.

Works on new section of Istrian Y motorway in autumn, says minister

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic said on Friday works on the second stage of the Istrian Y motorway were expected to begin in the autumn, an investment of EUR 150 million in which Croatian companies would be included.

Transport minister does not rule out higher motorway tolls

Commenting on a planned rise in tolls for motorways managed by the state-run HAC motorway operator, Maritime, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Oleg Butkovic on Friday recalled that HAC's debt totalled EUR 5.2 billion, and 1.2 billion of that amount was due this year, which HAC could not pay back from its revenues.

Croatian airports and seaports handle more passengers and cargo in Dec.

The turnover of passengers at Croatian airports in December 2016 reached 240,000, which was by 11.2% higher than in December 2015, according to the figures provided by the national statistical office (DZS).

Unexploded World War II bomb discovered near Frankfurt airport

An unexploded bomb dating back to World War II has been found near Frankfurt airport and is set for a controlled detonation later Monday, according to German police officials in the city of Darmstadt.

Bomb threats trigger evacuation of Swedish trains

Two separate bomb threats prompted the evacuation of two Swedish passenger trains, and disrupted services on one of the country's main lines, police and train operators said Thursday.

Cancellations, delays at Berlin airports as ground staff strikes

Passengers at Berlin's two main airports faced cancellations and delays on Wednesday as ground staff walked off the job in a dispute over pay and working hours.

Uber, Grab private-hire drivers must now be licensed in Singapore

Drivers from private-hire car operators such as Uber and Grab must now apply for a vocational licence to continue driving, according to new laws passed in the Singapore parliament on Tuesday.

Uber Croatia has no comment on lawsuit for illegal business practices

Uber Croatia, a member of Uber, an American worldwide online transportation network company, on Wednesday said that they had not been acquainted with a lawsuit lodged against them by the Croatian Chamber of Crafts and Trades (HOK) for alleged unlawful business practices.

Butkovic: In interest for citizens to have safe, cheap taxi services

Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butkovic on Tuesday said that the ministry had formed a task force to look into the possibility of amending legislation to liberalise the market and that it was in the interest of citizens to pay less and have safe taxi services.

KLM refuses to fly seven passengers to US after Trump migration ban

Dutch airline KLM on Saturday refused to fly seven passengers to the United States, after President Donald Trump signed an order barring people from some countries from entering the nation.

2017 opening for long-delayed Berlin airport officially ruled out

The long-delayed opening of Berlin's new airport will not be in 2017, airport head Karsten Muehlenfeld confirmed Saturday, citing unacceptably high risks if planners stuck to the original timetable.

Freight train from China crosses 12,000 kilometres to London

The first Britain-bound freight train from China arrived in London on Wednesday, completing an 18-day trip across two continents to deliver containers of clothing and household goods from the eastern Chinese trading hub of Yiwu.

Sarajevo public transport company forced to sell trams to cover debt

The Sarajevo public transport company whose acronym is GRAS is facing the downsizing of its fleet by 36 vehicles that are likely to be put on sale at a public auction scheduled for Wednesday, in a bid to reduce its debt.

German plane makes emergency landing in Kuwait over bomb fears

 A passenger plane flying from Oman to Germany made an emergency landing Sunday in Kuwait over suspicions that a bomb had been planted on the aircraft, Kuwait's civil aviation authority said.

Driverless minibus enjoys successful trial in Germany

A driverless minibus underwent a successful trial in the German city of Mannheim on Friday with 900 people involved in the test run, organizers said.

Mozambican plane collides with unknown object; drone suspected

A passenger plane with Mozambique’s LAM airline suffered damage after apparently colliding with an unknown object this week, the airline said Friday.

China plans massive expansion of high-speed rail network

China plans to link 80 per cent of its cities with a high-speed rail network by 2020, state media reported on Thursday.

Hijackers threaten to blow up Libyan jet with 118 on board: reports

Two hijackers who forced a Libyan passenger plane to be diverted to Malta on Friday have threatened to blow it up, according to Malta's state television and Libyan media.

Italy inaugurates southern motorway - 54 years after building began

Italy's longest-running public works scheme, a motorway running through its impoverished and mafia-ridden southern Calabria region, was inaugurated Thursday, some 54 years after construction began.

First tunnel linking Europe and Asia opens in Istanbul

The first transport tunnel linking Asia and Europe opened Tuesday in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.

Taiwan turns up heat on Uber by introducing heavy fines for drivers

Taiwan's legislature on Friday ratcheted up the pressure on ride-sharing company Uber by significantly raising the maximum fine for illegally providing passenger transportation services.

Europe's satellite navigation system goes online

Europes's satellite navigation system and the bloc's bid to compete with the US-based Global Positioning System (GPS) went online Thursday, offering initial navigation services.

Uber expands its self-driving vehicle programme to San Francisco

San Francisco customers of the car-hailing service Uber can now catch a ride in a self-driving vehicle, the company said Wednesday.

Gov't grants consent for road operator to seek EUR 80 mln loan

The Croatian government on Wednesday approved and provided guarantees for the Hrvatske Ceste road operator's plan to seek a EUR 80 million loan from several banks for investment projects and servicing of its existing debt.

World's longest tunnel railway tunnel opens to public in Switzerland

The first scheduled train to pass through the world's longest railway tunnel arrived in the Swiss city of Lugano more than 30 minutes faster than usual Sunday thanks to a shortcut that took 12.2 billion Swiss francs (12.3 billion dollars) and 17 years to build.

Bulgarian cargo train explosion kills five, injures 29

Five people died and 29 were injured in Bulgaria on Saturday when a freight train hauling gas tanks derailed and crashed into several homes, authorities said.

Frankfurt airport test-runs new automatic immigration system

Frankfurt airport was testing out a new automatic immigration system on Thursday, the first time such a system has been tried out in Germany.

Paris limits cars on road after suffering worst pollution in 10 years

Paris has implemented limits on the number of cars on its roads after being hit by its worst and most prolonged air pollution in at least 10 years.

A quarter of commercial pilots have left Croatia in past 4 years

International Civil Aviation Day is observed on 7 December worldwide and this has been an opportunity for the trade union of Croatian commercial pilots to send a message of seasonal greetings and warn that in the last four years, a quarter of civil aviation pilots have left Croatia in search of a better employment.

Germany: Flight ban law improves security for "citizens and business"

A new law that allows the German government to issue flight bans when there is a terrorist threat "improves security for citizens and business," Germany's Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Friday.

Austria considering legal action against German road toll plan

Austria is considering whether to take legal action against Germany's plan to introduce a road toll on its motorways, Anton Heinzl of the country's governing SPOe party said Friday, one day after the plan was approved by the European Commission.

EU agrees to let Germany introduce road toll, staving off legal feud

The European Commission has approved Germany's plan to introduce a road toll on its motorways, top transport officials from both sides said on Thursday.

Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line to buy German rival

Global shipping giant A/S Maersk Line of Denmark on Thursday announced plans to grow its business by buying German rival Hamburg Sued, the world's seventh largest container shipper.

Syrian teen with headscarf complains of being kicked off Berlin tram

A 14-year-old Syrian girl was allegedly told to disembark from a tram in Berlin because the driver did not approve of her headscarf, police in the German capital said on Wednesday.

Airbus says it will cut more than 1,000 posts

Airbus said Tuesday that it will phase out 1,164 positions and transfer 325 posts as part of an effort to increase efficiency.

One dead in shooting outside Oklahoma City airport

An airline employee was shot dead Tuesday in a parking lot outside Oklahoma City's main airport, prompting authorities to stop all flights and place the airport on lockdown.

Austria mulls legal action against planned German road toll

Austria warned Friday that it might take legal action against Germany's plan to introduce a road toll that would effectively be paid by foreign drivers rather than Germans.

US declares 40,000 kilometres of electric car highways

The White House issued plans to encourage electric cars on Thursday, including nearly 40,000 kilometres of major highways where drivers across the United States should eventually have regular access to charging stations.

Venezuelan fighter intercepts Colombian passenger flight

A Colombian passenger plane was intercepted and escorted from Venezuelan airspace by a Venezuelan fighter plane, the government in Bogota revealed Saturday.

Croatia Airlines celebrates 20 years of flights to Sarajevo

Croatia's national air carrier, Croatia Airlines on Wednesday celebrated 20 years of Zagreb - Sarajevo flights with the airline's CEO Kresimir Kucko announcing the airline's stronger presence in the future on the Bosnia and Herzegovina market.

Singapore to launch first trial of driverless buses in university

In a move that could see driverless buses plying between a metro station and a university, Singapore's transport authority announced Wednesday it was launching a trial of the vehicles.

Uber launches 50-cent rickshaw rides in Pakistan

Global taxi-hailing giant Uber has begun offering rides for the equivalent of as little 50 US cents in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore with its new rickshaw service.

US bans Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from flights

US officials are banning all Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones from all flights amid concerns about the devices catching fire.

Train services resume at German station closed by bomb threat

Train services resumed at a railway station in southern Germany after it was evacuated because of a bomb threat early Tuesday.

French government to buy 15 high-speed trains, keep factory open

France's government, in a move to avoid the planned closure of a train factory owned by French manufacturer Alstom, said Tuesday that it would invest in 15 high-speed TGV trains.

Osijek set to streamline public transport system

The City of Osijek and the public transportation utility (GPP) have launched a 100-million-euro project of overhaul and development of the public transportation fleet, and the city authorities and the GPP management are hopeful that at least 85% of the investment will be covered by funds from the European Union.

EU takes Germany to court over "discriminatory" road tolls

The European Commission took Germany to court on Thursday over a controversial road toll system, arguing that it discriminates against drivers from other EU member states.

1 killed, 108 injured in train wreck inside New Jersey station

One person was killed and 108 injured when a commuter train hurtled into a rail terminal and struck a barrier Thursday in New Jersey, just outside New York City, authorities said.

Motor show opens in Paris, with eye to streamlined future

One of the world's biggest motor shows opened to professionals on Thursday, with manufacturers unveiling new concepts whose greatest features are measured in their absence.

Dubai airport halts air traffic due to drone

An unauthorized drone forced air traffic at Dubai International Airport to be temporarily halted on Wednesday, authorities said.

German Air Traffic Control says 40 incidents with drones this year

There have been 40 incidents involving drones in German airspace this year, air traffic controllers said on Sunday.

Moroccan woman takes late husband's bowels on flight to Austria

Austrian airport officials made the "strangest find of the past year" after discovering a man's intestines being taken through customs by a female passenger.

Airbus receives US license to sell aircraft to Iran

Airbus has received a license from the US government to sell its first 17 aircraft to Iran, part of a larger deal inked earlier this year, a company spokesman said on Wednesday.

Pilot mistakenly pushes alarm button, triggers Saudia plane lockdown

A Saudia Airlines passenger plane was placed on lockdown for nearly two hours at a Philippine airport on Tuesday after its pilot mistakenly pushed an emergency button before landing, officials said.

Saudia Airlines flight on lockdown in Manila after security threat

Security teams have surrounded a Saudia Airlines passenger plane at Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport after a warning the plane was facing an unspecified threat, airport authorities say.

airBaltic plane makes emergency landing in Riga

The pilots of an airBaltic plane decided to made an emergency landing shortly after take-off from Riga's airport after detecting a landing gear problem on the nose of the aircraft, the company said Saturday.

Indonesian flag carrier bans Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all its flights

Indonesian flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced on Sunday that it is banning passengers from using and charging the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on all its flights.

Galaxy Note 7 smartphones banned on UAE airlines

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday banned passengers from using Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board the country’s airlines, following a recall of the devices because of a battery fire hazard.

Fire fears prompt US warning on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on planes

US air safety regulators have warned airline passengers not to use Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 aboard planes, following a recall of the devices because of a battery fire hazard.

Court advisor slams EU, Canada flight data-sharing deal

A deal between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger information is in breach of fundamental EU rights and should not be implemented as agreed, an advisor to the European Union's top court recommended Thursday.

Protest, computer errors prompt delays at three London airports

A protest about environmental racism paired with an airline technical problem combined to disrupt traffic at three of London's airports, prompting complaints, arrests and delays Tuesday.

Turbulence on diverted United flight leaves 12 in hospital

A transatlantic United Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Ireland on Wednesday after the plane was hit by severe turbulence that left 12 people in need of hospital treatment, according to the airline and the airport.

About 100 flights cancelled after Frankfurt airport security scare

About 100 flights were cancelled to and from Frankfurt airport on Wednesday after a security scare, a spokesman for airport operator Fraport said.

Flights resume at Vienna Airport after technical glitch strands 900

A technical glitch at the Vienna International Airport that brought 63 flights to a standstill has been resolved, authorities said Monday.

Australian teen completes record around-the-world flight

An Australian teenager has become the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a single-engine aircraft. 

Japan’s ANA cancels Boeing 787 flights to repair Rolls-Royce engines

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) cancelled nine domestic flights Friday due to problems with Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 787 aircraft.

Bangkok to launch special police squad to crack down on Pokemon Go

Bangkok City Police will launch a mobile police squad aimed at catching drivers playing the popular mobile application Pokemon Go, local media reported Monday. 

Flight crew prevents drunk pilot from taking off in Frankfurt

A drunk pilot who wanted to take off on a flight from Frankfurt to Colombo with more than 270 passengers on board was stopped by the cabin crew, according to a report from news site hessenschau.de on Sunday.

CEO hopes ECA seaplanes will soon resume flights

The chief executive officer of the European Coastal Airlines (ECA), Klaus Dieter Martin, said on Wednesday that he hoped this seaplane operator would soon resume flights after Croatia's air traffic safety regulator suspended its operations following findings of an inspection.

Security flaw found in auto-locking of 100 million cars: German media

Researchers in Germany and Britain have found a security flaw in remote controlled car locking systems of 100 million vehicles worldwide that could leave them vulnerable to hackers, German media reported Thursday.

Belgian customs finds 1.7 tons of cocaine under banana shipment

Belgian customs authorities found 1,500 packages containing 1.7 tons of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas, the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday, according to the Belga news agency. 

Delta cancels nearly 250 flights, warns more pain ahead

Delta Air Lines cancelled nearly 250 Tuesday flights as the company works to "reset" its operations after a computer outage grounded flights worldwide.

Delta warns of more pain as hundreds of flights cancelled, delayed

Thousands of Delta Air Lines travellers will have their flights cancelled or delayed on Tuesday as the company struggles to resume normal operations after a computer outage grounded flights worldwide.

Delta flights resume after power outage causes mass cancellations

Some Delta Air Lines flights were set for take-off after being grounded Monday morning following a power outage in Atlanta that affected the company's computer systems.

All Delta Air Lines flights grounded due to system outage

All Delta Air Lines flights are grounded due to a computer outage, the airline said Monday as it sought to bring under control a problem that threatened to strand thousands of travelers.

Frankfurt airport expects fewer passengers due to terrorism fears

Fraport, which operates Germany's biggest airport in Frankfurt, warned Thursday that its passenger numbers would fall in 2016 as a result of terrorism fears.

Cabin crew evacuates Indonesia-bound flight after hearing word "bomb"

People on board an AirAsia flight bound for Indonesia on Wednesday were ordered to disembark the plane after a passenger uttered the word "bomb," a police official said.

Malaysia Airlines orders 50 Boeing B737 Max jets

Malaysia Airlines has firmed up an order for 50 B737 Max jets from Boeing for a total of 5.5 billion dollars, the airline's new chief executive officer said Wednesday.

EU to co-finance 8 Croatian air traffic projects

The European Union granted funds to Croatia's Air Control (HKZP) for the financing of eight air traffic projects, worth approximately HRK 138 million (EUR 18.5 million), the HKZP told a news conference on Friday, adding that the EU would finance 85% of that amount.

Increase in passenger turnover at Croatian airports

The number of passengers for whom Croatian airports catered this May increased by 8% to 770,000 compared to May 2015, the Croatian national statistical office (DZS) has reported.

Piracy down but not out in treacherous South-East Asian waters

Governments in South-East Asia are getting on top of the maritime piracy problem. But their approach needs to go beyond law enforcement, analysts say.

EUR 36.5 mn contract on new warehouse in Port of Rijeka inked

A HRK 273.6 million contract on building a background warehouse at the Skrljevo terminal in the free zone of the Port of Rijeka was signed on Tuesday by executives of the consortium of companies that will build the facility and by executives of the Port of Rijeka.

EC: 134.6 mln euro from ESI funds for Dubrovnik Airport upgrade

The European Commission has approved a project worth 214.9 million euro for the upgrade of Dubrovnik Airport, 134.6 million euro of which will come from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Commission reported on Tuesday.

Bosnia, Croatia ink deal on Svilaj bridge across Sava River

Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia signed a contract at a ceremony held in Neum on Friday, on the joint construction of a bridge across the Sava River at Svilaj along the pan-European Vc corridor.

EU launches probe into tax exemptions for French, Belgian ports

Ports in France and Belgium may be unfairly benefiting from tax exemptions that give them an advantage over competitors, the European Commission said Friday as it launched an investigation into the issue.

Croatia and Bosnia interested in speedy construction of bridges

Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina fully support the implementation of current infrastructure projects that should contribute to better transport connectivity between the two countries and have agreed to models and construction specifications for the Peljesac bridge.

El Al flight from New York lands safely in Tel Aviv after bomb alarm

An El Al Israeli passenger plane from New York landed safely in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, after a bomb alarm turned out to be false, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Bomb alert on Israeli airliner en route to Tel Aviv

There was a bomb alert on an Israeli passenger airplane that flew over Switzerland en route from New York to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, according to Skyguide, the company that monitors Swiss airspace.

Spanish government launches probe into Vueling after airport chaos

An investigation has been launched into Spain's low-cost airline Vueling following chaos caused by the company at Barcelona airport at the weekend, the Spanish Transport Ministry said Sunday.

US to "evaluate" Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

The US highway safety authority has launched a "preliminary evaluation" of Tesla's self-driving technology in the wake of a fatal crash, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Friday.

Commissioner: There is risk of weaker absorption capacity when there is no gov't

This Finnish EU commissioner and the EU Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, today unveiled a list of transport projects that will receive EUR 6.7 billion under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

EU grants more access to partially banned Iran Air

The European Union is granting Iran's leading airline more access to its market, the bloc's executive said Thursday, following years of safety concerns about the flag carrier.

Chinese company to test passenger drone in Nevada

The Ehang 184 has the appearance of a quad drone scaled up to the size of a small helicopter, with a one-person cabin in the centre of the four-arm, eight-propeller structure.

Public bike sharing system launched on island of Lastovo

A public bike sharing system has been introduced on the southern Croatian island of Lastovo, which thus joined a group of over 100 nextbike destinations worldwide, "Nextbike", a company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems, has recently reported.

At least three injured in explosion at Shanghai airport

At least three people were injured after explosives went off in Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Sunday afternoon, according to state media reports. 

Egyptair flight resumes after bomb hoax forces Uzbekistan landing

An Egyptair plane en route from Cairo to Beijing made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan Wednesday following a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax, the state-run airline said.

Pula Airport unveils its master plan

Earlier this week Pula Airport presented its master plan for 2014-2039, including guidelines for the development of the airport's infrastructure and entire business.

FlixBus to start operating in Croatia as of mid-June

The prices of domestic trips will start at 39 kuna and the prices of trips abroad will start at 69 kuna. For example, a ticket from Zagreb to Hamburg will cost about 40 euros and one to Paris will be about 40 euros.

World's longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland

The world's longest railway tunnel was inaugurated in Switzerland by Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann, who highlighted the significance of the project for Europe.