France hit by new wave of strikes against Macron’s pension reform

Reform would raise the retirement age to 64 Schools, transport networks, refinery deliveries hit Macron: Reform vital to ensure viability of pension system SAINT-NAZAIRE, France, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Striking workers disrupted French refinery deliveries, public transport and schools on Tuesday in a second day of nationwide protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make … Read more

New Zealand counts the cost of Auckland floods, more rain forecast

WELLINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Flood-ravaged Auckland is forecast to receive further heavy rain in the coming days, authorities in New Zealand’s largest city said on Monday, as insurers counted the costs of what looks likely to be the country’s most expensive weather event ever. Four people lost their lives in flash floods and landslides … Read more

US airports rumble back to life after FAA computer outage

WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) – US flights were slowly beginning to resume departures and a ground stop was lifted after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) scrambled to fix a system outage overnight that had forced a halt to all US departing flights. The cause of the problem, which delayed thousands of flights in the United … Read more

Hong Kong asks Japan to drop airport curb set to hit 60,000 travelers

HONG KONG, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government has asked Japan to withdraw a COVID-19 restriction that requires passenger flights from the financial hub to land at only four designated Japanese airports, saying the decision will impact about 60,000 passengers. The United States, India, Italy and Taiwan now require mandatory COVID-19 tests on travelers … Read more

UK airports face Christmas disruption as border staff to strike

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Border Force workers at several major British airports including the country’s busiest, Heathrow, will go on strike for eight days this month in a dispute over pay, threatening disruption to Christmas travel. The PCS trade union said staff employed by Britain’s interior ministry in passport booths would take action at … Read more

LATAM Airlines plane crashes on Peruvian runway, two firefighters dead

LIMA, Nov 18 (Reuters) – A LATAM Airlines (LTM.SN) jet collided with a firetruck on the runway of Peru’s Jorge Chavez International Airport as it was taking off on Friday, the carrier said, resulting in the death of two firefighters. No passengers or flight crew members were killed in the incident, the airline said. It … Read more

Flights canceled as storm Hermine hits Spain’s Canary Islands

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register GRAN CANARIA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Flights were canceled across Spain’s Canary Islands on Sunday, airport operator Aena said, as storm Hermine moved in from over the Atlantic, bringing heavy rains to the popular holiday destination. There had been 141 cancellations by mid-afternoon across many of … Read more

UK launches aviation charter to address airport disruption

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) – The British government launched an “Aviation Passenger Charter” on Sunday to help passengers know their rights if they are faced with problems at airports after the widespread disruption seen this year. Long queues and canceled flights caused by staff shortages have caused chaos at times, prompting airlines to cut back … Read more

EXCLUSIVE United Arab Emirates set to run Kabul airport in deal with Taliban, sources say

Members of the Taliban stand on the runway of the international airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 9, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY./File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register UAE set to beat rival joint Qatar-Turkey bid … Read more

Analysis: SPACs splash the cash to salvage deals as market unravels

March 16 (Reuters) – SPACs are turning to costly new tactics to keep investors from jumping ship as market confidence wanes in the once red-hot alternative to IPOs. Blank-check acquisition firms and the companies they acquire are having to hand over bigger stakes in the ventures to investors in some cases, often at big discounts. … Read more