Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union has added Iran's Aseman Airlines to its blacklist of companies banned from European skies due to safety concerns. The EU's Executive Commission also said it had removed all airlines certified in Kazakhstan from the blacklist, given recent improvements in aviation security in the country. The move means that a total of 193...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 8- Russian billionaire Vladimir Lisin may sell part of his holding in the country's largest steelmaker NLMK, which he controls, three banking and industry sources told Reuters on Thursday. Lisin controls 85.5 percent of NLMK and Forbes magazine ranks him as Russia's eighth richest businessman worth about $9.3 billion. Lisin's representative...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 8- The European Union has banned Iran's Aseman Airlines from operating within the EU due to safety concerns, in a blow to Tehran which is buying new jets to renew the country's ageing fleet following the lifting of long-term sanctions. Aseman Airlines was added to the EU's air safety list of airlines which do not meet international safety standards,...

  • *Paris pollution hits worst level in a decade. PARIS, Dec 7- The French capital Paris announced on Wednesday license-plate based driving restrictions for a third day in a row and plans bans on old cars as the City of Light experienced the worst air pollution in a decade. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Paris banned cars from circulation based on whether their license...

  • PITTSBURGH— Ride-sharing company Uber wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to delay policy recommendations that govern the testing of driverless cars. Uber, which has been testing the driverless cars in Pittsburgh for weeks, wants PennDOT to wait for legislation to be passed before it attempts to regulate such testing, the Pittsburgh...

  • LAS VEGAS— On the theory that a driver who knows when a red light will turn green is more relaxed and aware, vehicle manufacturer Audi is unveiling this week in Las Vegas a technology that enables vehicles to "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the motorist how long the wait will be. It's a simple display for the driver— a dashboard traffic signal icon and a timer next...

  • MEXICO CITY/ MADRID, Dec 6- Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and construction firm ICA will bid jointly to build a $3.5 billion terminal for Mexico City's new airport, and no longer face competition from Spanish rivals Ferrovial and Dragados, people familiar with the matter said. Reuters reported in October that a consortium led by Carso Infraestructura y...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6- Democrats in California's state Senate announced on Tuesday a series of infrastructure funding bills that would invest billions in roads, bridges, housing and water projects. Democrats in the California Senate proposed five bills on Tuesday, including one that would use $6 billion a year over the next decade to repair roads and bridges and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6- Democrats in California's state Senate announced on Tuesday a series of infrastructure funding bills that would invest billions in roads, bridges, housing and water projects. Democrats in the California Senate proposed five bills on Tuesday, including one that would use $6 billion a year over the next decade to repair roads and bridges and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 6- Democrats in California's state Senate announced on Tuesday a series of infrastructure funding bills that would invest billions in roads, bridges, housing and water projects. Democrats in the California Senate proposed five bills on Tuesday, including one that would use $6 billion a year over the next decade to repair roads and bridges and...

  • WASHINGTON— Alaska Airlines has won government approval to buy rival Virgin America after agreeing to reduce its flight-selling partnership with American Airlines. Seattle- based Alaska is the nation's sixth-biggest airline, and California- based Virgin is eighth. Alaska said the concession will cost it between $15 million and $20 million a year in revenue...

  • DUBAI, Dec 6- U.S President-elect Donald Trump could give the business jet market a much needed boost after a "tough" 2016, Boeing Business Jets President David Longridge said in Dubai on Tuesday. The international property tycoon has his own private fleet, including a Boeing 757, which he used to criss-cross the United States during the presidential campaign.

  • DAYTON, Ohio— Delta Air Lines says a flight bound for Atlanta made a quick return to a southwest Ohio airport because of a possible engine issue. The Atlanta- based airline says Flight 2392 took off from Dayton International Airport on Tuesday morning and returned safely shortly afterward because of an indication that one of the MD-90's two engines was getting...

  • LONDON, Dec 6- Liverpool's new container terminal expects to ramp up transatlantic shipping as British companies look to deepen business ties despite concerns that the U.S. election of Donald Trump could hinder free trade, the port operator's chief said. Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports, said Liverpool, on England's northwest coast, already had 45...

  • LONDON, Dec 6- The British government is planning a major overhaul of the country's much-criticised railways in a bid to improve efficiency and stop excuses for poor service like the wrong kind of snow or leaves causing delays on the line. Trains and tracks were separated when Britain's railways were privatised in 1997 under the Conservative government of...

  • PARIS— Paris has temporarily barred half of all cars from traveling on city streets and made public transportation free for the day as it battles a peak in pollution. To tackle what City Hall describes as an "exceptionally serious" crisis, Paris's Velib bike-share and Autolib electric cars were made free Tuesday, as well as the Paris metro and bus services.

  • LONDON, Dec 6- While many auto executives predict electric vehicles will represent a significant share of vehicle sales in ten years, some oil companies expect electricity to still play only a bit part in transport 20 years from now. The International Energy Agency said it had not yet studied the impact of autonomous driving on oil demand. The Oil View: "There...

  • James Mattis for the top Pentagon job. Congress needs to change the law so a former military man can serve in the civilian post. Under current law, Congress would need to pass legislation next year to grant Mattis an exception from a law that requires a seven-year wait for former members of the military to serve in the post.

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 5- Fresh off a historic tie-up with Australia's BHP Billiton Plc, Pemex is aiming for more than five additional joint ventures with other major producers over the next two years, the chief executive officer of the Mexican state oil firm said on Monday. Pemex already plans four shallow water and onshore tie-ups next year, and Pemex CEO Jose Antonio...

  • President Donald Trump could set up an entity similar to Canada's infrastructure bank to help fund his plans to spend $1 trillion on roads and bridges, one of the world's biggest infrastructure investors said. Michael Sabia, chief executive officer of the Caisse, Canada's second-biggest public pension fund, was on the advisory panel that recommended Canada...