Archive Transportation: Leisure

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • BOGOTA, Dec 5- Colombia's principal coal railway Fenoco and two unions representing its workers have extended salary negotiations until Dec. 13 after a first round of talks came to an end without an agreement, the company and unions said on Monday. If a deal is not reached by Dec. 13, workers would meet to decide whether to move toward a strike or continue discussions,...

  • *To start flying to U.S. from Cork, Dublin. Norwegian Air is working on new transatlantic routes from Irish cities like Cork, Dublin and Shannon, and plans to double its staff in the United States, he said. "We expect to start flying from Cork and Dublin already next summer with at least four weekly routes," said Kjos.

  • OSLO, Dec 5- Budget carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle aims to order more aircraft from producers Boeing and Airbus after its Irish subsidiary received long-awaited flying rights from U.S. authorities, the company's Chief Executive told Reuters. "There is no doubt we'll need even more planes after this," Bjoern Kjos said in an interview. Shares of Norwegian Air jumped...

  • YOKOSUKA, Japan— Nissan Motor Co. is testing self-driving cars at one of its plants in Japan that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships. Nissan executive Haruhiko Yoshimura said the automaker hoped to use the technology throughout the Oppama plant by 2019, and in overseas plants in the future. Kazuhiro Doi, a Nissan vice...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- Apple Inc is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars, declaring it is excited about the potential for automated transportation and calling on U.S. regulators not to restrict testing of such vehicles. A five-page letter from Steve Kenner, Apple's director of product integrity, to the National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travelers across the Atlantic. While Norwegian is already flying to New York and other U.S. cities, its ability to expand globally has been limited to the air rights that Norway...

  • WASHINGTON— Discount airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has won permission from federal authorities for its disputed plan to expand flights to the U.S. The Transportation Department said in a regulatory filing Friday that it approved a foreign air-carrier permit for the subsidiary, which is called Norwegian Air International. Norwegian Air Shuttle already...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travelers across the Atlantic. The order finalizes a tentative ruling made by the department in April and comes shortly after the European Commission formally filed for...

  • Dec 2- The U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday it granted flying rights to Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA's Irish unit, setting the stage for a new battle among airlines for leisure travelers across the Atlantic. The order finalizes a tentative ruling made by the department in April. It comes shortly after the European Commission formally filed for...

  • TRANSPORTATION DEPT FINALIZES APPROVAL FOR IRISH SUBSIDIARY OF NORWEGIAN AIR SHUTTLE TO FLY TO UNITED STATES- ORDER.

  • NAIROBI, Dec 2- China's Exim Bank has expressed interest in financing the third section of Kenya's planned rail link with Uganda at an estimated cost of $4.9 billion, a senior Kenya Railways official said on Friday. "China Exim Bank has expressed an intention to finance this," Atanas Maina, Kenya Railways managing director, told a news conference.

  • BERLIN— Prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail sentence for a train dispatcher accused of negligence that led to one of the worst train crashes in German history this year. Twelve people died and 89 were injured when two commuter trains collided on a single track on Feb. 9 near the Bavarian town of Bad Aibling, which is 60 kilometers southeast of Munich.

  • BRUSSELS— The European Union and Berlin have ended their standoff over the introduction of a road tax for passenger cars in Germany that was seen as discriminating against other EU drivers. Both sides said the compromise deal would underscore that EU citizens cannot be discriminated against while it would allow Germany to fund road works in the future.

  • TOLEDO, Ohio— A self-driving big rig is rolling down the Ohio Turnpike for the first time. The debut of the self-driving truck on Thursday is part of Ohio's $15 million investment in advanced self-driving highway technology. Ohio is among several states competing to play a role in the testing and research of autonomous vehicles, which is advancing.

  • Dec 1- Parker-Hannifin Corp, which makes motion and control systems for the industrial and aerospace markets, said on Thursday it would buy air filtration systems maker Clarcor Inc for about $4.3 billion, including debt. Clarcor's strong presence in the United States and high percentage of recurring after-market sales would benefit Parker-Hannifin, the...