#Airlines

A Belarusian dog handler checks luggage from a Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS (flight number FR4978) parked on Minsk International Airport's apron in Minsk, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Onliner.by / AFP
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Belarus plane diversion raises legal questions

Governments were quick to denounce the diversion of a Ryanair plane by Belarus as an act of "terrorism" and "state-sponsored piracy" -- but will the country face legal consequences?
A Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair passenger plane (flight FR4978, SP-RSM) from Athens that was diverted to Minsk by Belarus authorities, pictured after landing at Vilnius International Airport, its initial destination, on May 23, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
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Airlines avoid Belarus: What’s the impact?

Global airlines are avoiding the airspace of Belarus after the country diverted a Ryanair jet and arrested a dissident journalist on board - this is how it is affecting the aviation sector
Aircraft stored by Tarmac Aerosave at the firm's aerodrome in Azereix, southwestern France, on February 4, 2021. Photo: Lionel Bonavenure / AFP
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At the foot of the Pyrenees planes put out to pasture

Under the snow-capped Pyrenees, dozens of planes are lined up like toys on a shelf at one of several airports in southern Europe where parking planes has become big business
A night train of the Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) Austrian railway company stands on a platform at the railway station in Gries am Brenner at the Austrian-Italian border, on February 23, 2020. Photo: Johann Groder / APA / AFP
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Back on track: Europe’s fading night trains win reprieve

Increasing awareness of the carbon footprint from air travel, coupled with shrinkage in the airline sector due to the coronavirus, mean that night trains may be in line for an unexpected renaissance
A Lufthansa Airbus A350 takes off from Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on June 3, 2020. Photo: Christophe Stache / AFP
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Slow takeoff for aviation in Europe

After coronavirus lockdowns that brought civil aviation to near halt, air traffic is slowly resuming in Europe as borders reopen but tens of thousands of jobs are still hanging in the balance
Airplanes from different companies are parked at the Chateauroux-Deols "Marcel Dassault" Airport (CHR) on May 22, 2020 in Deols, central France. - Many planes from several airlines are parked at Chateauroux-Deols airport until the end of the crisis caused by Covid-19, the new coronavirus. (Photo by GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP)
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Crash landing: Global air transport hit hard by virus

The COVID-19 pandemic has battered the air transport sector by grounding most planes, resulting in layoffs, bankruptcies and rescue plans
People sunbathe at the Barceloneta beach in Barcelona on May 20, 2020 during the hours allowed by the government to exercise, amid the national lockdown to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease. - Barcelona opened its beaches and parks for walks, in a slight relaxation of lockdown measures. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)
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How will European tourism survive the virus?

Tourism is a key component in the European economy, accounting for 10 percent of all activity but it now faces its greatest challenge -- how will it survive the coronavirus pandemic?
A man walks along a private beach in Jesolo, near Venice in northeast Italy, on May 12, 2020 during the country's coronavirus lockdown. Photo: Vincenzo Pinto / AFP
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Europe seeks to save the summer holidays

The EU has set out plans for a phased restart of travel this summer, hoping to save millions of tourism jobs threatened by the coronavirus across Europe, the world's top holiday destination
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