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A new taxi concept

Erhan Kolcuoglu has had a number of IT jobs in Rotterdam until he got a brilliant idea. Taxis are very expensive in the Netherlands, due to an array of local, national, and European rules. But he finds out 2 things. First, the national rules only apply to taxis with 4 or more wheels. Second, European law classifies a car as a tricycle when the back tires are less than 46 cm apart.

Fortunately, he finds a construction firm that can convert a Ford Ka into such a ‘tricycle.’ In addition, the...
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Towards a Single European Sky

The Single European Sky (SES) project aims at reforming Europe’s air traffic management system. The International Airline Transport Association (IATA) warns that the SES will face collapse if European states don’t support the European Commission’s proposals to revive the initiative.

None of its targets have been met due to state inaction. The SES’ benefits are an improvement in safety performance by a factor of 10, greater capacity and fewer delays, and a 10% cut in EU aviation emissions, according to IATA.

SES has failed

So far, the...
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Large disparity in visa restrictions

Visa restrictions play an important role in controlling the movement of foreign nationals across borders. Almost all countries require a visa in the passports of certain non-citizens who wish to enter (or leave) their territory. Thus, it is important to find out before traveling whether you need a visa to enter your destination or transit country.

Residence permit

While visa restrictions are primarily based on citizenship, holding a residence permit may also be relevant. For example, residents in EU countries that are part of the Schengen zone may travel visa-free throughout that...
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Air France and KLM: an unhappy marriage?

By permission of the European Commission Air France/KLM issues 168 new shares worth almost €1 billion. The exact amount is €988 million. In addition, France has converted a bond - that was due to be paid off - into a loan in perpetuity.

French stake increased

The Netherlands didn’t match the French moves. They kept their share in Air France/KLM at 14%. Thus, all new shares have been bought by the France government. As a result, France’s interest in the airline has increased, whereas the Dutch state’s interest has relatively decreased. The French stake in the carrier is now just...
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Passengers’ missing items always retrieved

Lost bag foundEvery year passengers leave millions of items – often valuable - on planes and in airports. It costs the aviation industry millions of dollars. Lost items need to be registered, stored, managed and repatriated. Additional costs are for handling inquiries, customer calls and postage. Managing and repatriating a lost item can cost up to $95. But the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA) found a solution for this problem with its WorldTracer Lost and Found Property.

Artificial intelligence

The WorldTracer is an artificial intelligence-enabled solution that cuts the cost...
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US air travel rebounding

The number of air passengers screened at US airports on March 22, 2021 amounted to over 1.5 million. This is more than at any time since March 13, 2020. Screening refers to security checks on passengers entering airports. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) concludes that US air travel continues to rebound from a pandemic-related drop.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 devastated air travel demand, with US airline passengers down 60% in 2020. But a growing number of Americans are getting vaccinated, which reduces the chance of getting infected. This development may stimulate...
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