France is currently embroiled in a series of travel strikes that threaten to bring the country to its knees. Emmanuel Macron's government is facing a "spring of discontent" 50 years on from the famous protests of May 1968, as parallel disputes involving the country's key transport players conspire to create nightmarish conditions. An effigy of the young president, in power for less than a year, has already been set ablaze in Nantes at a time when Mr Macron is preoccupied with events in Syria. His approval rating has meanwhile dropped from 57 per cent to 40 per cent since his inauguration. Read more French strikes: Air France and SNCF are pitched against liberté Just 11 per cent of France's workforce is unionised, among the lowest in the EU, but its trade bodies retain powerful voices and are not afraid to risk public ire to defend their rights. Why are French railway workers on strike? The country's railway workers are engaged in industrial action over … [Read more...] about Why is France’s transport network mired in strikes and what does it mean for British travellers?
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Tornadoes caused disruption to flights in Florida as severe weather passed through the state. Two twisters were seen in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday afternoon, local media reported. Greg Meyer, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport told 10 News that one tornado touched down in the site’s north-western area at about 4.30pm. It damaged a private jet, shut down a runway and was strong enough to blow luggage trolleys around, he said. 10 News said several dozen flights were affected. It comes after days of inclement weather in a number of states. World news in pictures 51 show all World news in pictures 1/51 Seasonal winds washed tons of debris ashore at Matahari Terbit beach, near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. Reuters 2/51 Syrian onlookers gather around rescue teams clearing the rubble at the site of an explosion of unknown origin which wrecked a multi-storey building the previous night in the war-battered country's northwestern city of … [Read more...] about US weather: Tornadoes cause travel chaos at Florida airport after days of storms across America
Flights at Stansted Airport are getting back to normal after more than 100 arrivals and departures were cancelled on Good Friday. An electrical fault started a fire on a shuttle bus parked outside the terminal at around 4.20pm. It took the emergency services 20 minutes to bring the blaze under control. No-one was hurt, but thick black smoke spread across the airport. Brad Miller, Stansted’s chief operating officer, told BBC Breakfast: “The wind direction meant the smoke was blowing into and across the terminal. Inside it went very dark. “Obviously the first thing our people though was: ‘Where is the safest place we can get them to within the terminal?’ That happened to be airside.” Read more More than 100 flights cancelled or diverted after bus fire at Stansted As soon as the decision was taken to take people straight through the security search area, the “airside” area was no longer sterile. Passengers boarding flights at the … [Read more...] about Stansted Airport latest: Flights getting back to normal after bus fire sparks Good Friday chaos
More than 15,000 passengers who were hoping to be on an Easter break are waking up in the wrong place after Stansted Airport shut down because of a fire on a bus. On one of the busiest days of the year for the Essex airport, a blaze broke out shortly after 4pm on a shuttle bus parked outside the terminal. With clouds of black smoke from the fire infiltrating the building, travellers in the check-in area were moved to the airside zone for their safety. Read more Easter travel: misery for many on roads, railways and flights Swan causes huge Easter traffic jam on M6 motorway Easter travellers face chaos on trains, boats and planes What the air passenger duty rates rise means for UK travellers As a result no flights could depart until everyone was re-screened and the airside area swept by security staff to ensure no passengers had stayed behind. The process took so long that, shortly before 8pm, the airport and airlines agreed to keep Stansted closed for the rest of the evening rather … [Read more...] about Stansted: more than 100 flights cancelled and diverted after shuttle bus fire causes airport evacuation
The joys of speeding across Spain’s vast countryside in a bullet train will soon become a more affordable pleasure with the announcement that RENFE are developing a low-cost alternative. Íñigo de la Serna, Spain’s minister of Publics Works unveiled plans to launch a new service in 2018, that will initially run between Madrid and Barcelona. The route, which will be called the EVA, would begin with five trains in each direction each day and aim to transport over a million passengers in the first year, the minister said at a press conference on Tuesday. The ticket price will be at least 25 percent cheaper than the current service between Madrid and Barcelona and would operate not from Barcelona-Sants station in the centre of the Catalan capital but a new hub in El Prat de Llobregat, a satellite town near the airport. The current AVE service hurtles the 621km (386 miles) between Madrid and Barcelona in under three hours reaching a speed above 310 km/h. The … [Read more...] about Spain launches new ‘low-cost’ high speed train between Madrid and Barcelona