Governments around the world tightened air security on Monday, after two bombs were intercepted on the way to the US from Yemen. Tighter international regulations on air cargo may have a negative impact on the global economy.
Barack Obama has vowed to leave no stone unturned in the search for potentially dangerous packages bound for the US after two explosive-laden parcels sent from Yemen were intercepted at airports before reaching their targets in Chicago.
Two suspicious packages found on US-bound cargo planes “apparently contained explosive material,” US President Barack Obama said Friday. The packages originated from Yemen and were destined for Jewish organisations in Chicago, he added.
International authorities imposed a security alert Friday after suspicious packages were found on board US-bound cargo planes originating from Yemen. It is still being verified whether the discoveries are linked to a terrorist plot.
Low-cost Irish carrier Ryanair will close its Marseille base as a result of its ongoing dispute with French authorities. French prosecutors have refused to drop a case against the airline for hiring French employees on Irish employment contracts.
Even as flag carriers struggle to curb their losses amid a dip in long-haul air travel, budget airline Ryanair announced Tuesday it had bounced back into profit last year and would issue the first shareholder dividend in its history.
British Airways cabin crew started a five-day strike Monday after last-ditch negotiations over the weekend collapsed, casting the shadow of long-term travel disruption over the upcoming holiday season.