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Vienna International Transport Industry News

Passengers Still Rising at VIA

Vienna International Airport: Plus 5.1% in passengers during February 2011

March 11, 2011

ÖBB: Cargo Division as Loss-Maker

The continuing crisis of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) is due in large extent to the losses in freight traffic of Rail Cargo Austria (RCA).

March 8, 2011

Savings Planned at Vienna International Airport

According to CEO Christoph Herbst, a "two-digit million amount" is to be saved this year.

March 1, 2011

Austria as Central Europe’s Logistics Hub

Austria's transport industry shows optimism. The employment situation is expected to improve still further.

March 1, 2011

Major order for Siemens Austria

The Austrian subsidiary of the German electronics group receives a new order from Poland for the construction of underground train sets.

February 26, 2011

Sales Growth for Quehenberger

The Austrian logistics company posted higher sales in 2010 than expected, however without reaching the profit zone.

February 23, 2011

WKÖ: "Clear Commitment to the Brenner Base Tunnel is Needed”

The chairman of the Austrian Economic Chamber considers the tunnel between Italy and Austria as a pioneering infrastructure project.

February 23, 2011

Brenner Tunnel: ÖBB will not pay

The Austrian Federal Railways will only accept to build the tunnel for € 10bn, if the costs are passed on to the state.

February 22, 2011

Lufthansa Increases Pressure on AUA

The German parent company intends to convert the previously loss-making Austrian Airlines into a profitable company at last.

February 18, 2011

Difficulties in ÖBB Restructuring

The Austrian Federal Railways cannot get out of their debt crises. Restructuring of the freight division requires additional funding

February 15, 2011

Vienna International Airport: Third Runway for € 1.8bn

The proposed project is not firm yet, but the estimated costs are between € 1.2 and € 1.8bn due to extensive construction work.

February 12, 2011

Passenger Increase at VIA Continues

Vienna International Airport: Plus 6.7% in passengers during January 2011

February 11, 2011

Serious Allegations Against Former AUA CEO

Sheikh Mohamed Al Jaber, who wanted to take over Austrian Airlines in 2008, considers himself to have been seriously deceived by the former management and raises accusations.

February 10, 2011

More Passengers at Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines Traffic Result for January 2011: 2.1 Percent Increase in Passenger Volume. 690,000 flight guests were carried.

February 10, 2011

Tension between ÖBB and ÖVP

The conflict over the finances of the Austrian State Railway between the ÖBB and the ruling ÖVP goes on.

February 8, 2011

ÖBB CEO Kern Closes In on Politicians

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, reacts angrily to accusations made by politicians.

February 5, 2011

The Westbahn Complains Because of ÖBB-Subsidies

In December, the new “Westbahn” (Western Railway) will start competing with the ÖBB (Austrian state railways) which are allegedly being privileged by the government.

February 3, 2011

EFKON Group Wins Major Contract in South Africa

The Austrian EFKON Group has been awarded a contract to install an Intelligent Transportation System on freeways in South Africa.

February 2, 2011

Kapsch TrafficCom Names new CEO for its North American Operations

The Austrian Kapsch TrafficCom AG names Christopher F. Murray President & CEO of Kapsch TrafficCom IVHS effective February 1.

February 2, 2011

Skylink: Judicial Investigations are Presently being Conducted

The final report of the Audit Court on the Vienna International Airport Skylink project has been submitted. Criticism is devastating. Criminal investigations are starting.

February 1, 2011

Kapsch TrafficCom with First Contract Award in Russia

The Austrian Kapsch TrafficCom AG announces that its Russian subsidiary has been awarded an order to equip traffic crossings.

February 1, 2011

Increase in Passengers at Austrian Airports

Every of the six Austrian Airports could record substantial growth in passengers in 2010. Their number rose by 7.9%.

January 31, 2011

ÖBB in "Rebuilding Phase"

The CEO of the Austrian Federal Railways, Christian Kern, sees a new era beginning for the group. He intends to put more focus on performance.

January 22, 2011

Pricing Agreements in Austria's Transport Industry

The Austrian Federal Competition Authority has ncovered two shipping cartels involving several well-known carriers.

January 21, 2011

Vienna International Airport: +8.7% Passengers During 2010

The strongest increase has been recorded in passenger traffic to Eastern Europe and to the Middle East. For 2011, the company expects a 5.0% increase.

January 20, 2011

Mixed Results for Linz Airport

2010 ended with a historical record in freight earnings for the “blue danube airport linz” However, regular passenger volumes decreased slightly.

January 15, 2011

AUA and Flyniki: Passenger Growth

Austrian Airlines increased its number of passengers by 9.7% in 2010; Flyniki achieved an increase of 29%.

January 13, 2011

Austrian Airlines: Negotiations Finished

The management of the Austrian Airlines and worker representatives agreed to increase salaries slightly in 2011. Thus, strikes will not take place.

January 7, 2011

AUA Staff Ready to go on Strike

The results of the polls are for starting the strike at Austrian Airlines. Should the negotiations fail, the staff is ready to go on strike.

January 5, 2011

AUA: For now, Negotiations Instead of Strikes

At the end of the year, there were still signs of strike for the staff of Austrian Airlines. Now the situation seems to calm down.

January 4, 2011

Poor Outlook for Creditors of SkyEurope

The Austrian-Slovakian airline, which became insolvent in 2009, will only reach a quota of 16%.

January 4, 2011

Austrian Federal Railways Needs € 400m

Christian Kern, CEO of the Federal Raiways (ÖBB), backed up his call for a capital increase.

January 3, 2011

Czech Railways Considers to Acquire ÖBB-Railjets

The Austrian Federal Railways doesn´t want to exercise its option to buy further Railjets from Siemens.

December 28, 2010

AUA has to Cancel Flight to the U.S.

Persistent snowstorms in the eastern United States, have forced Austrian Airlines to cancel a flight to New York, as local airports there are closed.

December 27, 2010

Economic Chamber Criticizes Import Control System

According to the WKÖ, Austrian businesses incur additional costs and bureaucracy by the import control system.

December 27, 2010

French SNCF Participates in Westbahn Project

The French National Railways acquire a stake of 25% in the Haselsteiner project.

December 17, 2010

Allegations of Market Abuse Against ÖBB

The Austrian Federal Railways are facing another accusation by the Federal Competition Authority. Rail Cargo is said to have abused its market power.

December 17, 2010

Changes on the Management Board of Vienna International Airport

After several weeks of controversial discussions, the Supervisory Board announced Christoph Herbst as new CEO. He will succeed Herbert Kaufmann.

December 16, 2010

JCL Logistics and Rail Cargo Austria Step into Strategic Alliance

Both logistics companies agree to establish a cooperation in groupage service. Their common target is to reach synergies in their transport network.

December 15, 2010

Linz AG: Decrease in Operating Profits

The Upper-Austrian energy supplier experiences a slight increase in sales. Profits declined. However, the board states to be “satisfied”.

December 14, 2010

Skylink: Resignation of Executive Board or Supervisory Board

The Vienna Airport Skylink debacle is becoming a political issue. Staffing decisions have been made.

December 14, 2010

New Logistics Center for Gebrüder Weiss in Romania

The logistics company Gebrüder Weiss has entrusted the construction of a logistics center in Sibiu to the Unger Steel Group as general contractor again.

December 14, 2010

Vienna International Airport: Plus 12.1% in passengers during November 2010

The number of passengers handled by Vienna International Airport in November 2010 rose by 12.1% year-on-year to 1,550,324.

December 14, 2010

AUA: Signs of Strike

The staff is voting for strike measures. Protests are planned for after the Christmas holidays.

December 14, 2010

AUA: Negotiations Failed, Imminent Protests

Collective agreement negotiations between employee representatives and top leaders of Austrian Airlines had to be interrupted without results.

December 10, 2010

AUA: Significant Passenger Growth in November

Austrian Airlines transported 6.8 percent more passengers than 2009/11. Plus 9.9 percent in the first eleven months this year

December 9, 2010

High Expectations about the New AUA Chairman

The Frenchman Thierry Antinori, is to complete successfully for Lufthansa the restructuring of the Austrian subsidiary.

December 8, 2010

Vienna Airport Board Sees no Fault of Their Own

The controversial directors of Flughafen Wien (Vienna International Airport) defend themselves against public criticism of the construction project "Skylink".

December 5, 2010

Strike threat at AUA

Salary negotiations at Austrian Airlines falter. The staff wants at least a salary increase equivalent to inflation.

December 2, 2010

AUA is to Get New Leadership

Austrian Airlines, a Lufthansa subsidiary, is to get the Frenchman Thierry Antinori as its new CEO. The board is to be expanded with this appointment.

November 30, 2010