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French protesters briefly block Marseille airport

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 11:51 am

MARSEILLE, France, Oct 21, 2010 (AFP) – Activists blocked access to Marseille airport Thursday as part of the increasingly bitter protest against the French government’s pension reforms, unions and airport officials said.

Travellers walk with their luggages next to French anti riot policemen as stikers block access to Marseille’s airport on October 21, 2010. AFP

Around 200 demonstrators carrying armbands from the CGT and FSU unions had occupied a key roundabout leading to the airport in the early hours of the morning, but had ended their action by 8:00 am.

The action had caused tailbacks of several kilometres early Thursday, with some travellers having to abandon their cars to reach the terminals, an airport spokesman said.

But at 8:30 am, the traffic was beginning to clear.

Staff from the airport and other industries — such as refineries, steelworks and ports — took part in the action, according to a union spokesman.

The airport spokesman said the blockade had only a partial one, although it had caused large traffic queues.

Source: SGGP

Viva Macau briefly halts flights to Vietnam

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 5:17 am

Viva Macau Airlines has suspended its flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City till April 1, saying the flight delay and cancellations caused by inability to reach agreement with the sole fuel supplier in Macau.

The low-cost carrier said in a statement seen late Mar. 29 that “our Air Operator Certificate was revoked without any prior notice.”

Viva Macau aircraft seen at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (File photo: VietnamNet)

It said the termination of AOC affected flights to destinations including Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. A total of 33 flights have been cancelled, affecting a total of 4,739 passengers.

Viva Macau said it has been providing refunds to affected passengers. It also said no agreement could be reached with the fuel supplier.

The airline has set up a hotline at 853-28718880 or 853-28718883 for enquiries.

In Vietnam, TransViet Group is the general sales agent of Viva Macau. TransViet has set up hotlines for enquiries at (08) 38242123 in Ho Chi Minh City and (04) 22606688 in Hanoi.

Viva Macau had been operating daily service to HCM City and three weekly flights to Hanoi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday before the suspension.

Source: SGGP