Business News Archive - August 22, 2008

Planned strikes by airport workers that would have caused bank holiday travel misery were called off early today. The dispute involved airport services business Swissport, and cabin staff and baggage handlers who are members of the Unite and GMB unions.

Chaplains are set to make regular visits to a Westcountry airport to offer spiritual guidance to passengers and staff. The airport's new initiative will bring the Reverends John Eyles and Gary Birch and Pastor Ian Huxham into the Exeter airport on a regular basis.

By Joe Napsha LORDSTOWN, Ohio -- General Motors Corp. today announced it will invest $350 million in its massive auto assembly complex here to make its next-generation fuel-efficient car, the Chevrolet Cruze, in 2010.

By Art Marroquin A strike authorization vote Wednesday appeared headed for approval by about 2,500 unionized janitors, wheelchair attendants, baggage handlers and other service workers at Los Angeles International Airport, a move that could cripple travel plans as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

Home News IN BRIEF *Thirty baggage-handlers at Stansted Airport will strike in support of a pay claim on bank holiday Monday, it was confirmed last night. However, a threatened walkout by other staff at Stansted, as well as those at Gatwick and Manchester airports, was called off.

By DANA BARTHOLOMEW, STAFF WRITER PHOTOS BY MICHAEL OWEN BAKER, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER VAN NUYS - Few would brave the 405 Freeway with a gap-toothed kid behind the wheel.

By Arpit Basu KOLKATA: On the eve of a very busy day at Kolkata airport - more than 8,500 passengers are booked in Wednesday's flights - chaos reigned at every booking counter in the airport and across the city.

By Saurabh Sinha NEW DELHI: Airlines' financial troubles caused by high oil prices seem to have become the industry's best defence for not giving passengers their due.

By Saurabh Sinha NEW DELHI: Close on the heels of clearing the levy of Rs 375 as user fee from passengers flying out of Hyderabad, the aviation ministry could now make India's biggest airports costlier for both airlines and fliers.

MALAYSIAN Airline System Bhd (MAS) and GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited, India have signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a world class maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services on narrow and wide body aircraft at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Shamshabad, Hyderabad.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.