The Ischgl Protocol – A party location infects half of Europe

The party is over/Foto: blog.tirol

The winter sports village Ischgl in Tyrol was known for its parties. Then it became the hub of the corona virus – out of unscrupulousness and greed. A team of reporters reconstructed the case.

From: Der Spiegel  on 27.03.2020

“Home of Madness”

By Jürgen Dahlkamp, Hauke Goos, Roman Höfner, Felix Hutt, Gunther Latsch, Timo Lehmann, Walter Mayr, Max Polonyi and Jonathan Stock.

Ischgl in Tyrol is a mountain village in the Paznaun valley at an altitude of 1377 metres. It has a parish church and a chapel for the dead, about 1600 inhabitants and 11,800 guest beds, 239 kilometres of ski slopes, 1000 snow cannons, 45 lifts. There is the disco “Kuhstall” and the après ski bar “Kitzloch”. In Ischgl you can ski and party all night long at Jägermeister-Red Bull. Ischgl is a brand like Ibiza, Sylt or the Oktoberfest. Millions of tourists meet here every year. They come from Dublin, Reykjavík, Copenhagen and Helsinki, from Bavaria, Hamburg and Neuss. The tourism industry in the valley has a turnover of 250 million euros a year. Continue reading “The Ischgl Protocol – A party location infects half of Europe” »

Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start ups

the development of environmentally friendly mobility concepts will be one of the central challenges of the coming decades/Foto: Dassault Systemes

The development of environmentally friendly mobility concepts will be one of the central challenges of the coming decades. An interesting exhibitor in this field at this year’s Paris Air Show was “Dassault Aviation”, a subsidiary of the multinational software development company “Dassault Systemes”. “Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start-ups that are entering the market”, says CEO David Ziegler. Continue reading “Established aviation companies must keep pace with innovative ideas from start ups” »

Ruinous price war in the sky – Airlines serve greed and irresponsibility of consumers

Quickly and cheaply jetting somewhere has serious consequences/photo: tz.de, Munich Airport, Terminal 2

 

Serving the irresponsibility and the greed of consumers for ever cheaper ticket offers, to quickly jet somewhere at the weekend, to fly domestic routes, has further dramatic not only ecological but also economic consequences for the airlines itselves.

On the morning of 30 July, the Lufthansa share fell by up to seven per cent to its lowest level for two years. The discount battle with airline tickets Continue reading “Ruinous price war in the sky – Airlines serve greed and irresponsibility of consumers” »

Current situation of global air traffic

Global Aviation Monitor (GAM) of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) shows decline in air traffic/photo: tagesschau.de

 

After many years of growth in global air traffic with increasing flights, passengers and flight connections, a slowdown in development is currently becoming apparent. Global passenger flight movements increased by only 1.5 percent in June, from 3.3 million in June 2018 to just under 3.4 million in June of this year. Continue reading “Current situation of global air traffic” »

Music and stories of a border crosser

Norbert Brandtner (styrian harmonica), Johanna Holzner (harp), Manuel Haitzmann (tuba)/Foto: Johanna Wenninger-Muhr

Without his “Zugin”, the Styrian harmonica, Norbert Brandtner does not go anywhere. In the last six years, the Pinzgauer from Unken, with around 700 sheep and a dog, mostly a Bordercollie, moved through the Swiss Alps from May to September as a shepherd during his time off from university.

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Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?

The work of air traffic controllers will in future be gradually replaced by artificial intelligence says Carl-Herbert Rokitansky/Photo: FlickR

The computer scientist Carl-Herbert Rokitansky speaks of “Stone Age´” when one considers that the communication between air traffic controllers and pilots is still analogous today. Rokitansky, who was involved in the development of the Internet as a young researcher at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), now heads the Aerospace Research Group at the University of Salzburg, after working on the development of mobile radio networks and the construction of automatic truck tolling systems on motorways. Continue reading “Today’s communication between pilots and air traffic controllers: stone-age?” »

Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization

For the second time this summer, the business magazine Capital selected the best digital laboratories of major German corporations. The innovation labs from Lufthansa, Linde, Daimler and Pro Sieben Sat 1 are best, according to a study. But Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization, as many say, such as Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU General Secretary, or Gleb Tritus, co-founder and CEO of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub founded in 2014 in Berlin and a pioneer in many disciplines. Visionsblog.info talked to the serial entrepreneur, Business Angel and Innovator.

Gleb Tritus/Foto: Lufthansa

Visionsblog.info: Mr Tritus, there is too little awareness of the efforts needed to maintain Germany’s economic strength in a completely changed world for the future, said Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU general secretary, to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on 16 September. How do you see that?

Gleb Tritus: I agree that there is still too little awareness of the fact that the need for technological understanding and adaptability is no longer linear but disproportionately high. Fundamental changes happen faster than they did ten or fifteen years ago. Here, the business location of Germany is increasingly falling behind. At the same time, Continue reading “Germany has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to digitization” »

Low-cost air rush on Vienna Airport

Also Level takes part in the lowcost battle at Vienna´s Airport/ Photo: Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How much air is left for budget airlines at Vienna Schwechat Airport? Never before has the rush of low cost airlines for an airport been so great. Low prices delight passengers.

Many low-cost airlines are approaching the airport Vienna Schwechat – and almost daily there are more. Continue reading “Low-cost air rush on Vienna Airport” »

Manfred Mann´s Earth Band at the Rheingau Music Festival

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Cuveehof of Castle Johannisberg, Robert Hart (lead vocals) © RMF /Ansgar Klostermann

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, the British rock band around the South African keyboardist Manfred Lubowitz alias “Manfred Mann” has written pop history and was a guest at the Rheingau Music Festival: in the Cuveehof of the castle Johannisberg.

The classics Mighty Quinn, Blinded By The Light or Davy’s on the road again were of course in the repertoire on June 29 in the Rheingau and tore the audience from the chairs to join in the dance. That the offer of the Rheingau Music Festival is comprehensive and diverse was once again demonstrated by the appearance of this pop band in the Rheingau. Continue reading “Manfred Mann´s Earth Band at the Rheingau Music Festival” »

New Challenges for the global aviation industry

Aviation Event 2018, Düsseldorf Airport Conference Center, June 23th 2018/Foto: jwm

Düsseldorf was the ,venue´ of the Aviation Event 2018, the platform for senior-level dialogue between representatives of the aviation industry, business and politics. The approximately 200 participants came from airline companies, aviation associations, air traffic advisors and political representatives. The new challenges for air freight, safety and security, the impact of Brexit, the opportunities of the long-haul low-cost market, the management of airlines in the age of digitization and the problem of ground transportation were the topics of 2018. Continue reading “New Challenges for the global aviation industry” »