Hamburg Airport -Irritating gas affects 68 passengers


 Hamburg Airport evacuated after toxin gas scare

Passengers at Hamburg Airport were evacuated after 68 people had been injured by as of yet unknown hazardous material that had spread through the airport’s air-conditioning. 

Fire services rule out terrorist attack after toxin, believed to be pepper spray, leads to air traffic shutdown of more than an hour,

A small gas cartridge was found in a trash can in the security-area, suggesting […] Continue Reading…

Hamburg’s ‘Berenberg Bank’ in spot-light for wrong reasons

In April this year NDR, WDR and the respected  “Süddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper brought to the attention of the German public some ‘questionable practices’ of the respected Berenberg Bank of Hamburg.

Deutsche Welle reported that ‘ The two German financial institutions mentioned in media reports as having helped high-ranking politicians, celebrities and sports stars hide their money abroad are Deutsche Bank, Germany’s largest lender, and the Hamburg-based Berenberg bank.’

The privately-owned Berenberg […] Continue Reading…

Chinese holding company ‘Fosun’ wants to purchase almost 10% of KTG Agrar SE

Chinese holding company ‘Fosun’ wants to purchase almost 10% of KTG Agrar SE
According to  TAZ, Brandenburg North German farmers have criticized a planned entry of the Chinese holding company ‘Fosun’ into Germany’s largest farming company, the Hamburg based KTG Agrar SE.!5208491/  [ ‘die tageszeitung ‘ commonly referred to only as ‘taz’, is a progressive cooperative-owned German daily newspaper which was founded in 1978 in Berlin.]

The accusation […] Continue Reading…

French air traffic controllers strike effect both Hamburg and Bremen

Strikes by air traffic controllers in France will ground up to 40% percent of French air traffic today and flights to/from other countries including Germany are also affected with the strike expected to continue into Thursday.

French air traffic controllers strike effect both Hamburg and Bremen -

Lufthansa and ‘German Wings’ have said that their flights to and from France will be affected by the strikes and […] Continue Reading…

48 hr ‘Germanwings Pilots’ strike for Thursday and Friday

The German Pilots’ union ‘Vereinigung Cockpit’ has called a 48 hour strike at Germanwings – which is a low-cost and short-haul airline owned by state owned carrier Lufthansa.

Germanwings GmbH is  based in Cologne and its main hubs are Cologne Bonn Airport, Stuttgart Airport, Hamburg Airport, and Berlin Tegel Airport.

The reason for the strike is a non-resolved and long-running disagreement concerning retirement benefits and expansion […] Continue Reading…

Expect Delays Today @ Hamburg Airport


Many German air travelers will have to adapt their travel plans today at airports of Stuttgart, Hamburg and Hanover because of  work stopages due to warning strikes by security personnel.

The union Verdi said that the strikes are intended to increase pressure over stalled wage negotiations which today will be limited to just 3 separate German Lander or federal states.

Hamburg Airport which handles circa 40,000 passengers on an average day […] Continue Reading…

Expect Delays Today @ Hamburg Airport – Verdi organized strike causes cancelations and delays – Germany-North Blog

The German Verdi union today called its 8,000 employees of the Hamburg security sector, including about 900 people at the airport for a strike today. There is similar action taking place at the smaller Stuttgart airport today also.

The strikers will assemble between 1100 hrs  und 1600 hrs on an adjacent airport parking lot.

Verdi is trying to obtain a wage increase of € 8.05 Euro to € 9.20 Euro per […] Continue Reading…

‘Hamburg Airways’ temporarily suspends service


HHA Hamburg Airways Luftverkehrsgesellschaft mbH is a German airline based at Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel , and operated scheduled and chartered flights for tour operators.   Its ‘Air Operator Certificate’ has been [temporarily] suspended and no longer appears on the list of current operating licenses published by the LBA on December 22.

There is nothing on their website about the present situation regarding its own services and we hope they are able […] Continue Reading…

Berlin Brandenburg Airport or ‘BBI’ or ‘BER’ not ready for ‘prime-time’ – and do not hold your breath waiting – Germany-North Blog


The opening of Berlin’s new airport, officially called ‘BBI’ for Berlin-Branderburg International has been moved back to……to…….well who knows!

Officially it is time needed to allow the erection of a larger security zone which will comply with new EU safety regulations.

Both of Berlin’s airports combined are not anywhere near Germany’s busiest Frankfurt -with circa just 20 million visitors in 2009 the less than half the passengers using […] Continue Reading…

Delays @ Hamburg Airport – Verdi organized strike causes cancelations and delays – Germany-North Blog


A nation wide strike yesterday sort of bypassed Hamburg – however many flights from Hamburg’s airport were cancelled or delayed.

The strikes were organized by the large services sector union VERDI and follows an earlier walkout   in the last  weeks.  The largest German Union, VERDI  has warned that strikes would continue if the workers’ demands are not met. This comes as fresh round of payment talks will be […] Continue Reading…