Air France suspends flights to Riyadh

Air France will no longer operate flights from Paris to Riyadh after Feb. 1 because of ‘economic performance.’ (Reuters)
Updated 10 January 2019
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Air France suspends flights to Riyadh

  • Saudia will continue flights between the French and Saudi capitals and will honor Air France tickets booked before the announcement
  • Air France: Due to the economic performance and in view of the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on this route, the Air France-operated flights will be suspended

LONDON: Air France is stopping all flights to Riyadh from next month, according to a statement from the carrier.

The French airline will no longer operate flights from Paris to Riyadh after Feb. 1 because of “economic performance,” it said.

However, partner airline Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will continue flights between the French and Saudi capitals and will honor Air France tickets booked before the announcement.

A statement from the French airline said, “Air France has decided to suspend its direct flights to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as of Feb. 1, 2019 and continues the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on the Riyadh-Paris route.

“Due to the economic performance and in view of the cooperation with Saudi Arabian Airlines on this route, the Air France-operated flights will be suspended. The last flight will take off from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) on Jan. 31, 2019 and will return from Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH) on Feb. 1, 2019.

“Passengers with a ticket for a flight from Paris to Riyadh or vice-versa after Feb. 1, 2019 will be rebooked on flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines or financially compensated.”


Japan court rejects ex-Nissan chief’s bail appeal

Updated 1 min 13 sec ago
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Japan court rejects ex-Nissan chief’s bail appeal

  • With the latest rejection he faces at least a two-month period in pre-trial detention, which can be extended almost automatically by one month at a time
  • Since his stunning arrest on Nov. 19 the auto tycoon has languished in a Tokyo detention center

TOKYO: Former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn will stay behind bars in Japan for the foreseeable future after a Tokyo court quashed his appeal for bail as he faces charges on three counts of financial misconduct.
Since his stunning arrest on November 19 the auto tycoon has languished in a Tokyo detention center, facing questioning over allegations he under-reported his salary and tried to shift personal losses on to the company.
The court had previously refused to release the 64-year-old Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian businessman on the grounds that he could present a flight risk and destroy evidence.
Last week he was formally charged on two of the counts and his request for bail was denied. Even his own lawyer has admitted he is likely to be kept behind bars until a trial — which could take six months.
His legal team said they would now appeal to the Supreme Court.
The appeal — and its rejection — came as the French government called for him to be replaced at the head of Renault, the only one of the three companies he used to head that has retained him.
Japanese firms Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors jettisoned him as boss almost immediately after his arrest, but Renault was more cautious and appointed an interim leader while Ghosn fought the charges.
With the latest rejection he faces at least a two-month period in pre-trial detention. This can be extended almost automatically by one month at a time.
His wife Carole has appealed to rights group Human Rights Watch over his detention, saying he was being held in “harsh” conditions and subjected to round-the-clock interrogations in an attempt to extract a confession.
Ghosn has been seen only once in public since his detention, in a dramatic court appearance.
He had clearly lost a lot of weight but seemed otherwise in good health. He passionately proclaimed his innocence and his love for Nissan, a company he is widely credited with saving from the brink of bankruptcy.
“I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations,” Ghosn told a packed courtroom.