The investment group PPF of Petr Kellner has signed an agreement on the
purchase of 100 percent shares in the Plzen engineering company Škoda
Transportation. The sales deal was confirmed by PPF spokeswoman Zuzana
Migdalová, though she did not specify how much PPF paid for the company.
According to the business news site ihned it was over 10 billion crowns. With its 5,300 employees, Škoda Transportation is the biggest transport engineering company in Central and Eastern Europe.
Rescue crews, police divers called after car plunges into Labe River
Emergency crews including police divers were called to the district of
Rozbělesy, Děčín, on Monday after a vehicle broke through a road
barrier, according to witnesses, and plunged into the Labe River. The
accident took place shortly before 10 am. The vehicle was not immediately
found but was recovered later by crane.
One person was found dead inside. The death is being investigated by the police.
Road conditions appear to not to have been a factor in the accident; while there was snowfall overnight, it was at higher levels in the Ore Mountains (Krušné hory).
Prague has been ranked fifth in a survey of the world cities with the most
sustainable public transport. Hong Kong placed first in the Sustainable
Cities Mobility Index produced by Arcadis, part of London’s Centre for
Economic and Business Research.
The study’s authors rated cities according to three main factors: social, environmental and economic. Prague lost points because of occasional traffic jams and air pollution. The Czech capital finished just ahead of sixth-placed Vienna, with which it is frequently compared in terms of public transport, the news site iDnes.cz said.
The ride-sharing service Uber is back on the road in Brno after the Supreme Court in Olomouc temporarily overturned a ban on its services in the Czech Republic’s second largest city. This is the second time that such a ban has been invalidated by a higher instance court in a protracted battle between Brno’s taxi drivers and Uber.
A Czech Airlines flight to Moscow was forced to turn back due to a
technical defect early on Sunday, the ctk news agency reported.
The plane returned to Prague’s Vaclav Havel Airport after the pilot reported a technical problem, fully in line with regulations, a Czech Airlines spokesman said.
The passengers boarded another plane for Moscow two hours later. The character of the technical problem was not specified.
The Czech airline Travel Service has said it has acquired a majority stake
in the Czech national carrier, Czech Airlines (ČSA).
The firm, the Czech News Agency reported, reached a deal to buy shares from Korean Air and state-owned company Prisko. The sale, however, will still need final approval from the country’s anti-monopoly office.
If the deal goes through it will give Travel Service an almost 98 percent stake and a fleet of more than 80 airplanes.
A top level meeting has been convened by the Czech government to try and calm an explosive situation between Prague’s licenced tax drivers and self employed drivers using the Uber application. The hastily convened meeting follows a go slow protest in the capital at the start of the week which snarled up traffic in the centre and to the international airport.
A Czech motorist, alleged to have caused a fatal head-on collision near
Nelahozeves near Mělník, has died in hospital. The accident took place on
Tuesday evening, when the driver, at the wheel of a Škoda Superb, ignored
a solid line and moved into the oncoming lane to pass a slower vehicle.
A 31-year-old mother of two in the other carwas killed instantly; her children suffered serious injuries and are in hospital.