Austrian Airlines has announced that it intends to

first_imgAustrian Airlines has announced that it intends to relaunch services to the Georgian capital of Tbilisi.The carrier had suspended its four cheap flights to Vienna from Tbilisi after a sudden outbreak of war in the South Ossetian region of the country bordering Russia.Nearly all major carriers had cancelled their flights into Georgia after hostilities began on August 7th, although many have now resumed routes.German carrier Lufthansa, which offered ten weekly flights between Munich and the capital, resumed its services on Friday, August 15th.Turkish Airlines has also resumed its 28 weekly flights between Tbilisi and Istanbul, while Ukraine International Airlines and Lithuanian Airlines have also followed suit.However, the Foreign Office and US department of state are still advising passengers against travel to the region, although Russia has begun withdrawing troops.Other carriers, including bmi and AirBaltic, have also resumed their services to the war-torn country. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedZoom will give Gatwick maiden Guyana routeBudget carrier Zoom Airlines is to provide the first direct service between London and Guyana for three decades.Additional flights to be launched by Austrian Airlines this summerAdditional flights to be launched by Austrian Airlines this summerBrussels Airlines to launch new flight to PalermoBrussels Airlines has announced that it will be launching a new flight between the Belgian capital and Palermolast_img read more

London attracts global finance under Brexit cloud – report

first_imgLondon best pest control LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s financial sector brushed off Brexit uncertainty in 2017 to attract more inward investment than eight rival centres vying for its business, the City of London Corporation said on Wednesday. The body that governs the capital’s historic “Square Mile” financial district said in a report that London secured 55 inbound foreign direct investment (FDI) projects in financial services last year, compared with 26 each for Dublin and Paris, 24 in Frankfurt, and 20 in New York.Top investors came from the United States, Sweden and China, while investments from the United States, Germany and Sweden created the biggest number of jobs, the report said.Britain received 392 inbound FDI projects between 2013 and 2017, with the overseas investors investing 8.6 billion pounds and creating an estimated 16,126 jobs, the report said.However, it added London was ranked second, behind Singapore, in terms of capital investment between 2013 and 2017, with 4.23 billion pounds compared with 4.73 billion pounds for the Asian financial centre.Britain’s planned departure from the European Union next March has prompted banks, insurers and asset managers that use London as a gateway to the EU market to open new EU hubs in Paris, Frankfurt, Dublin, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.“The UK leads the world when it comes to exporting financial services and we have a number of strengths that appeal to investors,” said Catherine McGuinness, City of London policy chair.“We cannot, however, afford to take this position for granted. Foreign investment flows can shift quickly so it is vital that we secure a positive Brexit deal that provides confidence and clarity for the sector.”The EU is the biggest export market for Britain’s financial services sector, and so far there is no clarity on the country’s future trading relations with the bloc.Financial services attracted more than double the FDI of any other sector in Britain in 2016, the City’s report said.Last month, New York overtook London as the world’s most attractive financial centre, according to the latest Z/Yen global financial centres index.So far the tally of financial jobs that have moved from London to new EU “Brexit” hubs has been far lower than initial forecasts after Britain voted in 2016 to leave the bloc.center_img Reporting by Huw Jones; Editing by Mark Potterlast_img read more