Articles by Allison Lampert and Noor Zainab Hussain

Demand for Travel Insurance Takes Off As More Destinations Require Coverage

COVID-19 insurance policies are increasingly joining passports and sunscreen as vacation staples, creating opportunities for insurers as more countries require mandatory coverage in case visitors fall ill from the coronavirus. Airline bookings are on the rise in some regions, driving …

Airlines, Airports Urge UN to Accept COVID Testing Over Quarantines

Airlines and airports will ask a UN-led task force meeting on Tuesday to recommend countries accept a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours of travel as an alternative to quarantines that have decimated demand for travel, according to a document …

All Members of Canada’s Desjardins Hit by Data Breach: Finance Minister

A June data breach that hit Canada’s Desjardins Group has affected all of the financial cooperative’s 4.2 million members, prompting government reforms to protect personal information in the Canadian province of Quebec, an official said on Friday. Quebec Finance Minister …

Aviation Industry Braces for Double-Digit Premium Hikes After 737 MAX Groundings

The aviation industry is bracing for double-digit insurance premium hikes for the first time in about 15 years, as insurers wrestle with higher costs from aircraft groundings, including the grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 MAX jets following two fatal crashes, …

Canada Should Require Stronger Rail Cars for Crude Before 2025 Deadline: Official

Canada ought to require stronger tank cars for transporting flammable liquids sooner than the current deadline in 2025, Transportation Safety Board Chair Kathy Fox said on Thursday, noting that crude-by-rail shipments are expected to rise in the country. “We understand …

Fearing Collisions, Airlines Support Global Drone Registry

Concerned by a rise in near collisions by unmanned aircraft and commercial jets, the world’s airlines back development of a United Nations-led global registry for drones, an executive of their trade group said on Tuesday. The International Air Transport Association …

Driving in Snow: Difficult for Humans and Driverless Cars

A Canadian town known for its annual theater festival is emerging as a hub of “snowtonomous” research, as automakers face demands to produce self-driving cars that can perform in snow and sleet. But testing driverless cars in cold climates brings …

Real-Time Tracking to Be Required for Aircraft, After MH370 Disappearance

The U.N.’s aviation agency on Monday announced new requirements for the real-time tracking of civilian aircraft in distress, following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 two years ago. The International Civil Aviation Organization’s governing council approved proposals for planes …

Lac Megantic Train Crash Victims’ Fund to Begin Payments without CP Rail

A C$460 million (US$330.46 million) settlement fund for victims of the 2013 Lac-Megantic crude-by-rail disaster will begin disbursements this week without the participation of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd [CP], the monitor involved in the payments said on Tuesday. Forty-seven people …

Court Delays Ruling on 2013 Quebec Oil Train Crash Settlement

A Quebec judge reserved his decision on Wednesday on whether to grant a motion that would clear the way for a settlement between victims of the 2013 Lac-Megantic oil train disaster and dozens of companies and individuals linked to the …