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    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years in India

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  24, August 2019:    Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is preparing to celebrate 15 years of service to its largest and busiest market, India. The airline’s milestone coincides with the third visit to the UAE of India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, highlighting the importance of the partnership between the two countries.    Etihad launched daily flights between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and the Indian city of Mumbai in September 2004, within the airline’s first year of operation. Three months later, flights were also launched between Abu Dhabi and New Delhi.     Today, Etihad operates 159 return flights per week between Abu Dhabi and 10 key Indian gateways - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Hyderabad, ......read more

    Etihad Airways Celebrates 15 Years of Flights to Bahrain

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - August 22, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its operations between the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, and Manama, capital of Bahrain.    Since launching services to Bahrain on 22 August 2004, Etihad has carried more than 2.5 million guests between the two capitals. Today, the airline operates 28 flights per week and carries 200,000 guests annually to and from Bahrain, using Airbus A320 aircraft.    Etihad’s flights to Manama provide a vital link between Bahrain and major markets in Asia, Indian subcontinent, MENA and the United States, via the airline’s home and hub, Abu Dhabi.   Earlier this year, Etihad Airways and Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, signed a ......read more

    Etihad Airways the Most Punctual Airline in the Middle East for Firt Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  19, August 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, was the most punctual Middle Eastern carrier in the first seven months of 2019. New figures produced by the aviation data company OAG show that Etihad was the only Middle Eastern carrier whose punctuality averaged more than 80 per cent for flights across this period. The data also showed that of the airlines monitored by OAG, Etihad was ranked 24th globally for on-time performance in July, the peak summer month for air travel in the Middle East. John Wright, Etihad Airways’ Vice President Global Airports and Network Operations, said: “Etihad Airways is a high quality airline, and reliability is a key element of the total product we offer. We continually strive to deliver excellence for ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Announces New Foreign Exchange Partnership With Travelex

     Leading money exchange provider Travelex commenced operations first week of August.  Passengers will gain two points of access on both arrivals and departure terminals.  Ras Al Khaimah, U.A.E,  17 August 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah International Airport has announced the onboarding of its first foreign exchange partner, Travelex.  Headquartered in London with a presence in over 70 countries, Travelex is a leading provider of foreign exchange, remittance, and payments services, enabling physical and digital cross-border money movement for consumers and financial institutions. Travelex has commenced operations at the airport, offering two points of access to passengers looking to exchange or transfer money at its stores in the Arrival and Departure Terminals.  The deal was formalized ......read more

    Dubai Delivers on Tourist Volumes Again, With a Strong 8.36 Million Overnight Visitors in First Half of 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai welcomed 8.36 million international overnight visitors in the first six months (January-June) of 2019, posting a positive three per cent in tourism volume growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest data released by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism).   The new figures reinforce the continued strength of Dubai’s tourism sector as a key driver of economic diversification and a reliable catalyst for GDP acceleration through 2020. The largest traffic generators as well as newer high-potential segments have set a strong preparatory pace to fuel Dubai’s climb to becoming the most visited global destination.    His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai ......read more

    Dubai Tourism Partners With Ary to Invite Audiences to Discover the Emirate With Their Favourite Pakistani Celebrities

    • Bespoke travel packages curated in partnership with ARY, featuring leading Pakistani celebrities Humayun Saeed, Fahad Mustafa, Nida Yasir and Faisal Qureshi  • Packages available for purchase from ARY’s ‘Sahulat Bazar’ platform    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  17, August 2019:   Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has announced a partnership with House of ARY, one of the leading South Asian broadcast networks, to further strengthen travel demand to the emirate from Pakistan with the recent launch of the ‘Chalo Dubai’ campaign (translating into “Let’s Go to Dubai”). Reaffirming the Department’s ongoing commitment to extend the growth potential of one of its top ten source markets, the campaign ......read more

    SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  15, August 2019:  SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch of the free visa on arrival facility that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to citizens of 48 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America from 1st August for a period of six months as part of a concerted effort to boost tourism into the Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka’s National Carrier is in the forefront of global initiatives to strengthen the country’s tourism industry, working with a multitude of partners ranging from Sri Lanka Tourism to hotels, tour operators and travel agents. Travelers availing themselves of this facility could travel with Sri Lanka’s national carrier on its fleet of modern aircraft with the latest comforts such as flatbeds in Business Class and sophisticated in-flight ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the return of Hajj pilgrims

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  14, August 2019:  Abu Dhabi International Airport has completed preparations for the return of the Hajj pilgrims from Mecca and Medina over the upcoming weekend. Pilgrims returning to Abu Dhabi will be welcomed with dates, Arabic coffee and chocolates distributed by Abu Dhabi Airports’ employees. Pilgrims are scheduled to begin returning on 15th August from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with flights lasting through to 17th August. The airport is expected to receive more than 2,750 returning pilgrims, alongside an additional 25,000 international Hajj travelers who will be transiting through Abu Dhabi International Airport on their return from Mecca and Medina.

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    Turkish Airlines continues its journey to the top with new cabin uniforms

    Turkish Airlines cabin crew, whose new uniforms take to the skies, redefines elegance in the sky. The cabin crew will now greet passengers with “welcome onboard” dressed in new uniforms on long haul flights of the national flag carrier. Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:    The new cabin crew uniforms of Turkish Airlines, flying to the most countries in the world, were designed with the aim of celebrating the airline’s 85th anniversary and will be visible on the entire cabin crew on the long haul flights of the flag carrier as of Tuesday. The new uniforms in flag-red and anthracite gray colors, which were rigorously tested on long-range flights in different climates, have been tailored to 25,000 employees in order for cabin crews to serve passengers comfortably. Inspired by many ......read more

    Air Freight in Decline for Eighth Consecutive Month

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  08, August 2019:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 4.8% in June 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the eighth consecutive month of year-on-year decline in freight volumes. Signs of a modest recovery in recent months appear to have been premature, with the June contraction broad-based across all regions with the exception of Africa. Capacity growth remains subdued and the cargo load factor continues to fall. Globally, trade growth is languishing, and business uncertainty is compounded by the latest tariff increases in the US-China trade dispute. “Global trade continues to suffer as trade tensions—particularly between ......read more

    MoHAP's Health Advice and Guidance for Travelers

    Dubai, 7th Aug 2019: The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) would like to provide some health advice and tips related to travel destinations. The ministry, accordingly, recommends travelers to visit Travelers Health Clinics ahead of their departure. Jet Lag Travelers might experience the biological clock disorder during long trips, especially those who travel to distant countries, where the change is to adjust the internal timing of the human body. Its most common symptoms are sleeping disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, lack of concentration, fatigue and general weakness. MoHAP recommends taking adequate sleep, rest during long trips, drinking plenty of fluids, avoiding drinking coffee, tea and other stimulants, as well as eating healthy food. Motion or Travel Sickness Travel sickness is caused by disturbance in human ......read more

    Etihad Airways To Fly 787 Dreamliners To Jakarta And Maldives

    Two daily services to Jakarta to go all-Dreamliner Seasonal upgrade to Male, Maldives Aircraft feature industry-leading, next-generation cabins   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.7th August 2019 – Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its flights from Abu Dhabi to Jakarta, Indonesia, and will upgrade its daily morning service to Male, Maldives, to the wide-body aircraft on a seasonal basis.   The airline’s two daily scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, will be operated on a year-round basis by a two-class Boeing 787-9. Effective 27 October, the overnight service will transition to a Dreamliner operation and the aircraft will be introduced on the daytime service from 14 December 2019.     The airline will also operate the ......read more

    Emirates anticipates peak travel for Eid break

    Customers are encouraged to arrive 3 hours early to the airport due to busy travel period Dubai, UAE – 6 August, 2019:   Emirates gears up for a busy travel period this weekend for the Eid holiday. The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on Friday 9th August with close to 100,000 passengers travelling through Terminal 3 at DXB. Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays. Peak travel is expected to start on Thursday 8th August in the evening and continue until Saturday 10th August with over 372,000 Emirates passengers travelling from Dubai. Passengers are encouraged to build in extra travel time to avoid any delays with expected traffic congestion and road works around Terminal 3 during this time. Passengers can physically ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports completes preparations for the Hajj season

    Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) implements range of initiatives to ease pilgrims’ journey     6 August 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:  Abu Dhabi Airports has completed the sufficient preparations, in collaboration with all of its stakeholders, to ensure the smooth and safe departure and return of pilgrims from Mecca and Medina during the Hajj season.   In order to facilitate the increase in traffic and the 15 additional Etihad Airways flights, including six charter flights dedicated to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Zayed Foundation and Abu Dhabi Police. Abu Dhabi Airports has allocated additional staff across Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) to ensure pilgrims enjoy a seamless and comfortable travel experience.   Dedicated check-in counters and additional luggage ......read more

    Turkish Airlines and Bangkok Airways announce a new codeshare partnership.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  06, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines (TK) and Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited (PG) have announced a new codeshare partnership, which will provide their passengers with convenient travel connections from Turkey to destinations in Thailand and other cities in Southeast Asia, commencing on 1st August, 2019. Under this agreement, codeshare flights operated by Bangkok Airways currently covers 16 roundtrip routes on both domestic and international; Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Bangkok-Lampang, Bangkok-Sukhothai, Bangkok-Trat, Bangkok-Samui, Bangkok-Phuket, Bangkok-Krabi, Samui-Phuket, Bangkok-Danang, Bangkok-Phu Quoc, Bangkok-Yangon, Bangkok-Mandalay, Bangkok-Nay Pyi Taw, Bangkok-Vientiane and Bangkok – Luang Prabang. In addition, there are two more roundtrip routes that ......read more

    Star Alliance members, Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines expanded their codeshare network.

    05, August 2019:   Turkish Airlines and LOT Polish Airlines, the largest airlines and flag carriers of their countries, Turkey and Poland, announced today the enhancement of their current codeshare agreement with additional destinations both from Turkish Airlines’ and LOT’s flight network. Through this enhanced partnership, Turkish Airlines and LOT will reciprocally add their flight codes on below flights in addition to Istanbul-Warsaw:   From Warsaw                              From   Istanbul Krakow                                      Ankara       Bahrain Gdansk          ......read more

    Etihad Airways introduces its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lagos

    Travellers will experience industry-leading, next-generation cabins Flying Nannies and Food and Beverage Managers offer innovative hospitality services in-flight Includes highly acclaimed interiors featuring 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats   August 03, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – A state-of-the-art Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner touched down in Lagos this morning after its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Etihad Airways flight EY673 took off from Abu Dhabi at 2.35am and arrived on schedule at 7.10am local time. The return flight EY674 departed Lagos at 8.30am this morning, and is due to touch down back in the capital at 7.10pm this evening, 2 August.   The two-class B787-9 Dreamliner features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Republic of Congo's Pointe-Noire to its flight network.

    01, August 2019:    Turkish Airlines, flying to more countries that any other airline, has added Republic of Congo’s second biggest city, Pointe-Noire to its flight network as its 58th destination in Africa. National flag carrier will operate three weekly flights to Pointe-Noire with a connection in Libreville.   With Pointe Noire, the port city next to Atlantic Ocean, Turkish Airlines expanded its flight network to 125 countries and 313 destinations. Thus, flag carrier further cemented its position as the airline that flies to more destinations in the continent of Africa than any other airline.   During the press conference held for the opening of Pointe-Noire frequency, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President for Sales (2nd Region), Kerem Sarp said; “With this inaugural Pointe-Noire flight, we ......read more

    Airbus reports Half-Year (H1) 2019 results

    Commercial aircraft environment robust Revenues € 30.9 billion 2019 guidance maintained Dubai UAE, 31 July 2019 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported Half-Year (H1) 2019 consolidated financial results(1) and maintained its guidance for the full-year. “The half-year financial performance mainly reflects the ramp-up in production of A320 Family aircraft and transition to the more efficient NEO version, as well as further progress on the A350 financial performance,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We continue to see good demand for our competitive product portfolio, including the new A321XLR, as shown by the strong market endorsement at June’s Le Bourget airshow. Our operational focus is mainly on the A320neo Family ramp-up. The second half of the year in ......read more

    More Connectivity and Improved Efficiency -2018Airline Industry Statistics Released-

    31 July 2019 (Dubai, UAE) – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018 showing that global air connectivity continues to become more accessible and more efficient. The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirms that: 4.4 billion passengers flew in 2018 Record efficiency was achieved with 81.9% of available seats being filled Fuel efficiency improved by more than 12% compared to 2010 22,000 city pairs are now connected by direct flights, up 1,300 over 2017 and double the 10,250 city pairs connected in 1998 The real cost of air transport has more than halved over the last 20 years (to around 78 US cents per revenue tonne-kilometer, or RTK). ‘’Airlines are connecting more people and places than ever before. The freedom to fly is more accessible ......read more

    Summer #inAbuDhabi Campaign Highlights Experiences Not to Be Missed as Summer Extravaganza Winds Down

    Only a few days left to sample the city’s seasonal delights with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi promotion Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31 July 2019:  Visitors and residents of Abu Dhabi still can make the most of incredible summer offers and promotions as the Summer #inAbuDhabi initiative, run by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), enters its final days. The UAE capital is the perfect summer destination, especially with Summer #inAbuDhabi opening the city’s doors to a variety of amazing activities for families, friends, residents, and visitors. As the ultimate extravaganza for epic deals on hotels, attractions, entertainment, food & beverage, and retail, the Summer #inAbuDhabi offerings are unmissable. “Abu Dhabi is a vibrant city that has ......read more

    Sita Technology will transform the passenger experience at New Buenos Aires Ezeiza Terminal

    Dubai, UAE – 30 July 2019 – When the new departures terminal opens at Buenos Aires’ main airport in October, passengers will be able to check in and drop off their baggage in record time, without having to queue for an agent. This is thanks to technology from SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry, which will ensure the easiest possible passenger journey at Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport (EZE). EZE is managed and operated by AA2000, which runs a total of 35 airport terminals across Argentina.  SITA’s self-service kiosks and bag-drop solutions will enable the airport to efficiently manage more passengers as it aims to increase capacity by more than 50% by 2021. These new services are part of the masterplan to transform Argentina’s main airport, which also includes a ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Serve London Heathrow with Fourth Year-Round Daily Service

    July 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates— Etihad Airways is to boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow by adding a fourth year-round daily service between the two capitals, launching on 27 October 2019. The new service introduces a convenient mid-morning departure from Abu Dhabi and a late evening departure from London Heathrow and follows the introduction of additional seasonal services this summer.   The airline will introduce a next-generation, two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on one of its four daily London services. The aircraft is configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats. This complements the three other services which are operated by Etihad’s 486-seat Airbus A380s, which feature The Residence, a luxurious three-room cabin, nine private First Apartments, 70 ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre reveals IAC 2020 logo

    Dubai, UAE, 27 July 2019:  The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) revealed the winning logo from the design competition held for the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2020. IAC, which will be hosted in Dubai for the first time in the Arab world, is a global event that brings together leading space specialists and decision-makers from around the world. The event will be held in October 2020, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. More than 500 designers from Egypt, Jordan, USA, Australia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Greece, France, Sweden, China, Mexico and Hungary, as well as from other countries, participated in the design competition. Fifteen designs were shortlisted, out of which the winning logo was selected, ......read more

    Eid Fiesta and Eid Camping turn Dreamland Aqua Park into a great value family destination this holiday season

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates -  25, July  2019:    It is double bonanza for families planning a thrilling summer escape during this Eid. Dreamland Aqua Park lines up affordable ways to enjoy the Eid holidays. The Eid offers pack great value and offer unforgettable experiences for everyone in the family.  Families looking forward to an exciting day out can partake in the 'Eid Fiesta'. Slated to be one of the biggest celebrations, visitors can avail special admission rates starting from 85 AED per person with optional food packages to choose from.  While the regular General Admission Rate is AED 160 for entrance alone, the extra-value Eid Fiesta offer is for online bookings only and is valid from 9th until 13th August 2019.  For families who would like to stay overnight, there is a ......read more

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    dnata and Lufthansa Group expand partnership in U.S.

    Dubai - UAE, 7 May 2019 – dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, and Lufthansa Group continue to expand their partnership in the United States. dnata has been selected to provide ramp, secure clean and passenger handling services to Lufthansa at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and now serves the airline group, including Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Edelweiss Air, at eight airports in the country. In Austin, dnata will handle Lufthansa’s new Frankfurt flight, which the airline operates five times a week, using its Airbus ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Sscheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

    May 07, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with ......read more

    Emirati astronauts get custom Soyuz (MS-15) seats

    In a video posted on Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)’s social media platforms, AlMansoori and AlNeyadi are seen in a Soyuz mockup mini bathtub Dubai, UAE, 6th May 2019: A team of specialised engineers from the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos designed two custom Soyuz MS-15 seats for Emirati astronauts Hazzaa AlMansoori and Sultan AlNeyadi, following the official announcement of the launch date of the first Arab and Emirati astronaut to travel to the International Space Station (ISS) on 25 September, 2019, and the announcement made by Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Rebrands Cargo Loyalty Scheme and Launches New Global Customer Program

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 06, 2019:  Etihad Cargo, the Cargo and Logistics Services arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, today reveals a new Global Customer program and a rebranded cargo loyalty scheme named “PayloadRewards”. Launched in 2013 as one of the first dedicated loyalty programs for air cargo customers, Etihad Cargo’s revamped PayloadRewards is today considered one of the world’s leading loyalty schemes with more than 5,300 active members from 74 different countries. With PayloadRewards, members will continue to earn miles as before, with an ......read more

    Etihad Airways Increases Frequencies to London Heathrow for the Busy Summer Season

    Flagship Abu Dhabi – London route will be served up to five times daily Dubai, United Arab Emirates - May 05, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will boost its services from Abu Dhabi to London Heathrow during the busy summer period. The additional flights will be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, supplementing the current three daily all-Airbus A380 services between both capital cities.   Between 26 May and 22 June, four daily flights will be operated on the route, increasing to five from 23 June to 28 September, returning to ......read more

    Etihad Airways to go double-daily from Abu Dhabi to Moscow Domodedovo

    May 02, 2019 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Building on the success of its current daily service between the capitals of the UAE and Russia, Etihad Airways has announced a new second daily flight between Abu Dhabi and Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which will operate seasonally between 27 October and 10 May 2020. The additional flight, operated by an Airbus A320, will provide more convenient travel options between the two capital cities as passengers can now choose between a daytime and evening departure from both Abu Dhabi and Moscow. Together with the existing service, ......read more

    Amazing Day 3 for Global Innovations at ATM 2019

    Day 3 of the Arabian Travel Market 2019 ended with tremendous success,  as expected the day 3 also attracted innumerable travel enthusiast's from the globe to the largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 seems promising and would see huge crowd on it's last day tomorrow. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, had the opportunity to attract a large crowd towards their stand with striking automation travel solutions for all travel segments. Today Global Innovations welcomed visitors from countries ......read more

    State-of-the-Art Airport Management System Commissioned at Malta Airport

    New flight display screens implemented as the airport’s summer schedule is launched  Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 01 May 2019 –   Malta International Airport have installed modern flight information display screens throughout the terminals as part of the airport’s recent investment in further improving the passenger experience throughout the terminal. The new flight display screens are part of a state-of-the-art Airport Management System (AMS), provided by SITA, the global IT provider to the air transport industry. The flight information display ......read more

    UPS's Largest Aircraft Makes First Landing at Dubai World Central (DWC)

    Leveraging a network of assets and people, UPS flexes its global smart logistics network to maintain record service levels during DXB runway closure.   Dubai, UAE, May 01, 2019: UPS (NYSE: ) announces a temporary new route for its largest aircraft - the Boeing 747-8F freighter that landed for the first time today in Dubai World Central airport (DWC). With the strategic investment of 28 new 747-8 jumbo jets, UPS offers sustainable lift on long-range international routes with a greater payload and a reduction of fuel consumption and carbon emissions.   UPS ......read more

    128 Smart Gates at Dubai International for border control

    Over 80 % airport passengers had auto-preclearance in 2018 Drones among biggest modern challenges to the airports No ‘one size fits all’ solution for airport privatisation Dubai, April 30, 2018: Dubai International, the world’s number one airport for international travellers for the past five years, has 128 Smart Gates which helped millions of passengers clear the border control formalities within a record span of six to nine seconds on an average, an official told a conference in Dubai. In her presentation at the Global Airport Leaders Forum (GALF) which kicked ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' state-of-the-art lounges at its brand new hub, Istanbul Airport, redefine luxury travel

    • Successfully completing the ‘Great Move’ to its new hub, Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines has upgraded its lounges to offer an enhanced travel experience • The modern facilities play an important role in Turkish Airlines’ future growth by setting benchmarks in luxury customer service   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – April 30, 2019: Following the completion of its relocation to its new hub, the superb Istanbul Airport, Turkish Airlines revealed details of its luxuriously revamped airport lounges at the 2019 Arabian Travel ......read more

    Saudi Arabia's USD 25 billion ‘White Oil' market is the key to economic diversification, say tourism experts at ATM

    Tourism related sectors expected to generate 3.3 per cent of KSA GDP in 2019 Hospitality, leisure and entertainment will play a major role in realising Saudi Vision 2030, according to panellists at Arabian Travel Market 2019 Total number of Saudi Arabia’s domestic and inbound trips projected to rise to 93.8 million by 2023 Dubai, UAE, April 30, 2019:  Tourism will play a major role in reducing Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil revenues, according to experts speaking at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019.   In a panel discussion titled ‘Why Tourism is ......read more

    Second Day of Global Innovations Attracts Innumerable Travel Enthusiasts from Different Regions at ATM 2019

    April 30, 2019:  The Arabian Travel Market 2019 embarked with tremendous success on its second day. It attracted innumerable travel enthusiasts from different regions of the world to this largest and most awaited yearly event for the travel and tourism industry. ATM 2019 is gaining traction each day with an increased in number of visitors each day. Global Innovations, one of the exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry, kicked off striking with intact rebranding and revamped travel solutions for all travel segments. Global Innovations seized enormous response as it welcomed ......read more

    Successful Day 1 For Global Innovations At ATM 2019.

    April 28 2019: Travel trade professionals from across the globe arrived in Dubai to witness the region’s leading travel industry event "Arabian Travel market 2019" which kicked off successfully.  ATM 2019’s first business day engagements showed promising outcomes with travel trade professionals who showed a renewed interest in Global Innovations, one of the Exhibitors for the Travel Technology industry. During these meetings, a variety of topics were discussed including talks on airline connectivity in Tasspro and how Itinerary is a complete enterprise software ......read more

    Sustainability is key for the growth of travel industry: Paul Griffiths

    Dubai, April 29, 2019:   Sustainability, affordability, efficiency, and intramodal are key principals for the growth of the travel industry for decades to come. This was stated by Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Airports Corporation while delivering a keynote address titled: “The Future of Aviation Infrastructure” at the CAPA Middle East & Africa Aviation Summit at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Monday.  “When planning new infrastructure, there are a number of core principals which I think need to get prominences such as ......read more

    Inaugural CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa opens tomorrow alongside ATM

    More than 40 airlines and 300 delegates attending first exhibition at ATM 2019 Aviation industry to debate manufacturer, airport, airline and regulatory issues at two-day conference    Dubai, UAE, April 29, 2019:  More than 300 aviation and airport professionals will be heading to the first CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa (MEIA) conference which gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday 30 April).   The two-day meet, which is co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019, unites airline and airport executives with manufacturers and suppliers, providing a global ......read more

    Sheikh Ahmed opens 19th edition of Airport Show in Dubai

    World’s largest airport show has 375 exhibitors from 60 countries, 211 Hosted Buyers from 30 nations, 60 top global companies DWC set to handle 240 million passengers with personalised experience in the future: Paul Griffiths Dubai, April 29, 2019:   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, on Monday officially opened the19th edition of Dubai Airport Show, the world’s largest airport exhibition. The three-day show started ......read more

    Italy sees a 22% Increase in Visitors from the Middle East

    Travellers from the UAE and Saudi Arabia are the highest spenders from the region  UAE, Dubai, 29 April 2019:  The cuisine, art, fashion and landscapes of Italy are attracting more visitors from the Middle East in recent years, with figures released today showing visitor numbers increased by 21.97% in 2017 compared to 2016, a rise from 157,000 to nearly 200,000 travellers.  The figures were announced during a press conference on the opening day of Arabian Travel Market, which was hosted by Filippo Del Corno, Deputy Major for Culture, Municipality of Milan; Lara ......read more

    India Tourism, Dubai

    Arabian Travel Market, Dubai 28th April – 1st May, 2019  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 29, 2019 :   The Ministry of Tourism under the “Incredible India” banner is participating at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) Dubai 2019 to showcase India as a preferred destination for tourism and to provide a platform for the tourism stakeholders to showcase the various tourism destinations and products and promote India as a ‘Must See, Must Visit’ destination.  The India Pavilion will showcase India as a “365 Days Destination” ......read more

    His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opens 2019 edition of Arabian Travel Market

    • His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, inaugurates ATM 2019 • Middle East’s largest travel and tourism event to explore how innovative tech can improve operations   April 28, 2019 - Dubai, UAE   His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, officially inaugurated Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019 today, marking the start of the 26th edition of the Middle East’s largest ......read more

    A Re-branded Global Innovations is thrilled to announce the launch of a new product at the upcoming ATM 2019

    The new product, TassPro, will be an exceptional point of sale solution for travel agencies Global Innovations, with its state-of-the-art IT services, is all set to participate in the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019. The ATM is a leading international event focused on the travel and tourism industry. Envisaged with a goal, Global Innovations is dedicated to serve with strategy-inspired Travel Technology Solutions for the automation of the tourism trade. They strongly believe that “continuous improvement is the only means of achieving excellence”, this has led to them ......read more

    Arabian Travel Market 2019 opens tomorrow in Dubai

    More than 2,500 exhibitors and 40,000 industry professionals from 150 countries will explore how innovation can transform tourism at the largest travel industry event in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, April 27, 2019:  Hospitality professionals from every corner of the world will gather in Dubai tomorrow (Sunday, 28 April) for the opening of Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2019, the largest travel industry exhibition in the Middle East. Identifying the top tourism trends showing the greatest growth potential is one of the most valuable insights Arabian Travel Market has to offer, and this ......read more

    Tracking Bags Drives 66% Improvement in Baggage Delivery

    Improvement reflects benefit of tracking bags as they are loaded onto the aircraft  Abu Dhabi, UAE – 24 April 2019:  Airlines that are adding tracking at more points of the baggage journey are enjoying a huge improvement in bag delivery globally. The SITA 2019 Baggage IT Insights – officially launched at an event in Abu Dhabi International Airport today – shows that where tracking is done at check-in and loading onto the aircraft, the rate of improvement is as high as 66%.  These results come as the record drop in the baggage mishandling rate ......read more

    The Region's First Single-use Plastic Free Flight by Etihad Airways Touches Down in Brisbane on Earth Day

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - 23 April 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is the first airline in the region to operate a flight without any single-use plastics on board, in a bid to raise awareness of the effects of plastic pollution. Flight EY484 landed in Brisbane on 22 April – Earth Day.     The milestone flight is part of Etihad’s ongoing commitment to the environment, to go beyond Earth Day celebrations, and pledge to reduce single-use plastic usage by 80 per cent not just in-flight, but across the entire ......read more

    Turkish Cargo continued its growth in a shrinking air cargo market.

    Turkish Airlines’ successful air cargo brand, Turkish Cargo managed to increase its cargo tonnage by 9.6 percent in February despite the shrinking in the global air cargo sector. The air freight company steadily continues towards its goal of becoming one of the top five of the world’s air cargo brands.   Dubai, UAE, April 21, 2019:  Continuing its growth during the 2019 which also had the world’s biggest moving operation, Turkish Cargo managed to rise to the 7th spot in the WACD (World Air Cargo Data) with 9.6 percent increase in its tonnage despite the 5.8 ......read more

    Big growth in Hosted Buyers for Airport Show-2019

    Airport Show expecting 211 Hosted Buyers from 30 countries Airport Security ME expecting 46 Hosted Buyers from 17 countries  Air Traffic Control expecting 32 Hosted Buyers from 16 countries 42 new international exhibitors to tap MENASA region Airport Show to have 375 exhibitors from 60 countries Dubai, April 22, 2019:   The 19th edition of the world’s largest annual airport exhibition in Dubai later this month will see a record participation of 211 Hosted Buyers, reconfirming its strong position as an ultimate B2B event and reflecting the immense business ......read more

    Emirates expands its A380 network with the introduction of scheduled service to Riyadh

    A380 service effective from 21 April Riyadh to become 51st destination on Emirates A380 network Dubai, UAE, 18 April 2019:  Emirates will be providing more options and choice for its customers in Riyadh with the introduction of the first scheduled Airbus A380 service to the capital city, effective 21 April 2019. Riyadh will be the 51st destination to join the Emirates A380 network. Flight EK 817/818, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER, will now be operated by the iconic and highly popular Emirates A380. The Emirates A380 aircraft will be operating on the route five ......read more

    How to Have the Best Vacation Ever

    When you’re going on vacation, you want to do it right. After all, we all know that experiences are the biggest happiness booster and what better experience is there than rest and relaxation somewhere away from home? Unfortunately, vacations don’t always turn out the way you want them to, and on occasions, they can be disastrous experiences. Is it actually possible to get the best vacation ever, or is that just a pipe dream you should forget right away? You’ll be pleased to know it is possible, as long as you follow a few simple rules.   Build the ......read more

    Emirates announces an interline agreement with Africa World Airlines

    New agreement will connect passengers to West African destinations Dubai, U.A.E, 16 April, 2019:   Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, and Africa World Airlines (AWA), the Ghanaian airline headquartered in Accra, have announced a one-way interline agreement whereby Emirates customers can connect onto selected routes of Africa World Airlines’ network, opening up new African destinations for Emirates customers from May 2019. “The agreement between Emirates and Africa World Airlines underpins our commitment to provide greater connectivity across ......read more

    Ajman Free Zone showcases business benefits to Russian investors

    AFZ representatives exhibit and speak at the BOSCO conference in Moscow highlighting wealth of advantages for investors in the Emirate Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   Representatives from Ajman Free Zone showcased the benefits of establishing a business in Ajman to a Russian delegation at the BOSCO Conference in Moscow this week, held at the Marriott Grand Hotel.  Bosco Conference events are well known for their annual international VIP-class conferences, InvestPro and WealthPro, which the company holds in the countries of the European Union, the Middle East, the ......read more

    Emirates implements plans to ensure smooth and punctual travel experience out of Dubai during runway closure

    Measures result from 14 months of careful planning with stakeholders Customers urged to arrive early to airport to minimise delays Dubai, UAE, April 15, 2019:   With the Southern Runway revamp starting tomorrow at Dubai International Airport, Emirates has been working hard to implement measures to further maximise operational efficiencies at DXB and deliver a seamless experience for its customers departing and transiting through Dubai. The Southern Runway Closure at Dubai International Airport will be taking place from 16 April to 30 May 2019. On Time Performance ......read more

    Yas Waterworld earns Guinness World Records title for “Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool”

    Marking an extraordinary celebration of the Year of Tolerance Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 13 April 2019:   Following an initiative held by the World’s Leading Waterpark to celebrate the Year of Tolerance, which took place on Friday April 12, Yas Waterworld succeeded in its attempt to grab the Guinness World Records title for ‘Most Nationalities in a Swimming Pool.” The event kicked off at 10:00AM and was held in the presence of Guinness World Records representative as well as Farah Experiences and Yas Waterworld senior management, seeing 102 nationalities ......read more

    Formula 1 whizzed down the Bahrain circuit with Airbus Tetra technology

    Event organizer benefited from Airbus’ reliable technology to ensure secure communication during yearly event in the Middle East Dubai, UAE, 11 April 2019 -   Airbus provided secure communications technology for the recently concluded formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain.The Bahrain International Circuit Organization used the Kingdom of Bahrain’s extended Tetra network infrastructure to ensure a smooth organization and secure the race. “Events, such as Formula 1 races, draw massively people’s attention on the Arabian peninsula. To keep the Bahrain Grand Prix ......read more

    USA to UAE: 5 Dubai laws and customs you need to know

    With its gorgeous beaches, luxurious resorts and stunning architecture, Dubai is a hugely popular tourist destination. But despite its western feel, Dubai has a cultural history rooted in traditional Islamic laws and customs —so it’s worth making sure that you’re familiar with theway of life here before you visit. With that in mind, here are five rules to follow. 1. Dress modestly Tourists are not expected to wear tradition UAE attire, but they should dress modestly. For example, you should ensure clothing isn’t transparent and coversthe tops of your arms ......read more

    Emirates completes installation of Expo 2020 Dubai livery on 40 aircraft

    DUBAI, UAE, 10 April 2019:   Emirates has completed the installation of bespoke Expo 2020 Dubai liveries on 40 aircraft, with its final A380 aircraft emblazoned in the distinctive orange ‘opportunity’ decal rolling out of the Emirates Engineering hangar. The first decal was unveiled in 2017 on an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER aircraft decorated in the blue ‘mobility’ decal. Since then, Emirates’ mini-fleet of Expo 2020 Dubai aircraft have collectively flown to 134 destinations across the airline’s global network, travelling 66 million kilometres on ......read more

    Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

    The Kingdom is the second biggest aviation market in ME  100 million passengers passed through Saudi airports in 2018 The Kingdom working to privatize all 27 existing airports Dammam Airports takes up biggest stand Technology helping streamline business processes  Dubai, April 10, 2019:   The 19th edition of Airport Show from 29 April - 1 May at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC) will see the participation of Saudi Arabia’s prominent aviation industry players as the ongoing efforts to develop airport facilities and ......read more

    Following the ‘Great Move', first flight from Istanbul Airport was to the Ankara, just like 86 years ago.

    Dubai, UAE, April 09, 2019:  Turkish Airlines’ first flight from its new home, Istanbul Airport, after its final transfer operation, was to the capital, just like the first flight of the flag carrier 86 years ago.   Atatürk Airport was the witness to the flag carrier airline’s steady local and global rise since its founding and Turkish Airlines’ final passenger flight from this transfer hub was the Singapore flight that took place at 02:00 on April 6th.   After this significant final flight that will find itself in the annals of Turkish Airlines, ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Introduce Boeing 787 Dreamliners to Johannesburg, Lagos and Milan

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, April 08, 2019:   This Summer, Etihad Airways will introduce the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its scheduled services from Abu Dhabi to Johannesburg, effective 1 August, Lagos, effective 2 August, and Milan, effective 1 September, replacing the Airbus A330s currently operating the routes.   All three destinations will feature Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy cabins, configured with 299 seats - 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.   Etihad Airways extensive global network to and from ......read more

    British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

    [03 April 2019):   British Airways has announced it will fly from Dammam to London Heathrow from December 1, 2019. Tickets are on sale now.  The route is the first ever direct flight from Dammam to London Heathrow, with flights departing daily. The service will launch as a daily ‘tag’ service via Bahrain. Flights will be operated by a four-class Boeing 777-200 departing year-round from Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport and landing in Terminal 5 at London Heathrow.  Dammam will be the third city in Saudi Arabia that British Airways flies to, ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports receives ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate

    3rd April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has received a certificate from the Airports Council International (ACI) acknowledging Abu Dhabi International Airport’s (AUH) accreditation level of ‘reduction’ under the ACI’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Mohammed Al Katheeri, SVP Strategy & Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports received the certificate during the ACI Asia-Pacific World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition which took place in Hong Kong, on April 3, and was attended by senior executives from the international ......read more

    Emicool gears up for sustainability drive with Renault ZOE electric vehicle fleet, green public parking

    Dubai, April 3, 2019:   Emirates District Cooling LLC [Emicool], a leading district cooling service provider in the region, and wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC, has underlined its efforts towards sustainability with a decision to convert to an all-electric vehicle fleet comprising Renault ZOE cars delivered by Arabian Automobiles, the flagship company of the AW Rostamani Group and the exclusive dealer for Renault in Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, and a commitment to providing six EV (electric vehicle) charging spots for the general public with the ......read more

    Himalaya Airlines launches three weekly flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

    Himalaya Airlines connects Nepal and Abu Dhabi with three weekly return flights 1st April 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed Himalaya Airlines’ inaugural flight from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), an international airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on Sunday, 31st March. Himalaya Airlines launched three weekly flights connecting Abu Dhabi to Kathmandu, Nepal.   Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to add Himalaya Airlines to our growing list of carriers operating ......read more

    Groundbreaking Marks Start of Work at Ras Al Khaimah's New Skatepark Facility at Saqr Park

    Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 1 April 2019:   Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) broke ground last week on the construction of a new, dynamic skatepark at Saqr Park, in attendance of Haitham Mattar, Chief Executive Officer, RAKTDA and Eng. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Al Hammadi, the Director General of Public Works and Services Department (PWSD).  As part of the ongoing initiatives by RAKTDA to cater to the different interests of the Emirate’s visitors and the local community, the development of the skatepark facility will further expand the recreational offering of ......read more

    First-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week kick-off is a resounding success

    Events over the weekend attended by more than 25,000 residents and visitors  Abu Dhabi, 1 April 2019 –   The first-ever Abu Dhabi Engine Week launched last weekend in the UAE capital, with tens of thousands of visitors and residents taking part. The event, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and taking place until 6 April, brings together three of the UAE’s biggest and most-anticipated motoring events along with a festival of entertainment. Engine Week’s first two events were a resounding success. ......read more

    Emirates resumes its operations to Zagreb for summer

    As part of its strategic partnership with flydubai, Emirates will resume flights to Zagreb until 26 October 2019    Dubai, UAE, 1 April 2019 –   Emirates has resumed its operations to Zagreb for summer, serving the route until 26 October 2019. Its partner airline, flydubai will then begin to operate during the winter season. The strategic partnership between both airlines ensures capacity is deployed to best serve customer demand.   Flight EK 129 will depart Dubai at 8:30 am and arrive in Zagreb at 12:35 pm local time, utilizing a Boeing 777-300ER. ......read more

    Sita Smart Pathtm Allows Passengers at Athens Airport to Use Their Face as Their Boarding Pass

    Greece’s largest airport becomes Europe’s first to use biometric identity at security UAE, Dubai – 31 March 2019 –   Passengers flying with Aegean Airlines from Athens International Airport are being offered a faster, more efficient journey through the airport by merely scanning their face at check-in and at security points.  Athens Airport has become the first airport in Europe to trial SITA Smart PathTM, a unique solution where passengers can use their facial biometrics to identify themselves at key steps in the journey without having to show ......read more

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Luggage Allowance for Golfers

    Etihad Airways continues its commitment to Abu Dhabi as a global sporting destination Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 28, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is welcoming golfers to Abu Dhabi’s renowned courses, allowing them to bring their golf clubs free-of-charge, enhancing the city’s sporting credentials and improving the experience of every golfer who touches down in the capital.   Hareb Al Muhairy, Senior Vice-President Destination and Leisure Management at Etihad Airways, said: “The capital’s golf courses ......read more

    Passenger satisfaction at baggage collection jumps to A new high with mobile notifications

    Updates at arrivals are an added benefit of baggage tracking   Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 28 March 2019 –   While the adoption of technology has improved passenger satisfaction across the airport journey, the biggest jump by far over the past year was at baggage collection. SITA’s  2019 Passenger IT Insights shows that passengers are demanding more mobile services in relation to their baggage and where these are available, satisfaction levels have surged.                 SITA’s research shows that ......read more

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority Continues Extensive Promotional Efforts in Eastern Europe Following Double-digit Growth in 2018

    Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority successfully concludes a series of trade roadshows targeting key cities in Eastern Europe  Visitor numbers to Ras Al Khaimah from Eastern European countries witnessed double digit growth in 2018  New Destination Strategy 2019-2021, latest product launches and summer campaign offerings showcased during the roadshows Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, 28 March 2019: In light of the double-digit growth figures recorded in 2018, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) has kicked off 2019 with a series of roadshows targeting key ......read more

    Etihad Airways Adopts New Real Time Flight Tracking Technology

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 27, 2019:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is a regional leader by having successfully implemented the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) recommendations for flight tracking ahead of the General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) proposed deadline of 1 June 2019.  With an ICAO completion date of 8 November 2018, Etihad Airways not only met the GADSS recommendation of tracking its flights with position updates every 15 minutes under normal ......read more

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