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    Airlines' ‘Blank Sheet of Paper' Moment Is Biggest Opportunity for a Generation

    Airlines have a once in a generation opportunity to restructure, innovate and expand, said James Hogan today in a keynote address to the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi.   “The global pandemic has been the biggest systemic shock in the history of aviation,” he said. “But that does give a unique opportunity for airlines that can move fast to respond to the situation.   “Smart operators will treat this as a ‘blank sheet of paper’ moment, looking to reinvent processes, products and mind-sets.  There is a huge opportunity in front of us for airlines to create a golden age of innovation and service.”   Speaking on the topic of ‘The renewal of the commercial aviation sector’, Mr Hogan identified five levers that can re-shape the future of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Re-Opens Terminal 2 at AUH as Passenger Volumes Increase

    23 May 2022 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: As passenger volumes, routes and airlines increase, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) has recently re-opened Terminal 2 where 5 airline partners are now operating over 50 weekly flights bringing the total number of airlines operating from all terminals at AUH to 26. Further ramp up at this terminal is scheduled during May with the addition of 21 weekly flights. Retail and Duty-Free services are also being reintroduced offering passengers a full range of choice before their flight.

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    Zamzam.com signs MoU with AlBirr Society in KSA

    The agreement will see the online portal provide IT development services to the charitable association Riyadh, KSA, 19 April 2022: Zamzam.com, the online portal facilitating Umrah booking services in the region, announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AlBirr Charitable Society in Makkah Al Mukarramah. The MoU aims to help develop the Information Technology Unit at the association and was signed by the CEO of Zamzam.com, Mr. Omar Siraj Akbar, and Mr. Hisham Abderrahman Shilly, Vice Chairman of the Board of the AlBirr Charitable Society in Makkah Al Mukarramah. As part of its commitment to the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to provide support to the society, and within the framework of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  initiatives, Zamzam.com joins hands with the first charitable association in ......read more

    Zamzam.com: First OTA Platform to Launch B2C Visa Services to Customers

    Zamzam.com launches B2C options to its portal A seamless booking experience with exclusive packages and services available directly to travelers ​ Riyadh, KSA, 12 April 2022: Planning an Umrah trip could quickly turn into a daunting task given the many aspects that are involved. From booking flights and accommodations to ground transfers, the entire process could prove to be more than one person can handle. With this in mind, Zamzam.com, an online platform for Umrah travels, in joint venture with TBO.COM, one of the leading global travel distributions platforms in the world, is proud to announce that Zamzam.com is now the first OTA platform that offers B2C visa services directly to consumers. Curated and carefully designed packages that meet the needs of pilgrims coming from all over the country the wider GCC ......read more

    Air Premia selects ECS Group as its GSA

    Globe Air Cargo (GAC) Korea, a subsidiary of ECS Group, is proud to serve as GSA to Korea’s young and ambitious hybrid service carrier, Air Premia, in its home market. There is a Korean proverb: “bogi joeun tteogi meokgido jota” which translates literally into “good-looking tteok [rice cake] tastes good”, and means “if it looks good, it’ll likely taste good.” Take ECS Group’s newest subsidiary, Seoul-based GAC Korea, and match it with Air Premia, the first Korean hybrid service carrier (HSC) with a serious interest in air cargo, and the result is a very promising tteok. Both companies share the same drive and corporate values that point to a long and successful business partnership, and both operate out of Incheon International Airport (ICN), Seoul, Korea. In accordance with the ......read more

    Emirates Group Announces 2021-22 Results

    Group records annual loss of AED 3.8 billion (US$ 1.0 billion) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic impact, a significant improvement from last year with dnata returning to profitability   • Group revenue of AED 66.2 billion (US$ 18.1 billion) increased by 86% with strong customer demand as worldwide travel restrictions ease • Ends year with an improved and strong cash balance of AED 25.8 billion (US$ 7.0 billion) Emirates reports a significantly reduced loss of AED 3.9 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) compared with AED 20.3 billion (US$ 5.5 billion) loss in the previous year • Revenue up 91% to AED 59.2 billion (US$ 16.1 billion), as airline expanded global capacity and reinstated more passenger flights • Airline capacity increased by 47% to 36.4 billion ATKMs, with final five A380 aircraft added to ......read more

    Etihad Airways Unveils New Sustainability-Driven Economy Experience

    • Elevated experience for guests with high-quality, design-led products • Fully reusable dining equipment reduces waste  • Eliminates single-use plastic from meal trays • Closed loop recycling creates a circular economy of all reusable plastic   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has unveiled its new Economy class soft furnishings and tableware which will be launched on board in the fourth quarter of the year. The new products have been designed with sustainability and improved guest experience as primary objectives. The announcement was made on the opening day of the Arabian Travel Market, a trade event for the travel and tourism industry taking place this week in Dubai.    The Economy class experience will be upgraded with ......read more

    Dubai Airports makes Final Arrangements ahead of Northern Runway Closure

    Passengers urged to confirm flight information with their airlines in advance     Dubai, UAE – May 9, 2022:  Dubai Airports has confirmed that the Northern Runway Rehabilitation project at Dubai International (DXB) is ready to commence from today, May 9 until June 22, 2022.    The essential works being carried out will see the world’s busiest international airport’s operations reduce to a one runway operation. To minimise disruption to our guests more than 1,000 flights per week are scheduled to arrive and depart from Dubai World Central (DWC) during the 45-day period,  with the majority of those flights being operated by flydubai, Spice Jet and Indigo.    As always, Dubai Airports is working with the airlines, control authorities, commercial and service ......read more

    flydubai Records Exceptional Performance in the First Quarter of 2022 and Prepares for a Busy Summer

    flydubai carried 2.35 million passengers between 01 January and 31 March this year, an increase of 114% compared to 2021 The carrier has grown its network to more than 100 destinations exceeding pre-pandemic levels New aircraft deliveries in 2022 support flydubai’s growing network and operations Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 09, May 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has recorded an exceptional performance in the First Quarter of 2022, building on the momentum from the tremendous performance in 2021. The carrier’s growing network and added capacity on its existing routes have been supported by new aircraft deliveries since the start of the year. Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer at flydubai, said: “Dubai has demonstrated its ability to successfully overcome the various challenges presented ......read more

    Etihad Airways Performs 42 Ecoflights Including 22 Contrail Flights over Five Days

    ● Flights were operated in commemoration of Earth Day as part of Etihad’s efforts to raise industry awareness and participation in the drive for aviation decarbonisation   ● EcoFlights tested a range of operational efficiencies and technologies, while contrail flights tested prevention systems with SATAVIA ● Flight tests included the first sustainability focused EcoFlights ever performed on an A350     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – May 05, 2022:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, has successfully performed the world’s most intensive sustainable flight testing programme, operating 42 flights over a five-day period to test operational efficiencies, technology and procedures that will reduce carbon ......read more

    Saudi Arabian Airlines (saudia) Spreads The Spirit Of Eid With A New Campaign Featuring International Artist, Akon

    Airline Shares Universal Greeting from SAUDIA to the World Celebrates EID With Special Flight Offers Jeddah, SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has released a special Eid Al Fitr campaign, marking the conclusion of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Eid is a period of celebration with family and friends to mark the end of Ramadan in which Muslims around the world fast for a month. The newly released campaign from SAUDIA conveys a heartwarming greeting to all guests. A video with the meaning and message of Eid featuring international award-winning music artist, Akon, can be viewed on both the airline’s and Akon’s social media channels. Akon was selected to represent the brand due to his international appeal, which resonates with SAUDIA’s vision of ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Announces Chapter 3 of WeQare – Let's Stand Together

    Qatar Airways Cargo continues its commitment by launching Chapter 3 of its WeQare programme, "Let's Stand Together". Chapter 3 involves a big donation drive that seeks to gather donations in kind for children, from April 26 to May 10 2022.   DOHA, Qatar – Commitment, care and charity means a lot to Qatar Airways Cargo. The success of the first two chapters of the WeQare programme demonstrated it very well. Chapter 1, “One Million Kilos” launched in July 2020 led the way by providing the free transport of 1 million kilos of humanitarian aid and medical equipment to charitable organisations. As for Chapter 2, “Rewild the Planet”, Qatar Airways Cargo committed to preserve wildlife and endangered animals and to transport them back to their natural habitat free of charge. Aware of the ......read more

    Dive into the Paradise Delights of the Red Sea with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi This Summer

    The national airline adds new coastal destination in Jordan, expanding convenient, affordable travel for all 29, April 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-cost national airline of the UAE, has launched an exciting new route from Abu Dhabi to Aqaba, the southernmost city in Jordan. The exciting new destination, sitting on the northeast tip of the Red Sea, provides hassle-free travel for tourists and residents in both the UAE and Jordan with the surrounding mountains and deserts providing an ideal combination of city-life, beaches and history. Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and the airline’s mobile app with fares starting as low as AED 69 *. Aqaba, sat amongst mountains, desert and sea, boasts a seaside charm with pristine beaches and a hospitable climate. The picturesque town provides ......read more

    The Best Walking Routes In Europe

    With the rise of easy transportation, walking has been demoted to a form of exercise or hobby as opposed to being a way to get around town. However, this does present an opportunity to see more of the world whilst getting our fitness levels up, and with that in mind, let’s take a look at the best walking routes in Europe. Sarria, Spain Camino de Santiago is a highly regarded Spanish walking tour company. Their most popular tour is from Sarria, in the very north west of Spain. To Santiago de Compostela from Sarria is around 111km, taking around 7 days to complete. With a mild climate in the winter, this grade 2 route can be completed at any time of the year. The tour begins in the old town centre of Sarria, where there are many chapels, churches, and monasteries to see. The first few walking days are through quiet villages ......read more

    SAUDIA Relaunches Flights to Mauritius!

    This summer SAUDIA airlines resumes their international operations and direct flights to this magnificent island destination   Dubai, UAE - April 22, 2022:  SAUDIA Airlines resumes direct flights to Mauritius 3 times a week. With the resumption of flights Saudis are now able to travel again into this magnificent destination, and enjoy what this paradise island has to offer. From the start Saudis visiting Mauritius will instantly feel welcome, they are treated to a warm attitude by locals, the Mauritian hospitality, rooting from an extraordinary mix of cultures, religion and ethnicities. All the communities live in harmony by nurturing their own culture and heritage, and sharing them with visiting guests. Mauritius has plenty to offer to the Saudi travelers be it families, couples, adventure travelers, or Saudis who ......read more

    Etihad Publishes 2020-2021 Sustainability Report Showcasing Achievements of Greenliner Programme

    • Despite impact of Covid19 on global aviation, Etihad’s Greenliner programme implemented key sustainability initiatives throughout 2020 and 2021 to test and develop long term decarbonisation solutions for the entire industry • Clear and ambitious path forward with 2025, 2035 and 2050 emissions targets • Introduction of Sustainable50 programme to expand Etihad’s sustainability strategy to become world’s most comprehensive industry-wide testing and innovation programme. • Achieved 2020-2021 sustainability targets and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 56 percent since 2018 • Committed to reduction target in aviation’s first sustainability-linked sukuk, and raised US$1.2 billion in the first sustainability-linked loan (SLL) tied to environmental, social and governance (ESG) ......read more

    Flydubai Grows its Network in Saudi Arabia with the Resumption of flights to Ha'il and Tabuk

    • The Dubai-based carrier resumes flights to Ha’il and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia from 09 May with five flights a week • The resumption of flights to Ha’il and Tabuk sees flydubai’s network in Saudi Arabia grow to ten points Dubai, United Arab Emirates - 21, April 2022: flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced today that it will resume operations to Ha’il and Tabuk in Saudi Arabia, which will bring the number of destinations served by the carrier in the Kingdom to ten. Flights to Ha’il and Tabuk will commence on 09 May with five weekly flights.   flydubai has built a network of more than 95 unique destinations in 50 countries served by a young fleet of 63 Boeing 737 aircraft. With the resumption of flights to Hail and Tabuk, flydubai’s network in Saudi Arabia has now ......read more

    Etihad Engineering Signs Component Agreement with Touchdown Aviation

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 21, 2022:  Etihad Engineering, one of the world’s leading maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services providers, has signed a Component Agreement with Touchdown Aviation (TDA), a global specialist in the supply, loan, exchange, and repair of aircraft components.  As part of the agreement, TDA will provide Etihad Engineering supply chain solutions locally in Abu Dhabi, to ensure the availability of high demanded aircraft parts. Frederic Dupont, Vice President Technical Sales & Customer Service, Etihad Engineering said: “As we continue to expand our components repair capabilities, we are delighted to have signed an agreement with Touchdown Aviation, as it will not only contribute to our component services growth strategy and at the same time facilitate parts ......read more

    Etihad Airways Leads Sustainable Aviation with Week of Intensive Flight Tests to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    • Over 30 commercial flights will test a range of operational efficiencies and technologies, including contrail prevention systems with SATAVIA • Coinciding with Earth Day, the test flights are part of Etihad’s overarching sustainability strategy, incorporating the Greenliner and Sustainable50 programmes • Operated on Etihad’s fleet of fuel-efficient aircraft, spearheaded by the signature Boeing 787-10 ‘Etihad Greenliner’, and Etihad’s newest aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000 ‘Sustainable 50’     Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – April 20, 2022:  Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, is undertaking a week of intensive research and testing on over 30 flights to test operational efficiencies, technology and procedures that ......read more

    Air Cairo Selects Airbus Flight Hour Services (FHS) for its A320 Fleet

    Airbus will handle materials services including on-site stock at Air Cairo’s main base and outstations, as well as components repairs, logistics and component engineering.   Airbus’ material solution will allow Air Cairo to minimize capital expenditure thanks to reduced upfront investments and secured maintenance costs. Airbus’ FHS will also maximize Air Cairo’s aircraft availability through spare parts availability and components reliability expertise.     More than 1,200 aircraft worldwide are currently being supported by Airbus’ Flight Hour Services which are proving more relevant than ever in post-crisis times when airlines need to carefully monitor their costs and contain investments.

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    Etihad Engineering Receives Industry Recognition at Aviation Achievement Awards 2022

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 14, 2022:  Etihad Engineering, one of the world’s leading commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services providers, has won ‘MRO Service Provider of the Year – Commercial Aviation’ award at the Aviation Achievement Awards 2022. Abdul Khaliq Saeed, Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Engineering, was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Aviation Industry’ award at the event held in Dubai, UAE. The Aviation Achievement Awards, celebrate and recognise exceptional resilience, innovation, growth, and leadership in the aviation industry. Etihad Engineering, driven by the visionary leadership of Abdul Khaliq Saeed, has continued to serve customers across the globe whilst expanding its global footprint by diversifying its ......read more

    Ramadan Timings for Visa Application Centres in the UAE

    • Extended working hours for Visa Application Centres in UAE • Exclusive 50% Ramadan discount on Premium Lounge services for all UAE Healthcare professionals   VFS Global, the world's largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, announced the opening hours of the Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including extended working hours to provide even greater convenience to visa applicants during the holy month of Ramadan.   Countries Dubai Abu Dhabi United Kingdom Monday – Friday 09.00am – 02.00pm   Extended hours: 02.00pm to 06.00pm   Prime Time: 08.00am to ......read more

    Air Cargo Growth Continues in February, up 2.9%

    07 April 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing that demand increased in February despite a challenging operating backdrop.    Several factors benefitted air cargo in February compared to January. On the demand side, manufacturing activity ramped-up quickly after the early February Lunar New Year holiday. Capacity was positively influenced by the general and progressive relaxation of COVID-19 travel restrictions, reduced flight cancellations due to Omicron-related factors (outside of Asia), and fewer winter weather operational disruptions. Note: We are returning to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Cargo demand is tracking above pre-COVID-19 levels, although capacity is ......read more

    Etihad and Abu Dhabi Airports Team up to Launch Etihad Guest's ‘Miles on the Go'

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports, the owner and operator of the emirate’s five airports, and Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, signed an agreement to launch the “Miles on the Go” product at Abu Dhabi International Airport.  Etihad Guest members can now instantly earn and spend Etihad Guest Miles when shopping at participating merchants located at Abu Dhabi International Airport. By simply downloading the Etihad Guest app and linking up to five Visa cards to their profiles, members can spend their miles and receive cashback on their cards. Members can earn 1 Etihad Guest Mile and 1 Etihad Guest Tier Mile for every AED 3 spent at any of the 119 participating outlets including, lounges, luxury retail stores, dining establishments and Duty-Free outlets ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo is the first to use Gaussin's zero-emission innovation: the AMDT FULL ELEC

    Gaussin and Qatar Airways Cargo are pleased to announce the successful testing and commissioning of the AMDT FULL ELEC automotive multi-directional transporter for air cargo pallets, with production under way for delivery in Q2 2022. This multi-directional transporter for airport cargo operations has been developed by Gaussin in close collaboration with Qatar Aviation Services Cargo (the cargo ground handling subsidiary of Qatar Airways Group). It is zero-emissions, 100% electric and compatible with all types of unit load devices (ULDs).  It has a payload of up to 7 tonnes, a battery life of up to 6 hours and is rechargeable, allowing 24/7 use. The AMDT FULL ELEC serial production version will be locally assembled, in Qatar. Capable of operating both inside and outside of the cargo terminal within minimal space, the AMDT ......read more

    Etihad Airways Collaborates with Emirati Chef on Special Inflight Ramadan Menu

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  In celebration of the Holy Month, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has teamed up with Emirati Chef Khaled Alsaadi to offer a specially curated inflight menu for the month of Ramadan.    The Abu Dhabi-based Chef has put his signature twist on authentic Emirati recipes, fusing contemporary cooking techniques and local ingredients to recreate popular Ramadan dishes for guests.   Terry Daly, Executive Director of Guest Experience, Brand and Marketing, Etihad Airways, said: “This Ramadan, we wanted to surprise our guests with a special menu that takes a modern approach to traditional, well-loved recipes, to make every iftar on board Etihad Airways a memorable experience. Our special Ramadan menu in collaboration with Chef Khaled brings our guests the warmth and ......read more

    Etihad Airways Unveils New ‘Sustainability50' Airbus A350 on Inaugural Flight to Paris

    • Next-generation aircraft will be deployed to key North American and Indian destinations by peak summer season • ‘Sustainability50’ programme to drive operational efficiencies and support Etihad’s decarbonisation efforts   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways today unveiled its new Airbus A350-1000, registration A6-XWB, on a special inaugural commercial flight from Abu Dhabi to Paris. The aircraft is the first A350 to be operated by a UAE airline, and the first of five A350s set to join Etihad’s fleet over the coming months.   The first flight departed Abu Dhabi for Paris Charles de Gaulle at 7.30am with a delegation including diplomatic dignitaries, Etihad and Airbus representatives, media, trade partners and other VIPs.   Tony Douglas, Group Chief ......read more

    Qatar Airways Launches Special Ramadan Offers

    Passengers can enjoy up to 20 per cent discounts and earn double Qpoints in First and Business Class   30, March 2022 DOHA, Qatar — Qatar Airways is pleased to offer special fares to mark the Holy Month of Ramadan. Qatar Airways passengers can enjoy discounts of up to 20 per cent and receive double Qpoints in First and Business Class.  Create memories with your loved ones and book your tickets through qatarairways.com/ramadan, via Qatar Airways sales offices, or from preferred travel agents by 5 April 2022 to take advantage of discounts on flights to Qatar Airways’ expanding network of almost 150 destinations, for travel until 30 September 2022.  Qatar Airways Senior Vice President - Qatar, Mr. Ehab Amin said: “As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, we understand the importance this special ......read more

    78th IATA AGM to Take Place in Doha, Qatar

    26, March 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 78th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place 19-21 June 2022 in Doha, Qatar, hosted by Qatar Airways. This will be the second time that the global gathering of aviation’s top leaders will be held in Qatar; the first being in 2014. Originally, the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit were planned for the same dates in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, hosted by China Eastern Airlines. The decision to change the venue reflects continuing COVID-19 related restrictions on travel to China. “It is deeply disappointing that we are not able to meet in Shanghai as planned. In the meantime, we are pleased to be returning to the dynamic aviation hub of Doha and ......read more

    Experience the Weird and the Wonderful at Global Village's Ripley's Believe It or Not!® Odditorium

    Dubai, UAE, March 24, 2022: Strange experiences await Global Village guests at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® this season and if you haven’t visited yet, there’s still time now that Global Village has announced its season extension. Over and above the many new exhibits, this season saw the introduction of an immersive, multisensory 4D Moving Theatre that features built-in motion and a varied range of special effects, synchronised to make you feel like you’re in the film with the ever-popular Monster Family. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium boasts a diverse collection of rare, real life exhibits and hands-on interactive experiences at six unique galleries. Over 250 rare artefacts, unbelievable exhibits, wax figures of strange, unusual and historical people, interactive games, the horrific Dark ......read more

    Etihad Airways Travel Tips for a Smooth Spring Break

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  As travellers begin flying for the spring break, Etihad Airways is preparing to welcome a large volume of passengers at Abu Dhabi International Airport over the weekend and urges travellers to follow the below tips.   Covid related travel restrictions have been completely removed for travellers flying to UK, Bahrain and Ireland, while travellers to Jordan, Maldives or Saudi Arabia need only provide a health declaration form. More information can be found on etihad.com/destinationguide.   Travellers departing from Abu Dhabi will only need to take a PCR test if it is a requirement of their final destination. Passengers who are fully vaccinated do not need a PCR test when returning to Abu Dhabi.   Terry Daly, Executive Director Guest Experience, Brand and ......read more

    Malaysia to allow Quarantine-Free Entry for Vaccinated Travellers, starting 1st April 2022

    Dubai, 22 March 2022 – Tourism Malaysia is participating for the fourth time at the Gulf Travel Show (GTS) from 22 to 23 March 2022. Focusing on business meetings, the digital event hosts buyers from across the region. After the success of the first three editions in November 2020, March 2021 and October 2021, Gulf Travel Show is back by popular demand in 2022.  The two-day conference features networking sessions between the Middle East and from across the world as well as panel discussions between travel experts, tourism and hospitality sectors on the current state of the industry. Participants of the travel show include travel agents, tour operators, tourism boards, airlines, travel management firms, international agencies, hotels, and media from 43 countries.  As a platinum partner, Tourism Malaysia is ......read more

    Progress in Opening the World to Travel

    17 March 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the increasing momentum towards re-opening of borders and relaxation of travel restrictions, as COVID-19 moves into the endemic phase.  An IATA survey of travel restrictions for the world’s top 50 air travel markets (comprising 88% of international demand in 2019 as measured by revenue passenger kilometers) revealed the growing access available to vaccinated travelers:   • 25 markets representing 38% of 2019 international demand are open to vaccinated travelers without quarantine measures or testing requirements—up from 18 markets (28% of 2019 international demand) in mid-February. • 38 markets representing 65% of 2019 international demand are ......read more

    Qatar Airways Celebrates Mother's Day by Offering an Exclusive Promotion of up to 25 Per Cent Discount

    The promotion offers discounted fares on tickets purchased from 15 to 21 March for travel until 30 September 2022 14 March 2022, DOHA, Qatar – In celebration of Mother’s Day, we are pleased to offer 25 per cent off on all-inclusive Premium and Economy Class fares to almost 150 destinations worldwide. The 7-day promotion will run from 15 - 21 March, for travel up to 30 September 2022. Tickets can be booked online through qatarairways.com, via Qatar Airways sales offices, or from preferred travel agents.  Qatar Airways Senior Vice President- Qatar, Mr. Ehab Amin said: “We are delighted to celebrate this occasion by offering an exclusive promotion for our passengers to enjoy. Through the discounted fares, we strive to enable our customers to create unique memories for their mothers, as part of our ongoing ......read more

    5 Tips to Enjoy Long-Haul Flights

    Many airports have been empty over the past couple of years, but things are slowly returning to normal. This means that millions of people are now hopping on flights and heading around the world again, whether it's for work purposes or leisurely holidays. When it comes to flying, most people don't mind the process. However, it's common for people to lose their minds when it's a long-haul flight. After all, being stuck on an 18-hour flight isn't fun – even when you're going on holiday. Fortunately, there are lots of ways you can make long-haul flights more enjoyable and less stressful. Want to learn how? Try these 5 smart tips. 1.Stream Movies and Sports on Your Smartphone One of the best parts about modern-day flying is that you can take your smartphone with you. This is great, as it means you ......read more

    Global Village's First-Ever Happiness Street Fest brings Amazing acts from across the Globe to the Heart of Wonder

    Spell-binding street performances from five continents set to wow audiences at Global Village Dubai, UAE, March 14, 2022: Global Village is celebrating the International Day of Happiness all week long with its brand new Happiness Street Fest which features some of the world’s most talented street artists. From March 18 to 27, guests will experience high-energy entertainment on the streets of Global Village. The UAE and the wider region's leading multicultural destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment has exciting plans in the pipeline for Happiness Street Fest, with an international line-up of extraordinary street acts from around the world and fireworks every night.  Jaki Ellenby, Executive Director, Marketing at Global Village said: “We pride ourselves on bringing the best of cultures from ......read more

    Air Cargo Growth Continues in January but at a Slower Pace

    10, March 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air cargo markets showing slower growth in January 2022. Supply chain disruptions and capacity constraints, as well as a deterioration in economic conditions for the sector dampened demand.  Note: We are returning to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Cargo demand is tracking above pre-COVID-19 levels, although capacity is still constrained.   • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was up 2.7% compared to January 2021 (3.2% for international operations). This was significantly lower than the 9.3% growth seen in December 2021 (11.1% for international operations). • Capacity was 11.4% above January 2021 (10.8% for international ......read more

    2022 IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards Open for Nominations

    09th March 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the opening of the nomination period for the 2022 IATA Diversity and Inclusion Awards. IATA member airlines and organizations from across the aviation value chain can put themselves forward or nominate others within the aviation industry until 18h00 CET on 24 April 2022.   The Awards recognize three categories of leadership in the area of diversity and inclusion:   • Inspirational Role Model Award: recognizes a woman holding a senior position within the air transport industry who has had a significant impact on the aviation agenda through her strong contribution to business delivery, as well as her ongoing support of the diversity and inclusion agenda. Nominees are welcome from across the aviation industry. • High Flyer ......read more

    Dubai Airports Launches Women's Network to Connect and Empower its Female Professionals

    Focused around three key pillars of ‘Connect, Grow, Thrive’, Dubai Airports Women’s Network (DAWN) will connect female professionals at the organisation, enabling the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and inspiring success through example Dubai, March 08th, 2022 - Dubai Airports, the operator of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC), has announced the launch of the new Dubai Airports Women’s Network (DAWN), a dedicated platform to empower, inspire, inform and connect women in aviation and maximise personal and professional development opportunities for Dubai Airports’ female professionals.     Focused around three key pillars – ‘Connect’, ‘Grow’, ‘Thrive’ – the DAWN platform will provide a range of networking and ......read more

    Qatar Airways Cargo Teams Up with Cainiao to Launch a Weekly Charter Flight Linking China and Brazil

    Cainiao partners with Qatar Airways Cargo to support e-commerce growth in South America with the launch of a weekly Boeing 777 freighter service linking Hong Kong (HKG), China, and São Paulo (GRU), Brazil.   DOHA, Qatar:   Cainiao Network (Cainiao), the logistics arm of Alibaba Group, announced the partnership with Qatar Airways Cargo to launch a weekly charter flight from Hong Kong (HKG), China, to São Paulo (GRU), Brazil, and serve one of Cainiao’s fastest growing e-commerce destinations in Latin America. On 5 March, the first Cainiao chartered Boeing 777 freighter departed Hong Kong Airport (HKG) at 6.45 p.m. UTC, headed for Guarulhos Airport (GRU), São Paulo, Brazil, with a tech stop at Qatar Airways Cargo’s hub in Doha, Qatar. The cargo on board included online retail products such as ......read more

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    Al Midfa: The Sharjah Airport’s strategy was successful in gaining the trust of travelers, and attracting new airline and  cargo companies April 26, 2022: Over three million passengers travelled in the first quarter of 2022 through Sharjah Airport, witnessing an increase of 119.2 per cent as compared to 1.3 million passengers in the same period last year. The aircraft movement for the same term also marked an increase in the number of flights by 89 per cent with 21,336 flights, compared to 11,279 flights last year. In terms of cargo movement, the airport recorded more than ......read more

    Five Iconic Pieces of Dubai Architecture

    Dubai is one of the most beautiful and luxurious cities on the planet. It is almost unbelievable that this towering, sprawling metropolis was once a tiny fishing village. Today, it is the home to the tallest building in the world, has the second-most five-star hotels, and is one of the most popular destinations for Hollywood A-listers and elite sports stars to visit and enjoy some rest and recuperation. Dubai has it all. This fantastic city had a population of only 1,200 in 1822, but that number has exploded to more than 3.5 million today. The rapid growth and vast investment in Dubai ......read more

    Enchanting Sabah 2020

      Be captivated by one of the most biodiverse destinations in the world, welcomed by the warm and friendly people, refreshed by the clear skies and pristine islands! Experience the enchantment through Enchanting Sabah! ...read more

    IATA Releases 2021 Airline Safety Performance

    3,  March 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released 2021 safety performance data for the commercial airline industry showing strong improvement in several areas compared to both 2020 and to the five years 2017-2021. Highlights include: •         Reductions in the total number of accidents, the all-accident rate and fatalities. •         IATA members and airlines on the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) registry (which includes all IATA members) experienced zero fatal accidents last ......read more

    Airbus to Showcase Innovation and Highlight its Commitment towards Localisation at Saudi Arabia's World Defense Show

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - 2, March 2022:  At the World Defense Show from 6-9 March in Riyadh, Airbus will showcase a wide range of products, cutting-edge technologies and innovations that are shaping the future of aerospace.    The show will be held biennially from its debut edition in March, supporting the development of a sustainable local industry, in line with the Kingdom’s vision to localise 50% of its military expenditure by 2030.  The event will be an opportunity for Airbus to highlight its commitment towards driving localisation and demonstrate its ......read more

    Air Passenger Numbers to Recover in 2024

    2, March 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expects overall traveler numbers to reach 4.0 billion in 2024 (counting multi-sector connecting trips as one passenger), exceeding pre-COVID-19 levels (103% of the 2019 total). Expectations for the shape of the near-term recovery have shifted slightly, reflecting the evolution of government-imposed travel restrictions in some markets. The overall picture presented in the latest update to IATA’s long-term forecast, however, is unchanged from what was expected in November, prior to the Omicron ......read more

    Etihad Airways' Transformation Continues to Deliver Results with 41% Improvement on Pre-Covid Performance

    • 3.5 million passengers carried in 2021    • Significant improvement in EBITDA driven by strong H2 performance    • Core operating loss reduced to US$ 476 million   • Cargo revenues increase by 49% to all-time high of US$ 1.73 billion   • Sustainability at core of recovery strategy   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Etihad Airways today announced its business results for 2021, recording a strong recovery in passenger operations along with a significant improvement in financial performance, ......read more

    Etihad's Testing Requirements are Changing

    Following the latest UAE government directive, from 26 February, guests who are fully vaccinated and travelling with Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi will no longer need a PCR test before their flight.   Guests who are departing or transiting through Abu Dhabi also do not need a PCR test, unless it is a requirement of their end destination. Vaccination certificates must have a QR code.   • Guests who are not vaccinated and travelling to Abu Dhabi must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure, or a Covid-19 recovery certificate with a QR code dated ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches the Etihad Mangrove Forest in Collaboration with Environment abu Dhabi

    Part of the Abu Dhabi Mangrove Programme, Etihad Mangrove Forest to be first planting programme to establish carbon absorbing forests in every country Etihad operates    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Following two years of intensive research and development, innovation and transformation through its Greenliner programme to tackle aviation decarbonisation, Etihad Airways in collaboration with Environment Agency Abu Dhabi has launched the Etihad Mangrove Forest to provide guests, corporate accounts and partners the ability to adopt mangroves in Abu Dhabi to ......read more

    Sharjah Airport celebrates Kuwait National Day with Kuwaiti travelers

    Airport employees shared sweets and beverages among travelers as part of celebrations February 25, 2022: As part of its close relationship with Kuwait and Kuwaiti citizens, Sharjah Airport commemorated Kuwait National Day, celebrated on February 25 every year. Airport personnel carried flags of the UAE and Kuwait and served Kuwaiti travelers with coffee and sweets as part of the celebrations. Travelers from Kuwait embraced the initiative, as it brought joy and happiness to the hearts of the citizens and symbolized the affection and strong relations between Kuwait and the UAE. ......read more

    Qiddiya Announces SAR 2.8 Billion Construction Contract to Build Saudi's First and Region's Largest Water Theme Park

    The park will feature 22 rides and attractions including 9 world firsts   24, February 2022: Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC) announced the award of a SAR 2.8 billion ($750 million) contract to build Saudi Arabia’s first and the region’s largest water theme park. The contract was awarded to ALEC Saudi Arabia Engineering & Contracting and El Seif Engineering Contracting, in a joint venture between the two companies. The Qiddiya Water Theme Park will be one of the key entertainment attractions at Qiddiya, the future capital of Entertainment, Sports and ......read more

    A Decade of Barrier-Free Tourism: GNTB Spotlights International Inclusivity at the Annual Accessible Tourism Day

    Online conference on March 11 will see expert speakers discuss importance of tourism for all  Dubai, UAE – February 23, 2022 – The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) is celebrating a decade of barrier-free tourism with its annual Accessible Tourism Day scheduled for March 11, 2022. The event highlights strategies the board has taken to help support the international travel industry meet increasing demand for travel options for all. Set to complement the ITB Berlin NOW Convention, this year’s online event will feature expert insights from guest speakers ......read more

    Etihad Airways Announces Summer Routes

    • New flights to Greece’s largest island, Crete, set to commence on 15 June 2022 • Popular routes to Malaga, Santorini and Zanzibar will also return for summer   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: Travellers with Etihad Airways can look forward to a new destination this summer, along with the return of popular seasonal routes to Europe and the Indian Ocean.   Starting 15 June 2022, Etihad Airways will launch a seasonal twice-per-week service to Crete, the largest island in Greece. The flights are set to be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft and ......read more

    Embratur Higlights Luxury Travel Destinations in Brazil

    Brazil has witnessed a boom in the luxury tourism during the pandemic  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 18, 2022: Brazil’s luxury tourism sector has experienced significant growth during the pandemic. In fact, during July 2021, Brazil recorded its best occupancy rates in history. Furthermore, a recent survey by the International Luxury Travel Market confirms this boom and found that 62 per cent of travellers to the country are spending more on luxury tourism than before the pandemic.   As a result of this luxury tourism growth, Embratur — the Brazilian ......read more

    Fourth Quarter Surge at Abu Dhabi International Boosts Passenger Traffic to 5.26 Million in 2021

    Traffic expected to double in 2022 16 February 2022 - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:  Abu Dhabi Airports released its 2021 passenger traffic results today which confirm Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed 5.26 million guests in 2021 thanks to a fourth quarter surge that saw 2.43 million, which equates to 46% of the full year’s passenger numbers, pass through the UAE capital’s hub. Full year figures reveal that 5,262,376 passengers were served compared to 5,570,176 in 2020 representing a drop of 5.5% as the airport and the industry continued to experience ......read more

    New Generation A350F Freighter to Join Etihad Airways Fleet

    Dubai, 16 February 2022 – Etihad Airways’ has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for seven A350F freighters to add to its existing fleet of five A350-1000 passenger versions. The announcement was made at the Singapore Airshow 2022. Etihad has also selected Airbus’s Flight Hour Services (FHS) to support its entire A350 fleet. “Etihad is delighted to extend our relationship with Airbus to include this remarkable aircraft as part of our freighter fleet for the future,” said Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. “As our cargo ......read more

    Jaguar TCS Racing Frustrated After Scoring No Points in Mexico City

    • Jaguar TCS Racing fight through the pack into the points before a fearless energy strategy didn’t pay off for the team and others around them • Sam Bird finished in P15 while teammate Mitch Evans finished in P19  • Jaguar TCS Racing sit seventh in the teams’ standings after round three of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship • Lights go green for round four and five of season eight in Rome on 9 and 10 April 2022   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 14 February 2022:   Jaguar TCS Racing were looking set for a double-points ......read more

    Enjoy the Best of Global Village With the All-New Wonder Bundles

    Great value tailored bundles for kids, families and thrill-seekers now available at Global Village  Dubai, UAE, February 10, 2022: There’s so much to do and see at Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment. So to make life easy, Global Village has designed the perfect bundle of Wonder for Kids, Families and Thrill-seekers. The new “Wonder Bundles” are great value for money with over 30% discount on a night to remember with friends or family.  The Wonder Bundle for Kids ......read more

    Kerala Offers Huge Investment Avenues in Tourism Sector: Minister Mohamed Riyas

    Minister leads delegation to Dubai Expo to showcase Kerala Tourism Dubai, Feb 08, 2022: As tourism in Kerala is set to bounce back from the covid-induced crisis, the state offers high investment opportunities in travel and hospitality sector with the government unveiling several ambitious projects to tap its potential as an extended tourist haven, Tourism Minister  Mr P A Mohamed Riyas said.   Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Mr Riyas said the state is keen to partner with UAE based investors and Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs) in scripting a new story of ......read more

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