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    Research Shows Pent-up Demand for Air Travel, with Passengers Embracing Mobile and Touchless Technologies

    Passengers embrace IT for convenient and seamless air travel, as the air transport industry continues to digitalize the journey’s steps   30 June 2022 – SITA’s 2022 Passenger IT Insights research, published today, highlights pent-up demand for both business and leisure travel emerging from the pandemic, with passengers further embracing mobile and touchless technologies to make the journey as convenient and seamless as possible. The survey reveals an increase in passenger use of mobile devices for booking, on board the airplane, and for bag collection in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2020, while automated gates saw increases in adoption for identity control, boarding, and border control. The results clearly reflect the accelerated digitalization of air travel since the outbreak of the pandemic and ......read more

    Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub Set New Records with 200,000 Visitors and Confirm Season 5 Opening Dates this September

     Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub upcoming season will welcome visitors 15 September 2022  A new multipurpose adventure ropes course for both children and adults to be added to the destination’s wide range of activities   Open through summer 2022: Hatta Kayak, and the hiking and biking trails  Season 4 witnessed 200,000 visitors from 125 nationalities and an increase of 32 percent in the number of partners from the Hatta local community    Dubai, UAE, 30 June 2022: Dubai Holding, a diversified global investment company with operations across hospitality, leisure and entertainment, announced that Hatta Resorts and Hatta Wadi Hub Season 5 will commence on 15 September 2022, following a successful extended Season 4 that welcomed more than 200,000 visitors from 125 nationalities ......read more

    Dubai Airports Announces Successful Completion of DXB's Northern Runway Rehabilitation Programme

    This future-proofing project is a key pillar in Dubai Airports’ strategic growth plans, ensuring its ongoing commitment to passenger care and operational excellence  The first aircraft touched down on the newly refurbished tarmac on June 22nd, marking the official reopening following 45 days of extensive rehabilitation to improve safety, efficiency and capacity well into the future   Dubai, UAE – June 30, 2022: Dubai Airports has announced the successful on-time completion of Dubai International’s (DXB) northern runway project, following 45 days of extensive rehabilitation works from May 9 to June 22.    On June 22nd, an Emirates A380 bound for Amman, Jordan was the first aircraft to depart from the new runway and shortly after, an Emirates A380 arriving from Sydney, Australia ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Increases Flight Frequencies across Expanding Network

    The national airline enhances connectivity in the UAE and shares love of travel with more convenient flight times this summer 28, June 2022, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the ultra-low-fare national airline of the UAE, has announced additional flights from Abu Dhabi to capitalise on the increasing demand for travel. Providing hassle-free, affordable travel for tourists and residents in both the UAE and throughout the region, flight capacities are being extended to both Bahrain and Muscat, Oman to operate daily from July 3. The airline will also be operating to Santorini, Greece three times a week in July on Monday, Thursday and Friday.  Strategically located in the UAE, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi provides ultra-low fare, hassle-free and efficient travel options to Alexandria (Egypt), Amman (Jordan), Aqaba (Jordan), Athens ......read more

    Dubai Airports' Hajj Committee Finalises Preparations for Hajj Travellers from DXB

    First flight for Hajj pilgrims scheduled to depart Dubai for Madinah on 30 June Dubai, United Arab Emirates – June 27, 2021: The Hajj Committee at Dubai Airports has announced that it has finalised preparations to ensure a smooth and seamless airport experience for customers who will be travelling for the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj to Saudi Arabia in the coming days and weeks.  Dubai Airports’ Hajj Committee which comprises representatives from key service partners including Dubai Police, the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), Dubai Customs, Dubai Health Authority, flydubai, Emirates, Saudi Airlines and flynas among others – met recently to put the final measures in place across DXB’s terminals. According to the Committee the operator has earmarked dedicated counters ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Resume Direct Passenger Flights from Abu Dhabi to Beijing

    • This route is the first regular direct international passenger flight to resume for Beijing under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council, in response to Covid-19   • The resumption of the direct air link between the two capitals is another achievement of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the UAE and China   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will resume direct passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing from 29 June 2022, becoming the first regular direct international passenger flight to recommence for Beijing, under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.    The airline will operate a weekly flight on a Boeing ......read more

    Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road and Saudi Tourism Authority Host Tour Operators from East Europe to Visit the Kingdom for the First Time

    June 24, 2022 - Riyadh, KSA: Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road recently welcomed tour operators from East Europe as part of the Saudi Tourism Authority’s first familiarization trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In an aim to establish further business ventures and attract international travelers, the familiarization trip allowed participants from ten tourism agencies from across Eastern Europe. Participants experienced Riyadh’s rich culture and hospitality firsthand while discovering the city's diverse landscape and unique offerings.  The two-day itinerary included an in-depth personal hotel tour and sight inspection of the facilities and amenities by Courtyard by Marriott Riyadh Northern Ring Road’s General Manager, Mahmood Omar, and Director of Sales, Bashar Naji, followed by a trip ......read more

    Etihad Airways Expands Fast Self-Service Bag Drop Facilities as Travel Demand Surges

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – As travellers begin flying for the summer holidays, Etihad Airways is expanding its quick self-service bag drop facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The service provides a faster check-in experience and can accommodate a greater number of guests who will then be able to skip the queues.   Once checked-in online, the self-service facilities allow travellers to seamlessly retrieve their booking, print the bag-tag and process their bags in less than two minutes.   John Wright, VP Network, Airports & Cargo Operations, Etihad Airways, said: “With the removal of many travel restrictions, Etihad is expecting the number of travellers to soar for the summer holidays. To make the airport experience seamless for our guests, Etihad is offering more self-service options ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Three New Offers for Guests to Enjoy Their Stopover in Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways is inviting guests for an unforgettable stopover in Abu Dhabi with three different offers that suit all tastes and budgets.   With the relaunch of Etihad Stopovers, travellers can benefit from 40% discounted prices at one of Abu Dhabi’s premium four-star and five-star hotels participating in this campaign, or from a one or two-nights complimentary stay in a three or four-star participating hotel*.    The third new option is Transit Connect, where the guests on eligible routes can book a complimentary hotel near Abu Dhabi International Airport if their flight connection time in Abu Dhabi is between 10 and 24 hours*.    Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales, Etihad Airways, said: “With the removal of the majority of ......read more

    Wizz Air Introduces New Routes to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Europe and the UAE

    Enhanced global connectivity brings our incredible Low Fares to Saudi Arabia in support of KSA’s Vision 2030, supporting rapidly expanding tourism and aviation sectors within the Kingdom 22 June 2022, Budapest, Hungary: Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and most sustainable airline, is launching exciting new routes from Dammam, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to Rome, Vienna and Abu Dhabi. The Abu Dhabi route will be operated by Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s joint venture airline with ADQ. Launching in September 2022, the new destinations are the first step towards a growing presence in KSA which will provide for the first time truly affordable, hassle-free, point to point travel for tourists and residents in the Kingdom, Europe and the UAE, strengthening global connectivity. The new routes by Wizz Air introduce a ......read more

    Best Waterfront Communities in Dubai

    Around 7 million tourists visited Dubai in 2021, and around 85% of Dubai’s residents were born elsewhere. Why do people from other countries choose to move here? Fast development of the city, favorable investment climate, sunny weather — all of these are more than enough.    Moreover, Dubai is a coastal city, and this fact plays a huge role in its popularity as well. Living near the water helps improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and increase overall happiness. What are the best beachfront areas to live in Dubai? Find out in the article.    Emaar Beachfront One of the biggest development projects near the sea within Dubai city is the Emaar Beachfront  area. It is located on a separate peninsula near Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah. All residents can enjoy a private sandy beach ......read more

    Three Vital Pandemic Lessons for Governments to Restore Public Confidence

    21, June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for governments to apply the lessons learned from the dismantling of global connectivity in response to COVID-19 to ensure that future global health threats can be effectively managed without closing borders. The World Health Organization (WHO) long advised that border closures are not an effective means of managing a global pandemic. Evidence observed during the pandemic proved the point. Most governments ignored this advice, acted in isolation from the industry and other governments, and put in place measures to restrict travel. This collapsed global air connectivity with massive negative economic and human consequences.    Moreover, the restart of global connectivity has been made more challenging because governments continue to ......read more

    Ensuring Safe Rollout of 5G Networks

    21 June 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments to work closely with the aviation industry to ensure that aviation and incumbent aviation safety systems can safely co-exist with new 5G services[i]. While IATA recognizes the economic importance of making spectrum available to support next generation commercial wireless telecommunications, maintaining current levels of safety of passengers, flight crews, and aircraft must continue to be one of governments’ highest priorities. The call came as the industry was meeting in Doha, Qatar at the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting.   “We must not repeat the recent experience in the United States, where the rollout of C-band spectrum 5G services created enormous disruption to aviation, owing to the potential risk of interference ......read more

    VFS Global Now Offers UK Electronic Visa Waiver Assistance in The Kingdoms of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

    • Travellers to the UK from The Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can now apply for the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) • VFS Global now offers EVW assistance for applicants in six countries in the Middle East   Nationals of The Kingdoms of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia can now apply for an Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) when travelling to the UK. Travellers can apply in advance from the comfort of their home, anywhere between three months and 48 hours prior to their intended date of travel, for the purposes of tourism, business, study or medical treatment.    Having extended to the two new locations, VFS Global now offers EVW assistance in six countries in the GCC - Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.    With an EVW, travellers visiting the UK for up to six months need ......read more

    2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards Winners Announced

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the winners of the third edition of the IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards.   Inspirational Role Model: Güliz Öztürk – CEO, Pegasus Airlines  High Flyer Award: Kanchana Gamage – Founder and Director, The Aviatrix Project  Diversity & Inclusion Team: airBaltic  “The IATA Diversity & Inclusion Awards recognize individuals and teams that are helping aviation to improve gender balance.  Determination to make this happen is a common denominator for this year’s winners. They are breaking barriers and helping to make aviation an equally attractive career choice for men and for women,” said Karen Walker, Editor-in-Chief, Air Transport World and chair of the judging ......read more

    Mehmet Tevfik Nane New Chair of the IATA Board

    20 June 2022:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Pegasus Airlines Vice-Chairperson of the Board (Managing Director) Mehmet Tevfik Nane has assumed his duties as Chair of the IATA Board of Governors (BoG) for a one-year term, effective from the conclusion of the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Doha, Qatar on 21 June. Nane is the 80th chair of the IATA BoG. He has served on the BoG since 2019. He succeeds JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes, who will continue to serve on the BoG. “I’m honored to take on this position at a time when the industry is emerging from our worst downturn. In addition to maintaining momentum toward re-opening the globe to travel and commerce, we have a very full agenda over the next 12 months. This includes achieving agreement at the ICAO Assembly on a Long ......read more

    Exploring Dubai and Key Activities to Do There

    Considering that most of the city of Dubai was built in the last 50 years, the city has become home to record-breaking constructions and known worldwide as a glitzy and glamorous playground for the elite millionaires that you see in high end establishments or that you see spending their cash in world famous casino resorts around the world. Whilst gambling venues are banned, people can still experience the virtual side of it when they visit 777 casino or the excitement of camel racing and enormous shopping malls that coexist with souks and sand.  While there are hotels that are dripping in luxury, stunning skyscrapers that seem to defy gravity, and Instagram-worthy scenery everywhere you look, Dubai has a lot more to offer. Surrounded by crystal clear waters and vast empty desert, visiting Dubai means getting to know a city that ......read more

    Travel Recovery Rebuilding Airline Profitability -Resilient Industry Cuts Losses to $9.7 billion

    20 June 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upgrade to its outlook for the airline industry’s 2022 financial performance as the pace of recovery from the COVID-19 crisis quickens. Forecast highlights include:   • Industry losses are expected to reduce to -$9.7 billion (improved from the October 2021 forecast for an $11.6 billion loss) for a net loss margin of -1.2%. That is a huge improvement from losses of $137.7 billion (-36.0% net margin) in 2020 and $42.1 billion (-8.3% net margin) in 2021.  • Industry-wide profitability in 2023 appears within reach with North America already expected to deliver an $8.8 billion profit in 2022. • Efficiency gains and improving yields are helping airlines to reduce losses even with rising labor and fuel costs (the latter ......read more

    Etihad Airways Returns to London Heathrow Terminal 4

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has confirmed it will return to London Heathrow’s Terminal 4 from 22 June 2022. Etihad is returning to Terminal 4 following a temporary home at Terminals 2 & 3 during the pandemic. Transport connections including the London Underground and Heathrow Express will also reopen.   The Etihad Lounge will also re-open for Etihad’s First and Business class guests, as well as Etihad Guest Platinum and Gold members. The lounge has separate areas for relaxing and dining, as well as a children’s playroom to entertain Etihad’s ‘Little VIPs’.  Etihad has also confirmed that from July to September 2022 it is increasing its current four daily flights from London Heathrow to five daily flights. Also from July, ......read more

    Aviation Leaders Assemble in Doha for IATA's 78th AGM

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA), announced that leaders of the global aviation industry are gathering in Doha, Qatar, for the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS), with Qatar Airways as the host airline. The event (19-21 June) attracts the industry’s most senior leaders from among IATA’s 290 member airlines, as well as leading government officials, strategic partners, equipment suppliers, and media.  “In a few days, Doha will become the aviation capital of the world. The last time we met in Doha, in 2014, we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first airline flight. This year’s AGM is another momentous occasion: Airlines are simultaneously recovering from the COVID-19 crisis, setting the path to achieving net zero carbon emissions by ......read more

    Pay with Visa, fly with Qatar Airways and win FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package thanks to Visa and Qatar Airways

    Get up to 12% savings on your Qatar Airways flight along with a chance to win a complimentary FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package  13 lucky winners will win a trip of a lifetime to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™  The promotion will run for flights booked and travelled by 31st August 2022 15 June 2022  DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways passengers who are Visa cardholders in Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, UAE and Pakistan are being rewarded with the chance to win special savings and prizes, including a fantastic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ package thanks to Visa and Qatar Airways. The package includes match tickets along with 3-4 nights of hotel accommodation in Qatar. Some of the packages offered as prizes include airline tickets to / from Qatar. In time for making travel plans for this summer, ......read more

    All-New Kia Sportage Arrives in the UAE at Al Majid Motors

    The fifth-generation SUV combines cutting-edge interiors with the latest tech innovations  Dubai, United Arab Emirates, June 13, 2022 – Al Majid Motors, the exclusive dealer for KIA in the UAE, has announced the launch of the all-new Sportage. The fifth-generation Kia Sportage combines cutting-edge interiors with the latest tech innovations to ring in a new era for one of the brand’s most sought-after models. Equipped with a comprehensive redesign the 2023 Kia Sportage takes the identity to the next level while paying homage to its rich heritage.  The arrival of Kia Sportage in the UAE brings in a new offering of the brand with its new design philosophy ‘Opposites United’ which inspires every aspect of the SUV’s appearance. Sportage’s exterior epitomises contrast with its bold, ......read more

    Strong International Traffic Propels Continuing Air Travel Recovery

    13 June 2022: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that air travel resumed its strong recovery trend in April, despite the war in Ukraine and travel restrictions in China. This was driven primarily by international demand.    Note: We have returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted. Owing to the low traffic base in 2021, some markets will show very high year-on-year growth rates, even if the size of these markets is still significantly smaller than they were in 2019. • Total demand for air travel in April 2022 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was up 78.7% compared to April 2021 and slightly ahead of March 2022’s 76.0% year-over-year increase.  • April domestic air travel was down 1.0% ......read more

    DXB's Northern Runway Rehabilitation Programme on Track for Completion on June 22

    Dubai, UAE – June 9, 2022: The Northern runway rehabilitation programme at Dubai International (DXB) has surpassed its midway point on schedule paving the way for the reopening of the runway on June 22, operator Dubai Airports has announced. Since May 9. more than 1,000 vehicles and 3,000 people have been working on-site. around the clock at DXB to complete the project. The essential work involves resurfacing the entire 4.5km long Northern runway, strengthening the wider runway strip, as well as reinforcing the paving on key taxiway entries and exits, and repairing drainage infrastructure. Aeronautical ground lighting, navigational aids and meteorological equipment are also being replaced, and a navigation aids substation is being relocated –as the Southern runway maintains operations at the world’s busiest ......read more

    SITA to Deploy Airline Technology to Manage Repatriation of Lost Items at Passenger Terminal Expo 2022

    SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property reduces the cost and time to trace missing property 9 June 2022 – SITA has signed an exclusive agreement with UKi Media & Events to trace and repatriate lost items at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo, the world’s biggest airport exhibition being held in Paris from 15-17 June.   Using SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property, attendees will be able to use their mobile device to register any missing items, which are automatically matched with found items, dramatically reducing the time and cost of repatriating lost items. Every year more than 10,000 people from 130 countries visit the exhibition, with hundreds of personal items being left behind or lost.  SITA WorldTracer® Lost and Found Property, was launched in 2021 to solve a ......read more

    Etihad Airways Wins at the Apex Passenger Choice Awards 2022

    • Winner of the Passenger Choice Best Inflight Entertainment in the Middle East award    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Airways has been recognised in the Airline Passenger Experience (APEX) Passenger Choice Awards in a glittering awards ceremony in Dublin, Ireland last night. The UAE’s national airline took home the 2022 Passenger Choice Award® for Best Entertainment in the Middle East.   On Etihad’s E-BOX entertainment offering, guests will find over 200 movies, more than 350 TV shows, 15 radio channels and 800 albums in a variety of genres and languages. Video and audio content is supplemented with a wide variety of games as well as seven channels of Live TV featuring global news channels and sport.   On the airline’s newest A350 aircraft, the latest ......read more

    Fall in Air Cargo Demand in line with Expectations

    09 June 2022:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released April 2022 data for global air cargo markets showing a drop in demand and contraction in capacity. The effects of Omicron in Asia and the Russia–Ukraine war continue to create a challenging operating backdrop that is driving the decline.   Note: We returned to year-on-year traffic comparisons, instead of comparisons with the 2019 period, unless otherwise noted.    • Global demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), fell 11.2% compared to April 2021 (-10.6% for international operations). Global demand is down 1% compared to April 2019. • Capacity was 2% below 2021 (+1.2% for international operations). Both global capacity and international capacity decreased slightly in April compared to March. ......read more

    Cathay Pacific Releases its 2021 Sustainability Report on the Occasion of World Environment Day

    New commitments in carbon neutrality and diversity, and supporting communities during the pandemic   The Cathay Pacific Group has released its comprehensive annual Sustainable Development Report that addresses its commitment and progress in the areas of environmental, social and governance, which are of great importance to its stakeholders, and towards its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.    Regional General Manager, South Asia Middle East and Africa (SAMEA), Rakesh Raicar said, “We continue to ramp up our efforts to fight climate change and have made specific tangible progress towards supporting and prioritising our sustainability issues which are communicated in our 2021 Sustainable Development Report. This includes supporting our communities around the world by transporting essential aid ......read more

    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

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    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 ......read more

    Sharjah Airport records footfall of over 3 million passengers in first quarter of 2022

    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

    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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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’ ......read more

    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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......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 ......read more

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