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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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    IATA Travel Pass Successfully Trialed on First International Flight

    United Arab Emirates -  March 18, 2021:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport of the first traveler using the IATA Travel Pass app to manage their travel health credentials.    “The successful implementation of IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help travelers and governments to manage travel health credentials. The significance of this to re-starting international aviation cannot be ......read more

    Etihad Airways Achieves IATA's Level 4 NDC Certification

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 17, 2021:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has been awarded the New Distribution Capability (NDC) Level 4 certification, by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). NDC enhances communication between the airline industry and travel agents, which allows for more effective merchandising, competitive propositions and product personalisation.  The NDC standard allows Etihad to transform the way its products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travellers by addressing the industry’s ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches Sale to Morocco From AED 999 Return in Economy

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – March 15, 2021:  After Morocco’s recent addition to the ‘green list’, Etihad Airways is encouraging residents to enjoy quarantine free travel on arrival back into Abu Dhabi with the launch of its Casablanca Sale.  Valid for only 24 hours at etihad.com, fly from Abu Dhabi to Casablanca in Economy for just AED 999 return. This fare is limited to 500 seats on a first come first served basis. The sale starts at 11am on Monday, 15 March 2021 and ends at 11am on Tuesday, 16 March 2021, UAE time. Guests who book between 16 ......read more

    Dubai Airshow 2021 to bring Aerospace and Defence Startups to Launch Pad VISTA

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 07 March 2021:  Dubai Airshow 2021 is excited to introduce its new dedicated startup event, VISTA, which will be the ultimate platform for innovators, creators and market disruptors to display the latest technologies and play a part in accelerating the future of the aerospace and defence industries.    The co-located event will connect startups with venture capitalists who are looking for disruptive new entrants that can out-hustle the big players. The event will be attended by national leaders, CEOs, investors, developers, technology ......read more

    Etihad Airways Extends Global Covid-19 Insurance

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - March 07, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has extended its COVID-19 global wellness insurance cover until 30 September 2021.  Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Airways, said: “Extending Etihad’s COVID-19 global wellness insurance reinforces the effectiveness of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s health and hygiene programme. It’s an added benefit automatically provided to all guests - no exceptions. “As Etihad continues to gradually expand its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Accelerates Transformation Plan to Mitigate Impact of Pandemic

    • 4.2 million passengers carried in 2020 with seat load factor of 52.9% • Network capacity reduced by 64% to 37.5 billion ASKs in wake of pandemic  • Industry-leading Etihad Wellness programme developed to safeguard travellers  • First airline in the world with 100% of operating flight crew vaccinated   United Arab Emirates -  March 04, 2021:   Etihad Airways has announced its financial and operating results for 2020, recording a 76% fall in passengers carried throughout the year (4.2 million, compared to 17.5 million in 2019) ......read more

    January Air Cargo Demand Recovers to pre-COVID Levels

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released January 2021 data for global air cargo markets showing that air cargo demand returned to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) for the first time since the onset of the crisis. January demand also showed strong month-to-month growth over December 2020 levels.  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons to follow are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand ......read more

    From Bad to Worse: January Passenger Demand Falls Further

    United Arab Emirates -  March 03, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that passenger traffic fell in January 2021, both compared to pre-COVID levels (January 2019) and compared to the immediate month prior (December 2020).  Because comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted all comparisons are to January 2019 which followed a normal demand pattern. • Total demand in January 2021 (measured in revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) was down 72.0% ......read more

    Kamil Al-Awadhi Takes up Role at IATA

    United Arab Emirates -  March 02, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) new Regional Vice President for Africa and the Middle East (AME), Kamil Al-Awadhi, took up his position today. “This is the most challenging time for air transport—in AME and around the world. The top priority is reconnecting the world when governments are able to safely re-open borders without travel restrictions. And the immediate action is supporting governments in establishing benchmarks and plans for an orderly resumption of service. The crisis has also ......read more

    Emirates to Fly Daily to Khartoum

    United Arab Emirates -  March 01, 2021:   Emirates will boost its frequencies to Sudan with the introduction of daily flights to/ from Khartoum starting on 9 March 2021. The introduction of additional frequencies will provide more options and added convenience for those wishing to travel to Dubai and beyond to Emirates' network of over 90 destinations. Emirates continues to take measured steps to safely and gradually restart operations across its network whilst prioritising the health and safety of its customers and employees across every touchpoint of the travel ......read more

    COVID-19 Cash Burn Continues -Urgent Preparations for Restart-

    United Arab Emirates -  February 25, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash positive until 2022.   Estimates for cash burn in 2021 have ballooned to the $75 billion to $95 billion range from a previously anticipated $48 billion. The following factors play into this ......read more

    COVID-19 Has Changed the It Spending Priorities for Airports and Airlines in 2020

    SITA’s Air Transport IT Insights reveals a sharper focus on safety, automation, and efficiency   United Arab Emirates -  February 24, 2021:   The COVID-19 pandemic has refocused IT spending priorities for airlines and airports in 2020 as revenue plunged and the industry faced new health and operational requirements needed to keep flying.  Among the key findings from SITA’s 2020 Air Transport IT Insights, published today, was an accelerated investment in automated passenger processing focusing on touchless and mobile services. There was also ......read more

    Emirates Restarts Flights to Newark via Athens

    Dubai, UAE, 23 February 2021 – Emirates has announced it will resume daily services to Newark via Athens from 1st June 2021. The resumed flight will provide global travellers with another access point to the popular New York Metropolitan area, serving the large Greek-American community in the United States while offering a convenient connection to travellers headed towards the Middle East, West Asia, and Africa via Dubai.    The addition of Newark via Athens will take Emirates' US network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Seattle, Boston, ......read more

    Airbus Space Technology Reaches Mars

    NASA's Perseverance rover relies on Airbus built weather station and communications antenna    United Arab Emirates -  February 16, 2021:   When NASA's Perseverance rover lands on the surface of the Red Planet next Thursday, key Airbus technology will be on board: the MEDA meteorological station will provide scientists with valuable Mars weather data and the High Gain Antenna System will ensure a high-speed comms link with Earth for the duration of the MARS2020 mission. Perseverance will use seven scientific instruments to study the Martian biological ......read more

    Al-Futtaim Lexus Reveals Six Finalists for Lexus Design Award 2021

    • Shortlist gathers innovative design solutions for a better tomorrow   Dubai, UAE - 16 February 2021:  Al-Futtaim Automotive, the official distributor of Lexus in the UAE, has announced that Lexus International has recently revealed the six finalists for the Lexus Design Award 2021, each of whom will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience and mentorship from renowned design leaders as they prototype their ideas with a budget of over USD 28,000 (over AED 100,000) per project. The finalists were selected by a distinguished jury from among 2,079 entries submitted by creators ......read more

    Delta World Charter Signs Lease Agreement with Fly2Sky for two Airbus A320 Aircrafts

    Dubai, UAE; February 15, 2021: Leading air charter broker Delta World Charter has signed an exclusive agreement with Fly2Sky to be the General Sales Agent (GSA) for their Airbus A320 fleet. Delta World Charter (DWC) will be managing two A320 aircrafts. Dmitriy Korshunov, CEO of Delta World Charter said: “We are thrilled to lease our first Airbus A320 aircrafts; especially in current challenging times. With this strategic partnership with Fly2Sky, Delta World Charter is now ready to operate ACMI projects, repatriation flights, as well as flights for tour operators, crew change and ......read more

    Airbus to Showcase World-Class Helicopters, Defence and Space Capabilities at IDEX 2021

    Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 February 2021:  Airbus will showcase a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, capabilities and solutions from Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2021.  The event is set to take place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 21 - 25 February and is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.   Airbus will exhibit at stand 08B05. The company’s presence at ......read more

    SITA Injects Smart Low-touch Solutions Into Bahrain International Airport Amidst Covid-19 Recovery

    Bahrain International Airport's new Passenger Terminal includes SITA Smart Path biometrics, SITA Flex, and a sophisticated airport management system United Arab Emirates -  February 11, 2021:    Backed by SITA's state-of-the-art technology, Bahrain International Airport's (BIA) newly opened Passenger Terminal is better prepared to respond to the changing demands of travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ultra-modern facility positions BIA as the most advanced boutique airport in the Gulf, increasing its capacity to 14 million passengers per year. A key focus ......read more

    Hope Probe Successfully Arrives to Mars After Complex Maneuver

    Marking the Arab world’s entry in space exploration   Hope Probe successfully arrives to Mars after complex maneuver    The UAE makes history as the first Arab nation, and fifth in the world, to reach Mars   •         Hope Probe entered Mars orbit at 7:42p.m. after critical manoeuvre •         Ground control station in Al Khawaneej received first signal from the probe at 8:08p.m. •         The Emirates Mars Mission is the first of three missions arriving at the Red ......read more

    UAE Visitors to Receive ‘Martian Ink' Passport Stamp Upon Arrival

    • ‘Martian Ink’ created from same rocks found on the Red Planet   Dubai-UAE: 9 February 2021:  Visitors arriving at UAE airports will receive a Martian Ink stamp on their passports, in commemoration to the Hope probe’s historic arrival to Mars on Feb.9.    An emblem of the country’s ambition and guiding principle that “Impossible is Possible”, the stamp – produced by the UAE Government Media Office in collaboration with Dubai Airports – is offering a memorable reminder of a new era for Arabs in time and space ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

    • Thomas Erikson revealed how to spot a psychopath, and shared his insights into how we act and react depending on our personality type.  • Bolu Babalola shared her fantastical mythical love stories from around the world before it was colonised by western culture.  • A fascinating session called Fighting the Anti-Facts Movement which featured medical experts Jay Jayamohan, Nafea Alyasi, and Rupy Aujla, who took a scalpel to conspiracy theories and misinformation.  • A celebration of My Little World: The Stories of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al ......read more

    2020 Worst Year for Air Cargo Demand Since Performance Monitoring Began in 1990

    United Arab Emirates -  February 04, 2021:    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand for air cargo decreased by 10.6% in 2020, compared to 2019. This was the largest drop in year-on-year demand since IATA started to monitor cargo performance in 1990, outpacing the 6% fall in global trade in goods.    • Global demand in 2020, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), was 10.6% below 2019 levels (-11.8% for international operations).  • Global capacity, measured in ......read more

    2020 Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

    United Arab Emirates -  February 04, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced full-year global passenger traffic results for 2020 showing that demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) fell by 65.9% compared to the full year of 2019, by far the sharpest traffic decline in aviation history. Furthermore, forward bookings have been falling sharply since late December.   • International passenger demand in 2020 was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity, (measured in available seat kilometers or ASKs) declined 68.1% and load factor fell ......read more

    Cebu Pacific introduces new Baggage Policy starting February 1

    • Check-in baggage must not exceed 39 inches on any side    • Guests will be charged approximately AED62 (PHP800) for domestic flights, and AED100 (PHP1,300) for international flights, for oversized baggage     Dubai, UAE, 31 January 2021:   Cebu Pacific (CEB), the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has introduced a new policy for handling oversized baggage in line with its goal to improve processes for a more efficient and seamless customer journey for everyone.    Beginning February 1, 2021, CEB will be ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Recommence Flights to Doha

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Effective 15 February 2021, Etihad Airways will recommence passenger flights from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Doha, Qatar, subject to the applicable government approvals. The service will operate daily using an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Global Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “With ties between the UAE and Qatar restored, the restarting of passenger services between the two capitals will once again support the growth of trade and tourism between the ......read more

    Etihad Airways Boosts Carbon Offset Programme

    Abu Dhabi, UAE – January 19, 2021:   Following the purchase of 80,000 tonnes of Carbon Offsets in November, Etihad Airways is expanding its offset programme in collaboration with Shell. Separately, the airline is also setting up a guest programme to allow guests to purchase additional voluntary offsets.  Shell’s nature-based carbon offsets Through its participation in Shell’s carbon credit programme, Etihad will expand its offset programme beyond the original Makame Savannah REDD project in Tanzania to include Peru’s Cordillera Azul National Park ......read more

    Emirates becomes one of the First Airlines in the World to trial IATA Travel Pass, a Digital Platform for COVID-19 Updates and Test Verification

    Dubai, UAE, 19 January 2021:  Emirates has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to become one of the first airlines in the world to trial IATA Travel Pass – a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.   IATA Travel Pass enables Emirates passengers to create a 'digital passport' to verify their pre-travel test or vaccination meets the requirements of the destination. They will also be able to share the test and vaccination ......read more

    Etihad Airway Is One of the First Airlines Globally to Launch IATA Travel Pass

    United Arab Emirates -  January 19, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association and Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, today announced a partnership to launch the IATA Travel Pass for Etihad Airways’ guests. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines.  IATA Travel Pass will initially be offered to Etihad’s guests on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021. If successful, the pass will be extended ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Takes to the Skies for the First Time

    16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: Yesterday marked the first time that Wizz Air Abu Dhabi took to the skies in the UAE. The eco-friendly aircraft, Airbus A321neo, departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport at 12.30pm local time bound for Athens, Greece.  Shareef Al Hashmi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports greeted Kees Van Schaick, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi as the plane prepared to depart. Photo 1: (Left) Shareef Al Hashmi, ADAC CEO and (right) Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s managing director, Kees Van Schaick mark the launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Photo 2: Wizz Air Abu ......read more

    Cebu Pacific releases travel advisory on extension of entry restrictions for foreign nationals from January 16 to 31, 2021

    Dubai, UAE, January 16, 2021:  Due to the new COVID-19 variant, the Philippine government has extended the temporary ban for foreign nationals until January 31, 2021. During this period, only Filipino citizens will be accepted on flights from Dubai, Hong Kong, Nagoya (Japan), Singapore, and Seoul (South Korea).  Cebu Pacific (CEB) will not accept foreign nationals who originated from, transited via, or visited within 14 days prior to arrival in the Philippines, any of the 34 countries specified by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). The list of affected countries and complete ......read more

    Wizz Air Abu Dhabi Commences Operations in Abu Dhabi

    16 January 2021, Abu Dhabi, UAE: On the eve of its inaugural flight to Athens, Greece, the UAE’s new national airline, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, marked the occasion with a visit from the company’s Chairman, József Váradi. Váradi is one of the airline’s founders who established the company in 2003. The company’s Chairman, József Váradi said: “The launch of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recognises Abu Dhabi as a bold new frontier for ultra-low fare travel in the region. We most welcome the opportunity to contribute to Abu Dhabi’s efforts to ......read more

    Children Fly Free With Etihad Airways

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.14 January 2021 – Adults who book their next flight to Abu Dhabi or Dubai with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, can take their children for free.  With every adult ticket booked before 28 January 2021, for travel until 30 September 2021, up to two children will travel free – so two adults can bring four children, free. Fares to Abu Dhabi and Dubai start from just GBP 299 in Economy class.  To give guests peace of mind and to offer an extra level of reassurance to travel, Etihad is the only airline in the world ......read more

    Jordan - Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Statement from UPS

    United Arab Emirates -  January 14, 2021:   UPS (NYSE:UPS) announces the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Jordan, supporting the country’s fight against the pandemic.    UPS has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 fight since February 2020, and has also supported in distributing millions of diagnostic test kits and biological samples for COVID-19.   Dr. Wael Hayajneh, Secretary General of the Health Ministry for epidemiological affairs and the official in charge of the COVID-19 crisis said: “Today, the Government of ......read more

    IATA Welcomes the Resumption of Air Connectivity between Key Nations in the Middle East'

    United Arab Emirates -  January 10, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which will shorten flight times and provide essential air links to families and businesses across the region.  “The reopening of airspace with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab ......read more

    IATA Welcomes the Resumption of Air Connectivity between Key Nations in the Middle East

    United Arab Emirates -  January 09, 2021:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes the signing of the ‘solidarity and stability’ agreement that will see Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt open their air, land and sea borders with Qatar. The agreement paves the way for commercial airlines to resume regional connectivity—which will shorten flight times and provide essential air links to families and businesses across the region.   “The reopening of airspace with Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab ......read more

    Roma Proves the Pace of the Hunter to Go 5th Overall, as Loeb Suffers Suspension Damage

    STAGE SIX: AL QAISUMAH TO HA’IL DISTANCE: 517KM (170KM ROAD / 347KM SPECIAL STAGE)       Driver Stage Ranking Stage time Difference to 1st General Ranking Overall time Difference to 1st NANI ROMA 7th 03:58:00 +19:33 5th 23:50:58 +1:36:55 SEBASTIEN ......read more

    Etihad Airways Launches New Year's Sale

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 05, 2021:  Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, is encouraging residents to celebrate the start of the New Year with the launch of its New Year’s Sale – get two tickets for the price of one.  To give guests peace of mind and to offer an extra level of reassurance to travel, Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before departure, and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.  Travellers can jet off any time before 15 June 2021, and lay back and relax ......read more

    Roma and Loeb Put Bahrain Raid Xtreme in the Top Ten After Dakar Rally Desert Stage

    STAGE TWO: BISHA TO WADI AD-DAWASIR   DISTANCE: 685KM (228KM ROAD / 457KM SPECIAL STAGE)   Driver Stage Stage Difference to General Overall Difference Ranking time 1st Ranking time to 1st NANI ROMA 16th 04:38:32 +35:18 10th 07:59:13 +41:55 SEBASTIEN 6th 04:20:07 +16:53 7th 07:53:58 +36:40 LOEB     United Arab Emirates -  January 05, 2021:   Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) took on the Saudi Arabian desert for stage two of the Dakar Rally 2021. Nani Roma and Sebastien Loeb had the chance to put the BRX Hunter to the test across vast ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Ports Hits 2020 Targets in Bid to Drive Global Trade and Logistics Industry

    Mergers, Acquisitions, Expansion, and Growth Achieved Despite Greatest Trade and Logistics Challenge in Recent Memory   Abu Dhabi, UAE – December 31, 2020: In facing the extraordinary challenge of a once in a generation pandemic, Abu Dhabi Ports has weathered 2020 particularly well, continuing to grow and expand its overall capacity and capabilities and emerge stronger than ever before. With the advent of COVID-19, the company successfully raised its profile worldwide as a responsible player in the trade and logistics sector with the Horns of Hope campaign. This innovative ......read more

    Emirates Takes A380 Experience to New Heights, Unveils Premium Economy Plus Enhancements Across All Cabins

    Dubai, UAE, 30 December 2020:   Emirates is taking its signature A380 experience to the next level with the unveil of a brand new Premium Economy cabin product, together with enhancements and a refreshed look across all cabins onboard its newest A380 aircraft.   Sir Tim Clark, President Emirates Airline said: "The Emirates A380 is already one of the most sought-after travel experiences in the skies, and now we’ve made it even better. While others cut back, Emirates is working hard to restore the products and services that we’ve had to suspend or ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-Futtaim Sees Pick Up in Private and Business Jet Activity

    Dubai, UAE - December 29, 2020:  Following the easing of air travel restrictions, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has seen private and business jet activity pick up at its fully integrated facility at Dubai South. The increased activity in private and business aircraft movement is a result of the opening up of the economy and the various tourism-related initiatives undertaken by the government that has helped Dubai bounce back faster than other cities around the world. The increase in aircraft movement was also a result of the strengthening business activity across the GCC, Asia and ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Resumes Flights from United Arab Emirates

    United Arab Emirates -  December 28, 2020:   Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s national flag carrier, has resumed flights from the United Arab Emirates. As the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, flag carrier recommenced its operations from Dubai, scheduling seven flights per week with wide body aircrafts. Operations from Abu Dhabi will be resumed starting from 2 January with four weekly flights as well. Turkish Airlines will connect passengers via Istanbul Airport to more than 200 international flights, while providing its ......read more

    Etihad Airways Welcomes the Reopening of Abu Dhabi

    Abu Dhabi, UAE - December 23, 2020:   Following an announcement by the Abu Dhabi Emergency Crisis and Disasters Committee, effective 24 December 2020, entry restrictions into Abu Dhabi will be relaxed. International tourists, residents and travellers from selected destinations, flying with Etihad Airways, will be allowed to enter the emirate without the need to self-isolate for 14 days.  The list of countries eligible for entry without quarantine, referred to as ‘green’ countries, will be reviewed by the Department of Health on a two-week rolling basis. ......read more

    Etihad Airways Updates Travel Rules for Passengers Departing the UK

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 22, 2020:  Following an announcement by the National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, effective 24 December 2020, Etihad Airways requires all guests flying from the United Kingdom to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours validity of their flight departure time.    Etihad is the only airline in the world requiring 100% of its passengers to show a negative PCR test before travelling and again on arrival into Abu Dhabi, ensuring peace of mind for all on board.   PCR tests must be conducted at a government ......read more

    DC Aviation Al-futtaim Provides Exclusive on-site Express COVID-19 Testing for Passengers

    Service which is offered in partnership with HealthHub provides greater convenience and privacy for VVIP customers    Dubai, UAE, December 21, 2020:  DC Aviation Al-Futtaim’s (DCAF) customers arriving at its ultra-luxury FBO at Dubai South will now have the added convenience of taking the express Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at its VIP lounge.  DCAF has partnered with Al-Futtaim’s HealthHub, an integrated healthcare provider, to offer this exclusive service – a first from an FBO in the UAE.  The express COVID-19 tests are provided ......read more

    IATA Unveils Key Design Elements of IATA Travel Pass

    United Arab Emirates -  December 20, 2020:   The International Air Transport Association (IATA) unveiled key design elements of the IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app to help travelers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.   “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements. In either case, a secure system to manage COVID-19 testing or vaccination ......read more

    Popular Indian title ICL started operation in Dubai

    December 17, 2020:  Under the mother brand name of india's popular Non Banking Financial Sector "ICl FINCORP', Dubai witnessed the launching of its Tourism firm ICL TOURS AND TRAVELS LLC by KG Anil Kumar, its Chairman & Maniging Director. KG Anilkumar mentioned that the ICL FONCORP group has plans in pipeline to expand its verticals in UAE and other Gulf Countries including NBFC offices, Travel & Tours firms, Fashion wear ceners, Medical care and Health Laboratories etc. As part of the inaugural ceremony in Dubai Oudh Metha Office outlet, ICL Tours and Travels ......read more

    Etihad Airways Wins Big at the Aviation Business Awards

    • Etihad Airways wins ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’  • Etihad Engineering wins inaugural ‘Pride of Aviation Award’ • Etihad Aviation Training named ‘Training Provider of the Year’   Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 17, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, took home three awards following last night’s Aviation Business Awards, held in Dubai. The airline collected the ‘Environmental Initiative of the Year’, while its training division Etihad Aviation ......read more

    IATA Renews Call on Governments to Consider Aviation Workers as Essential for Vaccination

    United Arab Emirates -  December 16, 2020:  The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call on governments to ensure that employees in the aviation sector are considered as essential workers during the impending COVID-19 vaccine campaign, once health care workers and vulnerable groups have been protected. IATA’s 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) had unanimously adopted a resolution to this effect. “We are not asking for aviation workers to be on top of the list, but we need governments to ensure that transportation workers are ......read more

    Etihad Inaugurates Pioneering 2020 Ecodemonstrator Aircraft Into Service

    • 2020 ecoDemonstrator enters service after year of sustainability initiatives following launch of Etihad Greenliner Program in November 2019 at The Dubai Airshow • Despite impact of Covid19 on global aviation, Etihad implemented key sustainability initiatives in 2020, including:  o January 2020: Flagship Greenliner aircraft enters service o January 2020: Operated 787 EcoFlight from Abu Dhabi to Brussels with optimised routing; minimum single use plastics; and other fuel efficiency initiatives o January 2020: Announced minimum target of zero net carbon emissions by ......read more

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