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    Airlines and Posts Cooperate Globally for a Sustainable and Reliable Cross-border Airmail Network

    18 February 2020 (Geneva) –The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Post Corporation (IPC) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce cooperation between the two organizations. The aim for both IATA and IPC is to promote the development and expansion of safe, secure, accessible and high-quality airmail and air cargo services to help their respective members provide quality solutions aligned to consumer needs.   “International e-commerce is growing at around 20% per year, leading to rapidly changing market conditions for airlines and posts. Ensuring customers get their packages on time while safety and security in postal air transport is maintained is the main priority for posts and air transport operators alike. Cooperation across the supply chain is a must ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Operate Special Flights From Al Ain to Jeddah During Ramadan

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – February 18, 2020:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will again operate a daily scheduled flight between the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s second largest city, Al Ain, and Jeddah in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the last ten days of Ramadan. The airline will operate the flights from 14 May to 23 May to meet increased demand during the busy religious travel period. The flights, which will be operated by a two-class Airbus A320, have been timed to offer customers in Al Ain with convenient departures in both directions. The unique service, first launched last year, demonstrates Etihad’s commitment to the culturally and strategically important ‘Oasis City’, which is home to a large proportion of the airline’s national customer base, and its ......read more

    H.E. Mohammed Al Bowardi to Demonstrate Importance of Bilateral Ties in Defense Industry at Global Aerospace Summit 2020

    16 February 2020 – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: His Excellency (H.E.) Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE’s Minister of State for Defense will focus on regional defense industry challenges and opportunities during his keynote speech at the Global Aerospace Summit 2020. The event, taking place in Abu Dhabi on 17-19 March, is one of the world’s leading thought leadership forums for the aviation, aerospace, space and defense industries.  H.E. will speak on the impact of collaboration and strategic partnership in ensuring peace and prosperity both regionally and globally. This year’s Summit will include an increasing focus on the defense sector with EDGE recently announcing its role as joint partner for the event. EDGE, the newly established advanced technology group for defense and beyond, has joined Mubadala ......read more

    Turkish Airlines' Load Factor in January Reached 80.6%, While the Number of International Passengers Increased by 10%.

    Turkish Airlines, which has recently announced the passenger and cargo traffic results for January, recorded 80.6% load factor in this month while its number of international passengers increased with double-digit percentages.   Commenting on the announced numbers, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı stated, “Our performance during January indicates that we are on point to reach our 2020 goals. The increase in our international passenger numbers once again demonstrates that we are successfully maintaining the course on our goal to be the preferred brand of the globe. As the flag carrier airline, we will continue to greet our passengers with Turkish hospitality on their flights while continuing to enhance our service quality and improve our performance every ......read more

    Emirates Airline Festival of Literature Closes With Spectacular Finale in Aid of Dubai Cares Refugee Programme

    • Event brings to an end six days of literary entertainment celebrating words in every form • Sessions live-streamed to almost 100,000 students throughout UAE • Desert Stanzas honoured by Royal visit • Record number of Emirati authors showcased in programme     Dubai, 10 February 2020:   The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature drew to a rousing finale today with a session featuring an exceptional night of music, poetry and readings in support of Dubai Cares’ programmes for child refugees across the region. The event capped six days of literary entertainment featuring a record-breaking 206 authors from 43 countries and a strong contingent of home-grown talent, the largest number ever featured at the festival.   The Festival’s opening event, Desert ......read more

    Winner of 2020 Montegrappa Writing Prize is Announced at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

    Dubai, UAE, 8 February 2020:   The winners of the Montegrappa Writing Prize, the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, have been announced today. Recognised as one of the most successful writing competitions in the region, the competition has a proven track record in finding new writing talent, producing nine published authors in the last six years. This year’s first place went to Stacey Siebritz for The Leap. The runners up were:   Nassma Al Bahrani: The Stars Among Us Celina Teague: The Uncoming of Age Michael Lynes: Blood Libel Priyanka Pradhan: Stories from the Himalayas   All entries were judged by international literary agent Luigi Bonomi, founder of Luigi Bonomi Associates (LBA) and literary agent for several previous ......read more

    Cozmo Travel Celebrates 10th Anniversary With a New Brand Identity

    The new identity reflects Cozmo’s strategy to align its diversified service portfolio and cater to its growing customers base around the world.   DUBAI – February 6, 2020:   Cozmo Travel, the leading travel management company in the region, today unveiled its new Corporate Logo and Brand Identity that reflect its futuristic growth vision in the UAE and across the region.   The new identity upgrade, which coincides with Cozmo’s tenth anniversary celebrations, aims at supporting the company’s strategy by aligning its diversified service portfolio and in return providing added value to its customers around the world.    Cozmo Travel unveiled the new identity on the occasion of opening its 37th branch of the UAE located in Karama, Dubai.   Mr. Jamal ......read more

    Turkish Airlines Invites You to ‘Step on Earth' at the Super Bowl LIV

    The global airline celebrates humanity’s spirit of exploration in a new commercial inspired by the Moon landing in 1969.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, February 05, 2020:   Turkish Airlines has launched a new commercial which explores the humanity’s spirit of exploration, inspired by the world-changing Moon landing in 1969. “Step on Earth” brings back the sense of wonder and adventure felt as 600 million people around the world watched the humanity land on the Moon. The 30-second commercial was viewed in the third quarter of the Super Bowl LIV held this year in Miami, and resulted in the victory of Kansas City Chiefs by the score of 31-20, defeating San Francisco 49ers.   Flying to more countries than any other airline, Turkish Airlines challenges the statistic that over a ......read more

    Etihad Airways to Increase Frequencies to Athens During Busy Summer Period

    Abu Dhabi, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, will increase frequencies on its popular Abu Dhabi to Athens route during the busy summer peak months. The additional overnight service will be operated between 8 July and 31 August by an Airbus A320 configured with 8 seats in Business and 150 seats in Economy. The extra frequency complements the daily two-class Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner morning daytime service between the two capitals. Abu Dhabi – Athens schedule effective 8 July 2020 (all timings are local):  Flight No. Origin Departs Destination Arrives Aircraft Frequency EY 91 Abu ......read more

    Etihad Cargo Renews WFS Global Handling Framework

    Frankfurt and Madrid added to existing station portfolio in Europe, the United States and Asia  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has renewed its global cargo handling agreements with Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), the world’s largest air cargo handler, with Frankfurt and Madrid joining six existing gateways in Europe, Asia and the United States. The three-year framework extension will see WFS continue to provide Etihad Cargo with warehouse and cargo handling services at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Washington DC’s Dulles International Airport (IAD) in the United States, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), as well as key European gateways at London Heathrow (LHR), Paris-Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and ......read more

    Airport Show to Highlight Rapid Transformation of Airports Globally to Handle 22 Billion People by 2040

    UAE’s aviation investments to exceed AED1 trillion by 2040 Middle East and Africa projects valued at US$196 billion US$1.5 trillion for airport infrastructure up to 2030 Airport investment plans by 50‭ ‬countries totals US$355‭ ‬billion  ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Dubai, February 3, 2020: Airports across the world are now in the midst of being decongested, expanded and modernised with an impressive bouquet of facilities designed to make them sleek and classy.  The Middle East, Africa and Asia regions are seeing an unprecedented boom in airport construction and development as they inch towards bringing about a quantitative and qualitative ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Landed Dubai International

    The world’s largest and award-winning network of independent airport lounge expands footprint  in the Middle East, joining existing locations in Abu Dhabi, Dammam, Riyadh and Salalah Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service     Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:     1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East    Special features:  Four Family Suites, dedicated Playroom, “First-class” enclosed private napping space, cigar lounge, male and female prayer ......read more

    Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi among top 20 ‘most dynamic cities', says JLL

    JLL’s City Momentum Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics of 130 markets to identify the world’s most dynamic urban centers   January 25, 2020 –   Cities in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are gaining momentum, with Dubai, Riyadh and Nairobi all ranked within the top 20, according to JLL’s City Momentum Index 2020 which identifies the world’s most dynamic cities from a real estate perspective.  Now in its seventh year, the annual Index combines socio-economic and commercial property metrics to provide new insights into 130 major established and emerging business hubs across the globe. With Dubai (14th) ranking in the top 20 for the first time in three years, the Emirate continues to be the major business hub in the Middle East, with more than half of ......read more

    Etihad Aviation Training First in Mid-east to Secure Key European Approval to Train Boeing 777, 787 Pilots

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 21, 2020:   Etihad Aviation Training, the specialist training division of Etihad Aviation Group, has become the first aviation company in the Middle East to gain approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to train Boeing 777 and 787 pilots for European operators and carriers elsewhere which adopt Europe’s air safety standards. The approval to train pilots for these two wide-bodied Boeing aircraft types expands the global capabilities of Etihad Aviation Training, which in 2018 also became the first Middle Eastern aerospace business to gain EASA designation as an Approved Training Organisation for pilots of Airbus A320, A330 and A340 aircraft. Captain Paolo La Cava, Vice President and Managing Director of Etihad Aviation Training, said continuing growth in global ......read more

    Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai Creates a Lasting Impression for Travellers Departing Dubai International

    Comprehensive range of services to serve individual, business and family travellers          Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai - Reception featuring image of Dubai city skyline Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai – Family Suite for a maximum of six guests with butler service   Highlights of Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai:   1,260-square-metre Plaza Premium Lounge Dubai with a maximum capacity of 300 guests, the largest independent pay-per-use airport lounge at Terminal 3 in the busiest transit hub in the Middle East  Special features:  Four Family Suites, dedicated Playroom, “first-class” enclosed private napping space, cigar lounge, male and female prayer rooms    Glocal cuisine freshly prepared at live kitchen includes Arabic, Asian and ......read more

    Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre Extends Registration for Second Batch of UAE Astronaut Programme Until March 31st

    Dubai, UAE – 20 January 2020:  Given the huge turnout for registration in the 2nd batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) extended the deadline for application submission until March 31st. The extension aims to provide Emiratis aspiring to engage in scientific exploration and manned space missions the opportunity to enroll in the programme.   Since announcing it last December, registration for the second batch of the UAE Astronaut Programme had a huge interest from male and female Emiratis of all ages, specialties and sectors, thanks to the great impact of “Zayed Ambition” mission, the first Emirati manned space mission, by Hazzaa AlMansoori to the International Space Station.    MBRSC pointed that applicants to the 2nd batch of the UAE Astronaut ......read more

    ETIHAD GUEST AND AIR MILES MIDDLE EAST PARTNER TO OFFER MORE WAYS TO EARN GUEST MILES

    16 January 2020 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, and Air Miles Middle East, owned and operated by Aimia Inc. (TSX: AIM), a loyalty and travel consolidator, have announced a new reward initiative which enables Air Miles Middle East members to exchange Air Miles into Etihad Guest Miles.    Yasser Al Yousuf, Vice President Commercial Partnerships, Etihad Airways said: “We are constantly exploring new collaborations that provide added value to travellers. By partnering with the Air Miles Middle East programme, we are proud to yet again introduce more benefits to our mutual members by offering access to Etihad Guest’s inspiring range of travel and lifestyle rewards.”    When applying for Etihad Guest Miles transfer, Air ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Easyjet Enter Into New Partnership

    • Customers now have easy access to the Etihad and easyJet networks through joint gateways across Europe • This partnership becomes Etihad’s first use of the transformational New Distribution Capability platform     Abu Dhabi, January 14, 2020:   Etihad Airways (Etihad), the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately.   The partnership follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll out programme ......read more

    Etihad Guest Programme Welcomes Gulf Air as New Airline Partner

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – January 13, 2020:  Etihad Guest, the award-winning loyalty programme for Etihad Airways, has inked a new partnership with Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, further enhancing benefits for its members.  The partnership expands on the codeshare agreement between the two airlines and provides further cooperation between the frequent flyer programmes, Etihad Guest and Falconflyer. This allows members to earn and redeem miles reciprocally on all flights across both networks. In both cases, the number of miles earned will depend upon the class of travel flown. Robin Kamark, Chief Commercial Officer for Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Our recently redesigned, upgraded, and relaunched loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, welcomes another valued partner that ......read more

    Student Travelers Welcome Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai

    Leading Educational Travel Company EduVoyage highlights collaboration with ‘Greatest Show in the World’ at the 32nd GCC Principals Conference in Jaipur, India   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 08, 2020:   EduVoyage, the educational travel arm of ITL World, showcased its collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 32nd Principals’ Conference held under the aegis of the Gulf Council of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Representative principals from CBSE affiliated schools in the Gulf region attended the 4-day annual meet in the picturesque pink city of Jaipur from 4-7 January 2020.   “This conference is a great platform for senior academia to interact, explore new ideas and share their experiences, thereby giving Indian students residing in the GCC the benefit of ......read more

    Air Freight Demand Down 1.1% in November 2019

    08 January 2020 (Geneva) - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased by 1.1% in November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This marks the thirteenth consecutive month of year-on-year declines in freight volumes.  Despite the decline in demand, November’s performance was the best in eight months, with the slowest year-on-year rate of contraction recorded since March 2019. In part, November’s outcome reflects the growing importance of large e-commerce events such as Singles Day and Black Friday.   While international e-commerce continues to grow, overall air cargo demand continued to face headwinds from the effects of the trade war between the US and China, the ......read more

    ETIHAD AIRWAYS STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRES

    6 January, 2020 Australia is a key and highly valued market in the global network of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, with the three largest cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane all served daily.  As part of its international workforce, Etihad is also the proud employer of more than 300 Australian nationals outside Australia, who, with their families, number more than 1,000. Most reside in the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, where the airline is based.    In total, some 16,000 Australian nationals live and work in the UAE. In response to the country’s devastating bushfires, Etihad Airways will waive flight change fees for Australian residents affected by this ongoing national emergency. The waivers will apply for travel to or from Australia. UAE-based Australians, or those in ......read more

    Turkish Airlines added Xi'an, the starting point of the historical Silk Road, to its flight network

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 02, 2020:   Offering its guests the opportunity to fly directly to 126 countries from Istanbul, Turkish Airlines added Xi’an, the Chinese city with three thousand years of history, to its flight network on December 30. Xi’an became the flag carrier’s fourth destination in Mainland China and the 318th destination in the world. The flights will be operated three times a week with Airbus A330 aircrafts. Starting its flights to People's Republic of China back in 1999 with Beijing as its destination, Turkish Airlines reinforced its strong position in Asia with the Xi’an flights. With this new addition, global carrier’s flight network encompassed the entirety of the historical Silk Road that started in Xi’an and ended in Venice. During the ceremony of ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports welcomes winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to the UAE capital

     Abu Dhabi Airports organized the competition to demonstrate the benefits of flying to Abu Dhabi for airlines and tourists as part of its participation at World Routes Development Forum held in Adelaide, Australia     Abu Dhabi, UAE – 31 December 2019:   Abu Dhabi Airports welcomed the winner of its World Routes Raffle competition to Abu Dhabi from Johannesburg at 05:20 GST this morning. The competition, designed to highlight Abu Dhabi as a unique global destination, was launched during Abu Dhabi Airports’ participation in the 25th edition of the World Routes Development Forum held in Adelaide, Australia in September 2019.   The competition winner, Mrs. Faith Nqobile Ndhlovu, arrived at Abu Dhabi with her family from Johannesburg, South Africa and was greeted by a hostess from ......read more

    Emirates to provide fast-track Tikram services to its customers

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 30, 2019:    Emirates customers travelling in First and Business class, and Emirates Skywards Platinum and Gold members can now enjoy a smoother departure and arrival experience at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) with complimentary Tikram fast-track services. The Tikram services will facilitate smoother journeys for the almost 300 premium passengers that travel on Emirates First and Business Class as well as top tier Emirates Skywards members who frequent Amman each day. The services will start from 1 January 2020.   The airline recently signed an agreement with Tikram, which includes complimentary immigration and security fast-track clearance upon departure, as well as fast-track immigration on arrival for passengers travelling in Emirates First and Business Class and ......read more

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

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

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

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

    Amazing Day 3 for Global Innovations at ATM 2019

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

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

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

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

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

    128 Smart Gates at Dubai International for border control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Successful Day 1 For Global Innovations At ATM 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

    Sheikh Ahmed opens 19th edition of Airport Show in Dubai

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

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

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

    India Tourism, Dubai

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

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

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

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

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

    Arabian Travel Market 2019 opens tomorrow in Dubai

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

    Tracking Bags Drives 66% Improvement in Baggage Delivery

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

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

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

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

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

    Big growth in Hosted Buyers for Airport Show-2019

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

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

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

    How to Have the Best Vacation Ever

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

    Emirates announces an interline agreement with Africa World Airlines

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

    Ajman Free Zone showcases business benefits to Russian investors

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

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

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

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

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

    Formula 1 whizzed down the Bahrain circuit with Airbus Tetra technology

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

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

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

    Emirates completes installation of Expo 2020 Dubai livery on 40 aircraft

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

    Airport Show remains key B2B platform for Saudi exhibitors

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

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

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

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

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

    British Airways Launches First Direct Flight From Dammam to London

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

    Abu Dhabi Airports receives ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation certificate

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

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

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

    Himalaya Airlines launches three weekly flights to Abu Dhabi International Airport

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

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

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

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

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

    Emirates resumes its operations to Zagreb for summer

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Offers Free Luggage Allowance for Golfers

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

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

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

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

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

    Etihad Airways Adopts New Real Time Flight Tracking Technology

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

    Freshness guaranteed by Cathay Pacific

    Cathay Pacific Services Limited recognised for perishables handling; world’s first to receive IATA CEIV Fresh certification Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2019:  Cathay Pacific congratulates Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL), its wholly-owned subsidiary, on becoming one of the first organisations to be awarded IATA CEIV Fresh certification, a globally-recognised perishable product handling accreditation. The certification, which was also awarded to the Hong Kong Airport Authority at the IATA World Cargo Symposium, underscores the speed, consistency and efficiency of all ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Airports Supports Operation Smile UAE

    25th March 2019, Abu Dhabi, UAE:   Abu Dhabi Airports has contributed to Operation Smile UAE’s textile recycling initiative by hosting three of its textile donation banks at its facilities, and inspiring its employees to donate hundreds of kilos of clothes and accessories to the internationally recognized medical humanitarian organization.  The initiative was launched by Operation Smile UAE in an effort to increase funding for its organization of free and safe reconstructive surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial ......read more

    AnadoluJet expands its international flight network with Erbil.

    Dubai, UAE, March 25, 2019:  The successful sub brand of Turkish Airlines, AnadoluJet added a new international destination to its flight network with flights to Erbil (Iraq) after its previous flights to TRNC -Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.   AnadoluJet offers its advantageous prices to the passengers flying from Gaziantep and/or Diyarbakır to Erbil. The flights from both cities started on March 21, 2019.   On the new Erbil flights of AnadoluJet, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee M. İlker Aycı stated; ......read more

    Etihad Airways and Elenium Use Ground-breaking Technology to Revolutionise the Travel Experience

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 20, 2019:   Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, and Elenium, a leading provider of automation technology solutions, will together demonstrate how a newly developed voice activated self-service kiosk, bag drop and boarding gate facility will revolutionise the travel experience by taking facial recognition technology to new heights. The demonstration will take place at Passenger Terminal EXPO (PTE) in London between 26 – 28 March.   Using cloud technology, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and ......read more

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