Saturday 28 March 2015

Lufthansa to toughen up cockpit rules

Lufthansa said it will introduce new rules requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times after one of the pilots at its Germanwings unit crashed a plane in the French Alps. Prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz, 27, locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Airbus A3


Torn-up notes show crash pilot hid illness

German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline. French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz,


QTA warns hotels against increasing prices

Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has issued a warning to hotels in the country against attempts to increase prices exorbitantly to cash in on the increased inflow of tourist, according to a report. Some hotels had increased prices by 400 per cent to 1,200 per cent between March 10 a


Saudi resumes flights at southern airports in Yemen

Saudi Arabia said on Friday it had gradually resumed flights at its southern airports one day after suspending all traffic as it launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen. International and domestic flights to and from five airports in the south including Jizan and Wa


Improved bag handling saves air transport industry $18bn

The air transport industry has cut the rate of mishandled bags by 61.3 per cent globally since 2007, creating $18 billion in total estimated cost savings, according to air transport IT specialist, SITA. The SITA 2015 Baggage Report showed that the rate of mishandled bags in 2014


Courtyard by Marriott opens in Abu Dhabi

Global hotel brand Courtyard by Marriott has officially opened its first Marriott endorsed hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Developed by Aldar Properties, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center, Abu Dhabi brings with it a fresh new brand identity, first-class modern facilities and an i


Co-pilot 'crashed Germanwings plane deliberately'

The co-pilot of the Germanwings airliner that crashed in the French Alps killing all 150 people aboard appears to have brought the A320 Airbus down deliberately, the Marseille prosecutor said on Thursday. German Andreas Lubitz, 28, left in sole control of the Airbus A320 after th


Air Seychelles in codeshare with Etihad for regional routes

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Seychelles, is looking to increase weekly frequencies on its regional network from April in a codeshare with Etihad. Moreover, the airline will launch three weekly non-stop Paris flights from July, replacing the current twice-weekly service t


Saudi Arabia suspends flights to southern airports

Saudi Arabia has suspended international and domestic flights at seven airports in its south, aviation authorities said on Thursday after Riyadh and allied Gulf governments launched air strikes against Houthi fighters in Yemen. The airports affected include Jizan, Abha and Wadi A


Emirates offers free wi-fi on-board its aircraft

Emirates, a Dubai-based airline, now offers free wi-fi on 106 of its aircraft, with two to three more aircraft being installed with wi-fi connectivity every month.   After updating the service in early February with a simpler sign-on process on top of other software updates,

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