Sunday 26 October 2014

Gulf airlines target Italy as transit point for expansion

Having shuttled millions of travellers through their plush home bases, rival Gulf airlines are now battling over an Italian market which they see as ripe for expansion and key to driving traffic on to long-haul routes. The tussle will add to the pressure on established European c


BBA to open helicopter service unit in Abu Dhabi

BBA Aviation, a leading aircraft maintenance provider headquartered in London, UK, will be launching its new helicopter service facility at Abu Dhabi, UAE, this December, said a report. The unit, to be opened through BBA's subsidiary company H+S Aviation, is aimed at supporti


DHCC witnesses increase in special needs medical tourists

Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC) has witnessed a surge in the volume of patients with special needs at its facilities. From January to June this year, DHCC-based clinical facilities that provide therapy and treatment for individuals with special needs have reported an increase in patients


Turkish Airlines to restart Libya flights next week

Turkey's special envoy to Libya that Turkish Airlines would resume flights to the eastern Libyan city of Misrata next week, the first foreign carrier to fly to the country since fighting there worsened in July. Three years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in chaos,


Gulf operators discuss religious tourism in Dubai

International corporate buyers and travel agencies from across the Gulf region are meeting in Dubai with suppliers to strengthen relations and open new opportunities in tourism for religious goals with potential tourists, particularly local Emirati clients. The two-day 16th Inter


Flydubai doubles Africa network with 2 new flights

Dubai-based Flydubai, a leading low-cost carrier, has doubled its African network to 12 destinations this year with the launch of inaugural flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar in Tanzania which touched down yesterday (October 22). Flydubai entered the market in 2009 with flight


Turkish carrier Atlasjet close to ordering 50 planes

Turkish carrier Atlasjet is in the final stage of talks on the order of 50 airplanes, chief executive Orhan Coskun told Reuters on Wednesday. Coskun declined to say whether closely-held Atlasjet will order the aircraft from European planemaker Airbus or its US rival Boeing. &q


Cairo September occupancy jumps 107pc, tops MEA

Hotels in Cairo reported the largest occupancy increase during September in the Middle East and Africa region with year-on-year growth recording a significant 107.5 per cent, while occupancy levels reached 51.8 per cent, a report said. In year-over-year comparisons, the region


Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979

Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between US aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 US hostage crisis. The Chicago-based aerospace and defense company said in a filing that it


Emirates, Real Madrid launch #HelloClasico photo challenge

Dubai-based Emirates airline and Real Madrid, a professional football club based in Madrid, have recently launched the #HelloClasico photo challenge where fans have the chance to win a trip for two to watch the Dubai Football Challenge. Fans have to upload their images sho

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