Thursday 31 July 2014

Flying is still safe, assures Iata chief

The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has assured air travellers that despite the recent plane tragedies, flying still remained safe. Referring to the tragedies involving the Malaysian plane over Ukraine; the TransAsia plane in Taiwan and the Air Algerie plane in Mal


Alitalia investors approve cash call, buy time

Alitalia shareholders have approved a share issue of up to 250 million euros ($336 million) to keep the Italian flag carrier flying as it seeks to finalise a life-saving tie-up with Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways plans to buy a 49 per cent stake in the


India plans online visas for GCC nationals

GCC nationals planning to travel to India could soon get visas online under a new system that is being rolled out by Indian authorities, a report said. Indian Ambassador to Bahrain Dr Mohan Kumar said the Indian government was in the process of introducing e-visas for GCC nationa


Airlines resume Tel Aviv service

German airlines Lufthansa and Air Berlin said they will resume flights to Israel on Saturday, lifting a ban imposed in response to fears that rockets being fired from the Gaza strip could pose a threat to aircraft. "On the basis of the most up-to-date information we have ava


Bad weather likely cause of Air Algerie crash

Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed all 116 people on board, French officials said on Friday.   Investigators at the scene of the crash i


Deutsche Lufthansa extends flight suspension to Tel Aviv

Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa has said it would keep flights to Tel Aviv suspended on Friday, July 25, citing security concerns.   Lufthansa said it acknowledged the efforts made by Israel to provide the b


UN aviation body to hold safety meeting with Iata

The UN civil aviation agency will hold a broad international meeting to discuss airline safety in the industry's most coordinated response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday. &nbs


No evidence of MH17 black box tampering found

Air accident investigators successfully extracted data from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17's two black boxes on Thursday, as work to recover the bodies of the 298 victims and secure the crash site in eastern Ukraine continued.  


Leading tour bus service set to launch in Bahrain

A world-leading open top tour bus operator will start operations in Bahrain from next year, it was revealed last night.   City Sightseeing Worldwide runs double-decker bus sightseeing tours in more than 100 destinations worl


Air Algerie plane wreckage found in Mali

Authorities said on Thursday they located the wreckage of an Air Algerie flight after it crashed in northern Mali carrying 116 passengers and crew, nearly half of them French, en route from Burkina Faso to Algeria.   Regiona

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