Tuesday 2 September 2014

Iceland cuts aviation alert to orange

Iceland cut its ash warning level for aviation to orange from red on Sunday, saying a fresh fissure eruption in Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system was not creating ash. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 m


Wage hike for Bahrainis in hospitality sector

Bahrainis working in the kingdom's hospitality sector are in line to benefit from an increased minimum wage. A proposal to raise the minimum salary for the sector to BD300 ($773.50) was approved by the Cabinet yesterday (August 31), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (G


Gulf Air cuts losses by 30pc on higher revenue

Bahrain’s national airline Gulf Air has claimed that it has cut year-on-year losses by nearly a third and increased overall revenue by 10 per cent in the first half this year. However, the airline declined to provide figures, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN)


Abu Dhabi hotel guest numbers up 26pc

Abu Dhabi achieved a 26 per cent growth in hotel guest arrivals in July as compared to the same period last year, with hotel revenues reaching Dh317 million ($85.7 million). Food and beverage revenues accounted for Dh126.416 million ($34.5 million), a 9 per cent increase year-on-year.


Volcano fissures: Iceland issues highest aviation warning

A small new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning of the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level on Sunday. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km


Dubai passenger traffic stays above 5 million in July

Passenger traffic at Dubai International Airport remained above the five-million mark for the 19th straight month in July while maintaining its growth trend for the year so far, a report released by Dubai Airports has showed.   For July, passenger numbers slipped 2.9 per cent


Morocco targets 20 million tourists

Morocco attracted 10 million tourists in the last two years and its goal was to reach 20 million tourists by 2020, said a senior government official. “We are on track to achieve the goal of four0 per cent of our tourism being driven by domestic tourists,” added Dr Lah


Qatar Airways A350 XWB jets delivery to start by year-end

Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350 Xtra widebody aircraft and delivery of the planes will start before the end of this year, said the national carrier in a statement. The airline is the launch customer of the Airbus A350 programme and is set to receive its first A350 before


Germanwings pilots strike as Lufthansa row rumbles on

Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday, disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays and putting pressure on Lufthansa management in a pension scheme dispute. Pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (


Amman airport handles more passengers

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Amman, Jordan, recorded a 5.6 per cent increase in passenger traffic in July which rose to 578,026 compared to the same period last year. In continuation of its positive traffic growth trend, Airport International Group (AIG) - the Jorda

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