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Qatar Airways to begin flights to Asmara

Qatar Airways has announced a further expansion of its African operations with plans to launch scheduled flights to Eritrea’s capital city Asmara. The twice-weekly flights, effective December 4, will operate from Doha to Asmara. Flights are scheduled to fly out on Thursdays at 23

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Global tourist shopping spend hits five-year low

Spending on tax free shopping at leading destinations dropped for the first time since 2009 in the second quarter, with spending by Russians down sharply due to the fall in the rouble, according to a tourism shopping specialist. Between April and June total sales in France, Italy

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Turkish Airlines sees Jan-July passengers up 15pc

Flag carrier Turkish Airlines said on Thursday its passenger numbers increased by 15.2 percent to 31 million people in the first seven months of the year. The airline, which is Europe's fourth-largest carrier by passengers, also said its load factor in the January-July period

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Korean Air suspends flights to Kenya over Ebola worries

Korean Air said it will suspend flights to and from Nairobi from August 20 to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The airlines said it had been operating three return flights from Incheon, South Korea, to the capital of Kenya a week. The company said it would determi

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Baglioni Hotels partners with TCA

Baglioni Hotels has announced a new partnership with TCA Travel Connections Arabia, which will act as its regional sales and marketing office. TCA will help the Italian Luxury Hotels Collection to penetrate travel trade, major corporations and affluent individuals in the Middle East, e

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Abu Dhabi to host Iata's financial summit

Abu Dhabi will hold the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata) first World Financial Symposium (WFS) for the airline industry, which is expected to be attended by more than 600 financial executives and specialists. Hosted by Etihad Airways, the event will be held

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Abu Dhabi passenger traffic grows 19pc in H1

Passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport jumped 19.4 percent from a year earlier to 9.48 million people in the first half of this year as the emirate expanded its route network to the rest of the world, the airport's operator said on Wednesday. Traffic is expected

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Two Turkey sites win World Heritage status

Cumalikizik in the Turkish province of Bursa, known as the birthplace of the Ottoman Empire, and the cultural landscape of Pergamon in the Izmir province are among the sites awarded the Unesco World Heritage status recently. The decision was announced at the recent 38th World Her

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40 Marriott brands in MEA offer mobile check-in

More than 40 hotels across seven brands of Marriott International in the Middle East and Africa will offer Marriott’s mobile check-in and check-out feature, said the president of the global hospital company. The brands include the Ritz-Carlton, JW Marriott Hotels & Reso

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Qatar Airways increases flights to 3 cities

Qatar Airways has announced increased frequencies to three destinations - Tehran, Islamabad and Muscat. The additional flights, which include four for Tehran, two for Islamabad and four for Muscat per week, will commence on September 1, 3 and 16, respectively. The

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