Tuesday 2 September 2014

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


Mubadala unit announces key investment in Irish firm

SR Technics, a part of the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Aerospace MRO network, has announced a strategic investment in leading Irish firm Armac Systems. It is a leading provider of aircraft MRO inventory planning and optimization software and solutions. This investment


Bahrain plans major hospitality sector revamp

Bahrain is planning a major overhaul of its hospitality industry with plans to introduce the new categorisation of hotels in October, said a report. The Tourism Directorate will announce the new roadmap as part or plans to revamp the entire hospitality sector, sources told our si


Iceland lifts airspace clamp after eruption

Iceland said a small volcanic eruption in the Bardarbunga volcano system that started in the early hours of Friday had stopped and it had lifted all airspace restrictions. Earlier in the day the Icelandic Meteorological Office reduced its ash warning level for aviation to orange


Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs, $1.9bn restructure

Malaysia Airlines , the country's loss-making flag carrier, will cut 30 per cent of its workforce as part of a sweeping restructuring that will cost six billion ringgit ($1.9 billion), majority investor Khazanah Nasional said. The carrier will slash its staff by 6,000 to 14,0


Bahrain-Saudi causeway express lanes proposed

A proposal to install express lanes with automatic checkpoints on the King Fahad Causeway has been put forward by Bahrain's business community. If implemented, the plan would require electronic gateways to be installed in dedicated "commuter lanes" that motorists could op


Regus to open business centres in Copenhagen airport

Regus, a global workplace provider, will open a drop-in business centre at Copenhagen Airport. Apart from helping business travellers meet and work, this will also enable arriving long-haul passengers to shower and grab breakfast before heading to meetings, a statement said. T


Dusit launches special ‘Couple Getaways’

Dusit Hotels and Resorts has launched special offers on romantic ‘Couple Getaways’ package, available across its international properties. The package includes suite accommodation, with a welcome bottle of sparkling wine, flowers, pralines and fresh fruits; a choice o


Etihad launches ambulance service for staff

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of UAE, has started an ambulance service for its employees in Abu Dhabi. Based at the Etihad Airways Medical Centre in Etihad Plaza, the high-tech ambulance provides a 24/7 emergency medical service for the airline’s staff. Employees can

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