Friday 30 January 2015

Flydubai plane shot at; UAE bans flights to Baghdad

The UAE aviation authority has issued a ban on flights to the Iraqi capital Baghdad after shots were fired at a flydubai flight which landed at Baghdad International Airport from Dubai, UAE, on Monday. The plane was carrying 154 passenger and no one was hurt. The plane's fuse


Qatar Airways receives top honour from Skift

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the country, was named “Best Economy Long-Haul Experience” by SKIFT - a leading world travel trends and information provider. The study, which included all major international airlines, was a comprehensive evaluation of the user experi


Mideast hotel occupancy up 3.9pc in December

The Middle East/Africa region witnessed a 3.9 per cent increase in hotel occupancy levels in December last year to 61.9 per cent compared with the same period in 2013, a report released by global hotel data provider STR Global said. The region also reported a 3.2-per cent increase in a


Bad weather delays six flights, diverts 21 at Kuwait Airport

Operations at the Kuwait International Airport came to a standstill due to poor horizontal vision when thick fog engulfed the country, causing six flights to be delayed at the airport while 21 others were diverted to neighbouring airports, a report in


Bayanat puts WindTracer systems into operation in Dubai

Bayanat Airports Engineering and Supplies, a leading airport solutions provider in the Middle East, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, has commissioned and put in operation three WindTracer systems in Dubai, UAE. Dubai Air Navigation Services (DANS) is analysing wake data fro


Gulf Hotels Group in push to acquire BTC

The Gulf Hotels Group (GHG) said it has expressed an intent to acquire Bahrain Tourism Company (BTC). The company said it has submitted an initial non-binding letter of intent to the board of directors of BTC indicating its potential interest in acquiring 100 per cent of BTC'


Thousands of US flights cancelled over blizzard

A massive, wind-whipped blizzard slammed into the US Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing the cancellation of thousands of flights, closure of schools and major mass transit systems. The potentially historic storm which could affect 20 p


Flights diverted as thick fog blankets Bahrain

Several flights were diverted and traffic almost came to a standstill across the kingdom yesterday (January 26) as thick fog blanketed the region. Visibility was almost zero in some parts of the country and dropped to as low as 100m at Bahrain International Airport (BIA) between


Qantas hikes base fare to offset axing of fuel surcharge

Qantas Airways said it would be raising base ticket prices to compensate for the axing of a separate fuel surcharge, pushing back against calls for the airline industry to lower fares in the wake of falling oil prices. The Australian carrier, which is recovering from years of sha


Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels wins five awards

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels (SWBH), a luxury, five-star hotel collection based in Doha, Qatar, received five awards at the World Luxury Hotels Awards (WLHA) held in South Africa for the first time. SWBH’s claimed the ‘Best Hotel Management Company’ award in the global

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