Saturday 23 August 2014

Sharjah airport Q2 passenger numbers up 23pc

Sharjah International Airport saw a 23.1 per cent spike in second quarter passenger numbers during the second quarter of the year, on the back on new route capacity and a runway closure at Dubai International, said a report. Several airlines switched operations to Sharjah Interna


Etihad plan to buy Darwin stake fails to meet Swiss rules

Swiss authorities have warned that a plan by Etihad Airways to buy a third of Switzerland's Darwin Airline does not meet legal requirements to be approved, as foreign stakes in European airlines come under increasing scrutiny. Switzerland's Federal Office of Civil Aviatio


BAC renews major aerodrome certificate

Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the managing and operating body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), celebrated the renewal of the Aerodrome Certification from the Transportation Ministry's Civil Aviation Affairs (CAA). BAC chief executive Mohammed Al Binfalah received the


Kuoni Group revenues decline by 1pc

Kuoni Group, a leading travel and travel-related service provider, generated a turnover of CHF 2479.5 million ( $ 2.71 billion ) in the first half this year, a decline of 1 per cent compared to the figures during the same period last year. The company achieved a 17.9 per cent gro


Etihad changes S Africa flight schedule

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has announced changes to its schedule between Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg in South Africa. The change in the flight schedule, effective October 26, will provide travellers with improved opportunities to connect onwards to regional network


Rotana hotels initiate ‘peak load campaign’

Three Rotana group hotels have partnered with Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) to raise awareness about the high levels of electricity and water consumption. The ‘Peak Load Campaign’ aims to educate guests and colleagues on the importance of avoiding the use o


Elaf records 96pc occupancy during Ramadan

Saudi Arabia-based Elaf Group of Companies said its hotel at the Red Sea Mall in Jeddah recorded 96 per cent occupancy rate during Ramadan. The Elaf Hotel’s high occupancy rate went higher than its original sales target with the company’s offered packages being sold o


Sharjah beach hotels log 80pc occupancy

Guest numbers at Sharjah’s beach hotels swelled to more than 180,000 during the first half of this year registering 80 per cent occupancy rates, said a top official of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA). “The heavy turnout at beach hotels a


Gulf Air launches key reporting tool

Gulf Air has launched "EthicsPoint,” a third party, anonymous, Internet-based reporting tool designed to help ensure greater transparency in the airline's operations. It will also help meet one of the objectives of Bahrain's national carrier's successful 20


First ‘Studio M’ hotel in Mideast to open in Riyadh

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Middle East and Africa (MEA) has unveiled plans to launch its Studio M brand in Riyadh, in partnership with Saudi Arabian owner Waseel Properties and developer Raseel Properties. The 145-key property is the first Studio M brand in the Middle East

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