Wednesday 22 April 2015

Abu Dhabi hospitality market posts solid Q1 growth

Abu Dhabi’s hospitality market was the strongest performing sector for the first quarter of 2015, witnessing an increase of 12 per cent in hotel average daily rates (ADRs) in the year-to-February compared to the same period the previous year, said a report by property expert JLL.


Air Berlin ends membership with European trade body

German airline Air Berlin, part-owned by Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airways, has ended its membership of European trade group AEA, citing what it said were its protectionist policies. The move comes only days after a similar move by British Airways and Iberia, and after the boss of Etihad


Oman Air launches codeshare with KLM

Oman Air, the flag carrier of the country, has launched a new codeshare agreement with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The agreement came into effect on April 15 and will enable Oman Air’s customers to book onto flights operated by KLM between Muscat and Amsterdam.


Dubai Airports wins DFNI retail award

Dubai Airports was named as the ‘Airport Authority with the Most Supportive Approach to Travel-Retail’ at this year’s DFNI Global Awards for Travel-Retail Excellence held recently in London, UK. The award was decided based on the votes received from travel executives


XML Travelgate targets the Middle East

XML Travelgate, a travel technology business based in Spain, is exhibiting at Arabian Travel Market in Dubai next month for the first time to kickstart its move into the Middle East and Asia. CEO Pedro Brücher explained that the priority for the business was to talk to retailers r


Honeywell releases new weather service for pilots

Honeywell Aerospace, a leading manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics, has released version 1 of a new online weather service that will provide pilots with continuously updated, in-flight weather information. The Weather Information Service, which is delivered through a mobile a


Qatar Airways to boost ME, Europe service

Qatar Airways, national airline of Qatar, plans to increase the frequency of weekly flights to 10 of its most popular destinations throughout the Middle East and Europe. The airline, which currently flies to 146 destinations around the globe, will implement the frequency increases over


Qatar Airways honoured at TTG China Travel Awards

Qatar Airways, the flag carrier of the country, was voted ‘Best Middle Eastern Airline Servicing China’ at the eighth annual TTG China Travel Awards held in Shanghai recently. The win marks the fourth time the Doha-based carrier has received this accolade from TTG China.


SITA, Nexthink partner to enhance EUC services

Air-transport IT specialist SITA has partnered with Nexthink, an innovator of end-user IT analytics, to enhance its end-user computing (EUC) managed services offering for the air transport industry (ATI) with real-time end-user IT analytics. The success of the ATI depends on the reliab


Al Tayyar Travel Q1 profit up 2.1pc

Saudi Arabia's Al Tayyar Travel Group has posted a 2.1 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit due to higher sales. The company made a net profit of SR286 million ($76.3 million) in the three months to March 31, up from SR280 million ($74.6 million) in the prior-year period

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