Sunday 29 May 2016

Oman Air to launch daily flights to Mashhad

National carrier Oman Air has announced plans to launch a new service between Muscat and the Iranian city of Mashhad from June 1. This is Oman Air’s second destination in Iran, following the launch of flights to Tehran in 2012. The carrier will operate daily flights aboard


12 Dubai hotels win at Middle East Hotel Awards 2016

Dubai emerged a big winner at the Middle East Hotel Awards 2016 this week with 12 hotels taking home the prize across 24 award categories. A total of 70 hotels and hotel suppliers from across the region were shortlisted. Other winners came from Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Saudi Ar


Rezidor enhances maternity policy in the Mideast

The Rezidor Hotel Group is giving its female employess a flexible approach to maternity leave provision as part of its Women in Leadership initiative to empower its female leaders to grow in their career with the company. Under its latest initiative, female employees are now enti


Emirates offers Iftar service for Ramadan

Emirates is bringing back its Iftar service for customers travelling during the holy month of Ramadan. The special boxes have been re-designed and will be available across all cabin classes on select flights including those to and from the Gulf region as well as Umrah groups trav


Etihad Aviation Group, partners raise $500m additional funds

Etihad Airways, Etihad Airport Services, airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Alitalia have successfully raised a further $500 million in a second platform financing transaction, following the success of last year’s bond which raised $700 million.     James Ho


New holiday planning tool launched for airlines, travel agents

TPConnects, a technology solution provider to the global trade, has launched Holiday Shopping, a new dynamic holiday packaging tool that enables airlines and travel agents to quickly and accurately build an entire holiday package through the TPConnects Travel Retailing Booking Engine.


Muscat airport terminal to be ready by year-end

Construction work on the terminal for new Muscat International Airport is going as per schedule and will be completed by the year-end, said a report, citing a senior minister. The Passenger Terminal Package (MC3 package) is 91 per cent complete and the ministry and the relevant a


Mideast hotel occupancy rates drop to 71.1pc

Hotels in the Middle East reported negative results in key performance metrics this April, posting a 1.8 per cent decrease in occupancy to 71.1 per cent compared to April 2015, said a report. Average daily rate for the month was down 10.8 per cent to $174.18 and revenue per avail


No sign of technical problems before takeoff: panel

The EgyptAir jet that disappeared last week did not show technical problems before taking off from Paris, sources within the Egyptian investigation committee said late on Tuesday. The sources said the plane did not make contact with Egyptian air traffic control, but Egyptian air


University of South Wales to establish aviation academy in Dubai

The University of South Wales has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Dubai Aviation City Corporation (DACC), wholly-owned by the Government of Dubai, for the establishment of the region’s first specialist campus facility offering advanced aerospace engineering education.

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