Tuesday 1 December 2015

Protesters cause traffic chaos at Heathrow airport

Activists opposed to the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport blocked an approach tunnel on Thursday by chaining themselves to a parked vehicle, bringing traffic chaos to Europe's busiest airport. Police said they had arrested five people and removed three vehicles from


BA marks 787-9 Abu Dhabi launch with celebrity photoshoot

Abu Dhabi becomes British Airways' second 787-9 Dreamliner destination after the airline debuted the futuristic new aircraft on its Delhi route in October. To mark the launch of British Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on its daily London-Abu Dhabi-Muscat service on Nov


Nakheel, Starwood ink deal for new St. Regis in Dubai

Dubai master developer Nakheel today signed a management agreement with the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to operate a new St. Regis in Dubai. Set to open in 2018, The St. Regis Dubai - The Palm will be a part of Palm Tower, Nakheel’s 52-storey luxury mixed-use de


Iata cuts long-term passenger growth forecast

Global passenger numbers are expected to drop to 7 billion by 2034, said a report by The International Air Transport Association (Iata) citing negative developments in the global economy that are expected to dampen demand for air transport. Iata had previously forecast 7.4 billion pass


Emirates' 'worst ever passenger' gets jail sentence

An airline passenger who drunkenly abused cabin crew on board an Emirates flight from Dubai to Birmingham has been jailed for 11 months by a British court, said a report. Branded the 'worst passenger ever’, 46-year-old Jasbir Singh Bharaj, was found guilty of criminal damage,


Strong air passenger volumes boost SSP Group's profit

Food and beverage concessions operator SSP Group reported a 15 per cent rise in full-year pretax profit, boosted by a strong growth in air passenger numbers in the UK and Europe, particularly over the summer months. SSP, which operates food and drink outlets in airports and railway sta


Online and mobile key drivers of ME travel industry growth

Online and mobile are key drivers of travel industry growth in the Middle East, and travel companies seeking sustainable growth need to invest today for their future, said industry experts. That was one of many insights and tips shared by executives from Sabre Corporation, a leading gl


RAK to unveil new tourism initiatives

Showcasing the best of innovation, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will be announcing two major initiatives at UAE Innovation Week which will complement the new tourism developments on display. Taking place till November 28, the event will feature more than 800 ideas and a


Qatar Airways crowned 'Asia Pacific Airline of the Year'

Qatar Airways was named Asia Pacific Airline of the Year the 2015 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence held in Singapore on November 23. Qatar Airways group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “To be named CAPA Asia Pacific Airline of the year rounds off a big year of award win


Dollar Rent A Car welcomes new sales head for UAE

Dollar Rent A Car, the fastest growing car rental company in the region, has appointed Dominic Hagerty to the role of head of sales and marketing. Hagerty will be responsible for the entire marketing and sales function of Dollar Rent A Car in the UAE. His tasks include planning a

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