Monday 3 August 2015

Malaysia 'almost certain' debris from Boeing 777

Malaysia's deputy transport minister said on Thursday that it was "almost certain" that the debris that washed up on La Reunion island in the southern Indian Ocean belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft. Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, whic


Abu Dhabi airport passenger traffic soars 17.2pc

Abu Dhabi Airports reported today a 17.2 per cent increase in passenger traffic at Abu Dhabi International Airport during the first half of 2015, as compared to the same period last year. During the H1 period, a total of 11,111,577 passengers passed through Abu Dhabi Internationa


China focuses on tourism to lift domestic spending

China is seeking to promote tourism and lift domestic spending with measures ranging from boosting investment in tourism spots to encouraging companies to give employees paid leave, the cabinet said on Wednesday. Regulations for holiday car rentals and other tourism businesses will be


Rome airport ops resume after forest fire hits flights

Rome's Fiumicino airport resumed full operations after smoke from a forest fire on Wednesday forced Italy's busiest hub to suspend takeoffs and restrict landings. Airline Alitalia announced the resumption of services in a Tweet several hours after the blaze broke out in o


New plane debris being studied for links to MH370

French authorities are studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean to determine whether it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished last year in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. A person familiar with the matter to


Al Tayyar Travel posts 8.8pc increase in Q2 net profit

Saudi Arabia's Al Tayyar Travel Group posted an 8.8 per cent rise in second-quarter net profit on Wednesday as sales grew. The company made a net profit of SR396 million ($105.6 million) in the three months to June 30, up from SR364 million in the prior-year period.


Oman Air to attempt new world record

Oman Air will attempt a Guinness World Record for the ‘most people holding hands in an online image chain’ in celebration of international Friendship Day on July 30. People from around the world are invited to post their own pictures of family members, friends and col


Etihad employees rally to drive donations for Nepal

Etihad Airways’ employees have raised almost Dh270,000 ($73,493) through a company-wide campaign to help Nepal’s earthquake survivors re-build their lives and communities. The airline’s employees volunteered and ran a ‘bake and aid’ sale, organised a


Dubai airport passenger numbers hit 5.9m in June

Dubai International Airport saw 5.9 million passengers pass through its facility in June, registering a 16.7 per cent increase compared to 5 million passengers in the same period last year. The year to date traffic surged 10.4 per cent to reach 38.2 million compared to 34.6 milli


UK chef to launch Dubai's Marina Social in September

Advance bookings will soon open for the Marina Social and The Social Room, Michelin starred chef Jason Atherton’s debut restaurant in the region, which is set to open on September 4. Located in the newly opened InterContinental Dubai Marina, the acclaimed chef will bring de

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