Tuesday 27 January 2015

Australia, China open skies in landmark agreement

Australia and China are allowing more flights with each other, and paving the way for new routes, in an air services pact that follows a historic free trade agreement they struck last year. China is Australia’s top trading partner and its most valuable tourism market, with


E-cigarettes in checked luggage pose fire risk

E-cigarettes in checked luggage could cause a fire in airliners, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned on Friday. "In several incidents both inside and outside the transportation industry, e-cigarettes have overheated or caught fire when the heating element was


Expedia acquires Travelocity in $280 million deal

US-based Expedia has acquired online travel agency Travelocity from technology company Sabre Corp for $280 million in cash, the companies said in a statement on Friday, as consolidation in the online booking industry continues. The deal follows a 2013 marketing agreement in which


Movenpick Bahrain appoints new operations manager

Movenpick Hotel Bahrain has promoted Nizar El Lakkis to the position of operations manager with effect from January 15. El Lakkis will assume increased responsibilities overlooking food and beverage, Rimal Spa and security departments, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GD


10 home-grown restaurants to pop up at Beach Canteen

The Dubai Food Festival’s Beach Canteen is returning bigger and better than ever for the festival’s second edition – with 10 of Dubai’s popular home-grown restaurants set to pop up on the beach. Running throughout the festival (February 6 to 28) at Kite Beach in


Emirates sweeps top accolade in major study

Dubai-based Emirates has been ranked as the Best Airline in 2014 in an annual study by eDreams, one of the largest e-commerce travel companies in Europe. Emirates swept most of the categories with an overall rating of 4.24 out of the top score of 5. The airline also ranked highest in o


Emirates rolls out time limit for operational delay

Dubai-based Emirates has stated that it will keep passengers inside a grounded aircraft for a maximum of two hours only before the plane either takes-off or passengers are allowed to leave, a report said. The statement follows recent flight delays due to the heavy fog at Dubai and Abu


Paris hotel occupancy rates down after deadly attacks

The deadly attacks in Paris earlier this month could have a lasting impact on tourism if anti-France protests that have swept the Muslim world lead wealthy Arabs to shun the city. Similar attacks in European cities such as London (UK) and Madrid (Spain) in recent years have tended to b


Qatar Airways to increase capacity on Italy routes

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the country, will increase its capacity on routes to Italy as well as introduce double-daily flights to Madrid, Spain. The increase in both capacity and service will roll out over the next five months to help meet the expanding passenger needs for


Aden airport reopens as Yemen crisis eases

Authorities in southern Yemen re-opened Aden's air and sea ports on Thursday, officials said, after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi accepted some demands from the dominant Houthi group in a move expected to ease days of tension in the capital. Security authorities on Wednesd

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