Wednesday 21 August 2019

SriLankan welcomes free visa on arrival for 48 nationalities

SriLankan Airlines has welcomed the launch of the free visa on arrival facility that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to citizens of 48 countries in Australasia, Europe and North America from August 1 for a period of six months. The move is part of a concerted effort to b


Jeddah hotels post record occupancy in July

Hotels in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, recorded high occupancy during July but witnessed double-digit rate declines due to comparison with a strong 2018, said a report from STR, a global marketplace insights provider for the hospitality sector.  Based on daily data from July, Jedda


Abu Dhabi welcomes first Saudia flight from KAIA

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed the Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) flight, one of the first international flights from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on August 10. The flight from the new King Abdulaziz International Ai


Dubai International logs over 41m passengers in H1

The Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed 41.3 million passengers in the first half of 2019, maintaining its position as the world’s largest international airport by traffic volume. The Dubai International Airport (DXB) welcomed 41.3 million passengers in the f


Hatta border crossing ready for Eid traffic

UAE’s Hatta Customs Center said the Hatta border crossing, a strategic point for passengers and tourists from the Gulf states and land transport, is ready to receive passengers during the Eid Al Adha holidays. The crossing facilitates trade and passenger movement between Du


AirAsia receives its first A330neo

AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A330neo aircraft, to be operated by its long-haul affiliate AirAsia X Thailand. The aircraft was delivered via lessor Avolon and is the first of two A330neos set to join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year. With


Gulf flights to Kerala hit by heavy rains

Authorities in India are taking steps to ease difficulties faced by travellers from the Gulf region to Kerala as a result of floods caused by heavy rains across the state especially in the Kochi region, reported Emirati news agency Wam.   Two dozen p


Abu Dhabi Showdown Week schedule revealed

Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has upped its own ante with an expansive series of lifestyle, retail and culinary promotions and an eye-catching schedule of parties and after-parties hosted by major international nig


International flights start from new Jeddah terminal

Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has announced that first international flights from the new King Abdulaziz International Airport Terminal 1 in Jeddah will be launched today (Aug 9).    The first two destinations, operated by ki


Lufthansa to expand long-haul from German hubs

Lufthansa Group is expanding its tourist-oriented long-haul program from its hubs in Munich and Frankfurt. Beginning with the 2020 summer flight schedule, leisure travellers in particular will benefit from attractive new destinations. The focus is on North American destinations &

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