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Lufthansa criticises new fee structure at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa criticises new fee structure at Frankfurt Airport

Lufthansa has criticised Frankfurt Airport’s new fee structure following authorisation by the ministry of economic affairs, energy, transport and regional development of Hesse. The new fee structure not only involves an unreasonable increase in fees overall but also lowers fees for those airlines that are new to flying out of Frankfurt, argues the German flag-carrier.

Air France becomes latest airline to join Boeing Dreamliner club

Air France becomes latest airline to join Boeing Dreamliner club

Boeing and AerCap have delivered the first 787 to Air France. The airplane, a 787-9, signifies the delivery of AerCap's 50th Dreamliner and will be deployed on Air France's Paris to Cairo route starting in January. The airplane is also the 500th 787 produced on Boeing's production lines.

Emirates launches shortest A380 route, to Doha

Emirates launches shortest A380 route, to Doha

Emirates has launched the world’s shortest scheduled A380 service, flying a distance of 379 kilometres with a total travel time of one hour and 20 minutes from Dubai to Doha, and one hour ten minutes on the return journey. Outbound flight EK 841 departs Dubai at 07:45, arriving in Doha at 08:05. The return flight, EK 842, departs Doha at 09:50, arriving in Dubai at 12:00.

Chile recognised as World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by World Travel Awards

Chile recognised as World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by World Travel Awards

Tourism hotspot Chile has been selected as the World’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards. The accolade demonstrates the potential of the South American country’s striking geographic contrasts, providing tourists with incomparable natural scenery for sports and adventure tourism. The winner was selected by people, both from within the hospitality industry and members of the public, from around the world through online voting.

Macao prepares for first ever International Film Festival

Macao prepares for first ever International Film Festival

Macao is getting ready to host its first ever International Film Festival, which will take place between December 8th-13th. Spanning six consecutive days, the event will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of film premieres and screenings for both Asian and Western film, red-carpet presentations, industry events, master classes and an awards ceremony.

Trump calls for Air Force One replacement to be scrapped

Trump calls for Air Force One replacement to be scrapped

United States president-elect Donald Trump has called for the scrapping of multi-billion dollar plans for Boeing to build a new Air Force One. In a tweet to followers he branded the cost of the project “ridiculous and totally out of control”. Boeing shares immediately dropped one per cent following the comments. The US government signed a deal with Boeing earlier this year to build a new aircraft to fly the president once the current one reaches the end of its service life.

IAG chief criticises government Chinese visa delay

IAG chief criticises government Chinese visa delay

International Airlines Group has criticised a year’s delay in introducing a ten year visa for Chinese visitors that would drive business and create jobs. The plan was announced in October 2015 during the Chinese state visit to the UK. Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said: “China is the world’s second largest economy and we need to do all we can to encourage these trade links.

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain signs Hainan Airlines partnership to boost Chinese visitor numbers

VisitBritain has celebrated its milestone partnerships with Hainan Airlines and Alitrip, Alibaba group’s tourism arm, in China. Both partnerships have been established to attract more Chinese visitors to Britain. UK secretary of state for culture, media and sport Karen Bradley and VisitBritain director Patricia Yates earlier met with senior executives from Hainan Airlines and Alitrip as part of the fourth UK-China People to People Dialogue.

UK transport secretary reveals plans to overhaul railways in England

UK transport secretary reveals plans to overhaul railways in England

UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has set out plans for improved coordination across track renewal and train operations in England. Plans include the creation of East West Rail, the first new integrated rail operation in decades that is separate to Network Rail, and the closer alignment of incentives between the management of infrastructure and the operation of train services.

Titanic Belfast crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction by World Travel Awards

Titanic Belfast crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction by World Travel Awards

Titanic Belfast has been crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives. Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe's official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, bringing the award back to UK after ten years.

New head of sales for Malaysia Airlines

New head of sales for Malaysia Airlines

Malaysia Airlines Berhad has revealed the appointment of Yeoh Hock Thye as head of sales. He will take up the role on January 3rd, 2017. MAB chief executive, Peter Bellew said: “On behalf of the management team, I am pleased to welcome Yeoh to the Malaysia Airlines family."