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Qatar Airways adds flight to Muscat, Oman

Qatar Airways adds flight to Muscat, Oman

From August 1st, Qatar Airways will provide travellers from around the world with even more choice when flying to Muscat, with the addition of an extra flight to its existing schedule - increasing the number of daily flights to five. Now with 35 flights a week from Hamad International Airport travellers can easily explore the popular Omani capital city.

Emirates increases capacity to Milan, Italy

Emirates increases capacity to Milan, Italy

Emirates has unveiled plans to increase capacity on the Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380. The migration from a Boeing 777-300ER to the double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380 to A380 connections to and from key destinations in Australia, China, South Korea and south-east Asia with just one stop in Dubai.

Travelport appoints new board member

Travelport appoints new board member

Travelport has appointed Scott Forbes to its Board of Directors. He replaces Gregory Blank from Blackstone who has tendered his resignation to the Board following Blackstone’s share sell down in March of this year. Scott’s appointment is effective immediately.

Sabre launches safety solution

Sabre launches safety solution

Sabre has unveiled a new mobile duty of care solution to help corporations monitor their employees trips. SafePoint aims to provides peace of mind for corporations by bringing risk management to the traveller.

Centara to open a new resort in Krabi

Centara to open a new resort in Krabi

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Centara Hotels & Resorts is planning its third property in Krabi at the end of 2016, Centra by Centara Phu Pano Resort will feature 158 rooms that vary from Centra Superior, Centra Superior Pool View and Centra Family Residence.

Aloft brand debuts in New York

Aloft brand debuts in New York

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Starwood's Aloft brand has made its debut in Syracuse, New York, within the new Inner Harbor waterfront development. Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor features 132 spacious, loft-like rooms, accessible technologies and live music at W XYZ Bar.

Courtyard by Marriott opens New York hotel

Courtyard by Marriott opens New York hotel

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Courtyard by Marriott Clifton Park has opened its doors in Clifton Park, New York. The four-story hotel features an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, fitness center and guest laundry, and offers 1,781 square feet of meeting space.

Vietnam Airlines sees sharp rise in pre-tax profits

Vietnam Airlines sees sharp rise in pre-tax profits

Vietnam Airlines has announced total consolidated revenue of VND36 trillion for the six months to June 30th 2016. At the same time pre-tax profits are estimated at VND 1,600 billion, reaching nearly seven per cent of the target set for 2016. In the first six months of 2016, the aviation market in Vietnam by 27.2 per cent compared to the same period last year, with a 37 per cent increase in the domestic market.

Hawaiian Airlines to operate daytime Tokyo flights

Hawaiian Airlines to operate daytime Tokyo flights

Hawaiian Airlines has received tentative approval from the US department of transportation to shift its current daily flight between Honolulu and Tokyo's Haneda International Airport into a coveted daytime schedule. The new flights will begin on October 29th, 2016. The tentative award follows a DOT ruling in May granting Hawaiian a night-time slot pair to provide daily service between Haneda and Kona three times weekly and Haneda and Honolulu four times weekly.

Passenger increases continue at London Heathrow

Passenger increases continue at London Heathrow

A total of 35.7 million passengers used Heathrow in first six months of 2016, up 0.6 per cent from the same period of last year. At the same time, cargo volumes increased 1.7 per cent. John Holland-Kaye, chief executive officer of Heathrow, said: “As the UK’s biggest port, we are supporting businesses from every corner of Britain to get their products to global markets, with cargo volumes up by almost 2 per cent.”

Marriott International extends NBA partnership

Marriott International extends NBA partnership

Marriott International and the National Basketball Association have announced a partnership extension that will make the global hotel company a partner of several league events, including NBA House Rio, NBA All-Star, and select NBA Global Games. In addition, Marriott International will become an official partner of USA Basketball.

Search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be suspended

Search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 to be suspended

The hunt for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is likely to be suspended if the aircraft is not found in the current search area. Officials from China, Malaysia and Australia confirmed the search will reach a hiatus if an area of the southern Indian Ocean currently under investigation reveals no further information.