Passenger traffic at Dubai World Central, the emirate’s second international hub, grew an impressive 29.5 per cent during the first quarter of 2017. Some 333,780 passengers passed through the facility during the period, compared to 257,813 in the same period in 2016 according to Dubai Airports, which also released its 2017 forecast for DWC passenger numbers.
Christian Kersten has taken up the role general manager for the AirPlus International subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates with immediate effect.
The Caribbean Tourism Organisation, the region's tourism development agency, is seeking to strengthen its relationship with Emirates Holidays, the largest airline tour operator in the Middle East, as it seeks to broaden the Caribbean's appeal in the Arabian Market.
Qatar Airways is to launch a daily flight from Cardiff Airport to its hub in Doha, Qatar, in 2018. The new service will be the first regular direct long-haul flight linking Wales and south-west England to a major global hub in the Gulf region.
Etihad Airways has revealed it will launch the world’s first mobile exhibition unit at the Arabian Travel Market, the premium travel and tourism show in Middle East.
Emirates will debut its new A380 on-board lounge at the Infinite Possibilities stand in its home-base of Dubai at the 2017 edition of the Arabian Travel Market.
Etihad Aviation Group has announced the appointment of Robin Kamark as chief executive, airline equity partners. He will be responsible for leading and developing the group’s minority equity investment strategy, which includes stakes in airberlin, Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional and Virgin Australia.
InterRent has announced the opening of a new destination: Dubai, extending its presence in the Middle East, after the opening of Oman, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. InterRent will now be able to serve the millions of visitors arriving every year in Dubai.
Oman Air continues its ambitious expansion plans in 2017 boosting its fleet with new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner which joined recently. This is in addition to the new 737-800s and 787-9 which were added to the fleet in 2017.
Despite sluggish global economic growth, low oil prices, ‘Trumponomics’ and Brexit, the UAE will lead Middle East passenger growth in 2017 with an annual increase of more than 6.3 per cent, according to estimates from the International Air Transport Association.
Qatar Airways will showcase its new Qsuite for the first time in the Middle East at next week’s Arabian Travel Market, the region’s leading travel trade fair.
British Airways' operation at Gatwick Airport has seen 40 per cent more customers travel and an increase of 33 per cent in the number of routes it serves, according to latest figures released by the carrier..