Oman Air has launched a new service between Muscat and Zurich, Switzerland. The national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman – nominated as the Middle East’s Leading Airline earlier this year by the World Travel Awards - now offers four flights a week between the two destinations.
The European Regions Airline Association has welcomed national carrier, Estonian Air, into membership. Established in December 1991, Estonian Air is 90 per cent owned by the Estonian government and 10 per cent by the SAS Group.
The World Green Tourism conference opened in Abu Dhabi earlier with a declaration that a new kind of sustainable tourism can help protect the cultural heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary general of the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, told an audience of travel trade professionals the tourism sector has a crucial role to play in reducing footprint carbon footprints and combating climate change.
As the flooding situation in Thailand has stabilized and flood waters are receding, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is accelerating its efforts to ensure travellers worldwide understand the tourism sector is open for business. As part of its efforts the destination had launched a new recovery campaign called ‘Beautiful Thailand’.
Flight D7536 has touched down at Kansai International Airport as AirAsia X launches a new service to Osaka. The third largest city by population after Tokyo and Yokohama, Osaka serves as a gateway to the popular historical city of Kyoto and Kobe, both of which are accessible in less than 30 minutes by the highly efficient local rail network.
Qatar Airways has expanded operations in China with the launch of scheduled flights to Chongqing. The launch is the fifth new Chinese destination added to schedules at the airline this year and the 15th route start-up overall.
Qatar and the Republic of Korea have agreed to closely cooperate to make the next major UN Climate Change Conference at the end of 2012 a success. Very much the rising star of the Middle East, Qatar was also recently selected to host the annual World Travel Awards Grand Final.
What is being billed as the largest industrial action for “a generation” in the United Kingdom is having little impact on transport into the country at present. Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports are operating normally, while Eurostar reported no problems.
London Gatwick Airport has seen strong passenger growth during the six months from April and September, with an 8.5 per cent increase in traffic. Growth was driven by existing carriers – including easyJet, British Airways and Norwegian expanding operations and adding new routes.
Visitor registrations have now opened for the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo 2012, providing an affordable and beneficial networking opportunity for anyone involved in planning or booking business events and incentive trips. The 20th anniversary AIME will be held on February 21st-22nd at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and with more than 850 international exhibitors showcasing their destinations, products and services, industry visitors are able to book and conduct research for the year’s business events over just two days.
Abdul Wahab Teffaha, secretary general of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation, has criticised airlines in Europe and the United States for a perceived return to protectionism during the organisation’s 2011 annual general meeting in Abu Dhabi. Governments around the world were accused of seeking to “restrain of the growth” of airlines which have extracted new opportunities from the economic crisis.
Qatar Airways’ corporate jet division, Qatar Executive, has re-launched its website with new features offering an enhanced experience to the company’s private jet services. A new navigation system and homepage layout allows users to quickly locate information with detailed specifications and reviews of Qatar Executive’s wholly-owned fleet of six luxurious Bombardier private jets.