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Etihad Airways : to resume direct flights to Beijing

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will resume direct passenger flights between Abu Dhabi and Beijing from 29 June 2022, becoming the first regular direct international passenger flight to recommence for Beijing, under the latest mandate of the Joint Prevention and Control Mechanism of the State Council.
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Etihad Airways expands fast self-service bag drop facilities as travel demand surges

Etihad Airways is expanding its quick self-service bag drop facilities at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The service provides a faster check-in experience and can accommodate a greater number of guests who will then be able to skip the queues. Once checked-in online, the self-service facilities allow travellers to seamlessly retrieve their booking, print the bag-tag and process their bags in less than two minutes.
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Emirates to operate extra flights for upcoming Hajj season

Emirates is deploying extra flights to ensure more connectivity for the scores of pilgrims making their way to the Holy City of Makkah. Emirates will be operating special flights to Jeddah and Medina during the upcoming Hajj season to carry pilgrims for this special period.Emirates will be deploying 31 additional flights to Jeddah and double daily flights to Medina from 23 June to 20 July to help transport pilgrims to carry out one of the key pillars of Islam. These services will run in parallel with Emirates’ regularly scheduled services.
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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Officially Ends all Covid-19 Containment Regulations

The South African Government has done away with the remaining COVID-19 regulations from 22 June 2022. Travellers passing through South Africa’s borders no longer require proof of vaccination status, test results or proof of recovery from Covid-19. All other safety regulations like the wearing of masks and limits on gatherings have also been removed.
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Emirates takes triple gold for the third year in a row for safety

Emirates, renowned for its world-leading air transport services, has also been recognised for its outstanding ground transport services with awards in multiple categories, at the recent RoSPA awards, held for the first time in Dubai. The only airline to have achieved commendations three years in a row, the Emirates team took gold awards in three main categories: Fleet Safety Award, Health and Safety Award, and Leisure Safety Award. The team also added the coveted Health and Safety - Team of the Year (Middle East) to its tally, for the second time in three years, demonstrating tangible outcomes in its operational safety performance, health and safety governance systems, and extensive COVID-19 precautions to safeguard its people and customers.
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Oman Air increases flights to India destinations

Oman Air, the Sultanate of Oman’s flag carrier, has amended its summer schedule to reflect increased frequency and flight resumptions. Based on the table below, the airline is boosting frequency to 8 Indian destinations: Bangalore, Mumbai, Kozhikode, Kochi, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, and Chennai as demand increases.Between Muscat and its operational India destinations, the airline introduced wide-body service, including the B787 Dreamliner and Airbus A330 in addition to the Boeing 737.
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DXB’s Northern Runway Rehabilitation programme on track for completion on June 22

The Northern Runway rehabilitation programme at Dubai International (DXB) has surpassed its midway point on schedule paving the way for the reopening of the runway on June 22, operator Dubai Airports has announced. The essential work involves resurfacing the entire 4.5km long Northern runway, strengthening the wider runway strip, as well as reinforcing the paving on key taxiway entries and exits, and repairing drainage infrastructure. Aeronautical ground lighting, navigational aids and meteorological equipment are also being replaced, and a navigation aids substation is being relocated –as the Southern runway maintains operations at the world’s busiest international airport.
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Full transport links running between DWC and DXB

During the closure of the Northern Runway at Dubai International (DXB), a number of flights are being redirected to Dubai World Central (DWC) to ensure minimal operational disruption. During this time, Dubai Airports has announced multiple transport services between the two airports to cater to all travellers.Dubai Airports is providing a free bus service between all terminals of Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airport, every 30 minutes, 24 hours per day, ensuring a seamless transfer experience.Dubai Taxi Corporation will remove the flag fall charges for any journeys starting at from DWC for airport customers.Those travelling via Uber car services can enjoy discounts quoting ‘DWC2022’ when booking a car through the app.RTA will continue to operate the bus routes N55 and F55, providing a cost-effective transport option from DWC.
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Singapore Airlines unveils all-new flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has unveiled its all-new flagship SilverKris and KrisFlyer Gold lounges at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3, following a S$50 million re-design, upgrade, and expansion project. This will further enhance the on-ground customer experience at the Airline’s main hub, and comes as the demand for international air travel from and through Singapore takes off once again.The Private Room, the First Class section of the SilverKris Lounge, the Business Class section of the SilverKris Lounge, and the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge can collectively accommodate around 1,150 customers within their 6,100 square-metres, translating to 30% more seats and space. This also doubles the capacity that was available during the pandemic while the upgrading works were going on.
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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches “City Check-in” services

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, has announced the introduction of its City Check-in services in Abu Dhabi.The City Check-in service aims to provide passengers with added convenience and flexibility by enabling them to drop off their baggage and collect their boarding pass at a location near them before traveling with Air Arabia. The service allows passengers to select seats and receive their boarding passes and baggage claim tags. They can then immediately proceed to the flight upon arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
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Qatar Airways partners with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia for World Cup flights

As part of the commitment to make the first ever FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ hosted in the Middle East and Arab world an all-inclusive gala event, Qatar Airways has tied up with flydubai, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air and Saudia to connect match ticket holders to Doha via Match Day Shuttle flights for 24-hour experiences, during the tournament period.Football fans based in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia or UAE, will soon be able to book their Match Day Shuttle flights. This service is designed with the purpose of connecting fans seamlessly to Qatar so they can attend their respective matches, capture the sights and sounds of the host country, before departing Doha on the same day.
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Etihad Airways introduces Airbus A350

Etihad Airways introduces newest addition of its modern fleet; the Airbus A350. It’s not just the fuel-efficiency and noise-reduction that makes the A350 so incredible. It’s the small details that create big experiences.The Airbus A350 is one of the most innovative and sustainable aircraft in the world.
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UAE flights: Budget airline launches 'city check-in' services with baggage drop-off facility

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, has announced the introduction of its city check-in services in Abu Dhabi. The city check-in service aims to provide passengers with added convenience and flexibility by enabling them to drop-off their baggage and collect their boarding pass at a location near them before travelling with Air Arabia.
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Etihad : to lift Covid waiver policy as international travel resumes

With international travel returning to normal, Etihad Airways is lifting its Covid-19 waiver policy for bookings from 1 June 2022. This is a planned change, communicated earlier in the year, comes with the improving pandemic situation globally. For all tickets issued or reissued up to 31 May 2022, all travel must be completed by 30 September 2022. Refunds under the Covid-19 policy must be completed by 31 May 2022.
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Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines unveil enhanced strategic partnership

Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines unveil the roadmap outlining the next phase of their strategic partnership, following Malaysia Airlines’ announcement to launch a non-stop service from Kuala Lumpur to Doha from 25 May. The two partners will significantly expand their codeshare cooperation, allowing passengers to travel the world and enjoy seamless connectivity via their leading hubs in Kuala Lumpur and Doha.
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Air Arabia Abu Dhabi launches seasonal flights to Sarajevo

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, announced today the launch of its seasonal flights to Sarajevo; the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, from Abu Dhabi, starting June 15, 2022.The charming city of Sarajevo offers a wide range of touristic attractions for its unique cultural mix, including fascinating museums and gorgeous nature. The scenic landscape that surrounds the historic city ensures an exciting experience. Customers can now book their direct flights between Abu Dhabi and Sarajevo by visiting Air Arabia’s website, by calling the call centre or through travel agencies.
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flydubai : to operate flights from Dubai World Central

flydubai will operate flights to selected destinations from Dubai World Central (DWC) for a 45-day period from 09 May to 22 June 2022 during the northern runway refurbishment project at Dubai International. At DWC, passengers will continue to benefit from all the convenient travel services offered by flydubai. Flights to all other flydubai destinations will continue to operate from Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB). Passengers are advised to check their departure and arrival airports in advance of travel to ensure they have the correct information. This information is available on flydubai.com, the Manage Booking Section on flydubai.com and will be clearly mentioned on the booking confirmations.
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Emirates: heralds return to Bali

Emirates landed in Bali for the first time since the suspension of flights in 2020 due to the pandemic. Emirates flight EK398 landed in Denpasar International Airport on 1 May, and was welcomed by a spectacular water cannon salute to inaugurate the airline’s return. The operating cabin crew of the flight and the passengers were welcomed at the airport with the traditional joged bumbung dance performance, which reflected Bali’s unique culture and rich heritage, followed by a cake cutting ceremony in attendance of representatives from DPS Airport.
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Emirates : takes Dubai’s vision of tomorrow to the skies

Emirates has revealed a new custom A380 livery dedicated to Dubai’s newest architectural icon and centre for pioneering concepts and ideas, the Museum of the Future. The first Emirates A380 (A6-EVK) to sport this exciting new livery, takes flight tomorrow to Los Angeles. As its nine other aircraft siblings roll out of the dedicated Aircraft Appearance Centre at Emirates Engineering over the coming weeks, Emirates’ Museum of the Future A380s will be deployed on routes to Europe as well as key Arab regional cities.
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