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Permits for drone-related activities suspended until further notice
All no-objection certificates (NOCs) and permits for drone-related activities in Dubai have been suspended “until further notice”.
Dubai's Infinity Bridge opens today; 6 traffic diversions for Shindagha Tunnel closure
Dubai's stunning Infinity Bridge has opened to traffic for the first time today, January 16. Consisting of six lanes in each direction, the bridge has an arch shaped like the infinity symbol - which symbolises Dubai’s unlimited ambitions.
Dubai-India flight: UAE regulator investigating aborted Emirates airline take-off
The UAE civil aviation regulator has opened an investigation into an aborted take-off by an Emirates airline passenger jet this month at Dubai airport, the carrier confirmed on Saturday.
UAE-India flights: Does 7-day quarantine rule mean expats can't travel for short trips?
Indian expatriates in the UAE are seeking clarity from authorities on quarantine procedures for those who wish to take shorter trips home.
Saudi budget carrier flyadeal launches new route between Riyadh and Cairo
Low-cost Saudi airline flyadeal on Thursday launched its first regular flights between King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and Cairo International Airport, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Saudi civil aviation sector to contribute over $74bn to GDP by 2030
Saudi civil aviation and air transport sector is expected to contribute SR280 billion ($74 billion) to the Kingdom’s GDP by 2030, up from SR80 billion in 2018.
Abu Dhabi announces updated ‘Green List’ countries
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has updated the ‘Green List’ of countries for inbound travel into Abu Dhabi.
UAE-India flights: Expats cancel travel plans as some states issue Covid-19 quarantine rules
Indian expatriates in the UAE are considering putting their vacation plans on hold as various states across India are introducing mandatory quarantine regulations.
Kuwaitis without third dose can’t travel: Civil Aviation
Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Department yesterday issued a decision barring Kuwaiti citizens who had taken the second vaccine dose nine months ago from leaving the country unless they take the third booster dose. The decision is effective from January 2.
UAE flights: Entry suspended for travellers from 4 countries, rules tightened for 2 others
The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have announced the suspension of all inbound flights for national and international carriers and transit passengers from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria from Saturday, December 25, effective 7.30am.
Dubai travel: Emirates extends flight suspension from Kenya until December 24
Dubai's Emirates airline has announced to extend the suspension of all inbound services from Kenya.
Dubai-Philippines flights: Emirates issues advisory amid new travel restrictions
Effective December 23, 2021, up to and including January 3, 2022, only Cebuano Overseas Filipino Workers and returning Filipinos will be allowed to enter Cebu as per directive from local authorities in the Philippines.
Dubai airport now operates at 100% capacity, final phase of Concourse A opens
Dubai International (DXB) airport is now operating at 100 per cent capacity after the opening of the final phase of Concourse A at Terminal 3.
Saudia adds 2nd daily flight from Riyadh to London
Saudia has added a second daily flight between Riyadh and London, increasing its total weekly flights between the two cities to 28 and increasing capacity to just over 8,100 seats a week.
Emirates 'in close touch' with Indian authorities to operate flights at 100% capacity
Dubai-based carrier Emirates, which currently serves nine destinations under the air bubble pact with India, is looking forward to operate at its full capacity in the country once the conditions permit and is in close contact with Indian authorities for the same.
Etihad issues advisory for busy December travel season
Etihad Airways on Thursday advised travellers to use its new early check-in facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport to avoid queues and save time ahead of the busy travel season.
Travel rules for UAE residents flying to India, UK, US, Pakistan
The latest Covid-19 variant, Omicron, has spread to more than 30 countries across the globe. As a result, many countries have introduced new restrictions for foreign travellers to rein the latest variant.
Emirates issues guidelines for ticket cancellation, route suspensions
Just as many countries worldwide were beginning to loosen their border restrictions and opening up air travel, reports of the Omicron Cvoid-19 variant in South Africa sent many of those doors slamming shut again.
Air travel costs to some destinations from Kuwait drop
Air travel fares have recently dropped by 50 to 200 percent to some destinations after resuming full-capacity operations at Kuwait International Airport as of October 24. According to tourism and travel experts, Kuwaiti citizens and residents are eager to travel amid receding repercussions of the coronavirus crisis locally and abroad, where many countries have reopened borders.
Flying high: Dh137 billion worth of deals signed on Day 1 of Dubai Airshow
Dubai Airshow 2021 opened on a high note on Sunday as deals worth more than Dh137 billion ($37.35 billion) were signed on the first day of the airshow on Sunday.
Dubai flights: Emirates to launch daily service to Tel Aviv from December 6
Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates will launch daily direct flights to Tel Aviv, Israel, from December 6, 2021.
Saudia to operate extra London to Riyadh flight from December as tourism industry recovers from pandemic
The Kingdom’s flag carrier Saudia will launch an extra daily flight from London to Riyadh in mid-December, the company’s manager in the UK said on Tuesday.
Dubai airport to return to full capacity in two weeks: Sheikh Ahmed
Dubai airports will return to full capacity following the re-opening of its last closed concourse in two weeks as the aviation industry recovers from a turbulent spell brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, its top official says.
Saudi Arabia and Oman sign deal to develop land, air transport
Saudi Arabia and Oman on Monday signed two agreements to enhance cooperation in land and air transport.
Dubai flights: Emirates will resume twice-daily service to Seychelles
Emirates will soon resume twice-daily flights to Seychelles, President Wavel Ramkalawan announced while heading a delegation at the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Saudi Arabia to host World Travel and Tourism Council summit next year
Riyadh has been chosen to host the 22nd Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) next year.
Dubai: Flydubai announces new flights to Oman
Dubai-based flydubai on Tuesday announced the start of flights to Sohar in Oman, becoming the first airline to operate this route from Dubai. This is the carrier’s third destination in the Sultanate, alongside Muscat and Salalah.
Etihad raises $1.2 billion in sustainability-linked debt
Etihad Airways said on Wednesday it has raised $1.2 billion with a loan linked to environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in global aviation.
Ministry of Transport signs Saudi Road Code project contract
The Ministry of Transport and Logistic Services signed the Saudi Road Code project contract to improve
Oman Air seeks oneworld alliance membership
State-owned Oman Air announced on Sunday its intention to apply to join the oneworld global airline alliance and said it had asked fellow Gulf carrier and member Qatar Airways to help it.
Air Arabia resumes direct flights to Saudi Arabia
Air Arabia will resume direct flights between Sharjah and Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam in Saudi Arabia from September 14.
Kuwait Airways resumes flights to New York
Kuwait Airways has resumed its commercial flights to and from New York starting yesterday, the airline announced, noting that flights will be operated once a week to this destination. In a press statement, Kuwait Airways Director of the Public Relations Fayez Al-Enezi said that this destination is in high demand from clients, especially business travelers, tourists and students.
Emirates to restart Saudi flights from Sept. 11
Dubai carrier Emirates said it will restart services to Saudi Arabia from Sept. 11, 2021, following the Kingdom’s reopening of borders with the UAE due to falling risks from COVID-19.
Kuwait Airways re-launches flight to 11 destinations
Kuwait Airways announced re-launching commercial flights scheduled to 11 destinations in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka starting from Tuesday. The destinations include Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Chennai and Trivandrum; with two flights a week scheduled, in addition to Bangalore and Ahmadabad with one flight a week, the airline said in a statement yesterday.
Kuwait Airways announce resuming direct flights to Cairo
Kuwait Airways announced the resumption of commercial flights to Cairo starting from today, with two daily flights. Public Relations and Information Director Fayez Al-Enezi said the first scheduled flight to Cairo will be at 12:25 pm, while the second will be at 11:35 pm.
Free day pass for flydubai passengers
Passengers flying with budget carrier flydubai will receive a complimentary one-day ticket for Expo 2020 Dubai.
UAE resumes tourist visas: 6 things you need to know
UAE authorities on Saturday announced that the country will resume issuing tourist visas.
Saudi restoration of international connectivity is key for saving jobs, GDP losses: IATA
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed measures taken by Saudi Arabia to revive the aviation industry as it battles to save more than a quarter of a million related jobs in the Kingdom amid a downturn in travel due to the pandemic.
Kuwait resumes direct flights with six countries
The Civil Aviation Authority yesterday announced the resumption of direct commercial flights with India, Egypt and four Asian nations starting today after several months of suspension to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Cabinet OKs direct flights with six nations, airport capacity boosted
The Cabinet yesterday decided to resume direct commercial flights with Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, whose nationals make up some 70 percent of residents in Kuwait, after months of suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Saudi Arabia one of the first countries to accept IATA Travel Pass
Saudi Arabia will accept the International Air Transport Association’s Travel Pass for verification of COVID-19 test results for departing and arriving passengers from Sept. 30. Eventually it will also be accepted as confirmation of vaccination status.
Dubai: Emirates to reinstate some allowances, perks of employees
Dubai's flagship airline Emirates will reinstate a number of facilities that were offered to its employees prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, including increasing salaries and introduction of concessional tickets as the aviation sector recovers from the pandemic.
Dubai airport passenger volumes slump 40% in first half of 2021
Dubai International Airport reported yesterday a 41 percent drop in traffic in the first half of 2021, but said it anticipates “robust growth” after the easing of travel restrictions. The number of passengers that passed through the world’s largest airport for international travel fell to 10.6 million in the first six months of 2021, according to a statement from the Dubai Media Office.
Kuwait airport passenger capacity ‘quietly’ increased to 7,500 a day?
The price of return tickets to Kuwait are incredibly high, not only because it’s the high season, but mainly due to the limited seat quota set for most airlines, not including local carriers. Passengers are facing a tough situation after many had their tickets canceled although the flight was not, despite their tickets being confirmed months ago.
UAE flights: Dubai airport expects passenger surge as travel curbs eased
Dubai Airports expects a "surge" in passenger traffic over the coming weeks and months, its chief executive said on Wednesday, after the UAE announced an easing of travel restrictions from African and Asian countries, including India, Pakistan and Bangladesh among others.
Limited seats cause cancelations for many travelers to Kuwait
An unpleasant surprise awaited tens of passengers at Beirut airport who were returning to Kuwait, as they were told their seats were canceled, although their flight was still flying to Kuwait.
Saudi budget airline expands flights to Bisha
Saudi Arabia’s budget airline flyadeal on Sunday launched operations from Dammam to Bisha.
Saudi aviation authority issues update for citizens’ travel procedures abroad
The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has issued a new circular to all airlines, both public and private, operating from the Kingdom’s airports updating the procedures for citizens’ travel outside Saudi Arabia.
Saudia increases flights to transport pilgrims
Saudia began operations to transport pilgrims home after they completed their Hajj rituals on Friday.
Kuwait Airways launch flights to Munich
Kuwait Airways Corporation (KAC) has launched its first commercial flight to Munich, Germany yesterday, the airline announced, noting that it will schedule flights to this destination two times a week; Thursdays and Saturdays.
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