Malaysia Airlines secures IATA Fast Travel Green certification
Malaysia Airlines has become the first Malaysian carrier to receive the International Air Transport Association Fast Travel Green certificate in recognition of the airline’s efforts in making passengers’ travel more flexible and convenient via its self-service facilities.
Heathrow sees record 75.7m passengers in 2016
Heathrow welcomed a record 75.7 million passengers in 2016, up one per cent on the previous year. Passenger charges fell by one per cent at the UK’s largest airport, as Heathrow retained its position as Europe’s best hub for the third year running.
airBaltic launches new route to Abu Dhabi
airBaltic will launch a direct service between Riga and Abu Dhabi on October 29th, 2017. The Latvian airlines will operate the Riga-Abu Dhabi route four times weekly with a long-range Bombardier CS300 aircraft.
IAG sees pre-tax profits rise for financial 2016
International Airlines Group has reported pre-tax profits of €2.5 billion before exceptional items for the year to December 31st, 2016. The figure is up 32.7 per cent on that of 2015.
Thomas selected to head Les Clefs d’Or
Simon Thomas, head concierge at The Lanesborough in London, will be appointed International president of Les Clefs d’Or on in March 2017. The ceremony will be held at the Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hôtels Les Clefs d’Or in Berlin.
One&Only Royal Mirage to welcome chef Gaggan Anand
One&Only Royal Mirage has partnered with world-class Indian chef Gaggan Anand of Gaggan restaurant to create a pop-up restaurant at the resort’s fine dining restaurant, Celebrities.
Mondrian Doha set for soft launch this spring
sbe, a leading privately-held lifestyle hospitality company, will open its first hotel in the Middle East with the launch of Mondrian Doha, Qatar in the spring. This soft opening will set the stage for Mondrian Doha’s grand opening celebration, which follows in late September, and promises to be an outstanding showcase of the property.
Construction begins on The Oaklander Hotel, Oakland
Concord Hospitality plans to open Pittsburgh’s first Autograph Collection Hotel in the heart of the Oakland neighbourhood. Construction began on the 167-room property, The Oaklander Hotel, last month.
Emirates to reveal new on-board lounge for Airbus A380 at ITB Berlin
Emirates will launch a series of new cabin products and enhancements in 2017 for both its A380 and Boeing 777 fleet. The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced on-board Lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
Chinese outbound tourism to come under microscope at Arabian Travel Market
Tourism professionals across the Middle East are furthering their efforts to increase their share of the $168 billion global outbound Chinese tourism market, through a number of travel incentives.
ExploreGB heads to Brighton for 2017 event
VisitBritain is gearing up to host its largest ever global tourism trade event to promote destination Britain to the world. Now in its third year ‘ExploreGB’ is heading south to Brighton.
ITB Berlin 2017 sells out as event approaches
The entire world in 26 display halls: this year, ITB Berlin is booked up again. In 2017, in addition to established exhibitors the world’s largest travel trade show has been able to secure many newcomers.