GCC sets a new record for tourism in Britain

The International Passenger Survey (IPS) data provided by the Office for National Statistics, show that the tourism figures for GCC has broken records as 723,773 visited and £1.59bn spent in Britain in 2015. Out of all visits to Britain from the GCC, the UAE recorded the highest volume with 347,000 visits in 2015, (up 34%) on 2014. Saudi Arabia followed with 147,000 visitors (2%) increase on 2014, Kuwait with 104,000 visitors (up 3%) on 2014 and Qatar with 76,000 visitors (25%) increase on 2014. In terms of spend; Saudi Arabia saw the biggest percentage increase in spend (52%) over 2014 – … Continue reading GCC sets a new record for tourism in Britain

Aviation leaders to gather in Dublin

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that leaders of the global air transport industry are gathering in Dublin, Ireland for the Association’s 72nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit. The AGM will open with keynote addresses by Shane Ross TD, Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, and Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). “Dublin is set to be the capital of the global air transport industry as leaders gather for the 72nd IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit. The airline industry’s most senior leaders will … Continue reading Aviation leaders to gather in Dublin

SITA’s baggage robot LENDS PASSENGERS A HAND 

Recently, passengers arriving at Geneva Airport received help with their bag drop from Leo, an innovative baggage robot developed by air transport IT provider SITA, which is being trialed outside the airport’s Terminal 1. Leo, a fully autonomous, self-propelling baggage robot has the capacity to check in, print bag tags and transport up to two suitcases with a maximum weight of 32kg. It also has an obstacle avoidance capability and can navigate in a high-traffic environment such as an airport. Leo provides a glimpse into the future of baggage handling being explored by SITA Lab and is the first step to … Continue reading SITA’s baggage robot LENDS PASSENGERS A HAND 

JET AIRWAYS GROUP DECLARES RECORD ANNUAL PROFIT

Jet Airways Group has declared a highest ever annual profit in its history for the year ended March 31, 2016, and thereby achieved return to profitability a year earlier than the target set in its turnaround plan two years ago. The consistently strong financial performance has enabled Jet Airways to reduce its debt by USD 256 million during FY16. Cost per available seat kilometer (CASK) excluding fuel dropped by 3.2% to 4.96 cents in FY16, clearly indicating Jet Airways’ success in achieving operational efficiencies throughout its business. For Q4 of FY16, the company reported a net profit of USD 63 million, compared … Continue reading JET AIRWAYS GROUP DECLARES RECORD ANNUAL PROFIT

MTB to be the largest architectural structure in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi Airports announced that the steel structure of the new Midfield Terminal Building (MTB) central processor roof is now complete following the installation of the last piece of metal in the roof of the iconic building. The MTB roof span is 319m at the widest point with 18 arches, the largest of which is 180m wide and 52m high. With the main steel structure of the central processor roof now finished, the next major milestone will be the de-propping of the final arch in the central processor. Work is also progressing on the closure of the building envelope and fit-out of … Continue reading MTB to be the largest architectural structure in Abu Dhabi