In election victory speech, Erdogan says Turkey will advance in Syria

:: Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the More »

Iraq PM Abadi warns armed groups against stockpiling weapons

:: Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned on Saturday he would not allow militias to stockpile arms, two weeks after a weapons depot belonging to an armed group exploded in Baghdad. At More »

UN’s Yemen envoy to present a peace plan to EU on Monday

:: The United Nations special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, is expected to present to EU foreign ministers next Monday a report on Yemen at a meeting in Luxemburg.. Official Sources confirmed More »

Turkey’s Erdogan, main rival stage final election rallies

:: President Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections widely viewed More »

Lebanon’s Hariri signals new government near

:: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Friday he was very close to forming a new government and would hold more talks with the country’s main parties. Foreign donors have said More »

 

Category Archives: Travel

Emirates flight stairway collapses at Islamabad airport, 5 injured

:: An Emirates flight stairway collapsed at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad on Tuesday, causing five injuries according to the Tribune. According to airport officials, the plane was departing to Dubai when the incident happened. Rescue officials said that

Saudi carrier Flynas Flying to Pakistan

:: Flynas is to launch 14 direct flights from the Kingdom’s airports to major cities in Pakistan, beginning on Thursday. Announcing its expansion program, the airline said the launch is part of its ongoing program to extend its reach to

Saudi national carrier operates first Baghdad flight in 27 years

:: State-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines will launch its first flight to Baghdad in 27 years on Monday. The airline, also known as Saudia, will depart from the Red Sea city of Jeddah barely two weeks after Saudi budget carrier flynas

Saudi Airlines to operate regular Baghdad route starting Oct. 30

:: Saudia Airlines will begin its first flight to Baghdad on Oct. 30 in what will be the first flight to the Iraqi capital after 27 years of interruption. The news comes after Saudi budget airline Flynas last week made

Air Berlin seeks damages from Etihad — Rheinische Post

Air Berlin

:: German airline Air Berlin is demanding damages from its part-owner Etihad Airways for letting it become insolvent and it hopes for payment of at least €10 million, Air Berlin’s administrator told a German newspaper. “We are in negotiations with

Malaysia Airlines appoints group CEO to replace Bellew

:: Malaysia Airlines Berhad on Friday appointed Captain Izham Ismail as group chief executive officer designate with immediate effect following the departure of Peter Bellew after just over a year in the job. Izham, who has served as chief operating

First Saudi commercial flight jets to Baghdad after 27 years

:: Saudi budget carrier flynas on Wednesday made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad since 1990, as ties with neighboring Iraq show signs of improvement. “Our first flight took off today from Riyadh to Baghdad,” the company wrote

Royal Jordanian eyes operating profit this year, CEO says

:: Royal Jordanian Airlines expects to make an operating profit this year as it pushes ahead with a turnaround plan, its chief executive told Reuters on Friday. “I am pretty confident that after the first five months of this year,

Etihad Aviation Group appoints former airport chief as CEO

:: Etihad Aviation Group has named Tony Douglas, who has run both Abu Dhabi and Heathrow airports, as CEO at a time the group’s airline is undergoing a strategic review after investments in troubled carriers contributed to a big loss

Etihad Airways pilot dies on-board during flight to Amsterdam

:: An Etihad Airways pilot passed away while operating a flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam, forcing the flight to divert its path and make an emergency landing in Kuwait. In a statement on Wednesday, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said

Ryanair could ground more planes, CEO Michael O’Leary says

:: Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary on Thursday said he could not rule out axing more flights, but added any additional cancelations would not be linked to ongoing pilot roster problems. O’Leary told the Irish company’s annual general meeting in

The code you do not want to see on your boarding pass

:: If you are about to embark on a journey to the US and you see “SSSS” code on your boarding pass, then be prepared for a potentially lengthy experience at security. The code is part of the ongoing crackdown

Saudi Arabia trains 1st women air traffic controllers

:: Saudi women will be trained to work as air traffic controllers, the Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) has announced. SANS said it was offering theoretical and practical training to 80 women per year to prepare them for work in

Dubai-based MEVP invests in Wego, region’s leading online travel marketplace

:: The Middle east Venture Partners (MEVP) , the leading venture capital firm focused on the region, on Sunday announced that it hasi nvested in Wego, the largest online travel marketplace across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

After Etihad Airways withdrew funding, pilots ground Air Berlin flights

:: Insolvent Air Berlin (AB1.DE) canceled about 100 flights on Tuesday after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers, potentially hampering an attempt to find investors to rescue Germany’s second-largest airline. Air Berlin filed for bankruptcy protection last month

Pakistan’s loss-making national carrier appoints new CEO

:: Loss-making Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Wednesday named Musharraf Rasool Cyan as its new chief executive, entrusting him with turning around the national carrier’s fortunes after a turbulent year. Cyan, who PIA described as a ‘professional technocrat’, will face

Latest Air Berlin bidder looks to focus on holiday routes

:: A German businessman joined the field of potential bidders for insolvent Air Berlin on Monday, proposing to focus on only a few routes to holiday destinations. Air Berlin, Germany’s second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection in August after shareholder

British Airways calls on UK to tackle long airport queues

:: British Airways (BA) has called on UK border authorities to address “serious inefficiencies” causing long delays at airport immigration controls ahead of Britain’s exit from the European Union. BA said difficulties processing passengers after a new electronic gate system

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