Category Archives: Travel

Iraqi Airways plane evacuated in Jeddah after wheel fire

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated safely from an Iraqi Airways plane on Saturday after a wheel caught fire on landing at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah. Emergency crews evacuated 356 passengers “in record time without any casualties,” SPA

Made-in-China large passenger plane targets 2017 debut

China’s first homegrown big passenger plane will make its maiden voyage in the first half of this year, state media said Monday, as the country seeks to challenge foreign giants Airbus and Boeing. The C919 narrow-body jet is expected to

FlyDubai profit drops sharply in year of deadly accident

Discount airline FlyDubai says its profit tumbled by 69 percent last year despite a rise in sales fueled by its growing operations. The Dubai-based airline said on Wednesday that it earned 31.6 million dirhams ($8.6 million) last year, compared with

Europe lifts ban on Iraqi Airways entering airspace

The European Aviation Safety Agency has lifted a ban on Iraqi Airways entering European airspace, Iraq’s transport minister Kadhim al-Hamami told state television on Thursday. The national carrier was banned from flying to Europe in 2015 because it did not

Al-Shabal new head of Saudi Arabian Airlines

Saudi Arabia appointed a new chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) by royal decree on Monday. Ghassan bin Abdulrahman Al-Shabal was appointed chairman of the board of directors of the state-owned airline, said Saudi Press Agency (SPA). Al-Shabal will replace

Snake on a plane grounds Emirates flight to Muscat

An Emirates flight from Dubai to Muscat was cancelled after baggage handlers discovered a snake in the aircraft’s cargo hold.The animal was found before Sunday’s flight from Dubai International, the airline said in a statement, adding that the aircraft was

Kuwait re-routes 14 flights due to bad weather

Kuwait has re-routed fourteen incoming flights on Monday due to bad weather conditions, state news agency KUNA said, quoting the country’s civil aviation authority. Flights were re-routed to airports in Damam, Doha and Manama since 0400 local time until visibility

Saudi airliner in emergency landing after pilot falls ill

The co-pilot of a Saudi Arabian airliner was forced to make an emergency landing at Karachi airport in Pakistan after the pilot was taken ill. An official source at Saudi Arabian Airlines confirmed that after the departure of Flight SV891

Saudi airports set up US custom clearance facility

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have established United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah, a newspaper report has revealed. According to a report in the Okaz newspaper, the facility is already proving to be

KKIA Terminal 5 begins operations tonight

The Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has completed all preparations enabling it to manage all domestic flights at King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh at Terminal 5, starting midnight Sunday. The first departing flight, No. 1677 to Abha, will be

Hotels woo guests to book directly online with discounts

Hotels are getting more aggressive in their fight to get travelers to book reservations directly with them instead of through online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline. Hyatt Hotels Corp. on Monday became the latest chain to offer guests

Air travel booms in India, strains creaky infrastructure

Lightson Ngashangva still remembers the long train journeys followed by interminable bus rides each summer when he went home from New Delhi to his village in India’s remote northeast. Now, when the 26-year-old biotechnology student visits his home in Manipur

Saudia jets take home stranded Pak pilgrims

Major Pakistan airports remained crippled by industrial action Friday as a strike by employees of the national flag carrier against plans to privatize the airline entered its fourth day. All of Pakistan International Airlines’ foreign and domestic flights were suspended

Jazeera Airways eyes long-haul venture with foreign partner

Jazeera Chairman Marwan Boodai

Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways could set up a long-haul service with a foreign partner as an alternative to buying a stake in national carrier Kuwait Airways, whose privatization has hit long delays. Jazeera Chairman Marwan Boodai said he would

With relish, Kabul’s middle class embraces the food truck trend

When the first Lazeez food truck arrived in Kabul many mistook it for a rickshaw and wanted to hail a ride — the yellow chassis and three wheels so reminiscent of taxis popular in South Asia. But it took little

Hilton launches new budget hotel chain aimed at young guests

Hilton is launching a new hotel brand, focusing on budget travelers looking to spend $90 to $100 a night. The new brand, named Tru, aims to compete with economy and midscale chains like Comfort Inn, Fairfield Inn and La Quinta.

Saudia dazzles in Bahrain International Airshow 2016

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has signed a number of contracts and agreements to make new partners in a number of aviation activities including aircraft maintenance, training and air and ground services. The national carrier concluded the agreements during its participation

Fines for taxi drivers for charging extra fare

Taxi drivers who charge extra fare face fines and other penalties, according to an official source at the Ministry of Transport. The ministry has ordered taxis not to raise fares and warned of several penalties for violators. Penalties begin with

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