Category Archives: Travel

Qatar Airways chief says laptop ban not designed to hurt Gulf carriers

Qatar Airways’ chief executive said on Monday he did not believe the ban on carrying most electronics in the cabins of passenger flights to the United States from eight Muslim majority countries was designed to hurt Gulf airlines. The US

Saudi airport deal: Turkey’s TAV says local partnerships help business take off

The CEO of Turkey’s TAV Airports, which recently won a deal to expand and operate an airport in Saudi Arabia’s western port city of Yanbu, has said working with a local partner is key to boosting business. The Yanbu airport,

Indian MP admits hitting air steward 25 times with slipper

An Indian politician brazenly admitted on Thursday that he hit a steward on an Air India flight 25 times with his slipper during a row over a seat. Ravindra Gaikwad, an Member of Parliament in India’s lower house for the

Emirates Airlines to let passengers keep laptops, tablets until boarding

Emirates plans to allow travelers to take their laptops and tablets past security gates and only collect them before boarding, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, as they aim to minimize the impact of an electronics ban on routes to the US.

Shares in Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, TAV fall on US, British restrictions

Shares in Turkish Airlines, budget airline Pegasus and airports operator TAV fell on Wednesday after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on flights from destinations including Turkey. Turkish Airlines was down 2.26 percent at 0714

US, UK ban laptops, tablets from cabins on flights from Middle East

US authorities are planning to ban passengers traveling on certain US-bound foreign airline flights from carrying into the cabin larger electronic devices in response to an unspecified terrorist threat, US officials told Reuters on Monday. The new rule is expected

Saudi Arabia’s 450-km Haramain train project nears completion

The company, implementing the constructional work for the Haramain Express Train, has completed the construction of 430 km of rails out of 450km, which is the distance between Makkah and Madinah, the project sources said. They said there were only

Dubai airports impose new baggage regulations

Passengers flying out of Dubai International Airport will have to abide by new baggage regulations that went into effect on Wednesday that will see “irregularly shaped and oversized items” rejected at the check-in counters. Luggage that do not have at

City check-in for Dammam passengers from Sunday

Travelers flying from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam will now be able to check in their luggage and take boarding cards from city check-in counters. The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) will start operating city check-in counters from

Air India claims record with all-female round-world flight

India’s national airline claimed Monday to have set a new record with the first round-the-world flight staffed entirely by women. Air India said its Boeing 777 travelled from Delhi to San Francisco and back again with an all-female crew last

Jeddah to put up check-in hall outside King Abdulaziz Airport

Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman and governor of Makkah region, has instructed that a luggage delivery and travel procedures service center be established in Jeddah. The center, to be built in collaboration with the Integration Development Center, will

Uber and Careem banned from airport pickup in Saudi Arabia

Picking up passengers from airports using private cars or ride-hailing services such as Uber and Careem is considered a traffic violation that is punishable by law, according to the General Directorate of Traffic. Saudis using private vehicles are also banned

Who is Saleh Al-Rasheed, the newly appointed CEO of Riyadh Airports Company?

Saleh Al-Rasheed

Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) announced on Monday that it has appointed Saleh Al-Rasheed as its chief executive officer, amid new strategies to develop the capital’s airports. RAC is moving forward with plans to upgrade civil aviation infrastructure and facilities including

Riyadh Metro train car production showcased for journalists

French firm Alstom organized a visit for 40 international journalists to its Katowice plant in Poland to showcase Riyadh Metro’s train car production, the Riyadh Development Authority (RDA) said on its website. The High Commission for the Development of Riyadh

Airbus faces challenges as it enters new era

Airbus will draw a line under two decades of M&A dealmaking and frenetic orders on Wednesday as it reports its first results since the European aerospace and defense group unified under its dominant planemaking arm last month. The sense of

Indian expats in Saudi Arabia advised to follow customs rules

The Indian consul general has released an official statement reminding Indian nationals to follow customs rules, after a number of arrests for attempted gold smuggling were made in Indian airports recently. “It is my advice to all nationals and visitors

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

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