In Brief

flydubai launches flights to Pisa in Italy

FLYDUBAI, the Dubai-based airline, announced the start of flights to Pisa in Italy, becoming the first UAE carrier to operate this route from Dubai. The carrier will also resume its operations to Catania in Sicily growing its network in Italy to three points including Naples.

Flights to Pisa International Airport (PSA) and Catania International Airport (CTA) start on June 24, with a three-times weekly service. Emirates will codeshare on these routes and the flights will operate from Terminal 3 at Dubai International (DXB), offering travellers more seamless connections through Dubai’s international aviation hub.

Hamad Obaidalla, Chief Commercial Officer at flydubai, said: “We look forward to the launch of flights to our third point in Italy this summer. Pisa will be a popular destination for travellers from the UAE and the GCC to discover the beauty of the Tuscany region. We have seen healthy growth in passenger numbers as more countries ease travel restrictions and demand for travel returns to pre-pandemic levels. We look forward to an exceptional summer as we continue to add more destinations to our network and increase the frequency of flights on some of our existing routes.”


Marhaba and Plaza Premium Group sign JV

MARHABA, dnata’s leading global airport hospitality brand, and Plaza Premium Group (PPG), the pioneer in global airport hospitality, have entered into a joint venture agreement to expand their international offering. The partnership brings together two leading brands to combine knowledge, resources and bring airport hospitality to the next level through excellent and innovative airport concierge and lounge services as travel demand increases globally.

The first project under the agreement will see the development of the new marhaba Plaza Premium Lounge at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan.

With the lounge development already in progress, the new marhaba Plaza Premium Lounge at Queen Alia International Airport is expected to open in July 2022. The lounge will have a capacity of 140 guests and is inspired by the beautiful landscape of Amman, with subtle inclusion of the local culture and heritage in its design.


SalamAir operates flights to four Indian cities

SALAMAIR, a leading value-for-money airline in Oman, has announced non-stop flights to four Indian cities – from Salalah to Calicut (Kozhikode) and from Muscat to Jaipur, Lucknow, and Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram).

The flights from Salalah to Calicut will operate on Friday and Sunday starting from April 3. Flights from Muscat to Jaipur will operate daily except Sunday, Lucknow double daily, and Trivandrum daily except Monday.

While the Salalah to Calicut route is new, previously, SalamAir operated special flights to these Indian destinations as part of the Covid-19 pandemic related air bubble pact between India and Oman, now with the launch of the scheduled flights from Muscat to Jaipur, Lucknow, and Trivandrum, SalamAir has expanded its network in the Indian Subcontinent.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir, said: “In line with our network expansion plan, it is with great pleasure that we announce our direct flights to India. Our aim is always to provide our customers with greater connectivity and convenience, and the addition of these routes will cater to the expat population, business travellers, and tourists.”


78th IATA AGM to take place in Doha

THE International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 78th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit will take place from June 19 to 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar, hosted by Qatar Airways. This will be the second time that the global gathering of aviation’s top leaders will be held in Qatar; the first being in 2014.

Originally, the 78th IATA Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit were planned for the same dates in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, hosted by China Eastern Airlines. The decision to change the venue reflects continuing COVID-19 related restrictions on travel to China.