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US requiring enhanced cargo screening from Middle Eastern airports

Monday, 22 January 2018

The US Transportation Security Administration said Monday it is requiring six Middle Eastern carriers to participate in an enhanced cargo screening program as part of an effort to raise global aviation security. The emergency amendment covers Egypt Air operating out of Cairo International Airport, Royal Jordanian operating out of Queen Alia International Airport, Saudia operating out of King Abdul-Aziz International Airport and King Khalid International Airport, Qatar Airways ...

Dubai port operator inks $3 bn investment deal with Indian fund

Monday, 22 January 2018

Dubai-owned mammoth port operator DP World has formed a $3-billion joint investment platform with India's government-backed National Investment and Infrastructure Fund, a statement said on Monday.The platform will invest in ports, terminals, transportation and logistics businesses in India by acquiring assets and developing projects, the statement said, without giving a time frame.It will also look at opportunities beyond sea ports, such as inland river ports and transportation, freight ...

SaudiGulf announces service to four destinations in Pakistan

Friday, 12 January 2018

SaudiGulf Airlines will launch its international operations in the month of March 2018, the airline has announced.According to a statement released by the airline, its international operations will begin with 2 flights daily from Riyadh to Dubai, followed by 4 destinations namely Pakistan; Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sailikot from its hub in Dammam.SaudiGulf Airlines CEO Samer Majali said: “After the successful launch of SaudiGulf Airlines which brought a new level of service to ...

PHOTOS: Saudi women-only motor show opens in Jeddah

Friday, 12 January 2018

Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah on Thursday to check out the kingdom’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive.Pink, orange and yellow balloons hung in the mall’s showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars. One woman in the driver’s seat fixed her face cover. Another wrapped her turquoise-painted fingernails around the steering wheel, feeling it out.In a decree issued in September, King ...

Trial operation of new Jeddah airport to start in May next year

Thursday, 28 December 2017

The initial inauguration and trial operation of the new Jeddah International Airport will be done in May 2018, President of Civil Aviation Authority Abdulhakim Muhammad Al-Tamimi said on Wednesday.The new airport can handle 30 million Haj and Umrah pilgrims.Tamimi said the new Taif International Airport will work as a backup to the new King Abdulaziz International Airport.This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on December 28, 2017.

Kuwait orders investigation into Airbus helicopter deal

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Kuwait said on Wednesday it had ordered an investigation into a deal with aircraft maker Airbus to supply 30 Caracal military helicopters, worth one billion euros ($1.19 billion), for its air force. The announcement comes as Airbus faces several international investigations into commercial and military sales that have raised questions over the future of senior managers. The French defense ministry said in August last year that Kuwait had placed the order. It came after then French President ...

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways to end Tehran flights in January

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Etihad Airways will scrap flights to Tehran on Jan. 24, the latest route to be dropped as the Abu Dhabi airline pursues a strategy review. The airline launched the review in 2016 that has also seen it sell or step away from investments in foreign carriers. Etihad's five weekly flights to Iran's capital will be reduced to two a week between Dec. 25 and Jan. 23, before it suspends the route entirely on Jan. 24, an airline spokeswoman said. She declined to say why the route was being suspended, ...

Motor show in Jeddah to showcase automotive innovation

Friday, 15 December 2017

Saudi Arabia’s 39th International Event for Motor Vehicles, SUVs, Motorcycles & Car Accessories Show will offer automotive enthusiasts and visitors exclusive regional and local reveals from 40 global brands, according to organizers.The 2017 Saudi International Motor Show (SIMS), is scheduled to be held between Dec. 17-21 at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.With over 40,000 sqm of exhibition space, automakers from the United States, Europe, China, France, UK, Japan and Korea are ...

EgyptAir to swing to a profit this year, chairman says

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

EgyptAir will swing to a profit this year, buoyed by an increase in passengers and cost cutting, the chairman of the state-owned airline’s holding company said on Tuesday. EgyptAir has struggled to rebound from the 2008 global financial crisis and two revolutions that have hobbled Egypt’s economy since. “This year the company will transfer from a loss,” EgyptAir Holding Chairman Safwat Musallam told Reuters in Sharjah. He declined to ...

Lebanon's Middle East Airlines lifts electronics ban on London flights

Friday, 17 November 2017

Lebanon's national carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) on Friday lifted restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes travelling from Beirut to London, the airline said. Britain implemented curbs on electronic items in the cabin in March on direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in response to unspecified security threats. Passengers had to check devices larger than a mobile phone such as laptops into the plane's hold. ...

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