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The Omani low-cost carrier is to begin flights to Islamabad and Lahore atarting on the 8th and 9th of July, respectively,

SalamAir will operate five flights a week to Islamabad and three to Lahore, significantly increasing passenger movement and substantially enhancing SalamAir's footprint in the subcontinent region.

This expansion brings the total number of destinations operated in Pakistan to six.

 

CEO Adrian Hamilton-Manns, said he was enthusiastic about introducing flights to Pakistan's capitals, Islamabad and Lahore. He emphasized that these additions underscore the airline’s goal to improve connectivity and provide passengers with more convenience

 

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SalamAir is to launch two new destinations in Pakistan: early next month.

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Fri, 14 Jun 2024 19:24:13 +0000 aPeaford 68538 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
IndiGo adds four new domestic routes connecting Durgapur http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/indigo-adds-four-new-domestic-routes-connecting-durgapur

Previously, Durgapur had direct connectivity with metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. With new flights to Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra, and Guwahati, IndiGo will now operate 42 weekly flights from the city of Durgapur which the airline says will play a vital role in enhancing trade, travel, and tourism across the eastern part of India.

Vinay Malhotra, Head of Global Sales at IndiGo, said: "We are pleased to announce new routes connecting Durgapur with Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra, and Guwahati. With these direct flights, we aim to provide our customers with further seamless connectivity. These new routes will significantly reduce travel time by up to 90%, providing passengers with more convenient travel options. As India’s leading carrier, we remain committed to providing our customers with seamless connections through the extensive 6E network, across India as well as overseas, while delivering on our promise of providing affordable, on-time, courteous, and hassle-free travel experiences.”

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IndiGo is adding new routes connecting Durgapur with the cities of Bhubaneswar, Bagdogra, and Guwahati, starting from August 30, 2024.

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Thu, 13 Jun 2024 06:47:41 +0000 eNethersole 68528 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Qatar Airways resumes services to Venice http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/qatar-airways-resumes-services-to-venice

Qatar Airways chief commercial officer, Thierry Antinori, said: “As we enter the summer season, we are excited to resume our daily service to Venice. Italy is a key market for Qatar Airways, and we are committed to providing our passengers with more travel opportunities and seamless connections to explore this wonderful country.”

He added, “In addition to Venice, Qatar Airways already serves two other major Italian cities, Rome and Milan. These flights have been incredibly popular among our passengers, and we are thrilled to expand our Italian offerings with the inclusion of Venice, through our world-class award-winning hub in Doha, Hamad International Airport.”

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Qatar Airways’ has resume services to Venice with non-stop daily flights between Hamad International Airport and Venice Marco Polo Airport.

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Royal Air Maroc to resume its longest nonstop route to São Paulo http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/royal-air-maroc-to-resume-its-longest-nonstop-route-to-sao-paulo

RAM will begin serving São Paulo Guarulhos International Airport  from its hub at Casablanca Mohammed V International (CMN) on December 7, 2024. The service will be operated three times a week with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will resume direct flight from Casablanca to São Paulo. This is the airline's longest-planned nonstop route.

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Etihad Airways and Egyptair sign MoU to strengthen relationship http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/etihad-airways-and-egyptair-sign-mou-to-strengthen-relationship

Antonoaldo Neves, chief executive officer of Etihad Airways, said: "This agreement will help further deepen our codeshare with EgyptAir opening up seamless travel for guests of both airlines across our networks. It also lays the tracks for co-operation across both our frequent flyer programmes and will enable us to explore collaboration on joint-marketing campaigns and promotions designed to stimulate and reward our customers."

Yehia Zakaria, Chairman & CEO at EgyptAir, added: “This MoU strengthens our strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, and underscores our commitment to providing our valued customers with a seamless travel experience and access to a wider network.

“I am confident that this partnership with Etihad Airways will not only benefit our passengers but also foster a stronger relationship between Egypt and United Arab Emirates. We look forward to a successful collaboration, soaring to new heights together.”

 

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Etihad Airways and Egyptair have signed an MoU to enhance commercial and operational ties.

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Oman Air and SalamAir enter codeshare partnership http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/oman-air-and-salamair-enter-codeshare-partnership

During the meeting, the airlines discussed their future prospects as national carriers and their common commitment to supporting the country’s tourism goals as part of Oman’s 2040 Vison.

Con Korfiatis, chief executive officer of Oman Air, said: “We are excited about this expanded codeshare partnership between Oman Air and SalamAir and the strengthening of our collaboration. This latest development enables us to jointly offer even more choice and schedule options, which both benefits our customers and serves the broader tourism ambitions of the country.”

"We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Oman Air," said Adrian Hamilton-Manns, chief executive officer of SalamAir. "This extended codeshare agreement reflects our shared commitment to providing passengers with unparalleled travel options and superior service. Together, we eagerly anticipate aligning ourselves with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology's sentiments and the overarching vision of Oman 2040; thus, reinforcing our commitment to driving excellence in the aviation sector and promoting Oman as a premier travel destination."

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Oman Air and SalamAir leadership met recently to mark the launch of the airlines’ latest codeshare partnership.

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Mon, 10 Jun 2024 11:17:46 +0000 eNethersole 68513 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Ethiopian resumes flights to the ancient city of Axum http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/ethiopian-resumes-flights-to-the-ancient-city-of-axum

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mesfin Tasew said, “We are truly pleased for reinstating our flights to Axum a cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its cultural significance. Our return to Axum with a daily service after the massive investment on airport facility maintenance is a testament to our commitment to boost air transportation services in the country. As a national carrier, we are determined to invest in and improve our flight offerings nationwide.’’

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Ethiopian Airlines Group has reinstatement of its daily passenger flights to the historic city of Axum as of, June 9, 2024.

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Mon, 10 Jun 2024 10:52:48 +0000 eNethersole 68511 at http://www.timesaerospace.aero
Oman regional airport boost expected http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/airports/oman-regional-airport-boost-expected

According to Aviation Week Network  (AWN) six sites are scheduled to become operational.

At present, Oman’s airports – primarily serving the capital, Muscat and the second-largest city, Salalah – handle around 17 million passengers annually. This figure is forecast to rise to 50 million by 2040, partly as a result of the greater connectivity created by the new sites.

Not all the sites have been officially identified, but one will be located in Ras Al Musandam, an Omani enclave overlooking the strategically important Straits of Hormuz and surrounded to landward by UAE territory.

Others are believed to include Masirah, an island off the Omani coast and the current site of a military airfield, together with Sohar and Jebel Akhdar. Previously mooted plans have also included upgrading some desert airstrips that currently serve oilfields in the country, which lies at the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula.

Oman regards inbound tourism as a major plank of its economic development. Previously, it has focused on upscale resort and hotel development, but there has been more focus recently on three- and four-star establishments.

Additionally, in recent times there has been growing interest in services from Muscat and countries throughout the Gulf to Salalah, southwest Oman, which catches the edge of the Indian Ocean monsoon. This brings mist, rain and cooler temperatures in early summer, attracting tourists from other Arab nations where the temperatures are rising rapidly past the 40C mark at that time of year.

The new airports will be of interest both to flag-carrier Oman Air and to LCC SalamAir. The latter airline signed for six Embraer E195-E2s (plus six options) in October 2022, which would be well-suited for handling what are likely, at least initially, to be fairly thin routes. 

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Oman plans to establish a batch of new regional airports by 2028-29, as it seeks to expand both domestic travel and inbound tourism.

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Oman's airlines partner to boost tourism http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/air-transport/omans-airlines-partner-to-boost-tourism

The leadership of Oman Air and SalamAir met in Muscat to launch the codeshare which will expand the travel options throughout the Sultanate.

"We are thrilled to further strengthen our partnership with Oman Air," said Adrian Hamilton-Manns, SalamAir’s chief executive. "This extended codeshare agreement reflects our shared commitment to providing passengers with unparalleled travel options and superior service. Together, we eagerly anticipate aligning ourselves with the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Information Technology's sentiments and the overarching vision of Oman 2040; thus, reinforcing our commitment to driving excellence in the aviation sector and promoting Oman as a premier travel destination."

Oman Air’s CEO Con Korfiatis, said the expanded codeshare partnership is a strengthening of the collaboration between the two airlines. “This latest development enables us to jointly offer even more choice and schedule options, which both benefit our customers and serve the broader tourism ambitions of the country,” he said..

During the first phase, effective from 4 July 2024, passengers can book their travel on a selection of SalamAir’s routes connecting to Oman Air’s network, with more destinations to be added post-successful implementation.

 

 

 

 

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Oman’s two major airlines are to collaborate with a codeshare partnership to support the country’s tourism goals.

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Saudia and Virgin Atlantic enter codeshare http://www.timesaerospace.aero/news/route-planning-and-tourism/saudia-and-virgin-atlantic-enter-codeshare

The agreement, between the two members of the global SkyTeam alliance, is set to provide a range of benefits to Saudia’s guests and Virgin Atlantic's passengers, as well as expanding route networks for both airlines to serve the tourism and business sectors.

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Saudia and Virgin Atlantic have signed a codeshare agreement effective June 2024.

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