New York, Geneva (AirGuide - Airline News Africa / Middle East) May 9, 2010
US government told airlines that they now must consult the "No-Fly" list 2 hr. after being notified The US government yesterday told airlines operating flights to, from or within the US that they now must consult the "No-Fly" list no more than 2 hr. after being notified that a new name has been added. Previously, airlines had 24 hr. The new rule, which went into effect yesterday, is in response to this week's incident in which the man eventually arrested and charged with trying to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square Saturday night was allowed to board an Emirates flight bound for Dubai at New York JFK. The flight was called back to the gate and Faisal Shahzad was apprehended. May 6, 2010
Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi has walked off with the coveted title of Middle EastOs Leading Destination in a shock announcement at this yearOs prestigious World Travel Awards on Monday, May 3 at the luxurious The Address Dubai Marina. The news means that Abu Dhabi is the first destination to seize the regionOs most sought-after title from Dubai. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority also scored as the regionOs Leading Tourist Board. Etihad Airways saw a night of honors too, taking home a series of major awards including Middle EastOs Leading Airline, Middle EastOs Leading Airline Economy Class, Middle EastOs Leading Airline First Class, Middle EastOs Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment, Middle EastOs Leading Cabin Staff, and Middle EastOs Leading International Marketing Campaign. DubaiOs Burj Al Arab was also successful, presented with the Middle EastOs Leading Hotel award. The full list of winners for the World Travel Awards Middle East Ceremony 2010 can be found by logging on to http://www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2010-10 . The World Travel Awards, now in its 17th year and the global travel and tourism industry equivalent of the Oscars, is helping to drive up standards of customer service and business excellence throughout the world. May 4, 2010
Airlink, Embraer South African investigators have concluded that an Airlink Embraer ERJ-135 overran at George Airport after a protective sealant, applied during pavement renovation, resulted in the runway surface becoming slick in wet weather. The aircraft failed to stop after touching down at George on 7 December last year, and was substantially damaged in the overrun. In an update to the inquiry, the South African...