In Brief

Cebu Pacific improves flexibility

Cebu Pacific, the Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, has introduced a number of improvements in its policies to give all passengers – including those flying Dubai-Manila and Manila-Dubai routes – more flexible booking options and peace of mind.

Travel Fund: The Travel Fund will be valid for two years. This can be used to book flights up to 12 months ahead, for as long as the transaction is made before expiration. Potentially, this means that customers can use their Travel Funds and fly in 2023.

Unlimited rebooking: Customers can now avail of unlimited rebooking of their flights, without paying any rebooking or change fees. Those who wish to forego travel plans or book new flights can rebook their flights as many times as possible.

Options for cancelled flights: Passengers whose flights have been cancelled will continue to have the following options: unlimited rebooking of flights within three months from the original travel date at absolutely no cost, with fees or fare difference waived; availing of a full refund; or placing the full cost of the ticket in a Travel Fund, with a two-year validity.


Air France KLM Group resumes Dubai flights

With the progressive lifting of the global travel restrictions, Air France and KLM are gradually and carefully, restoring their network. Air France and KLM resumed services to Dubai, with ten weekly flights from July 1, 2020.

KLM will offer daily flights to and from Dubai. Flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-200.

Air France will offer three weekly flights from Paris on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday with a return from Dubai on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; flights will be operated with an Airbus A350-900.

"Our passengers’ comfort, well-being and health remain our highest priority. All of our flights are operated with additional sanitary measures to ensure our passengers safety. We profoundly thank our customers for their patience and the authorities involved in the UAE; in France and in the Netherlands for their continuous support", said Yeshwant Pawar, General Manager, Air France KLM, Gulf, Iran and Pakistan.


Rome airports obtain Biosafety Trust Certification

The two Rome airports, Fiumicino and Ciampino, managed by ADR are the first airports in the world to obtain the Biosafety Trust certification. This certification is issued by the certification body RINA SERVICES, after a thorough investigation of the premises and relates to the correct application of the system for preventing infection from biological agents.

This recognition puts these airports at the forefront in the procedures for containing the spread of the virus.

"We are very satisfied with this result", said the CEO of ADR, Marco Troncone, "because it once again demonstrates the levels of excellence reached by Fiumicino and Ciampino airports, even in an essential sector such Health and Safety. It is – he added – a certification that recognises the company's effort, which, during the crisis, in addition to the protocols required by the Government, has adopted further measures to guarantee the utmost breadth and depth of the prevention interventions and to enable the capital's airports to continue to operate in conditions of utmost safety".


Jazeera Airways flies to 20 destinations

Jazeera Airways has announced its schedule for the six-month period starting from August 1, revealing flights to 20 destinations, including high-demand cities of Dubai, Riyadh, Beirut, Istanbul and Amman.

Jazeera Airways Chief Executive Officer, Rohit Ramachandran, said: "We are all very pleased to be resuming our flights and serving our customers after a suspension of over four months at Kuwait International Airport. During this period, we continued to operate by supporting repatriation and expatriation flights. Now we can welcome citizens and residents who want to travel out and back into Kuwait. We anticipate demand will be strong in August and our schedule focuses on the most desirable routes – whether people want to fly to visit the family or for medical, touristic and business purposes.’’

"We’ve implemented a range of health and safety measures in our terminal T5 and onboard our aircraft, to ensure the wellbeing of our passengers. Aircraft cabins are particularly safe environments with highly efficient air filters which remove 99.97 per cent of airborne microbes.’’