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Air Arabia commences Sharjah-Milan direct flights

Air Arabia, the Mena region’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator, has marked the inauguration of its direct flights from Sharjah to Milan in Italy with an event was held at Sharjah International Airport.

The inaugural flight was received at Milan Bergamo Airport with a traditional water cannon salute to the aircraft.

The new direct flights connect Sharjah International Airport with Milan Bergamo Airport with four weekly flights, effective from December 7.

Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia, said: “We are very excited with the new addition of the city of Milan directly from Sharjah. As we continue to grow our network in Europe, the launch of the new service reiterates our commitment to providing our customers with convenient, comfortable, and value-driven air travel. We thank all our partners for their continuous support, and we look forward to welcoming our customers to experience the architectural, cultural and historical landmarks of the Italian city.”  


Etihad Airways wins two sustainability awards

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has won “Environmental Sustainability Innovation of the Year” award at CAPA’s annual Environmental Sustainability Awards for Excellence in Singapore, as well as “Best Airline for Sustainability 2022” award by Business Traveler USA.

Etihad’s sustainability initiatives began with a focus on creating operational efficiencies. The airline quickly went on to unite industry leaders and build a comprehensive, cross organisational aviation sustainability programme that supports decarbonisation, biodiversity protection and waste management.

Etihad’s flagship sustainability initiatives include the Greenliner programme using the airline’s fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners as flying test-beds, and the Sustainable50 A350-1000 launched earlier this year focusing on Airbus and Rolls Royce.  In tandem, Etihad is partnering with a range of organisations to reduce its CO2 emissions, the latest being with World Energy and SATAVIA to help make the “Book and Claim” system for off-sets a reality.


Istanbul Airport achieves new accreditation

Airports Council International (ACI) World announced that İGA Istanbul Airport has become the first airport in the world to be accredited under its new Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation program, a first-of-its kind program dedicated to airport accessibility.

The accreditation program was launched earlier last year and provides a continuous path of improvement in the area of accessibility for passengers with disabilities, which includes people with physical and non-apparent disabilities.

This level of accreditation achieved by İGA Istanbul Airport is designed to help airports measure, evaluate, and improve their accessibility management and culture.

İGA Istanbul Airport CEO Kadri Samsunlu said: “…We are proud of being the first airport in the world to be accredited with the ACI Accessibility Enhancement Accreditation program and we will continue to improve accessibility on an ongoing basis, stand in solidarity with all local and international disability communities and advocate inclusivity and accessibility.”


BA resumes third daily Dubai-London service

Last month, British Airways restarted a third daily flight from Dubai to London Heathrow, adding to its two-a-day schedule.

This will provide more travel options for customers who wish to travel to the UK, Europe and US. British Airways currently operates 14 flights a week from Dubai and with these additional flights the weekly total will go up to 21 flights.

Panagiotis Theodotou, British Airways’ Regional Commercial Manager for Middle East said: “We are excited to add our third direct flight from Dubai to London providing ample choice to our customers who are always on the lookout for great travel experiences and better travel options. With these additional flights we will be offering a convenient choice of three flights a day from Dubai to London which connects on to our worldwide network.”