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Emirates adds two weekly flights to Seychelles


In a move to support the tourism sector of the Seychelles, Emirates, one of the fastest-growing airlines in the world, will introduce two additional flights to the archipelago in December and February, thus increasing the service to thirteen weekly flights.

The airline, known to have contributed to the development of new tourism markets for the Seychelles, will enhance its promotional efforts across its network to sustain the awareness around the idyllic destination.

“As a partner of the Seychelles, we actively support the tourism industry of the archipelago. The increase in frequencies will provide even more travel options and flexibility to visitors from across our network,” said Ahmed Hashim Khoory, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, West Asia and Indian Ocean.

“Working with the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and the Seychelles Tourism Board has been very fruitful. We thank the government of the Republic of Seychelles for their trust in Emirates,” he added.

On his part, Alain St. Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, said: “We welcome the confirmation by Emirates for its 13th weekly flight linking Seychelles to the world. This is an added boost for our tourism industry, because it helps to reconfirm that we are, more than ever before, but one stop from anywhere in the world traveling in First Class, in Business Class, or in Economy from start to finish. The continued support by Emirates to our tourism marketing drive, we hope, will be reinforced with these extra flights for the benefit of Seychelles and the airline itself.”

The 12th flight starts on December 3. EK707 will depart Dubai at 0845 hours, arriving in Seychelles at 1325 hours. The return journey from Seychelles, EK708, will depart at 2350 hours, arriving in Dubai at 0420 hours, the following day. The 13th flight will be operational from February 5, 2013.

From the start of its operations to Seychelles in January 2005, Emirates has promoted the island destination throughout its network. Every year, Emirates Holidays’ brochure – A World of Choice – dedicates a prominent part to the destination.

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Middle East shows the way in global aviation growth


The Middle East will see the strongest growth of any global region in available long-haul airline seats in September, adding 22,000 extra seats per day, according to the latest statistics from OAG.

The OAG FACTS report for September 2012 reveals an expected five per cent growth in available seats to and from the Middle East, compared to September 2011, with 13.1 million anticipated in the month.

Meanwhile, flight operations to and from the region are expected to increase by four per cent to 59,771.

Rob Shaw, director of analytics at OAG, said: “Dubai is expected to lead all major local hubs in September in terms of growth, with an eight per cent increase in flights and a 12 per cent increase in seats, a disparity partly reflecting Emirates’ adoption of the Airbus A380.

“However, Abu Dhabi is enjoying the fruits of its own expansion strategy and will remain the fastest growing hub in the Middle East, with a 16 per cent increase in seat capacity to 1,661,512 compared to September 2011.

Doha and Riyadh will also see strong growth in seat capacity of ten per cent and five per cent respectively.

“The Middle East remains at the vanguard of long-haul air traffic growth globally.

While this expansion in part reflects the ambitious growth targets of the ‘superconnector’ airlines – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways – airport infrastructure investments across the region continue to make the Middle East attractive to other long-haul carriers.”

In contrast to the region’s long-haul growth, air traffic within the Middle East is expected to decrease in September, with a three per cent drop in both flights and seats. Low-cost carriers (LCCs) are expected to increase their share of intra-Middle Eastern seat capacity to 15 per cent, an increase of 12 per cent over September 2011.

Meanwhile, LCC flights in the region are expected to grow by 16 per cent in the month, with 856 extra flights compared to the same period in 2011.

Shaw said: “LCCs are increasing their market share in the Middle East. Not only are they achieving robust growth within regional flights and seats, but low-cost operations are also becoming more prominent in long-haul traffic.

“In September, LCCs are expected to achieve 18 per cent growth in flights and seats to and from the Middle East compared to 2011, equivalent to 1,048 extra flights and 182,139 additional seats.”

Asia Pacific on the rise

While the Middle East comes top in many key air traffic metrics today, OAG FACTS also reveals the fast-gathering strength of Asia Pacific as tomorrow’s air traffic titan.

Shaw said: “Atlanta is expected to remain the world’s largest global hub in September, with flight numbers level with September 2011 and seats up 2 per cent. However, Beijing is fast closing the gap, with a seat number deficit against Atlanta of only 248,000 in September 2012, contrasted with 544,000 in September 2011.”

According to Shaw, Asia Pacific’s rapid economic development is clearly indicated by growth in the area’s intra-regional air traffic. Asia Pacific remains the world’s largest market for regional air travel in terms of seat numbers.

“Only the Middle East and Asia Pacific will see increases in intra-regional flights and seats in September compared to 2011.

“However, while the Middle East is expected to show a healthy 16 per cent growth in seats – an extra 145,000 – Asia Pacific will add 32% more seats in the month. That’s an additional 5.8 million.”

LCC seat capacity within Asia Pacific is expected to grow by 32 per cent in September versus the previous year, representing 7.2 million extra seats (over 241,000 additional seats per day). Meanwhile, LCC intra-regional flights in Asia Pacific are due to increase by 24 per cent.

Shaw said: “The real hot spot for LCC growth is south-east Asia, which will see a huge 76 per cent increase in seats versus September 2011, a rise of 4.4 million.”

Global highlights

Worldwide, scheduled airline flights are expected to decrease by 0.4 per cent in September 2012 versus September 2011 (11,799 fewer), although seat capacity will be two per cent higher (6,088,628 more).

The total number of scheduled flights operating in September will be 2,615,534, with 340,191,374 seats offered. North America is expected to record the greatest volume decreases in intra-regional volumes in the month, with a fall of almost one million seats and 28,000 flights against the prior year, continuing the recent trend.

Seat capacity performance at the top ten global hubs will be mixed, with only half recording increases. Heathrow, Chicago, Paris and Los Angeles are all expected to show decreases. Frankfurt will be the fifth largest hub by seat capacity, up from sixth in September 2011.

For the year to date (January-September 2012), scheduled flights are expected to show growth of one per cent versus the same period last year, an increase of 324,842 flights. Seat capacity is expected to grow by three per cent, creating 92 million additional seats in the period.

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flydubai goes mobile with new app


Visit Car Hire Assistant for a Quote!Travellers can now access a host of online functions and important travel information in the palm of their hand with the launch of a new mobile website from flydubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline.

Designed to work with any device that has an internet data connection and a web browser, the new mobile flydubai.com allows customers to book and pay for flights from almost anywhere in the world.

With all the functionality of the normal flydubai booking process travellers can chose their seats, purchase checked baggage and select insurance. Payment is safe and secure using either Visa or Mastercard.

Alternatively, passengers can choose the pay later option allowing cash purchases via one of more than a thousand payment partners in the UAE. Furthermore, users can access to-the-minute flight status information, including arrival and departure times as well as journey duration – a useful tool for both flydubai customers and anyone collecting or dropping off friends and family at the airport.

flydubai’s chief executive, Ghaith Al Ghaith, said: “At flydubai we have a passion for making travel less complex and more cost-effective. We continuously strive to provide our customers with the very best overall experience –  from the booking process, through to check-in and the flight itself.

“The launch of this mobile website, which coincides with a re-launch of the main website, makes it even more convenient and accessible for passengers across our network to flydubai, thereby encouraging them to travel to more places more often.”

 
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