Monday, 19 February 2018

Emirates to Launch New Service to Auckland in June 2018

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 Emirates on Monday announced its plan to launch a new daily service from Dubai to Auckland via the island of Bali, Indonesia, starting from 14 June 2018.
Emirates said the new Dubai-Bali-Auckland flight will provide the only year-round non-stop daily service between Auckland and Bali, giving passengers an opportunity to visit and/or stop over in one of the most popular islands in Indonesia
According to the United Emirates Carrier,the new service “will offer global travellers a total of three daily services to New Zealand, complementing Emirates’ existing non-stop daily service between Dubai and Auckland and its current daily A380 service between Dubai and Christchurch via Sydney. Travellers will also enjoy a choice of three daily services between Dubai to Bali in the summer*, as the new flight adds to Emirates’ two existing daily services which are currently operated by a Boeing 777 300-ER in a two-class configuration.
“Apart from the opportunity for a stopover in Bali, the new service will provide excellent connections to/from London and other major European cities”. The southbound flight, EK 450, will depart Dubai at 06:55, arriving at Denpasar (Bali) at 20:20 local time, before flying on to Auckland at 22:00, arriving in New Zealand’s biggest city at 10:00, the following day
Northbound, the new service will depart Auckland as flight EK 451 at the convenient time of 12:40, arriving in Denpasar at 17:55 local time. It will depart Denpasar at 19:50, arriving in Dubai just after midnight at 00:45, connecting to flights to many of the points beyond on the extensive Emirates and flydubai partnership network.  
Passengers in all classes can enjoy Wi-Fi to stay in touch with family and friends or Emirates’ multi-award winning ‘ice’ Digital Widescreen with up to 3,000 channels of movies, TV programs, music and podcasts.

Emirates Skywards members can earn up to 17,700 Miles in Economy class, 33,630 Miles in Business Class and 44,250 Miles in First Class with return flights on the new Dubai-Bali-Auckland service. Members can also upgrade from Economy to Business on Dubai to Auckland route from 63,000 Miles.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Arik Air Reintroduces Flight Services from Lagos to Port Harcourt Airforce Base

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Passengers travelling from Lagos to Port Harcourt no longer need to spend one hour connecting from the International Airport to the city as Arik Air now flies directly to Port Harcourt Airforce base which is just ten minutes drive to the Garden city.
Arik Air's flight from Lagos to Port Harcourt Airforce base  which operates from Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) is an  to the airlines's three daily flights to Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa.
Arik Air said it maintains a well-resourced terminal at NAF Base Port Harcourt and assured passengers of premium customer service.
Though the service which was reintroduced on February 12, 2018 is a little more expensive than flying via the international airport, it is worth it because"time is money".

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Virgin Atlantic Re-echoes Calls for more Airline Competition at Heathrow

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Virgin Atlantic has responded to IAG’s calls for more third parties to be allowed to operate facilities at Heathrow, but says IAG must also be willing to allow for more airline competition at the airport.

IAG boss Willie Walsh said the group had written to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to petition for greater competition on the operation of Heathrow’s facilities in order to keep passenger costs down as the airport prepares for expansion.

Echoing the statement, a spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said: “We agree with Willie Walsh that Heathrow’s track record of delivering capital projects on time and on budget is not good enough. That’s why we have called for a Passenger Cost Guarantee; ensuring passengers don’t foot the bill for expansion through higher charges.”

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Freezing Winter Forecast Forces British Airways to Cancel Over 80 Flights

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At the start of what is predicted to be one of the coldest weeks of the winter in Britain, airline schedules have been heavily disrupted.
British Airways has cancelled more than 80 short-haul flights to and from Heathrow, including three round-trips to Aberdeen and Milan’s Linate airport, and multiple services to Manchester, Dublin, Edinburgh and elsewhere.
More than 10,000 passengers have been rebooked on other services.
The airline told passengers: “Due to forecast snow and ice across many parts of the UK today, we have proactively made some adjustments to our short-haul schedules.

Monday, 5 February 2018

British Airways Owner Calls for an End to Monopoly at Heath

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British Airways’ owner has called on government to break up Heathrow’s “monopoly” of infrastructure, suggesting that other companies could run the different terminals to create competition and cheaper flights for consumers.
IAG said the airport’s planned expansion could allow independent firms to create and run new terminals more effectively than Heathrow’s current owners, with lower costs to airlines.
The proposal from IAG, Heathrow’s dominant customer, to the regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority, is the latest salvo in its battle to ensure that charges remain low when a third runway is built. IAG argues that fares could be driven up by escalating expenses, but that breaking up Heathrow could lower this risk.