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UK follows USA, imposes ban on large electronic devices

As expected, the United Kingdom has followed the United States, and imposed its own ban on electronic devices from being carried in cabin baggage. In a written statement to Parliament, British Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said “phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm [are] not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, …

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US bans electronic devices on flights from Middle East and North Africa

Citing potential security threats and extremists seeking “innovative methods” to bring down flights, the United States has indefinitely banned virtually every electronic device from the cabin baggage of passengers flying on nine middle-eastern and north-African airlines or from 10 airports in the region, destined to the US. Domestic flights within, and international flights from, the US are exempt from these …

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Photos: Etihad opens first and business class lounge at Los Angeles airport

Martin Drew, Etihad Airways Senior Vice President for the Americas, Haitham Al Subaihi, Etihad Airways Director of Visual Communications, Deborah Flint, Los Angeles World Airports Chief Executive Officer, James Hogan, Etihad Aviation Group President and Chief Executive Officer, and Hareb Al Muhairy, Etihad Airways Senior Vice President Corporate and International Affairs

The national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has unveiled its new lounge for its premium first and business class passengers in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles (LAX) airport. The 4,400 square feet lounge is located ‘airside’ i.e. after security is may be accessed by Etihad first and business class passengers, Platinum, …

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Tokyo Haneda airport shut after Korean Air Boeing 777 catches fire. All safe.

Korean Airlines Boeing 777-300ER HL7783 lands at Incheon airport.

Tokyo’s Haneda airport which is located in the heart of the megalopolis is shut down after one of the engines of a Korean Air Boeing 777-300, registration HL7534, performing flight KE2708 to Seoul Gimpo airport caught fire just as it was about to take-off. All 302 passengers and 17 crew were evacuated via emergency slides and are safe, though about …

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Munich airport begin’s operations from T2 satellite terminal

Line up of Lufthansa aircraft at the Terminal 2 satellite.

Munich airport will begin operations from it’s new satellite terminal today. The new terminal is a 60/40 joint venture between Munich Airport and Lufthansa and is also the first midfield terminal in Germany. It includes 27 gates, reducing the airport’s need for bus transportation. Following passport screening and baggage checks, the facility’s underground transport system will take the passengers to the …

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DFW opens renovated section of Terminal E

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has opened the renovated section of Terminal E. Gates E11 through E17 along with the corresponding ticketing hall for Alaska and Delta Airlines have been renovated as part of DFW’s Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program (TRIP), in time for the upcoming summer travel period. Baggage claim and security checkpoint area of gates E13 and E14 that …

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Star Wars’ X-wing and TIE fighters featured at Singapore Changi airport

Star Wars characters with rebel X-wing Fighter. Photo courtesy Changi Airport

Till January 5th, Singapore Changi airport will feature the iconic X-wingTM fighter and TIE fighterTM in full life size. Ahead of the release of the latest edition of famous Star Wars films, The Force Awakens, the X-wing fighter will be featured at the airport’s Terminal 3 departure hall, while five life-sized Imperial StormtroopersTM guard the Galactic Empire’s TIE fighter in …

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First independent airport lounge opens at London Heathrow Terminal 5

The first independent shared-use airport lounge has opened at London Heathrow’s Terminal 5 (T5). Located at the north end of the terminal, near gate A18, ‘Aspire, the Lounge and Spa at LHR T5‘ is jointly owned and operated by Collinson Group, the owners of Priority Pass, and Swissport, the world’s largest aviation services provider. The lounge is open from 05:00 …

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New Delhi airport world’s best, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad in top 5

New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) Terminal 3 overview. Photo courtesy DIAL.

New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi international airport (IGIA) has been ranked as world’s best airport for the year 2014, in the airport service quality (ASQ) awards of Airports Council International, in the 25 to 40 million passengers per annum (MPPA) size category. The ASQ awards survey covers 34 key service areas including major categories such as access, check-in, security, airport facilities, …

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It’s official. Dubai replaces Heathrow as world’s busiest international airport

Dubai airport at dawn

Dubai International airport (IATA: DXB) has officially become the world’s busiest international airport dethroning long time leader London’s Heathrow airport. As the the year-end traffic report released by airport operator Dubai Airports, in 2014 Dubai handled 70,475,636 passengers up 6.1 from the 66,431,533 passengers recorded a year earlier. In December, which sees significant holiday traffic, the airport saw 6,498,573 passengers …

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Delta opens new arrivals lounge at London Heathrow airport terminal 3

Delta Air Lines arrival lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3.

Tthe world’s largest carrier, Delta Air Lines, recently announced it will commence flights to London Heathrow from Philadelphia, Seattle and Los Angeles. Yesterday Delta announced the opening of its new arrivals lounge at Heathrow airport. The lounge which is open to all BusinessElite passengers and SkyMiles Diamond and Platinum Medallion members is located in the arrivals hall of terminal 3. …

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Doha’s Hamad airport commences operations

Qatar Airways A320 Sharklet A7-AHX First Flight to arrive at Hamad Intl Airport at QR7450. NDIA.

Doha’s new Hamad International Airport (HIA) (also called NDIA – new Doha international airport) commenced soft-launch operations yesterday, when a special A320 flight QR7450 of national carrier Qatar Airways landed at the airport. The flight which greeted by the traditional water cannon salute by the airport’s ARFF team carried a team of dignitaries led by Qatar’s minister for transportation Mr. …

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India flights impacted as Dubai airport commences runway upgrade

Starting tomorrow, May 1, the world’s busiest international airport, Dubai international (DXB) will commence a comprehensive runway upgrade project which will last for 80 days. From tomorrow, till May 31, the southern will see upgrades of runway runway lighting and construction of additional taxiways and rapid exits. From May 31 till July 20, the northern runway which is nearing the …

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Jet Airways and Air India achieve good on-time performance at London Heathrow for 2013

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Both the Indian carriers operating to London Heathrow airport, Jet Airways and Air India, have impressive on-time performance, analysis of the British civil aviation authority punctuality records for the year 2013 reveal. Jet Airways was ranked eighth overall with an average delay of 9.72 minutes for the year, while national carrier Air India was at rank 26 with an average …

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Airport lounge report: Iberia Dali business class lounge: Madrid Barajas Terminal 4

During my trip from Barcelona to Lisbon via Madrid (read trip report here), I had intentionally chosen a long layover at Barajas airport as I wanted to both see the famous wavy ceilings which created quite a ripple (yes, the pun is intentional) when the airport opened in 2006, and I also wanted to explore the Iberia lounge at its …

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