Saturday, 30 May 2015

Pan Am Torch Relay takes off to Thunder Bay with Porter Airlines

Porter AirlinesPorter Airlines will transport the Pan Am flame from Toronto to Thunder Bay, on the first of four special charters for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay. Porter Airlines is the Official Canadian Airline of the Games and a signature supporter of the TORONTO 2015 Torch Relays.

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FAA Proposes $266,375 Civil Penalty Against Allegiant Air, LLC

faaThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $266,375 civil penalty against Allegiant Air, LLC of Las Vegas for allegedly violating drug and alcohol testing regulations.
The FAA alleges Allegiant failed to include in its random drug and alcohol testing pools 25 employees that it hired or transferred into safety?sensitive positions. Eleven of these employees performed safety-sensitive duties on multiple occasions when they were not in the random pools, the FAA alleges.

Friday, 29 May 2015

FAA Proposes $91,500 Civil Penalty Against Air Methods Corp

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $91,500 civil penalty against Air Methods Corp. of Englewood, Colo., for allegedly operating a Bell 407 helicopter when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.
The FAA alleges that Air Methods operated the aircraft on four flights in October 2014 when a required torque check inspection on its tail rotor drive shaft components was overdue. As a result, the aircraft was not in an airworthy condition during those flights, the FAA alleges.

Berlin’s Lesbian and Gay Festival offers warm welcome to visitors

LGBTNollendorfplatz square in Berlin will be transformed into a sea of colour for the lesbian and gay street festival on 20 and 21 June 2015, which brings with it a laid-back party vibe.
The festival, now in its 25th year, is open to all, offering a warm welcome to visitors keen to see the many live shows on five different stages.

Maulbronn Monastery Festival creates unique historical atmosphere

Maulbronn Monastery FestivalThe Maulbronn Monastery Festival, which takes place on 27 and 28 June 2015, creates a unique historical atmosphere in the courtyard of the UNESCO World Heritage Maulbronn Monastery Complex.
There’s a medieval market with performances from swordsmen and singers, as well as an artisan craft market and a wide array of food and drink. It guarantees to be a fun day out for all.

Efforts to turn around South African Airways’ performance bearing fruit

South-African-AirwaysEfforts to turn around the performance of the national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) has begun to bear fruit, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

“The going concern status of the airline has been restored, costs have been reduced and operational efficiency is improving,” he said during the debate on the Budget vote for the Presidency in Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday.

Tourism industry growth gives Malaysia confidence to achieve 36 mln tourist arrivals in 2020

Malaysian TourismThe growth of the tourism industry gave Malaysia the confidence to achieve the target of 36 million tourist arrivals in 2020 with revenue of RM168 billion, as stated in the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The prime minister was speaking at a dinner hosted by the National Tourism Council of Malaysia (NTCM) in Kuala Lumpur.
“For this year alone, we are targetting 29.4 million tourist arrivals with spending at RM89 billion.

Oman Air to offer daily non-stop flights from Muscat to Kuala Lumpur

Oman AirIn order to meet the growing demand for fast and convenient flights between Muscat and Kuala Lumpur, Oman Air will step up its operation between the two cities by offering daily non-stop flights from Muscat to the Malaysian capital from June 21, 2015.

According to a press release, issued by Oman Air, the new service will build on the success of the stopping service that Oman Air launched in 2010.

Malaysia expects Muslim tourist arrivals to grow five per cent annually

New Zealand Muslim tourist marketAmid growing demand for Islamic tourism products, Malaysia expects Muslim visitor arrivals to grow at an average of five per cent annually.
Islamic Tourism Centre (ITC) Director General Zulkifly Md Said said the country received 5.5 million Muslim travellers last year, with the number likely to reach six million this year.

Over 2 lakh tourists visited Bahrain in the week from May 21-27

BahrainBahrain’s Assistant Undersecretary for Ports, Search and Follow-up, at the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports & Residence, said on Thursday, that, 253,430 people entered Bahrain between May 21 and May 27.

The overwhelming majority (207,364) arrived from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, via the King Fahad Causeway, while 45,483 landed at Bahrain International Airport and 583 came into the kingdom through seaports.

South African Airways’ new service links Ghana directly to North America

South African AirwaysSouth African Airways (SAA), the leading carrier in Africa, has announced the introduction of new service which will link Ghana directly to North America.

Nico Bezuidenhout, the acting Chief Executive Officer of SAA told a media conference in Accra on Thursday that the introduction of the new route was a major boost for travellers and the promotion of trade relations.

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City witnesses surge in foreign tourist arrivals

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh City received more than 300,000 foreign visitors in May, an increase of 3.7 percent over the same period last year.

The municipal People’s Committee said the latest figure brought the total number of visitors from January to May to 1.85 million — a rise of 5 percent year-on-year, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

The committee attributed the outcomes to a number of measures employed by the government to boost visitor numbers this year.

Barbados breaks 25-year-old record for tourist arrivals

BarbadosBreaking a 25-year-old record for the period, Barbados registered 171,471 long-stay tourist arrivals in the first quarter.
“This was a very strong winter season. The Caribbean Tourism Organization has predicted a 5 percent increase in long-stay arrivals for the region for the entire year and we believe our performance in this first quarter bodes well for us to comfortably exceed that target,” Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc. Chairman Alvin Jemmott said Thursday.

Volcano erupts on isolated southern island, Residents confirmed safe

Volcano in GuatemalaThe Japan Meteorological Agency raised alert level for Mount Shindake from 3 to 5, the first maximum level since the alert system was established in December 2007. Level 3 means that restrictions are in place on approaching the mountain. Evacuation is called for when the alert level reaches 5.

Residents of Kuchinoerabujima Island were safe after a volcanic eruption unleashed a plume of smoke reaching about 9,000 meters high and sent a pyroclastic flow to the island’s coastline on May 29.