Amsterdam airport overcrowded

April 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

THE HAGUE, 7 April 2017: Amsterdam’s rapidly-growing Schiphol airport is reaching its limits for the safe movement of planes on its busy airstrips, the Dutch safety watchdog warned Thursday, saying runway risks needed to be addressed before any further expansion.

“The boundaries to safely conclude air traffic movements are approaching,” the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a report.

“There are no indications that the airport is unsafe at this point, but stakeholders need to act to reduce the safety risks,” the OVV said in the 215-page report. Read more

Thailand strives for ICAO green flag

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.

It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under an ongoing recertification programme,  27 February.

Bangkok Airways was the first recipient as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), which is part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Read more

Canada restricts drones

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

OTTAWA, 20 March 2017: Canada late last week announced limits on the use of drones for recreation following a surge in the number of incidents due to their rapid rise in popularity.

Drone operators will be prohibited from flying them above an altitude of 90 metres (295 feet) or within 75 metres of buildings, vehicles or people.

They will also be barred from using them at night, or within 9 km (six miles) of an airport, heliport or other aerodrome. Read more

Battery explodes on flight

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 16 March 2017: A woman whose headphones caught fire on a plane suffered burns to her face and hands, Australian officials said, Wednesday, as they warned about the dangers of battery-operated devices in-flight.

The passenger was listening to music on her own battery-operated headphones as she dozed about two hours into the trip from Beijing to Melbourne, 19 February, when there was a loud explosion.

“As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) which investigated the incident. Read more

ITB Berlin tots up more exhibitors

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 13 March 2017: ITB Berlin closed last week on a high note claiming a record turnout of exhibitors and signs that the demand for travel continues to grow despite travel consumers’ “profound safety concerns”.

Credited with being the world’s largest travel trade show it is now routine for the event to annually surpass turnout figures for both trade and consumer visitors.

But at this year’s show, Messe Berlin was keen to highlight its latest venture in Asia the inaugural ITB China that will open in Shanghai this May. Read more

PIA: Standing room only

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

ISTANBUL, 27 February 2017: Pakistan’s national carrier said, Sunday, it would investigate allegations that a plane flew from Karachi to Saudi Arabia carrying seven extra passengers, but denied they stood in the aisles for the three-hour journey.

The probe was ordered after a report in the English-language daily Dawn.

The paper said that on 20 January a flight to Medina carried 416 passengers, seven more than its capacity of 409 including jump seats, in a serious breach of air safety regulations. Read more

Facebook lends a helping hand

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

SAN FRANCISCO, 9 February 2017: Facebook on Wednesday updated its Safety Check feature with a way for people to lend, or get, helping hands after disasters.

A new “Community Help” feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good, Naomi Gleit.

“In times of crisis, connecting is more important than ever,” Gleit said. Read more

UNWTO tracks tourism expansion

January 20, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 20 January 2017: Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges.

International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015.

2016 was the seventh consecutive year of sustained growth following the 2009 global economic and financial crisis. A comparable sequence of uninterrupted solid growth has not been recorded since the 1960s. As a result, 300 million more international tourists travelled the world in 2016 as compared to the pre-crisis record in 2008. International tourism receipts grew at a similar pace in this period (complete 2016 receipts results will be reported in May). Read more

Vietnam readies to start US flights

January 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 20 January 2017: National carrier Vietnam Airlines will open direct flights to the United States in 2018.

Vietnam Net Bridge media reported the US Federal Aviation Administration will send a team to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year to assess Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s safety supervision capability in preparation for Vietnamese air carriers to open a direct air routes to the US.

Vietnam Airlines has mulled over a US flight for a decade or more, but earlier studies and assessments suggested the route might not be profitable. There were also challenges convincing the US that safety standards would meet FAA requirements. Read more

ITB discourse on disruptive travel

January 12, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 12 January 2017: ITB Berlin will present a record selection of conference content for delegates attending this year’s travel fair, 8 to 12 March.

The show’s convention component  over four days  will deliver 200 sessions, 400 speakers on the latest topics ranging from geopolitical crises and disasters to artificial intelligence.

One of the key up-to-the-minute topics will be ‘Disruptive Travel: The End of the World as We Know It’. Read more

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