In Brief

Munich reports highest passenger growth

IN 2019 total traffic in Munich Airport increased by 1.7 million, or 4 per cent, to 47.9 million passengers. That was the largest increase posted by any German airport last year. For the Bavarian hub, this result represents the tenth consecutive record-setting year for total passenger traffic. An impressive 9 per cent increase in total passengers on long haul routes was noted.

Passenger traffic at Munich Airport will remain on course for growth in 2020. This trend is likely to gain added impetus through Lufthansa's decision to station more A380 and A350 long-haul airliners in Munich and the resulting addition of new and attractive intercontinental routes.

Additional connections announced by the German carrier for the coming summer timetable period include a new flight to Bangalore, India, as well as services to the US cities of Detroit and Seattle. The Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings is also adding Las Vegas and Orlando to its list of destinations.


Etihad Airways partners with easyJet

ETIHAD Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has become the most recent airline to partner with easyJet, one of the world’s largest airlines. This new partnership means customers can purchase tickets through the easyJet worldwide website connecting the two airlines’ networks and opening new and exciting possibilities for travel between Europe, Africa, the Azores and the UAE. The collaboration comes into effect immediately.

The partnership follows easyJet’s accelerated and successful roll out programme with world-leading flight comparison search engine, Dohop, which powers the easyJet worldwide website connecting its European network with long-haul flights. For Etihad, this has been achieved using the NDC (New Distribution Capability) platform providing technical capability for new partnerships previously not possible.

The partnership with easyJet and Dohop is the UAE national airline’s first use of this technology and Etihad plans to add more airlines and travel partners to their NDC portfolio in 2020.


airBaltic extends direct flights from Abu Dhabi

LATVIAN airline airBaltic invites travellers from Abu Dhabi to visit the Baltic region by offering convenient direct flights four times per week to Latvia’s capital Riga.

Winter season flights from Abu Dhabi to Riga resumed at the beginning of October 2019. Like previous year, four weekly flights will be operated until March 28, 2020, but following the strong demand on this route the schedule will be extended with three weekly flights until April 27, 2020. In total, airBaltic expects a traffic growth on the route by 14 per cent over the winter 2019/2020.

Over the years, Abu Dhabi has been a very popular winter destination for leisure travellers from Latvia. However, travellers from Abu Dhabi can also benefit from this route enjoying the nordic nature of the Baltic region and its beautiful cities with medieval charm and modern flair. Latvia’s 500 km long coastline never ceases to surprise with its dunes, cliffs, sandstone outcrops, impressive rocks and caverns.


The new Arar Airport is nearly ready

SAUDI Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has started the trial operation phase of the new Arar airport in the Northern Border Region. The new airport received the first arrival and departure flights at the new terminal arriving from the capital city of Riyadh via the national carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines.

GACA has implemented the new Arar Airport project, in light of the growing demand to accommodate the ever-increasing number of travellers and an effort to create new destinations.

The project design work has taken into account the environmental dimension and the achievement of integration with all the airport's functions and services, where the external design forms the letter "Ain" in the Arabic alphabet, which symbolises the first letter from of the city name.

The new terminal can accommodate more than one million passengers annually, with an air traffic capacity that can reach 10 thousand flights per annum.