The Delhi IGI Airport has announced the closure of one of the three runways at the airport for repairs with effect from November 7, 2017. The runway will be closed for three days, until November 10.
Around 300 flights might get affected by this runway closure; many airlines, including IndiGo and SpiceJet have cancelled some flights and rescheduled others to cope with the runway closure.
According to a press report, an IndiGo spokesperson stated, "It has affected our departures and arrivals into many cities. Unfortunately this is beyond our control. To avoid causing more inconvenience to our customers our teams are working around the clock to accommodate them in other IndiGo flights. Passenger can opt for an alternative flight or cancel and getting full refund for the same."
Under normal conditions, Delhi airport handles 67 flights an hour. With a runway closed, the capacity will be reduced to 45 movements in an hour, even with the other two runways sharing the extra load.
Guests are advised to check their updated flight status with their Point of Contact at Jetways Travels or directly with the airline in advance. Alternatively, just send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 011-44112200.
Etihad Airways has announced its plans to suspend its Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) route with effect from March 25, 2018. The decision comes close on the heels of American Airlines’ unilateral decision to terminate its code-share agreement with Etihad airways.
Peter Baumgartner, Chief Executive Officer at Etihad Airways said, "The unfortunate decision by American Airlines to terminate a commercial relationship that benefited both carriers has left Etihad with no choice but to suspend flights between our Abu Dhabi home and Dallas/Fort Worth."
"We are open to American Airlines reversing its decision to cancel our code-share agreement so that Etihad Airways can continue the route and together protect and support American national interests and global connectivity while driving commercial value for both airlines," he continued.
Etihad Airways had invested heavily in the Abu Dhabi – Dallas/Fort Worth route, which commenced with thrice-a-week flights in December 2014. The service was soon upgraded to a daily service, with over 2,35,000 guests flown until now.
According to independent research by Oxford Economics, in 2016 Etihad Airways contributed US$3.8 billion to the US economy, supported more than 30,000 American jobs, and brought 280,000 additional visitors to the United States. These visitors, who travelled from growing markets historically ignored by US carriers and partners, contributed US$1.9 billion to the US economy and supported an additional 22,000 American jobs.
Etihad Airways currently operates 42 non-stop flights a week to five US gateways – Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York and Washington. Additionally, Etihad Cargo operates twice weekly Boeing 777F freighter services to and from Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, and Tucson, Arizona.
Virgin Atlantic Airlines has announced the launch of complete Wi-Fi connectivity across its entire fleet. With the launch, Virgin Atlantic has become the first airline in Europe to achieve this milestone and ensure that guests stay connected through all Virgin Atlantic flights to and from the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Middle East - even as they fly across oceans.
Ensuring Wi-Fi connectivity while flying over land has been achieved by almost all domestic airlines. However, only Virgin Atlantic has overcome the challenge of ensuring connectivity even while flying across vast expanses of the ocean. To celebrate this achievement, the airlines will be hosting a series of fun events and streaming it from the sky, with the hashtag #LiveFromVirgin.
According to a press release issued by Virgin Atlantic on its website, "The airline is using a combination of two Wi-Fi providers across the network; customers travelling on the 787 will use Wi-Fi from Panasonic, while the A330s, 747s, A340-600s are powered by Gogo technology."
"From today millions of customers travelling with Virgin Atlantic will be able to email, browse and socialise at 35,000ft from as little as £2.99 as the airline completes its ambitious Wi-Fi programme – at least a year ahead of other European long haul carriers.", the press release continued.
Wi-Fi plans are available in 3 slabs for guests travelling on A330, A340, 747 aircraft, starting from as little as GBP 2.99 for a basic Messaging package and going on to a GBP 14.99 for a full-fledged Internet Access throughout the flight. For guests travelling in Boeing 787 aircraft, Wi-Fi is available only on 2 slabs.
Guests can connect shortly after take-off and remain online until shortly before landing.
Results so far have shown that 42% of customers opt for the Wi-Fi Max package which lasts the entire flight, and the most popular routes for Wi-Fi use are London Heathrow to New York (JFK), San Francisco and Atlanta.
|Aircraft||Pass||Price||What you get|
|787||Wi-Fi light||GBP 4.99||40MB data|
|Wi-Fi Max||GBP 14.99||150MB data|
|A330, A340, 747||Messaging Pass||GBP 2.99||Messaging access throughout flight|
|Wi-Fi light||GBP 4.99||One hour internet access|
|Wi-Fi Max||GBP 14.99||Full flight internet access|
As of today, Virgin Atlantic and partner Delta Air Lines will be the only fully connected transatlantic joint venture – keeping business customers and holidaymakers connected on up to 39 transatlantic flights per day.
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The Changi International Airport at Singapore has announced the opening of its new Terminal 4. The new terminal, which welcomed its first passengers on October 31, 2017 is packed full of cutting-edge technology including several Fast and Seamless Travel self-service options for check-in, bag-drop, immigration and boarding.
Built at a cost of USD 723 million, the 225,000 square-metre, double-storey Terminal 4 can handle a footfall of 16 million people annually. In addition to a boutique interior décor, the terminal boasts streamlined clearance processes with innovative technology that ranges from facial recognition technology to computerised baggage drop points.
An integrated duty-free shopping area with 62 retail and service outlets and 19 Food & Beverage outlets, a new Peranakan Gallery that offers glimpses of Peranakan culture, kinetic art displays, a Heritage Zone, and specially curated sculptures are some of the other features that set the Terminal 4 apart.
In addition to the automated, self-service check-in kiosks, the Terminal 4 has manned counters too, to assist those who were unable to use the automated counters.
InterContinental Hotels Group® or IHG has announced the opening of the Holiday Inn Express® Cologne City Centre in Cologne, Germany. The 323-key property is the largest Holiday Inn Express in Europe and boasts a location within walking distance of the Old Town, the Poststraße and Severinstraße U-bahn stations, as well as Cologne Central railway station.
The Cologne Bonn Airport is only 15 km away.
Guests staying at the Cologne City Centre Holiday Inn Express are indulged with amenities such as sound absorbing headboards, bed-side USB ports and flexible in-room working spaces. Free Wi-Fi and a continental breakfast buffet are also included in the room rate.
According to Sonja Comberg, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express® Cologne City Centre, "Holiday Inn Express is designed for savvy travelers who want a straightforward, uncomplicated experience, delivered in an engaging manner. We support guests without hassle, without complication, without extravagance - but always with a warm smile. We’re extremely excited to open a new haven for travellers right in Cologne’s city centre and look forward to welcoming our future guests."
At present, there are 32 Holiday Inn Express Hotels in Germany and 239 hotels across Europe. 79 more hotels are in the pipeline.