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Delta to suspend New York-Istanbul service

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Due to increased security concerns in Turkey, including a travel warning issued by the State Department, and weaker demand for air travel to this market, Delta has taken the decision to suspend its New York-JFK-Istanbul service due to start in May 2016. Customers can go to for more information on re-accommodations.

During the last few months several cruise lines have suspended their calls in Istanbul.

Tiger Airways now available at the Cruise/Fly service at Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Starting Friday 15th April, Tiger Airways will join the Cruise/Fly service at Marina Bay Cruise Centre.

"Any passenger disembarking at MBCCS and taking a flight the same day with one of our airline partners (Singapore Airlines, Silk Air, Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Jet Airways, Qantas, Tiger Airways), can check-in for the flight at the terminal and enjoy its time in Singapore luggage free before going to Changi airport," says Norma de la Fuente, Head of Marketing and Business development.

Dubai International opens new $1.2 billion concourse

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Dubai International, the world’s number one hub for international passenger traffic, increased its capacity from 75 million to 90 million this week with the opening of Concourse D, the result of a US$1.2 billion investment to enhance service and boost capacity for the more than 70 international airlines that will now call it home.

“We continue to invest in the development of top-flight infrastructure to augment service levels for our international airlines and their customers while providing the capacity needed to meet growing demand,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group. “Concourse D has been designed with the customer at its heart. Shorter walking distances, more comfortable seating areas, more choice in lounges and a world-class retail and F&B offering are sure to impress and delight our passengers and our airline partners.”

The first flight to be welcomed at the facility was today’s British Airways’ flight 105. This historic first operation followed months of intensive testing and a successful operational trial involving 2,000 members of the public earlier this month. The trial volunteers played the role of passengers arriving at, departing from and transiting through Concourse D, testing way-finding signage, food and retail outlets and the flow of passenger traffic within the new building. Two airlines will operate from Concourse D on day one (British Airways, Royal Jordanian) with the remainder phasing in operations over the next several weeks.

“Aside from its many customer-centric features, Concourse D continues our legacy of providing timely capacity,” said Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports. “Today we also announce our 2016 forecast which projects 85 million passengers will visit Dubai International this year. With the addition of Concourse D, Dubai International is getting both bigger and better.”

The concourse is linked to the newly renovated Terminal 1 by a dedicated airport train that can transport 300 passengers per trip. Designed around a central atrium, Concourse D offers short walks to open gates, which will allow travellers to board directly from the waiting area, giving them more freedom and time to enjoy the full array of exciting food and beverage outlets.

A number of world renowned brands will be introduced to Dubai and the region for the first time – including a casual dining concept The Kitchen which will offer passengers creations from the renowned celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Dubai Airports will also introduce the first Pret a Manger in a Middle Eastern airport. Other firsts for DXB include Butlers Chocolate Café and Camden Food Company which will bring healthy yet tasty dining options using organic and natural products. For those who enjoy a little theatre with their food, YO! Sushi will be a popular addition to the airport, while the CNN News Café will be a favourite for news junkies who want to stay connected to world affairs over coffee. Other new outlets include Lebanese favourite Sharwarmanji and Taqado Mexican Kitchen, both popular local examples of street food, in addition to a second Masale by Taste of India outlet but on a larger scale. Concourse D will also have established traveller favourites such as Giraffe – which will open its second outlet at Dubai International – Starbucks, KFC, Krispy Kreme, McDonald’s, Brioche Doree, The Noodle House, Cavier House & Prunier, Draft House sports bar, and Costa Coffee.

The new concourse will offer plenty of comfortable seating spaces and wellbeing concepts such as Be Relax and the ever-popular ‘SnoozeCubes’ which provide a convenient way to rest between flights. It will also feature a total of nine lounges spread over 6,926m2, including five airline lounges, a new Al Majlis lounge, two Dubai International Hotel lounges and a Marhaba VIP lounge.

JC Decaux will exclusively operate Concourse D's advertising concession, introducing Dubai International's largest provision of digital and other advertising structures to date. In addition, the existing successful partnership with JTI will see the provision of three additional smoking lounges in Concourse D.

Dubai Duty Free has a total of 175 vendor installations in Concourse D spread over an area of 7,000m2, bringing the operation’s total retail space at DXB to 33,000m2. Fashion offer covers a total of 1,000m2 divided into two zones, perfumes and cosmetics cover a total area of 1,500m2 while liquor and food occupies nearly 1,000m2.

On the apron, Concourse D provides 21 contact stands, of which four will be able to accommodate Airbus A380 or Boeing 747 aircraft, and 11 remote stands with a design capacity for 18 million passengers.

Emirates and Cruise Baltic signs strategic partnership

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Today Cruise Baltic has announced that Emirates has become a strategic partner of Cruise Baltic. Instrumental in effecting the formation of this new, joint agreement is Claus Bødker, Director, Cruise Baltic, working in close co-operation with Emirates’ management in both Copenhagen and Dubai.

Emirates fly to more than 150 destinations on six continents, with routes to Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm in the Baltic Sea region.

Says Claus Bødker: “This partnership commitment made to us by Emirates is such significant and welcome news. By networking together, implementing new, joint marketing initiatives and targeting the same source markets - including those of Asia and Australia, which are ‘booming’ - I am confident that we can reach our respective objectives of attracting even more cruise visitors to the Baltic Sea region.”

Paul Starrs, SVP Global Sales, Emirates (Dubai) commented: “For several years Emirates has been active within the cruise industry sector, however, our commitment to Cruise Baltic reflects our need to focus on priority markets, as well as the more traditional. We can combine our resources and together meet any challenges facing the airline and cruise industry; and with our complementary premium products, will look to secure the highest standards of guest experience.”

Cruise Baltic is a network of cruise destinations in the Baltic Sea offering easy access to 10 countries on a string with an ‘ocean of adventures’. The network - founded in 2004 with 12 destinations - has now grown in 2016 to 29 destinations.

Norwegian to offer direct flights between Paris and U.S.

  • Written by Teijo Niemelä
  • Category: Air & Sea

Norwegian will launch flights from three United States airports to Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport on July 29. Service will commence with four weekly flights from New York’s JFK International Airport, two weekly flights from Los Angeles International Airport and one weekly flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This will be Norwegian’s first operation from Charles De Gaulle Airport. The airline currently operates flights from Paris Orly International Airport to five Scandinavian destinations.

In less than three years since the launch of its U.S. operations, Norwegian now has more nonstop routes from the U.S. to Europe than any other European airline. The airline already provides nonstop service to London, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, as well as seasonal service to Bergen. In total, Norwegian offers 38 routes from the U.S.

“Launching our fifth major European nonstop destination from the U.S. clearly underlines our commitment to the American market. Paris is one the most visited cities in the world, attracting both business and leisure travelers alike all-year round. We see great potential and demand for our transatlantic service and we will continue to offer customers more direct flights and more affordable fares from additional cities both in the U.S. and Europe,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO and founder.

Flights to Paris are now available for purchase at, with introductory fares starting as low as $175 one-way, including taxes. For the lowest available fares to any Norwegian destination, check the Low Fare Calendar.

“It’s always great news to hear about new service to France. We think it demonstrates a confidence that American demand for travel to France will be strong again this year, and that the market can expand and support additional service. This confidence reflects well on our destination,” said Anne-Laure Tuncer, Director USA at Atout France, France Tourism Development Agency.

All Paris flights will be operated on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleets. Last year, Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation.