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Emirates ‘Skywards’ Loyalty Program Rolls Out Offer to Fast Track Tier Status

Emirates Skywards, the loyalty program of Emirates and flydubai, has rolled out a new offer for members to earn up to double Miles on flights and achieve their next tier faster.

Lufthansa Announces New Heraklion-Frankfurt Service for Summer 2019

Lufthansa will launch a new direct service connecting the Greek city of Heraklion, Crete, with Frankfurt in Germany, for summer 2019.

Turkish Airlines, Argo Travel Promote Greece to US, Asian Tourism Pros

Turkish Airlines recently transferred 22 top tour operators from the US and Asia to Greece, as part of a fam trip organized by Argo Travel Group.

SilkAir to Transfer Routes to Scoot Ahead of Merger into Singapore Airlines

Scoot is to take over a number of SilkAir’s routes over the next two years, ahead of the company’s merger into Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Ryanair Adds Thessaloniki – Tel Aviv Service to 2019 Summer Schedule

Ryanair has announced the addition of a new direct route connecting the Greek city of Thessaloniki with Tel Aviv in Israel for summer 2019.

Airlines to Provide Greek Police with Passenger Data as Greece Harmonizes with EU Rules

Airlines will be required to provide the Greek Police with data on passengers traveling into or out of Greece, as the country harmonizes with the EU’s PNR Directive.

Cyprus Airways Receives IATA Membership Certificate

Cyprus Airways has received a certificate from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for successfully becoming a member.

Brexit Draft Passes First Hurdle, EC Proposes Vise-free Travel for Brits

A draft agreement laying out the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union on March 29, has passed the first hurdle getting approval from the UK cabinet.

Lufthansa to Expand Network to US and Thailand for Summer 2019

Lufthansa has announced that for summer 2019 it will further expand its route network to Austin in the US and Bangkok in Thailand.

EU Passengers Getting Compensation, but ‘Still Need to Fight for It’

EU legislation safeguarding passenger rights is considered a success, but securing compensation remains a struggle, according to the Association of Passenger Rights Advocates (APRA).

IATA Urges EU, UK to Take Immediate Precautionary Actions Ahead of Brexit

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the UK and the EU to take immediate actions ahead of Brexit to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity.

Istanbul Airport, Among World’s Largest, Opens for Business

Istanbul Airport, set to be among the biggest and busiest in the world, opened its doors this week, inaugurated by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Brexit May Threaten UK-driven EU Tourism, Greece in Top 7 Travel Spots

UK nationals include Greece among their top travel destinations of choice in the EU, according to TUI Group’s policyAGENDA, which comes in view of the Brexit negotiations.

Post-Brexit Air Travelers Urged to Know Rights, Prepare for Longer Waits

As Brexit draws near, travelers should know their rights before take-off as the UK’s exit from the EU, on March 29, is expected to create disruption at airports.

Lufthansa Group Orders New Generation Aircraft

The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG has approved the purchase of 27 short- and medium-haul Airbus A320neo and A321neo aircraft.

Emirates Named Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018 by Global Finance

Emirates has been named “Corporate Innovator Middle East 2018” at the Innovators Awards 2018, held by the Global Finance magazine.

SWISS Invests in Latest-generation Aircraft

SWISS is converting its purchase options for ten more latest-generation Airbus A320neo family aircraft into firm orders.

Singapore Airlines Receives World’s First Airbus A350-900ULR

Singapore Airlines has taken delivery of the first Airbus A350-900ULR, which will operate the world’s longest commercial flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty Airport.

Joon to Connect France with Ecuador for Summer 2019

Joon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Air France, in May 2019 will launch a new service connecting Paris–Charles de Gaulle Airport and Quito in Ecuador.

Ryanair: New Corfu-Bologna and Rhodes-Rome Routes for Summer 2019

As part of its summer 2019 schedule, Ryanair will connect Greece with Italy through the new Corfu-Bologna and Rhodes-Rome routes as of April.