In Brief


Private jet movements up 3pc in Dubai South

The Mohammed bin Rashid Aerospace Hub (MBRAH) at Dubai South has announced that private jet movements continued to grow in 2022, recording a 3 per cent increase compared to 2021.

The hub recorded 15,444 movements throughout the year. In December 2022, 2,319 private jet movements were recorded, the highest in a single month, representing a 36 per cent growth over December 2021.

The growth of movements is attributed to several factors, including the relentless efforts and strategic initiatives announced by the government. Another important factor is the FIFA World Cup 2022, which was hosted in Qatar, where many VIP travellers and private jet owners flew to Dubai via the VIP Terminal at MBRAH.

Bahrain Airport wins award for innovation

Bahrain Airport Services (BAS), the sole operator of ground handling services at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA), has won the “Most Innovative Airport Services Company – Bahrain” award constituted by the Business Tabloid (BT) at a key event held in Dubai.

These annual (BT) Awards recognise excellence in various industries, including banking, finance, insurance, real estate, technology, healthcare, leadership and logistics and transportation. A panel of industry experts selected the winners from a pool of highly qualified nominees.

The award was presented to BAS Chairman Nabeel Khalid Kanoo and CEO Mohamed Khalil at a key event held at the Atlantis, the Palm Dubai.

Commenting on the achievement, Kanoo said: “At BAS, we strive to maintain the quality standards and practices we have implemented since our inception. As such, we are proud to have been recognised as the “Most Innovative Airport Services Company – Bahrain” by the BT Awards.”

“We continue to develop leading services that establish Bahrain as a leader in the aviation services sector and contribute to the Kingdom’s Economic Vision 2030,” he added.


Air France deploys WhatsApp

Air France has embarked on WhatsApp to offer a free communication channel to interact with customers. The service is available seven days a week in 22 countries and in four languages: French, English, Italian, Brazilian/Portuguese.

Already present on several messaging and social media platforms, notably Facebook Messenger, Air France is continuing to strengthen its commercial relations by offering more proactive customer

This offer supports customers before, during and after their flight with instant answers to common questions via the chatbot Louis and, for more specific answers, contact with an Air France representative.  If customers opt in, notifications will be sent to them at each key moment of the journey: from boarding pass issuing to flight information (change in schedule or boarding gate; last call before the plane door closes, etc.) or the baggage delivery belt on arrival.


Kuwait Airways to launch 20 new routes

Kuwait Airways will launch 20 new destinations in 2023, including new cities to its winter schedule, said Shorouk Al-Awadhi, the Director of Distribution and Network Planning.

“Kuwait Airways is steadily progressing towards diversifying its network of routes around the world and launching new destinations that meet the preferences of customers. The company is preparing accurate studies on the feasibility of these markets and destinations, as well as the extent of customer demand for them. At the same time, various destinations in the past year have received widespread popularity from customers and were successful, among them Madrid, Casablanca, Tbilisi and so on,” Al-Awadhi said.

Kuwait Airways will operate its flights, starting in June to Budapest in Hungary with two flights per week on Tuesdays and Saturdays, to Malaga in Spain with three flights per week on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, to Sarajevo in Bosnia with two flights per week on Thursdays and Sundays, and to Mykonos in Greece with two flights per week on Sundays and Wednesdays.