In Brief


Emirates to recruit 5,000 cabin crew members

Emirates is celebrating the new year and the imminent arrival of its new fleet of Airbus A350s with a global cabin crew recruitment drive that aims to employ 5,000 new members. The airline is inviting fresh graduates with internships or part-time jobs on their résumés, those with a year or so of hospitality or customer service experience, and individuals keen to embark on an exciting career travelling the globe for the recruitment.

In 2024, Emirates’ recruitment team will host open days and assessments in more than 460 cities across six continents to recruit the crew.


Flynas reports solid growth

Leading Saudi budget carrier flynas has announced solid growth for 2023 over the previous year, recording a 28 per cent growth in passenger numbers which soared to 11.1 million. The carrier also took delivery of 19 new aircraft during 2023, upscaling its fleet size to 64 aircraft. This enabled it to move forward with implementing its strategic plan for growth and expansion under the slogan “We Connect the World to the Kingdom,” said flynas in a statement.

Consequently, flynas launched 57 new destinations and routes to 10 countries during the year, inaugurating its fourth operations base at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, and increased seat capacity by 22% for domestic and international flights.


QAIA posts record 9.2m passengers

Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) in Amman welcomed a record 9,201,269 passengers in 2023, registering a 17.4 per cent increase against 2022 figures. Throughout the same period, QAIA handled 77,696 aircraft movements (ACM) and 67,366 tonnes of cargo, 13.7 per cent and 9.9 per cent higher, respectively, than the previous year. During December 2023, QAIA received 643,048 passengers and 5,582 ACM, down 2.6 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively, compared to 2022, and 6,434 tonnes of cargo, up 30.4 per cent compared to 2022.


Turkish Airlines plans Melbourne flights

Turkish Airlines will add Australia to its flight network, operating three flights a week to Melbourne, its 346th destination in 130 countries, from March 15. The flights will be relayed via Singapore. The  carrier will be the only European airline to operate flights to Melbourne Airport. Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, Prof Dr Ahmet Bolat said: “Today is an important day for us. We have realised our goal of reaching the continent of Australia, which we have been successfully working on for a while, with the confirmed flight date.”


flydubai launches operations to Mombasa

Dubai-based flydubai has inaugurated its operations to Mombasa in Kenya, becoming the first UAE national carrier to operate direct flights from Dubai to the coastal city in southeast Kenya. With this four-times weekly service to Mombasa, flydubai has grown its network in Africa to 12 destinations in 11 countries.


Sabre, Qatar Airways host workshop

Sabre hosted a workshop for key travel agencies in Bahrain, in collaboration with Qatar Airways, to learn about the IATA New Distribution Capability (NDC) content. The focus of the workshop was on NDC awareness and the regional availability of Qatar Airways’ NDC Content on Sabre’s global distribution system. Participants learned about end-to-end NDC shopping, NDC pricing, NDC Order Create, NDC Order Fulfillment, and NDC Order Re-shop through the graphical interface. Additionally, they gained insights into the activation process through Sabre Central Market Place.


Jazeera Terminal 5 upgraded

Jazeera Airways, Kuwait’s leading low-cost carrier, recently introduced upgrades to Jazeera Terminal 5 (T5) at the Kuwait International Airport. Most of the improvements in the areas of infrastructure and operations are aimed at enhancing passenger comfort.

Rohit Ramachandran, Chief Executive Officer, Jazeera Airways, said: “At Jazeera Airways Terminal 5, we currently serve close to 4 million passengers annually, and aim to provide a smooth passenger experience from end to end.”