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Kathmandu ... much to offer

Nepal deal from Qatar Airways
DOHA: Qatar Airways is offering an exciting promotional offer to Kathmandu.

Customers who purchase a Business Class ticket to Kathmandu will receive private airport transfers in Kathmandu, three-night accommodation at Radisson Hotel (including breakfast, service charges and taxes), a 60-minute scenic Himalayas mountain flight on Cosmic Air, and earn a minimum
of 9,564 Qmiles. This incredible value is moderately priced, starting from $999. Accompanying passengers have the option of travelling on Economy Class. The special promotional offer to Kathmandu is valid for purchase from Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman until the end of September. Qatar Airways flies to Kathmandu 11 times a week.

Cathay UAE revenue up 50pc
DUBAI: Cathay Pacific Airways’ UAE operations recorded growth between 30 and 40 per cent in passenger traffic, 11.8-percent growth in cargo tonnage and a 50-percent revenue increase for the first half of 2004.
According to a report, Navin Chellaram, Cathay’s country manager for the UAE and Oman, said, “Cathay has recorded growth both in passenger traffic and cargo freights from the UAE and the Dubai-Hong Kong route is the busiest with 11 weekly flights, four flights via Mumbai and seven direct flights.” The past year has seen a surge in demand for people wanting to travel First Class from Dubai to Hong Kong and vice versa, he said. The airline is also planning a Ramadan offer for families looking for budget holidays.

Jordan to promote aviation
FARNBOROUGH: Jordan will step up international promotion of its aviation capabilities with participation in the Middle East aviation pavilion at Le Bourget, Paris next year and a country pavilion at Dubai 2005, the ninth international aerospace exhibition, in November next year. Hopes for the international promotion were spelt out by HRH Prince Feisal Ibn Al Hussein, Chief of Staff of the Royal Jordanian Air Force, at a visit to the first Middle East aviation pavilion at the recent Farnborough International Air Show. The prince said Jordan is unique in the region because it has two private sector companies producing aircraft currently in business as well as many companies involved in training and the supply of aviation services. He said that despite a developing aviation sector, the Middle East needed to look for specialised markets.

SriLankan starts golf packages
COLOMBO: In conjunction with the annual SriLankan Airlines Golf Classic, the carrier has launched a special package for Gulf golf enthusiasts wishing to participate.  Built to USGA standards in the verdant hills around Kandy, the host Victoria Golf Club ranks among the 100 ‘most beautiful courses in the world’. At 6,945 yards, the course is par-73 and offers five par-5 holes.
Competing categories include a new international team event, men’s and ladies’ competitions, senior and junior play and more. The four night/five day package is available for Dh2,260 per person flying Economy Class with departure on October 26 from Dubai, returning from Colombo on October 31. Business Class travel is available at Dh1,640 extra. Included
in the price are return airfare, twin-sharing accommodation, transfers and entrance to the golf play, with airport taxes and meals extra. Chief executive Peter Hill said the new package was one of the series of initiatives at SriLankan to develop the country as a sports and leisure centre, but one with a difference.