In Brief


Alpha wins Sharjah airport contract
SHARJAH International Airport has awarded a 10-year contract to Alpha Airports Group (AAG) to provide exclusive flight catering and ancillary services to airlines.

Alpha, one of the world's leading aviation support companies, will invest nearly Dh3.5 million ($935,628) to boost its annual sales of Dh35 million. Alpha earlier tied up with Sharjah-based Kreol Trading to operate a duty free shop at Kochi International Airport.

International airport plans for Rabigh
AN international airport will be established as part of the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh, about 200 km north of Jeddah, an Arab News report said, quoting Mohamed Ali Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Economic City Company.  The new airport will serve the economic city and nearby areas. The KAEC is expected to attract investment projects worth more than SR200 billion.

Air India Express for Mangalore
AIR India Express has launched flights to Mangalore in the state of Karnataka from Dubai at a one-way price of Dh600 ($163.3), roughly one-third less than the full service fare. The airline has also launched a three-a-week service from Dubai to Amritsar in northern Indi and plans to launch a thrice weekly flight to Chennai in Tamil Nadu in late October or early November.

Dnata named GSA for Seair
DUBAI-BASED Dnata Agencies has been appointed General Sales Agent (GSA) in the GCC, Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen for Seair, the fast-growing Philippines inter-island airline which serves some of the country’s most breathtaking tropical paradises. Seair, headquartered at Clark Airport, serves a total of 18 Philippine sectors from Clark and Manila Airports with a fleet of six Dornier 328 and eight LET 410 UVP-E prop jet aircraft. Among the islands it serves are Borocay, Coron, Burusanga and Palawan, renowned for their rich diversity of immaculate beaches, scenic geology and marine life.

Cathay to resume Shanghai service
CATHAY Pacific Airways has announced that, subject to government approvals, Shanghai will return to the airline’s passenger network in December with a daily return service between Hong Kong International Airport and Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport. Shanghai accounts for 35 per cent of the passenger market and 68 per cent of the cargo market between the mainland and Hong Kong.