Flydubai, keen on operating a double digit to Sri Lanka
Flydubai, Dubai’s pioneering low-cost airline, said that they are
keen on operating a double digit daily frequency to Colombo
Press Officer, flydubai Houda Al Kaissi speaking to the Daily News
Business at the Arabian Travel Mart said that they already operate daily
flights and are keen to increase frequencies. “We have a fleet of 23
aircrafts and would be getting three more end of the year and are very
keen to have two flights a day to Sri Lanka,” she said.
The official said that the airline is also keen to operate some of
these flights to Sri Lanka’s second international airport Mattala from
She said that the airline is high on load factors and thisis the
reason are keen to add flights.
“After the Ramazan period we expect a higher demand to Sri Lanka,”
she said. Al Kaissi also added that they have as many passengers that
fly to Colombo from CIS countries and this market too is growing,
The airline with Jetwing Travels as their general Sales Agent in Sri
Lanka has cemented its position as the world's fastest growing start-up
airline ever with the start of flights to its 50th destination to Kyrgyz
Republic in less than three years expanding its operational route
network to 28 countries across the GCC, Middle East, North Africa,
Indian sub-continent, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.
Over the past three years it has incorporated avant-garde systems
such as Boeing Sky Interior and the ‘Fiber-To-The-Screen In-Flight
Entertainment (IFE) system from Lumexis.
With the airline’s growing regional footprint, it has also taken
significant steps towards reducing its environmental impact by fitting
the aircraft with winglets, carbon brakes, Zonal Dryin System, all
designed to increase the aircraft’s efficiency and reduce weight,
therefore saving on fuel burn. Flydubai’s dynamic growth and pioneering
attitude in the aviation industry has not gone unnoticed, with the
airline winning a number of plaudits including being named Low Cost
Airline of the Year at both the Business Traveller Middle East Awards
and Aviation Business Awards 2011.
Emirates voted Cargo Airline of the year
Emirates SkyCargo has been voted Cargo Airline of the Year and, for
the 24th consecutive year, was also named Best Middle East Cargo
Ram Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo
after being presented the Cargo Airline of the Year award.
Also pictured Jacqui McArthur, Emirates Cargo Controller,
Bill McPherson, Emirates Airport Services Manager London
Heathrow, and Phil Rawlings, Emirates Cargo Manager
The carrier “which was also named Best African Cargo Airline -
received the accolades at the prestigious Cargo Airline of the Year 2012
awards held at London's Lancaster Hotel.
“These awards are voted for by our industry and their recognition of
the continued success of Emirates SkyCargo is a great honour,” said Ram
Menen, Emirates Divisional Senior Vice President Cargo, who was present
at the event.
Emirates SkyCargo receives the awards at a time of continuing growth.
A fourth Boeing 777F joined its fleet earlier this year, taking its
dedicated fleet to eight aircraft, with a further nine Boeing 777Fs on
Since January, Emirates has introduced services to eight new
destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Dallas, Lusaka,
Harare, Liege and Seattle.
It will also launch flights to Ho Chi Minh City in June, Lisbon and
Barcelona in July, and Washington DC in September.
Emirates SkyCargo currently serves a route network of over 120
destinations from its Dubai hub, spanning six continents across the
globe. The Cargo Airline of the Year 2012 awards are organized by trade
magazine Air Cargo news and attract votes from freight forwarders around
the world. The awards are the only event where the British International
Freight Association audits and approves the votes cast. In the 2010-11
financial year, Emirates SkyCargo carried 1.8 million tonnes of cargo
across its network, contributing 17.4 per cent - US$ 2.4 billion - of
the airline's total transport revenue. Based out of Dubai International
Airport, its $327million 43,600 square metre Cargo Mega Terminal is
designed to handle 1.2 million tonnes of cargo a year.
Emirates' 171-strong fleet â€“ including eight freighters (four
Boeing 777Fs, two 747-400Fs and two 747-400ERFs) - is one of the
youngest in the skies. Emirates SkyCargo serves a global route network
that spans 123 points in 73 countries, including 12 cargo-only
destinations, while more than 50 of the locations Emirates SkyCargo
serves are e-freight compliant.
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Demand growth compromised by high oil prices
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global
traffic results for March showing that total passenger demand rose 7.6%
and freight demand climbed 0.3% compared to the same month last year.
Comparisons with March last year are affected by events that
depressed passenger demand in 2011, including the Arab Spring, which
disrupted travel in the Middle East and North Africa beginning in
February 2011 and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011 that
impacted air travel across the Asia-Pacific region.
IATA estimates that the year-on-year rise in air travel in March was
about two percentage points higher than it would otherwise have been in
the absence of these events.
Cargo demand, meanwhile, was affected by the timing of the Chinese
New Year, which occurred in January this year leading to stronger
February shipments but took place in February 2011 leading to stronger
March 2011 shipments and weaker year-to-year comparisons. Compared to
February 2012, March air cargo demand was significantly stronger by
“If we discount the industry’s growth by two percentage points as a
result of the extraordinary events in 2011, airlines still managed an
expansion in the range of 5-6%.
Given the prevailing economic conditions with some European states
returning to recession, passenger demand is holding up well.
But this is bringing little relief to the bottom line because yields
are not keeping pace with the continued very high price of oil,” said
Tony Tyler, IATA’s Director General and CEO. Oil prices have remained
stubbornly above $100/barrel (Brent crude) for the past 14 months. In
2008, oil prices rose from $90/barrel in January to a peak of
$147/barrel in late July. But by November, they had fallen back to less
“We have not seen such sustained high oil prices previously. Jet fuel
prices have risen 8% since January. Considering that fuel now accounts
for 34% of average operating costs, it’s an increase that hurts,” said
Total passenger capacity rose 4.4% compared to March 2011, resulting
in a load factor of 78.3%, up 2.4 percentage points over the year-ago
period. Freight capacity, however, climbed 1.7% year-on-year, above the
rate of demand, placing pressure on load factors.
Air India Express introduces seasonal fares to Chennai
Air India Express, the low-cost airline subsidiary of Air India
launched its seasonal fares this April. To introduce this promotional
offer, the staff of Air India Express Sri Lanka recently held a road
show in the town of Kandy. The program was attended by the Country
Manager for Air India Madhuri Samudre.
Air India Express which commenced services in 2005 currently flies to
over 30 destinations including thrice weekly services from Colombo to
Chennai. Although a low cost carrier, the airline provides a
complimentary light meal to its passengers as well as limited onboard
Keeping in line with its mission to provide convenient connectivity
at the most affordable prices to passengers the airline currently offers
the lowest return air fares to Chennai at Rs.13,800. Millennium
Transportation Pvt Ltd, a member of the Hayleys Group is the sole
General Sales Agent for Air India Express in Sri Lanka.