Week in review: Travel Industry News

Hotel lobby meeting
Travel News 17 Oct 2016

For week ending 14 October 2016. 

It's been a busy week for the airline industry with carriers announcing new routes, innovations by the UAE Government in how we travel and not to mention the total ban of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on some airlines and routes. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 - banned on flights

Etihad Airways and Emirates have completely banned the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from being carried on their flights. The ban is in the wake of a global recall due to the installation of faulty lithium batteries which could present a risk of combustion and fire. 

Also effective immediately, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) has imposed a total ban on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on all aircraft travelling to, from and within the US. 

The total ban means that these phones cannot be carried in check-in luggage, freight or hand luggage. 

Dubai business tycoon claims Emirates overcharges UAE residents on outbound flights 

Khalaf Al Habtoor has urged the airline to explain why its outbound Dubai flights cost more than double the price of inbound and transit flights. The businessman made the statement on his social media account to a flurry of media attention. 

UAE and South Korea agree to visa-free travel

Emiratis looking to travel to South Korea no long need a visa after an agreement was signed between the two goverments last week. 

The agreement, effective immediately, was signed last week by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. 

45% of UAE residents don't know the travel benefits of their Emirates ID

Reisdents of the UAE, including expatriates, could use their Emirates ID card at the e-gate in Dubai International Terminal 3 upon arrival. The e-gate system has been successfully implemented on all Emirates ID with no need for card holders to activate their card prior to travel. 

Etihad boosts Dallas 

Etihad Airways plans to increase the frequencies of its Abu Dhabi-Dallas/Fort Worth route. The carrier will add four new weekly services from 2 February, raising frequency to a daily service. 

Delta adds LA/Washington

Delta Air Lines is introducing a new daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The route launches on 24 April featuring fully flat-bed seats in First Class. 

Singapore Airlines flat beds Brisbane-bound

Singapore Airlines plans to operate its B777-200ER aircraft on its Singapore/Brisbane route from 30 October. The aircraft, featuring 26 Business Class seats that recline to fully flat beds, will be deployed on flights SQ245/246, which includes the carrier's overnight flight from Brisbane.