Month in Review: May 2017

Month in review
Travel News 18 Jun 2017

Qatar update

The blockade against Qatar has certainly had an impact on many companies and individuals in the region who travel to this market.  FCM has been working effectively to offer alternative options to all those affected by this recent announcement. We will continue to update you on further developments and please contact your Account Manager or Travel Consultant should you require further advice. 


Emirates wi-fi price hike

Emirates plans to increase its onboard wi-fi charges from 14 June. All travellers will receive 20MB of free access, double the current allowance, after which a US$9.99 for 150MB or US$15.99 for 500MB charge will apply. Skywards members travelling in first or business will continue to receive free wi-fi for the duration of their flight.


Etihad boosts JFK

Etihad Airways has upped capacity on its Abu Dhabi-New York JFK route. The carrier has switched aircraft on its second daily flight between the two cities from a B777-300ER aircraft to an A380.


Sofitel Dubai Wafi

AccorHotels has plans to open its largest Sofitel property in the Middle East. The Sofitel Dubai Wafi will offer 501 rooms and suites as well as 97 studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments for those requiring an extended stay. Set to open in early 2019, the property will feature a range of dining options, a spa, gym and outdoor swimming pool as well as 10 meeting rooms and a 1,115sqm ballroom for larger events. For business travellers, the hotel offers convenient access to the Dubai International Financial Center, Dubai Healthcare City and Dubai International Conference and Exhibition Centre.