UAE economic boom propels airlines trade

DUBAI — Bilateral ties between the UAE and Far Eastern countries, the expansion of the national carrier's route network to Asia Pacific, and the setting up of businesses by Asian companies in Dubai have been the main contributors to the growth of airlines operating in the UAE.

By Ramona Ruiz

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Published: Wed 22 Dec 2004, 10:42 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:32 PM

This was highlighted by S. Zainul Aljunied, General Manager, Gulf, Singapore Airlines, in an interview with Khaleej Times.

He said that the increasing economic activities have augured well for airlines operating in the UAE. “A lot of companies from the Far East are investing here, and there has been an increased traffic between the UAE and the Far East,” Aljunied said.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) currently operates 10 weekly non-stop Boeing 777 flights between Dubai and Singapore. SIA operates a daily flight to Singapore at a very convenient departure time of 8pm from Dubai, arriving at 7.30am on the following day. The airline also operates four weekly flights between Dubai and Istanbul and three weekly flights between Dubai and Cairo.

Aljunied said that comparisons cannot be made between 2004 and 2003 as the latter has been a bad year for the aviation industry due to SARS and the Iraq war.

“Everything looks impressive in 2004 as compared to 2002. We had close to 100 per cent passenger load factor in the summer months of 2004. The year 2002 was actually a much better year for us with Singapore Airlines having extra capacity for turn-around flights,” he said.

Meanwhile, Aljunied announced the launch of 'Festive Offers to Great Destinations' holiday packages to nine cities at bargain prices. Supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, the packages aim to provide leisure travellers an opportunity to visit Singapore, three Malaysian cities, three cities in Thailand, Bali in Indonesia and Istanbul in Turkey during Eid Al Adha and mid-term school holidays. Validity is from January 1 to 31, 2005.

'Festive Offers to Great Destinations' starts at Dh2,030 for three days and two nights' package in Singapore and Dh2,040 for Langkawi in Malaysia. The package price includes return economy class airfare to the destination, hotel accommodation, daily breakfast and airport-hotel-airport transfers.

In addition, similar packages to Kuala Lumpur starts from Dh2, 070, Penang at Dh2, 110, Chiang Mai at Dh2, 080, Phuket at Dh2, 210, Krabi at Dh2, 370, Bali at Dh2, 450 and Istanbul at Dh1, 260.

There will be a wide choice of hotels available at each destination, choice to upgrade accommodation to a higher category with a nominal surcharge and flexibility to extend one's stay at reduced prices.

Passengers travelling to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia can avail of 'Singapore Stopover Holiday’, which costs $27 for the first night in a quality hotel. It also includes free admission to seven tourist attractions in Singapore and unlimited rides on SIA Hop-on Bus and discounts for shopping and dining.

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