For Travelers: Safety and Security are Top Concerns

Safety and security are the most important factors when choosing a travel destination for 2016 for almost half (46%) of holidaymakers in a survey of over 2,300 people by travel insurance specialist

However, over half (60%) of those surveyed said their travel plans for the next six months were unchanged following recent global events such as the Paris attacks and Sharm el-Sheikh airline tragedy, while just under one in eight (12%) of respondents stated that they were less likely to go abroad.

Seeking the best deal, three quarters (75%) of respondents stated that they have already started to plan their holidays for next year, of which over a third (34%) have set their sights on long haul destinations. Over one in seven (14%) of holidaymakers stated that they are likely to take a staycation in 2016, while over a quarter (28%) stated that they were more likely to take an international holiday in the next six months than before.

Price-savvy travellers put “value for money” as the second most important factor in deciding a destination; with over a third (33%) ranking it as the most important. Over half (52%) of respondents stated that fluctuating currency exchange rates were the least important factor.

Amber Howard, brand manager of, said: “Travelling the world and exploring new places is always exciting but it is interesting to see how attitudes towards destinations have changed. Our customers’ safety is always the highest priority for us, and we encourage people to check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before departing, for more information on their chosen destination.

“Travel insurance can give you the peace of mind knowing that you are covered should the worst happen when you are abroad – from lost luggage to unexpected medical expenses. Always check that your policy is suitable for your needs and activities – especially if you are planning on doing extreme sports as they are not always covered as standard.”

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Bahrain Airport Company conducts successful Hazard Material Accident Exercise

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In line with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), conducted a Hazard Material “Chemical Liquid” Accident Exercise on the 24th of April. The participants involved in the activity were , Ministry of Interior Operations Directorate, Civil Defense & Fire Services, Airport Police, Airport Customs, BAC Airport Rescue & Firefighting Services, BAC security, BAC Airside Operations, BAC Corporate Communications, BAC Health, Safety & Environment, King Hamad University Hospital and Bahrain Airport Services (BAS). The purpose of a radioactive accident exercise is to ensure the adequacy of the plan to cope with different types of accident/incident scenarios that may occur at Bahrain International Airport.



UNWTO: No Reason to Be Afraid to Travel to Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles

The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express a common message of confidence on the measures being taken by Madagascar to overcome the plague outbreak.

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The meeting was convened and chaired by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of Kenya Mrs. Fatuma HirsiI Mohamed, representing the chair of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, Minister Najib Balala.

Ministers recalled that all countries are taking the measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and expressed their confidence that these are going on the right direction.

UNWTO Secretary-General recalled that WHO does not recommend any travel bans on Madagascar and that “based on the available information to date, the risk of international spread of plague appears very low”.


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World’s Busiest International Passenger Routes Revealed

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As 275 airlines gather in Barcelona over the coming days for World Routes 2017, including the world’s top ten carriers by capacity, Routesonline can reveal the 20 busiest non-stop international passenger routes on earth.

With an average of 80 flights per day – that’s one every 18 minutes – Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) was the busiest during July 2017, the research has found.

A total of 451,801 passengers travelled the 802km between the densely-populated autonomous territory of Hong Kong and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The July total was 4.6 percent higher than June and 129,313 more passengers than the second busiest international route on earth, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN).

Cathay Pacific Airways had the most capacity on the route with 309,439 available seats, followed by China Airlines with 182,986. Other operators to fly HKG-TPE are EVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Dragon.

As with the busiest overall routes in the world, services in the Asia Pacific region dominated the rankings with the entire top ten taken up by routes in Asia, and just two from outside the region making the top 20. Perhaps surprisingly, neither of these routes were in North or South America.

At 12 was Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP), linking Russia’s capital city with Crimea, while at 16th was the leisure route of Duesseldorf (DUS) – Palma de Mallorca (PMI), linking German’s seventh most populous city with the holiday island of Mallorca.

The busiest international routes were calculated by using OAG to find the top 100 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranking them by passenger statistics on Sabre.

The most expensive route in the top 20 was Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) – operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines – with an average base fare of $333.08. The cheapest was Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS), operated by a string of low-cost carrers including NIKI, Eurowings and Germania.

The data:

July 2017 June 2017
Rank Route Available capacity Passengers Base fare ($) Passengers Base fare ($) Distance (km)
1 Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) 701892 451801 94.25 432128 92.57 802
2 Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 482226 322488 127.85 295880 123.09 896
3 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 468756 269395 77.97 241931 74.78 296
4 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 328374 233920 109.96 211902 131.87 872
5 Hong Kong (HKG) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 405424 225888 220.07 233561 200.5 1247
6 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 269647 200131 208.60 198981 194.5 1714
7 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Hong Kong (HKG) 372471 197935 160.04 200385 166.08 2080
8 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) – Hong Kong (HKG) 405956 197313 162.25 191738 140.89 1694
9 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) 251584 197175 238.74 183917 253.9 2193
10 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) 312296 195988 62.93 166515 64.78 1142
11 Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 356207 187128 242.15 171961 241.44 2587
12 Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP) 284362 186239 86.17 194459 81.03 1188
13 Singapore Changi (SIN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 310201 173660 133.06 181337 142.17 1431
14 Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) 306205 169666 333.08 176880 344.82 2011
15 Seoul Gimpo (GMP) – Tokyo Intl (Haneda) 191994 166402 234.23 164768 239.39 1194
16 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS) 191919 165758 44.95 157063 48.45 1362
17 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 240393 163274 251.15 150651 243.7 3681
18 Osaka Kansai International (KIX) – Hong Kong (HKG) 255378 163154 247.89 145716 242.62 2484
19 Hong Kong (HKG) – Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) 307335 162647 93.14 143990 101.98 1145
20 Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 23



NHS Care Pathway to Improve Treatment of Pilots and Crew

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The British Airline Pilots’ Association has worked with clinical toxicologists at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Civil Aviation Authority, easyJet and academia to create a care pathway for patients presenting with possible cabin air-related symptoms, which can include itching or soreness of the eyes, nasal discharge, sore throat or coughing.

In recent years, concerns have been raised about possible long-term adverse health effects of exposure to contaminants in cabin air.

BALPA says it’s important to have a clear pathway in place. As the problem is complex, some cases may require medical specialists to assess them correctly.

BALPA Head of Flight Safety, Dr Rob Hunter, said:

“Care pathways are approved by authoritative medical bodies and represent the best use of NHS resources.

“Although the vast majority of fume events do not lead to crew and passengers requiring treatment, we want to ensure the proper processes are put in place for those who do.

“Working with our partners we feel this new pathway will enable doctors to take the appropriate steps to ensure the affected person gets the best treatment.

“We believe until now, there has been a lot of confusing information and pilots have been unsure as to who they should see if they have persisting symptoms.

“BALPA hopes that the work we’ve done in this area will give pilots a clearer understanding of who is best to treat them.

“We also hope that use of the pathway will facilitate further research, which would be led by the centre of excellence at the Clinical Toxicology Unit of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, in understanding the possible health effects of contaminated cabin air.


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