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”.


News source: atn.aero

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


Source: atn.aero

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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HKIA Holds Multi-Scenario Field Exercise for Emergency Incidents

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Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) arranged a multi-scenario field exercise at the non-restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) during morning of May 19, giving various related parties the opportunity to review and refresh their contingency measures in case of an emergency incident at the airport.

The first scenario simulated a suspect who was noticed loitering and acting suspiciously at the Meeters & Greeters Hall in Terminal 1, near the ticketing counters of the Airport Express (AEL). MTR Corporation (MTR) staff reported the situation to the AA, which accordingly contacted Police and Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO). Following emergency response procedures, police subdued the suspect while passengers were directed to safe areas.

In another scenario testing emergency response measures to a fire and hostage situation in the AEL area, a simulated suspect ran to the AEL platform after loitering at the Meeters & Greeters Hall. He then boarded a train and set fire with a bottle of inflammable liquid on his hand, before returning to the platform with a hostage held at knifepoint. As part of the scenario, the suspect then pushed the hostage away and brandished his knife at other passengers on the platform. The MTR responded by guiding members of the public to safe areas. Police arrived upon the scene immediately and subdued the suspect at the AEL platform, while FSD extinguished the fire and medical teams attended to the injured. The exercise included simulated injuries to more than 10 passengers, who were diverted to the Assembly Point for medical treatment.

The exercise was jointly organised by the AA with the Airport Security Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), Fire Services Department (FSD), MTR, AVSECO and other related medical teams – aiming to test relevant response procedures and plans in the event of an emergency situation, as well as to strengthen communications between parties and verify the readiness of equipment and facilities.

Each year HKIA conducts more than 100 drills, exercises and training seminars covering a number of operational disruption and emergency response scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents and security issues. Participants in this field exercise included the following organisations: (in alphabetical order)

• Aviation Security Company Limited
• Civil Aid Service
• Fire Services Department
• Hong Kong Police Force
• Port Health Office
• Raffles Medical Group


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Smart Business Travelers Need Air Ambulance Service Coverage

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Do you travel always away from home due to your job requirements? Business travel has increased dramatically over the past few decades. More and more, people are sent many miles away from home to perform business duties. In many cases, travelers are even sent out of their home country on business.

The good business traveler comes prepared for the trip with all of the appropriate luggage, business files, and a laptop, but often something is missing. You may think you leave home fully prepared for the trip, but in reality, you’re vulnerable. The business traveler may not be prepared for a medical emergency during the trip. Emergencies can happen anytime and anywhere. Just for this reason, people who travel away from home on frequent business trips should be prepared for such an emergency.

Although no one ever wants to use air ambulance services, it is possible the need may arise. The cost of a trip in an air ambulance can be extremely expensive. Fees can range from $10,000 to $75,000 per trip.

Business travelers really should consider purchasing air ambulance service coverage for those times when they are away from home. Not all air ambulance service coverage providers offer equal coverage. Carefully read the the policy with caution. It is important to know when air ambulance service is covered, when it is available, and at what charge to you.

Do your best to select a plan that will allow you to be transported by a medical staffed air ambulance under any health condition. Be certain that you are able to determine the destination. It won’t be helpful to be dropped off at some suspicious hospital along the route that is still miles from home. Its important that you be transported to the hospital of your choice, especially if you are concerned about being near family or at a hospital in your health insurance network.

Locating an air ambulance service coverage Plan that has no conditions about pre-existing health conditions is very important. As you read the details of the coverage plan, try to look for any loopholes that exclude coverage. If too many exclusions apply, look elsewhere for reputable coverage.

Companies can supply air ambulance service coverage for business travelers at a reduced rate to the employees or as part of a benefits package. Speak to your employer today to find out if this option is available for you. If coverage is not available through your employer, it is wise to search for this coverage on your own to protect yourself, your family, and your finances.

The next time you travel away from home, don’t just grab your files and your computer. Bring with you confidence and peace of mind that you are covered in an emergency. Should you need to be transported by an air ambulance while away on business, you will know that you can protect your wallet with service coverage. When an emergency arises, you can quickly be transferred to a hospital near home and family without incurring the costly expense.