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     GoAir Launches Flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Abu Dhabi International Airport
Abu Dhabi Airports has welcomed GoAir’s launch of daily new flights connecting the two most important Indian cities - Mumbai and Delhi to the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.
GoAir’s inaugural flight from Mumbai and Delhi to Abu Dhabi was received with warmth and fanfare, as the Indian subcontinent remains one of the most popular destinations for travelers departing from the UAE. Delhi is the capital of India and Mumbai is considered as the financial capital of the world’s 6th largest economy.
Maarten De Groof, Chief Commercial Officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “I reiterate the fact that GoAir is our most promising new partner and we are pleased to welcome GoAir’s flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Abu Dhabi. India continues to be been one of our largest and most important areas of operations, and we and look forward to ensuring GoAir’s guests enjoy a comfortable and efficient experience throughout Abu Dhabi International Airport where we continue to deploy world-class smart travel solutions, attractive retail offerings, and relaxing lounge spaces.
“This additional service to Abu Dhabi reflects the capital’s status as a key destination and transit hub for business and leisure travelers, forms a part of our strategy to attract new airlines to our network, and will support tourism growth in the Emirate,” added De Groof.
Mr. Jeh Wadia, Managing Director of GoAir, said: “Our daily flights between Mumbai/ Delhi and Abu Dhabi is a manifestation of GoAir’s vision for the Middle East. Here we are, in less than six months, with a new set of routes that symbolizes business and leisure and also reminds us of the historically strong Indian–UAE relationship. GoAir is India’s fastest growing airline and we see Abu Dhabi as the logical extension of our operations. GoAir is delighted to work with Abu Dhabi Airports and its management. I welcome aboard passengers from Mumbai, Delhi and Abu Dhabi on daily direct flight services. FlySmart, fly GoAir.
Earlier this year, GoAir and Safar Travel & Tourism announced the inauguration of the airline’s first flight between Kannur International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport. GoAir is India’s fastest growing airline, committed to providing travelers value for their money through the highest standards of customer service delivery and affordable air fares. With its 50 Airbus A320 fleet of aircraft, the airline offers more than 270 daily flights and approximately 1,600 weekly flights across domestic and international destinations.

Safar Travel & Tourism and Union National Bank sign MoU
ABU DHABI: Al Fahim Group’s travel arm, Safar Travel & Tourism announced their partnership with Union National Bank.

Safar Travel & Tourism’s showed a successful performance in 2012 and 2013. Their outstanding performance of 100 per cent increase in hotel sales in the first two months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, a 32 per cent surge in visitors to tropical destinations from Abu Dhabi in 2012 compared to 2011, as well as a 15 per cent increase of tourists to South Africa in the same period. 

Attending the event from Al Fahim Group were Talal Abdulla Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, CEO Tourism & Industrial Development, Mohammed Abdulla Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, General Manager of Products & Services; from Union National Bank, Ashraf Mohamed Bibars, Senior Vice President & Head of Retail Banking Group; from Swiss International Airlines, Hazel Saldanha, Marketing, Public Relations & Customer Service Manager of UAE & Gulf; from Cathay Pacific Airways, Ambarish Mukherjee, Marketing & Sales Manager of UAE & Oman; and, from Middle East Airlines, Ziad Najjar, Abu Dhabi Manager. 

“I am pleased our partners have joined us today to celebrate Safar Travel & Tourism’s successful performance in 2012 and 2013 as well as our official announcement of new business ventures with Oceania Cruises and Union National Bank. 2012 has been a fruitful year with the surge in airline ticket purchases as well as hotel stays inside and outside of the UAE,” commented Mohammed Al Fahim. 

Ashraf Bibars, commented, “As the bank that cares, Union National Bank is committed to provide excellent value to our customers through our innovative products and services.  This tie-up with Safar Travels is an example of the same providing UNB customers with special benefits and added value.”

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