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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.

Middle East Airlines holds award ceremony for UAE Top Agents
MEA presenting HE Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, Chairman of Al Fahim Family Council, with Appreciation Plaque

. MEA Abu Dhabi achieved a sales growth of 5% in 2016 over 2015
·A traffic growth of 9% over the same period for MEA Abu Dhabi also recorded
·Alfahim Group’s Safar Travel & Tourism celebrates 50-year partnership with MEA

Abu Dhabi, 28 February 2017, Middle East Airlines (MEA) presented its top agents with special achievement awards at a dedicated event held on 28 February 2017 at the St. Regis Hotel Abu Dhabi. These awards recognize the important role of travel agents in contributing to the airline’s success during the year 2016.
“The agents we work with are an essential part of our accomplishments in achieving growth in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain Territory. Through the years, we have developed strong relationships with each of them,” said Mr. Ziad Najjar, MEA Abu Dhabi Area Manager.

“Our supporting travel agencies are the main reason to sustain our growth and it is important to commend their hard work for we rely on their continued commitment in 2017.”
As Safar Travel & Tourism, formerly known as Abdul Jalil Travel Agency, has been the general sales agent for MEA since 1966, and was Abu Dhabi Airport’s first Arab inauguration flight in 1968, HE Mohammed Abdul Jalil Al Fahim, Chairman of Al Fahim Family Council, presented an appreciation trophy to Mr. Ziad Najjar for the long-standing business partnership.

At the ceremony, Mr. Awj Khalil, newly appointed Senior Operations Manager of Safar, praised, “Trust and commitment have built a strong foundation for our 50-year partnership. Combined with our pioneering spirit and talented professionals in Alfahim Group’s travel arm, Safar, we have been able to consistently deliver quality services to the influx of tourists traveling to Lebanon this past year and every year before that.” 

In spite of the unstable political situation in Lebanon, MEA has sustained a growth in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi of 5% in sales compared to 2015 achieving a profit year after year, as well as a traffic growth of 9%
MEA has also expanded its network by officially joining SkyTeam Alliance in 2012, and in the same year MEA signed a contract to purchase 10 neo Airbus 320-321. Delivery of the plans are expected in 2018.

In 1945, MEA was established and launched its first service from Beirut to the neighboring cities of Syria, Cyprus, Egypt then Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and other destinations in the Gulf. In 1963, after the merger with Air Liban, MEA added new European, Middle Eastern and West African destinations to its worldwide network, and commenced its service to Abu Dhabi in July 1968.

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