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UN confirms record one billion international tourists in 2012

Global tourism has achieved a new record as one billion tourists travelled around the world, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has said. The one billionth tourist made the arrival December 13, 2012, the UN agency stated. “Today, we welcome the symbolic arrival of the one-billionth tourist,” said UNWTO Secretary-General, …

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World airlines to return $6.7b profit in 2012, Africa expected to breakeven

Airlines globally are expected to make a profit of $6.7 billion at the end of the year 2012, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said December 13, 2012 in the upward revision to its industry financial outlook. Earlier in October this year, the Geneva-based group forecast a $4.1 billion profit …

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Ghana to temporarily shut down key region airport

The Kumasi airport, one of Ghana’s key region airports will be closed down temporarily December 18, 2012, the Ghana Airports Company Ltd (GACL) has announced. The closure is to enable managers of the airport to undertake some rehabilitation works on the runway, officials said in a statement December 14, 2012. …

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Delta marks six years of US-Ghana flight service

Delta Airlines is celebrating six years of nonstop service between Ghana and the United States this month. Delta launched its first flight between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport in December 2006 and today operates a five weekly nonstop service between Accra and New York-JFK …

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Ethiopian Airlines marks first year as Star Alliance member

Ethiopian Airlines today December 13, 2012 celebrated its first year as a Star Alliance member. The carrier has therefore lined-up various prizes for its customers to mark the celebration. A statement issued by the airline said Ethiopian will “award round trip tickets for passengers, who fly on Ethiopian from one …

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IATA forecasts 3.6 billion airline passengers in 2016

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has forecast that airlines will carry about 3.6 billion passengers in 2016, about 800 million more than the 2.8 billion passengers carried by airlines in 2011. In its Airline Industry Forecast 2012-2016 released December 6, 2012, the Geneva-based association said passenger growth will expand …

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British Airways to get new Boeing, Airbus aircraft with new seating layout

British Airways has announced cabin design and layout for its new Boeing 787 and Airbus A380 long-haul aircraft due to be delivered in six months. The B787 Dreamliner would accommodate 214 BA customers while the A380, would be the largest aircraft in the BA fleet, accommodating 469 passengers. The 24 …

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Emirates brings Boeing 777-300ER on Accra-Dubai route in 2013

Emirates Airlines says it would introduce a Boeing 777-300ER on its Accra-Dubai route effective January 01, 2013, a year after it upgraded to the Airbus A340-500 in February 2012. To meet growing demand, the upgraded aircraft will offer 12 luxurious First Class seats, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and …

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Ghana’s Beyin Beach among CNN’s best 25 African beaches

The Benyin Beach located in the Western Region of Ghana has been listed among CNN’s top 25 beaches in Africa. The Beyin Beach placed 18th in the list which the cable TV released November 24, 2012. The Sharm el-Sheikh beach in Egypt was number one on the list. “It’s a …

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Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines joins SkyTeam alliance

China’s Xiamen Airlines has joined the global airline alliance, SkyTeam, making it the 19th member of the alliance and the fourth from the greater china region. Xiamen’s membership strengthens SkyTeam’s footprints in China and its overall number one position in the region by adding three new hubs-Xiamen, Fuzhou and Hangzhou-combined …

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