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    As capacity war continues, Jetstar starts Brisbane–Perth service

    The post As capacity war continues, Jetstar starts Brisbane–Perth service appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Jetstar will compete with rival Virgin and Qantas and launch five return services between Brisbane and Perth in time for the summer season. The A320 services will begin in November and increase to daily trips during the peak period, adding more than 100,000 seats between the cities per year. It comes a week after the budget carrier announced it was to increase its domestic capacity to 120 per cent of pre-COVID levels and amid a growing network war between the major airlines rebuilding their market share. Jetstar chief executive Gareth Evans…

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    India unveils economic aid package for Maldives, including $500 mn connectivity project and cargo service | Latest News India

    India on Thursday unveiled a $500-million package to help the Maldives build a connectivity project linking its capital Male with three islands, and provided $250 million as budgetary support to help the Indian Ocean archipelago cope with the Covid-19 crisis. A new cargo ferry service will be launched between the two countries, and people familiar with developments said this will help India replace other countries to become the Maldives’ top trade partner. An air travel bubble between the two sides will become operational from August 18, and India also renewed quotas for supplying essential commodities to the Maldives during 2020-21. The measures were announced during a virtual meeting between external…

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    Dubai airport unveils fast-track passport control service

    The post Dubai airport unveils fast-track passport control service appeared first on TD (Travel Daily Media) Travel Daily. Dubai recently launched a new fast-track passport control service that uses face and iris-recognition technologies. The new biometric systems deployed at 122 smart gates at arrival and departure terminals in Dubai airports enable passengers to complete passport control procedures between 5 and 9 seconds depending on the movement and steps of the passenger. This system contributed to enhancing travellers’ confidence in the emirate, as such precautionary measures in light of the pandemic formed a safety umbrella for them, said Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General, General Directorate of Residency &…