Weekly Travel Updates (30 June-7 July)

Here’s an overview of all the developments in the travel and tourism sector in the week that went by (30 June to 7 July 2014).

SpiceJet flights to Dubai from Mumbai and Madurai to restart from 21 July

SpiceJet will soon resume its flights from Mumbai to Dubai and Madurai to Dubai from 21 July  2014. The services to these routes were suspended in May due to runway work at Dubai Airport.  With the recommencement of services, there is a promotional offer on bookings made till 10 July 2014 for travel between 21-31 July 2104. The promotional fare for the Mumbai-Dubai flight starts at INR 5,499 and for the Madurai-Dubai flight it is INR 5,999.

Photo of SpiceJet Airplane (by Ramon)


New railway budget likely to include 2 bullet trains

India’s dream for a high-speed rail network might get fulfilled really soon as the new railway budget is likely to include plans for two categories of bullet trains. The first will include bullet trains capable of speeds of upto 300 kmph on dedicated corridors. The second proposal is for high speed trains (130-150 kmph) on existing tracks.

AirAsia India expects to hit gold in India

AirAsia intends to have 6 planes by the year-end. Since its launch on 12 June, they have 2 routes connecting Bangalore with Goa and Chennai. They plan to launch Bangalore-Kochi flights on 20 July. The group’s CEO, Tony Fernandes, said that the airlines would now obtain rights to start international services from India.

Goa to promote itself as a wellness destination at the Arabian Travel Market

Goa is set to promote itself as a centre for wellness, yoga and ayurveda at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM). Their aim is to attract travellers from Middle-East during the monsoon season. ATM  is the biggest travel and tourism event in the Middle East and a lot of travel agents and hoteliers will promote Goa at the venue.

Photo of Beach Yoga (by Andrew Kalat)

Security beefed up for flights headed to the US from Europe and the Middle East

 The Obama government has implemented enhanced security measures for flights coming to the United States from Europe and the Middle East. These changes are a result of new intelligence about terror groups that are working on new types of explosives that are harder to detect.