Emirates resumes more flights to the Americas

Emirates resumes more flights to the Americas
The Dubai-based airline currently serves 114 destinations across six continents. (File/AFP)
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Updated 11 January 2021

Emirates resumes more flights to the Americas

Emirates resumes more flights to the Americas
  • The airline will resume flights to Seattle from Feb. 1 and Dallas and San Francisco from March 2
  • In South America, it will also introduce a fifth weekly flight to São Paulo from Feb. 5

DUBAI: Dubai’s Emirates airline has announced it is to resume flights to more destinations in South America and the US, as demand begins to return following the slowdown as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The airline will resume flights to Seattle from Feb. 1 and Dallas and San Francisco from March 2. This will boost to ten the number of cities it flies to in the US, with flights already operating to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Toronto and Washington.

In South America, it will also introduce a fifth weekly flight to São Paulo from Feb. 5. The Dubai-based airline currently serves 114 destinations across six continents.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week announced that total global passenger demand was down 70.3 percent year-on-year in November, a slight improvement on the 70.6 percent year-to-year decline recorded in October.

Middle Eastern airlines saw demand drop 86 percent in the same month, another slight improvement on the 86.9 percent year-on-year drop in October.

The IATA data showed North American demand was down 83 percent in November (and 87.8 percent in October), while in Latin America the drop was 78.6 percent, a strong improvement on the 86.1 percent drop year-on-year in October.


FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event

FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event
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FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event

FII confirms over 140 global speakers for 2021 event
  • The theme for 2020 will be “The Neo-Renaissance”

DUBAI: More than 140 prominent international speakers have been confirmed to speak at this year’s Future Investment Initiative (FII), which will take place on Jan. 27-28.

Some of the top names announced this week include Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman; David Solomon, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs Group; Credit Suisse Group CEO Thomas Gottstein; Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani; Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of Total; Lord Gerry Grimstone, the UK’s minister of state for trade; Hyperloop One co-founder Josh Giegel; and David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group.

The theme for 2020 will be “The Neo-Renaissance,” and due to travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, 60 speakers will attend in-person in Riyadh, while 80 will participate virtually from hubs in New York, Paris, Beijing and Mumbai.

Some of the other speakers will include Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and chairman of the FII Institute; Ray Dalio, co-chairman and chief information officer of Bridgewater Associates; Snam CEO Marco Alvarez; Dr. Sultan Al-Jaber, the UAE’s minister of industry and advanced technology, and special envoy and group CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.; Eric Cantor, vice chairman and managing director of Moelis & Co.; Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World; and Saudi Investment Minister Khalid Al-Falih,

In addition, delegates can expect to hear from Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan Al-Saud, Saudi ambassador to the US; Dr. Kai Fu Lee, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures; Thomas Barrack, executive chairman of Colony Capital; EDF CEO Jean Bernard Lévy; Jean Todt, president of Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile; Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra; and Anthony Scaramucci, founder and managing partner of SkyBridge Capital and former White House director of communications.