Bahrain Airport Company Conducts Successful Hazard Material Accident Exercise

Bahrain Airport

In line with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), the operator and managing body of Bahrain International Airport (BIA), conducted a Hazard Material “Chemical Liquid” Accident Exercise on the 24th of April. The participants involved in the activity were , Ministry of Interior Operations Directorate, Civil Defense & Fire Services, Airport Police, Airport Customs, BAC Airport Rescue & Firefighting Services, BAC security, BAC Airside Operations, BAC Corporate Communications, BAC Health, Safety & Environment, King Hamad University Hospital and Bahrain Airport Services (BAS). The purpose of a radioactive accident exercise is to ensure the adequacy of the plan to cope with different types of accident/incident scenarios that may occur at Bahrain International Airport.

UNWTO: No Reason to Be Afraid to Travel to Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles

The Minister of Tourism of Madagascar, Roland Ratsiraka, the Minister of Tourism of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC and the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine of the Seychelles, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne met at the sidelines of the World Travel Market in London to express a common message of confidence on the measures being taken by Madagascar to overcome the plague outbreak.meeting was convened and chaired by UNWTO

The meeting was convened and chaired by UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, in the presence of the Permanent Secretary of Kenya Mrs. Fatuma HirsiI Mohamed, representing the chair of the UNWTO Commission for Africa, Minister Najib Balala.

Ministers recalled that all countries are taking the measures recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), and expressed their confidence that these are going on the right direction.

UNWTO Secretary-General recalled that WHO does not recommend any travel bans on Madagascar and that “based on the available information to date, the risk of international spread of plague appears very low”.

 

News source: atn.aero

World’s Busiest International Passenger Routes Revealed

 

air passenger routes map

As 275 airlines gather in Barcelona over the coming days for World Routes 2017, including the world’s top ten carriers by capacity, Routesonline can reveal the 20 busiest non-stop international passenger routes on earth.

With an average of 80 flights per day – that’s one every 18 minutes – Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) was the busiest during July 2017, the research has found.

A total of 451,801 passengers travelled the 802km between the densely-populated autonomous territory of Hong Kong and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The July total was 4.6 percent higher than June and 129,313 more passengers than the second busiest international route on earth, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN).

Cathay Pacific Airways had the most capacity on the route with 309,439 available seats, followed by China Airlines with 182,986. Other operators to fly HKG-TPE are EVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Dragon.

As with the busiest overall routes in the world, services in the Asia Pacific region dominated the rankings with the entire top ten taken up by routes in Asia, and just two from outside the region making the top 20. Perhaps surprisingly, neither of these routes were in North or South America.

At 12 was Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP), linking Russia’s capital city with Crimea, while at 16th was the leisure route of Duesseldorf (DUS) – Palma de Mallorca (PMI), linking German’s seventh most populous city with the holiday island of Mallorca.

The busiest international routes were calculated by using OAG to find the top 100 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranking them by passenger statistics on Sabre.

The most expensive route in the top 20 was Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) – operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines – with an average base fare of $333.08. The cheapest was Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS), operated by a string of low-cost carrers including NIKI, Eurowings and Germania.


The data:

July 2017 June 2017
Rank Route Available capacity Passengers Base fare ($) Passengers Base fare ($) Distance (km)
1 Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) 701892 451801 94.25 432128 92.57 802
2 Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 482226 322488 127.85 295880 123.09 896
3 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 468756 269395 77.97 241931 74.78 296
4 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 328374 233920 109.96 211902 131.87 872
5 Hong Kong (HKG) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 405424 225888 220.07 233561 200.5 1247
6 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 269647 200131 208.60 198981 194.5 1714
7 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Hong Kong (HKG) 372471 197935 160.04 200385 166.08 2080
8 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) – Hong Kong (HKG) 405956 197313 162.25 191738 140.89 1694
9 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) 251584 197175 238.74 183917 253.9 2193
10 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) 312296 195988 62.93 166515 64.78 1142
11 Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 356207 187128 242.15 171961 241.44 2587
12 Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP) 284362 186239 86.17 194459 81.03 1188
13 Singapore Changi (SIN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 310201 173660 133.06 181337 142.17 1431
14 Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) 306205 169666 333.08 176880 344.82 2011
15 Seoul Gimpo (GMP) – Tokyo Intl (Haneda) 191994 166402 234.23 164768 239.39 1194
16 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS) 191919 165758 44.95 157063 48.45 1362
17 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 240393 163274 251.15 150651 243.7 3681
18 Osaka Kansai International (KIX) – Hong Kong (HKG) 255378 163154 247.89 145716 242.62 2484
19 Hong Kong (HKG) – Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) 307335 162647 93.14 143990 101.98 1145
20 Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 23

 

Source: routesonline.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As hundreds of airlines from around the world gather in Barcelona for World Routes 2017, Routesonline can reveal the top international routes by passenger numbers.

As 275 airlines gather in Barcelona over the coming days for World Routes 2017, including the world’s top ten carriers by capacity, Routesonline can reveal the 20 busiest non-stop international passenger routes on earth.

With an average of 80 flights per day – that’s one every 18 minutes – Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) was the busiest during July 2017, the research has found.

A total of 451,801 passengers travelled the 802km between the densely-populated autonomous territory of Hong Kong and Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. The July total was 4.6 percent higher than June and 129,313 more passengers than the second busiest international route on earth, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN).

Cathay Pacific Airways had the most capacity on the route with 309,439 available seats, followed by China Airlines with 182,986. Other operators to fly HKG-TPE are EVA Airways, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Dragon.

As with the busiest overall routes in the world, services in the Asia Pacific region dominated the rankings with the entire top ten taken up by routes in Asia, and just two from outside the region making the top 20. Perhaps surprisingly, neither of these routes were in North or South America.

At 12 was Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP), linking Russia’s capital city with Crimea, while at 16th was the leisure route of Duesseldorf (DUS) – Palma de Mallorca (PMI), linking German’s seventh most populous city with the holiday island of Mallorca.

The busiest international routes were calculated by using OAG to find the top 100 routes in the world by capacity in July 2017 and then ranking them by passenger statistics on Sabre.

The most expensive route in the top 20 was Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) – operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines – with an average base fare of $333.08. The cheapest was Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS), operated by a string of low-cost carrers including NIKI, Eurowings and Germania.


The data:

July 2017 June 2017
Rank Route Available capacity Passengers Base fare ($) Passengers Base fare ($) Distance (km)
1 Hong Kong (HKG) – Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) 701892 451801 94.25 432128 92.57 802
2 Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 482226 322488 127.85 295880 123.09 896
3 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 468756 269395 77.97 241931 74.78 296
4 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 328374 233920 109.96 211902 131.87 872
5 Hong Kong (HKG) – Shanghai Pudong (PVG) 405424 225888 220.07 233561 200.5 1247
6 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Osaka Kansai (KIX) 269647 200131 208.60 198981 194.5 1714
7 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Hong Kong (HKG) 372471 197935 160.04 200385 166.08 2080
8 Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) – Hong Kong (HKG) 405956 197313 162.25 191738 140.89 1694
9 Taipei Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE) – Tokyo Narita (NRT) 251584 197175 238.74 183917 253.9 2193
10 Kuala Lumpur (KUL) – Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) 312296 195988 62.93 166515 64.78 1142
11 Hong Kong (HKG) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 356207 187128 242.15 171961 241.44 2587
12 Moscow Domodedovo (DME) – Simferopol (SIP) 284362 186239 86.17 194459 81.03 1188
13 Singapore Changi (SIN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 310201 173660 133.06 181337 142.17 1431
14 Hong Kong (HKG) – Beijing Capital (PEK) 306205 169666 333.08 176880 344.82 2011
15 Seoul Gimpo (GMP) – Tokyo Intl (Haneda) 191994 166402 234.23 164768 239.39 1194
16 Palma de Mallorca (PMI) – Duesseldorf (DUS) 191919 165758 44.95 157063 48.45 1362
17 Seoul Incheon (ICN) – Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK) 240393 163274 251.15 150651 243.7 3681
18 Osaka Kansai International (KIX) – Hong Kong (HKG) 255378 163154 247.89 145716 242.62 2484
19 Hong Kong (HKG) – Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) 307335 162647 93.14 143990 101.98 1145
20 Manila Ninoy Aquino (MNL) – Singapore Changi (SIN) 23

 

Source: atn.aero

NHS Care Pathway to Improve Treatment of Pilots and Crew

NHS sign

The British Airline Pilots’ Association has worked with clinical toxicologists at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Civil Aviation Authority, easyJet and academia to create a care pathway for patients presenting with possible cabin air-related symptoms, which can include itching or soreness of the eyes, nasal discharge, sore throat or coughing.

In recent years, concerns have been raised about possible long-term adverse health effects of exposure to contaminants in cabin air.

BALPA says it’s important to have a clear pathway in place. As the problem is complex, some cases may require medical specialists to assess them correctly.

BALPA Head of Flight Safety, Dr Rob Hunter, said:

“Care pathways are approved by authoritative medical bodies and represent the best use of NHS resources.

“Although the vast majority of fume events do not lead to crew and passengers requiring treatment, we want to ensure the proper processes are put in place for those who do.

“Working with our partners we feel this new pathway will enable doctors to take the appropriate steps to ensure the affected person gets the best treatment.

“We believe until now, there has been a lot of confusing information and pilots have been unsure as to who they should see if they have persisting symptoms.

“BALPA hopes that the work we’ve done in this area will give pilots a clearer understanding of who is best to treat them.

“We also hope that use of the pathway will facilitate further research, which would be led by the centre of excellence at the Clinical Toxicology Unit of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, in understanding the possible health effects of contaminated cabin air.”

 

News source: atn.aero

HKIA Holds Multi-Scenario Field Exercise for Emergency Incidents

view of Hong Kong International Airport

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) arranged a multi-scenario field exercise at the non-restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) during morning of May 19, giving various related parties the opportunity to review and refresh their contingency measures in case of an emergency incident at the airport.

The first scenario simulated a suspect who was noticed loitering and acting suspiciously at the Meeters & Greeters Hall in Terminal 1, near the ticketing counters of the Airport Express (AEL). MTR Corporation (MTR) staff reported the situation to the AA, which accordingly contacted Police and Aviation Security Company Limited (AVSECO). Following emergency response procedures, police subdued the suspect while passengers were directed to safe areas.

In another scenario testing emergency response measures to a fire and hostage situation in the AEL area, a simulated suspect ran to the AEL platform after loitering at the Meeters & Greeters Hall. He then boarded a train and set fire with a bottle of inflammable liquid on his hand, before returning to the platform with a hostage held at knifepoint. As part of the scenario, the suspect then pushed the hostage away and brandished his knife at other passengers on the platform. The MTR responded by guiding members of the public to safe areas. Police arrived upon the scene immediately and subdued the suspect at the AEL platform, while FSD extinguished the fire and medical teams attended to the injured. The exercise included simulated injuries to more than 10 passengers, who were diverted to the Assembly Point for medical treatment.

The exercise was jointly organised by the AA with the Airport Security Unit of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKP), Fire Services Department (FSD), MTR, AVSECO and other related medical teams – aiming to test relevant response procedures and plans in the event of an emergency situation, as well as to strengthen communications between parties and verify the readiness of equipment and facilities.

Each year HKIA conducts more than 100 drills, exercises and training seminars covering a number of operational disruption and emergency response scenarios, including severe weather, system failure, equipment malfunctions, public health incidents and security issues. Participants in this field exercise included the following organisations: (in alphabetical order)

• Aviation Security Company Limited
• Civil Aid Service
• Fire Services Department
• Hong Kong Police Force
• MTR
• Port Health Office
• Raffles Medical Group

 

News source: atn.aero

Who Needs an Air Ambulance?

air ambulance prepared for flight
We all hope that we never experience a trauma or medical emergency that requires treatment. Nobody ever thinks they’ll be forced to deal with a critical medical condition that requires extensive medical treatment and care. Although we never want to be in such a circumstance, it is important to be informed about such issues. When patients need medical attention during transport, the method of travel involves an ambulance, but in specific cases, standard medical transportation is not enough. An air ambulance may be what the doctor ordered.
 
What medical conditions and critical situations call for the use of an air ambulance? Each case is different based on the specific medical needs of the patient. There is no exact rule of thumb, but some basic guidelines do exist to determine which patients need the use of an air ambulance.
 
If the patient’s doctor feels that the patient need not travel by air with conventional airlines due to their specific medical needs, the doctor will order travel by an air ambulance. Many companies and organizations exist to transport patients in this way. Each company has their own specific requirements for staff on board the flight. Special medical circumstances may call for specific medical teams to go with the patient.
 
Here are some examples of medical conditions that may state a need to travel by air ambulance:
 
  • Patients suffering from respiratory conditions that need ventilators
  • trauma patients
  • patients with neurological conditions that need intra cranial monitoring
  • IABP patients that need balloon pumps
  • patients with multiple IV drips
  • transplant patients
  • obstetric patients requiring intensive care
  • NICU patients
 
The patients that need continuous medical monitoring and the use of specialized medical equipment are excellent candidates for travel by air ambulance. There is no plausible way for a patient with severe medical conditions to travel by conventional methods while achieving comfort and appropriate medical care.
 
When time is of the essence, standard flights would not be speedy enough to transport a patient to their destination. Also, it is impossible to board a conventional flight with an entire medical staff and equipment. For this reason, doctors and patients choose to travel by air ambulance.
 
An air ambulance may be a helicopter,
But it also can include planes such as turboprops and jets.
 
The type of aircraft used should be determined by the patients needs, as well as, by the distance traveled. For example, a patient should typically be transported by a jet when they require air ambulance transportation for distances greater than 500 miles. This is due to the time traveled, necessary stops to refuel small planes, the patient’s comfort and stress level.
 
Traveling by air ambulance may not be an experience that you want to add to your to-do list, but it may be necessary in the future. Patients who need constant medical attention, the use of specific medical equipment, or have numerous IV drips may require the use of such services. Should the doctor feel that this specialized service is beneficial, you will be glad that the air ambulance services are available.

US Authorities Ban Passengers Flying from Queen Alia Airport to the US from Carrying Electrical Devices

view of Queen Alia International Airport

The US authorities issued new rules that ban passengers on flights to the US from carrying electronic and electrical devices in the aircraft cabin, but have them in their checked baggage.

The decision of the US authorities included the flights from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport to the US, besides the departing flights from nine other airports in the Middle East, the Arab Gulf and North Africa.

RJ will implement these instructions as of March 24, 2017. By taking these measures, it spares passengers the hassle of having to go through legal procedures in the US. RJ passengers departing from Queen Alia International Airport to the United States are not allowed to carry any electronic or electrical devices on board the aircraft cabin. Prohibited devices, which include -but not limited to- laptops, iPads, tablets and cameras, can be transported in the checked baggage only, whereas cellular phones and needed medical devices are excluded from the ban.

The RJ stations in the US include: New York, Chicago and Detroit, in addition to Montreal, as it is served by a combined flight with Detroit.

The ban excludes passengers flying from these stations to Amman.

RJ calls upon its passengers traveling to the United States to abide by these instructions to facilitate their travel. They are also requested to inform airport check-in staff of any prohibited devices- which are still in their possession- in order to be put in their checked baggage.

 

News source: atn.aero.

Air Ambulance Transportation

air ambulance interior

Some air ambulance companies have membership cards which provide coverage for both you and your family. This safeguards you against high cost evacuations during emergencies, since you aren’t required to make payments at that time. Such professional services have no secret fees and constraints and you are getting the quick treatment that you need.

When looking for an air ambulance provider, it’s necessary to include the costs required. A cost-effective company should also give you medically-certified transport. Which makes you safe, no matter if the flight is domestic or overseas. The best plane should be air-conditioned and must have a state-of-the-art FAA accredited stretcher, operating oxygen system and an inverter equipped. This permits the plane to support an array of air ambulance medical related products which can be used during the course of travelling.

The medical services supplied by your air ambulance provider needs to include Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Critical Care plus a flight nurse where required. It should also be skilled in language communication to individuals in need of specialty surgical procedures in established hospitals around the world.

I would be prudent to take a look at the certification and the qualifications of the team to ensure that you are not putting your life in harm’s way. Medical flights must be thoroughly certified and insured. They should at least possess FAA 135 certificates and recognized by AAMS. The crew should have passed the nationally recognized flight physiology instruction program medical flight personnel. The nurses and EMTs should be qualified and experienced and should be familiar with the most recent air ambulance standing orders.

The advantages of using air ambulance providers consist of quicker accessibility to proper healthcare attention. This will save you and your family time due to the fact the flight lanes is usually not packed. Time is of essence in any health-related scenario and is a matter of life and death. It offers you and anyone peace of mind, because the care as well as attention received throughout the flight is as professional as the one received in a healthcare facility. All your healthcare requirements will be met. You are also assured of a 24/7 service, 365 days a year availability. There’s a toll-free telephone number that you could use for support.

Air ambulance transport is becoming the most common way of airlifting individuals that need rapid medical care. Folks can get care from doctors quickly and this transportation system is thought to be even more life-saving than any other. This kind of service is offered both locally and overseas in your own country.

Battery Explosion Mid-flight Prompts Passenger Warning

exploding battery

As the range of products using batteries grows, the potential for in-flight issues increases.

On a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a passenger was listening to music using a pair of her own battery-operated headphones.

About two hours into the flight while sleeping, the passenger heard a loud explosion. “As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck.

“I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.

“As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane.” The battery and cover were both melted and stuck to the floor of the aircraft.

Flight attendants returned to check on her wellbeing. For the remainder of the flight, passengers endured the smell of melted plastic, burnt electronics and burnt hair. “People were coughing and choking the entire way home,” the passenger said.

The ATSB assessed that the batteries in the device likely caught on fire. The ATSB reminds passengers using battery-powered devices that:

  • batteries should be kept in an approved stowage, unless in use
  • spare batteries must be in your carry-on baggage NOT checked baggage
  • if a passenger’s smart phone or other device has fallen into the seat gap, locate their device before moving powered seats
  • if a passenger cannot locate their device, they should refrain from moving their seat and immediately contact a cabin crew member.

 

Article source: atn.aero

The Need for Medical Support While In A Different Country

Unloading air ambulance patient

Being sick or injured is a very uncomfortable feeling but needing medical assistance while still abroad enhances the agony. You do not only have the medical support that you need but you also don’t have the emotional support that your family and friends can give you. That is why most of us would prefer to be treated in our own home and by familiar doctors.

You will experience further difficulty when you try to book a flight going home and no commercial airlines will give you a clean bill to travel. Commercial airlines will prevent you from traveling because they do not want a lawsuit in their hands when something happens to you while still on board their planes. It is only logical that they will do this because their aircraft are not medically equipped to allow passengers to travel while still being sick.

Now if you find yourself in this predicament it might be best to check us out at Air Ambulance International. We have the advance medical equipment that is capable of transporting you from and to any part of the world. We will ensure that all of your care and transportation are properly taken cared of. All of your medical needs while still airborne can be addressed to while preparing any information that your doctors may need when you land.