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Italian carrier Alitalia is to increase its long-haul routes next summer. The carrier is expected to increase the routes by 33% after more flights are introduced to Washington, Boston, New York, US and Toronto, Canada and New Delhi, India. The airline will also increase its short and medium-haul flights by 8% with new flights to Copenhagen, Denmark, Manchester, UK, Stockholm, Sweden and Luxembourg, Belgium.

Airbus China and the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Under the MOU, Airbus China will provide a comprehensive and thorough training in flight safety for professionals from the aviation regulatory body and various airlines in the country.

City police have reportedly upgraded their office at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport from a subprecinct to a precinct due to fears of a terror attack. The city police have already appointed an acting airport precinct chief as well as a deputy chief to lead the new precinct, which will become operational once construction of its building is completed.

Sarawak is said to be exploring the possibility of having direct services between Miri and Japan. The State Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg is expected to broach the matter soon with authorities including the Japanese Association of Travel Agents (Jata). The minister says that Japan Airlines or Malaysia Airlines will fly the route.

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