EASYJET TEAMS UP WITH AIRBUS AND NICARNICA AVIATION FOR HIGH ALTITUDE TESTING OF AVOID VOLCANIC ASH DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

Airbus A340 test aircraft may help keep UK airspace open if a volcano erupts during the London Olympics 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet and Nicarnica Aviation have entered a partnership with Airbus to test the AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) ash detection equipment on their A340-300 test aircraft at the speed and altitude of commercial… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport braced for a busy summer 2012

Around six million passengers expected to fly through Gatwick this summer Brits set to escape wet weather and head to popular European holiday hotspots As the world’s greatest sporting event comes to the UK, Gatwick gets ready to handle around 10% of all Games goers Schools around the country are set to break for the… Read the full press release

Gatwick’s vision for growth is set out in its master plan

Gatwick expects to handle 40 million passengers by the early 2020s Growth will deliver more local jobs and contribute £2.1 billion a year to the economies of London and the South East By 2030 the airport will be full and handling 11 million more passengers a year than today 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick has today… Read the full press release

Aviation must be allowed to grow, but not at any cost to the environment

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick today welcomes the Government’s invitation to consult and debate on how the aviation industry can create headroom to grow by reducing its environmental impact Commenting on the Government’s consultation on the Sustainable Aviation Policy framework Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, said: “Aviation is a crucial part of the UK’s… Read the full press release

Business Travel Forum takes off

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Business people from across Bristol took the opportunity to share their views on travel related issues at a special event hosted by Bristol Airport and easyJet recently (26 June). The Business Travel Forum took place at the city’s Mercure Holland House Hotel following a successful inaugural event held last year. The Forum… Read the full press release

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport Aer Lingus increases vital London connections says CEO as airline moves following tendering process 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — AER Lingus is to move to George Best Belfast City Airport in the autumn after five years at Belfast International…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian Historic Maiden Flight to Toronto Touches Down at Pearson International Airport

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian historic maiden flight to Toronto touched down at Pearson International Airport on Tuesday July 17, 2012. Toronto has now become, with Washington D.C., the second destination served by Ethiopian in North America. This first direct flight between Toronto and Africa was received with a colorful celebration held at Pearson International Airport… Read the full press release

RYANAIR CUTS MADRID & BARCELONA FLIGHTS IN RESPONSE TO SPANISH GOVT TAX INCREASES

11 ROUTES CANCELLED, 24 ROUTES REDUCED AT MADRID 4 ROUTES CANCELLED, 22 ROUTES REDUCED AT BARCELONA 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (20 July) confirmed deep cuts to its flights at Madrid and Barcelona this winter in response to the Spanish Govt doubling airport departure taxes at both Madrid and Barcelona… Read the full press release

Good and wholesome food on the go

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new high-quality deli in Copenhagen Airport’s Terminal 2 is based on Danish nutrition expert Louise Bruun’s philosophy that good and wholesome food will make you happy. The concept results from an unusual partnership between food and beverage operator SSP and well-known Copenhagen restaurateurs Jakob Blom and Kristian Willumsen. A quick glance… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Welcomes Spirit Airlines

New Airline Adds to Airport’s Growth, Success 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport today welcomed the announcement that Spirit Airlines plans to start nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale and Dallas/Fort Worth on September 6, 2012. From those Spirit focus cities, travelers can connect to other destinations, including international markets in Mexico, Central America,… Read the full press release

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Celebrates New International Service from Condor Airlines

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maryland transportation officials and business leaders this evening welcomed Condor Airlines and the launch of new international air service between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Germany. The German airline began seasonal, twice weekly service to Frankfurt. “This important new international air service demonstrates the continued growth and success of BWI Marshall… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Cargo Companion Product

Air Cargo Industry’s Most Comprehensive Asset Tracking Service Provides Customers with Complete Visibility Regarding Delivery of High-Value and Time/Temperature Sensitive Cargo DALLAS – 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Cargo® (NYSE: LUV) is proud to introduce Cargo Companion™, a comprehensive asset tracking service, providing Customers with complete visibility regarding the location and environmental status of high-value and… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines Launches Daily Service Between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Carrier offers double Mileage Plan miles on new route SEATTLE, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Airlines today launched new daily nonstop service between Seattle and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief joined Alaska Airlines employees and community leaders in welcoming the flight when it landed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport this morning. “Our flights continue… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Service from Baltimore/Washington to Fort Lauderdale and Dallas/Fort Worth

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced that it is starting service on September 6, 2012, from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) with twice daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale and daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth. The new service also offers customers connections to 29 destinations throughout the Americas…. Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport: Games media update – Friday 20th July

2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — A very busy day at the airport with 230,000 passengers expected in the terminals – 109,000 of which are arrivals. It’s also busy with Olympic arrivals – around 1500 members of the Games Family are expected at Heathrow today, representing 75 teams. There are possible thunderstorms this afternoon which could affect operations…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Additional Flights Between Baltimore/Washington And Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood Via AirTran Airways

Southwest Airlines’ Subsidiary AirTran Airways Adds New Nonstop Flights Between BWI and FLL DALLAS – 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways announced today more options for Baltimore Customers looking to get to Florida! AirTran Airways will add as many as four daily nonstop flights between Baltimore/Washington and Ft…. Read the full press release

Dragonair Resumes Scheduled Services to Haikou – One of Eight Destinations Being Added in 2012

HONG KONG, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today announced that it will resume scheduled services to Haikou in Hainan Province, further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a global aviation hub and gateway to Mainland China. The daily service between Hong Kong and Haikou will commence on 28 October 2012, operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft. “With the… Read the full press release

Aviator shades will be out in force at Newquay Cornwall Airport this Summer

Watch Top Gun on the Big Screen at Newquay Airport 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Film lovers are being given the opportunity to watch two special film screenings at Newquay Cornwall Airport. Event Cornwall and Skylight Cinema are working together for the second consecutive year in conjunction with Skybus and Newquay Cornwall Airport as part of the… Read the full press release

airberlin’s Austrian subsidiary NIKI delivers growth at Vienna hub

Christian Lesjak appointed NIKI CEO NIKI posts robust results for 2011 Phased introduction of new livery for NIKI fleet 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn officially presented Christian Lesjak as the new Chief Executive Officer of NIKI Luftfahrt GmbH in Vienna today.  “NIKI is going to remain NIKI; we want to keep the Austrian… Read the full press release

Higher Spanish airport tax: transavia.com decides against passing on this fee to passengers

Schiphol, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Since Spain raised its airport taxes, transavia.com has faced the challenge of having to deal with all of the tickets to Spanish destinations already sold. The airline has to pay this tax for more than 100,000 passengers, while this additional amount was not included in the ticket price. transavia.com pursues a policy… Read the full press release

WIZZ AIR IMPROVES BOARDING EXPERIENCE

NEW CABIN BAGGAGE POLICY TO IMPROVE ON-TIME PERFORMANCE AND CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE TESTED 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it will start testing a new cabin baggage policy from August 1, 2012 to enhance on-time performance and improve customer experience during aircraft boarding. The test,… Read the full press release

More choice for Scottish sun seekers flying from Aberdeen

2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Thomson and First Choice are pleased to announce that in Summer 2013 they will be doubling capacity at Aberdeen Airport through the introduction of a brand new route to Tenerife and an additional weekly flight to Palma, Majorca. This move is part of the UK’s largest tour operator’s strategy to ensure customers… Read the full press release

Heathrow Talks Sport

Sporting legend Barry Davies takes to the tannoy as Olympic commentator-in-residence 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow has appointed one of the country’s most distinguished sports commentators, Barry Davies MBE, as its official ‘Voice of London 2012’ – providing passengers with audio commentary on the sporting action taking place in London and across the UK through the… Read the full press release

Swissport acquires ground handling activities of Finland’s Inter Handling

Zurich, 2012-07-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport International, the world’s leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has acquired Finnish ground handling company Inter Handling and sister company Inter Handling Turku, to accelerate the group’s expansion in this important and promising market. Inter Handling offers ground handling services at various airports in Finland, including… Read the full press release

Steak lovers in for a treat at Copenhagen Airport

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The opening of MASH – one of the most popular Danish restaurants since 2009 – marks a new chapter of the F&B history at Copenhagen Airport. Food and beverage company SSP is the business partner behind the venture, which is part of Copenhagen Airport’s strategy of offering passengers the right mix of… Read the full press release

New Guidelines Aim to Improve Air Travel Experience for People with Reduced Mobility

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA and the CAA today launched new guidelines (Pre-Notification Guidance – for Supporting Passengers with Reduced Mobility), for the travel industry to help deliver a smooth airport experience for people with reduced mobility. The guidelines were drafted by the CAA in conjunction with ABTA and developed by an industry group *. They… Read the full press release

Changes to Dartmoor MoD Danger Area

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has given support to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) plan to alter the way the Dartmoor military Danger Area is managed. Whilst freeing up a substantial amount of Class G airspace for use by general aviation, the new arrangements are not expected to generate any fundamental… Read the full press release

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority Elects New Chair

MESA, Ariz., 2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — City of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith was elected as the chair of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority at the July 16 board meeting. Gila River Indian Community Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel will serve as vice-chair, Town of Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney will serve as secretary, City of Phoenix Vice Mayor… Read the full press release

British Airways Launch Campaign To Celebrate New Gatwick To Las Vegas Flights

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — British Airways are offering special deals on three night stays at the top hotels on the Las Vegas strip for holidays booked by July 25, 2012 to celebrate the launch of the new London Gatwick to Las Vegas flights which begin on October 29. British Airways are including a range of hotels… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport: Games media update – Wednesday 18 July 2012

2012-07-18 — /travelprnews.com/ — A busy day at the airport with 217,000 passengers expected in the terminals – 103,000 of which are arrivals. There is not expected to be any effect on operations today from the weather. A busy day at the airport with 217,000 passengers expected in the terminals – 103,000 of which are arrivals…. Read the full press release