New, Larger Duty-Free Store Brings More Luxury Shopping to O’Hare’s International Terminal

CHICAGO, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Westfield Concession Management has unveiled a new duty-free store in Chicago O’Hare International Airport‘s International Terminal 5. Conveniently located in the center of the concourse past the security checkpoint, the open and airy 3,400-square-foot Dufry store provides international travelers with new luxury offerings that include a larger selection of specialty foods, liquor, perfume and beauty… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Opens Reservations Call Center in Colombia

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) has opened a reservations call center in Colombia dedicated to assisting its valued customers traveling to and from the country. Customers in Colombia may contact Spirit’s new reservations call center at: Toll Free: 018000 939 939 From Armenia: 576-7497244 From Barranquilla: 575-3616061 From Bogota: 571-4930910 From Cartagena:… Read the full press release

FLYBE LAUNCHES MOBILE WEBSITE

Leading regional airline makes online booking available in four languages 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has launched its first mobile website optimised for a wide variety of devices including iPhone, Blackberry, Windows 7 and Android that is currently available in four languages namely English, Finnish, French and German. It offers customers the… Read the full press release

Marriott International Declares Cash Dividend

Bethesda, Md. – 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of thirteen cents ($0.13) per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on September 14, 2012 to shareholders of record on August 23, 2012. Visit Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) for company… Read the full press release

LOT signs full content agreement with Travelport

Secures full content for agents in Poland and beyond Langley, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and LOT Polish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Poland, have announced a new global full content agreement. The new multi-year deal secures full access to all of LOT’s fares, seat availability and… Read the full press release

RYANAIR’S £11 SEAT SALE

Fly for £11 on over 1,000 routes in September and October 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Tues 7 Aug, it will release 100,000 seats at fares from £11 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in September and October. These “all in” low fares will be available… Read the full press release

Steigenberger Launching a Presence in Amsterdam

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Steigenberger is just about to check in at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. The Frankfurt-based hotel company will be acquiring representation at a further international airport by taking over the former Dorint Hotel Amsterdam-Airport with effect from 1 September 2012 and thus adding to the presence it already enjoys at Frankfurt Main… Read the full press release

HUALUXE Hotels and Resorts Forges Ahead with Eight Signings in First Five Months after Brand Launch

Strong market confidence in world’s first international hotel brand designed for Chinese consumers Shanghai, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s largest hotel companies and the biggest international hotel company in Greater China, today announced its first set of signings for the new HUALUXETM Hotels and Resorts brand. Eight management contracts have been signed… Read the full press release

RYANAIR TO SEND FREE SMS ALERTS FOR FLIGHT DELAYS OF OVER 90 MINS

PASSENGERS URGED TO PROVIDE MOBILE NUMBERS 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (8 Aug) announced that passengers who experience very rare Ryanair flight delays, of over 90 minutes, will now receive free text message updates to advise them of the likely duration of the delay and their new departure time. The… Read the full press release

Hilton Orlando Welcomes Mona Ingram as Director of Sales and Marketing

ORLANDO, Fla., 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Orlando is proud to announce the appointment of Mona Ingram as director of sales and marketing. Effective August 13, Ingram will lead the hotel’s award-winning team of sales and marketing professionals with her more than 25 years of hospitality experience. “We are delighted to have Mona join our team,” said Doug… Read the full press release

IHG Interim Results to 30 June 2012

Preferred brands continue to drive outperformance Financial summary0 2012 2011 % Change YoY Actual CER1 CER & ex. LDs2 Revenue $878m $850m 3% 5% 6% Operating profit $286m $269m 6% 7% 11% Total adjusted EPS 64.1¢ 59.2¢ 8% Total basic EPS3 94.8¢ 54.0¢ 76% Interim dividend per share 21.0¢ 16.0¢ 31%4 Net debt $564m $818m… Read the full press release

RYANAIR’S JULY TRAFFIC GROWS BY 645,000 PASSENGERS

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (3 Aug) released passenger and load factor stats for July 2012 as follows: Jul 11 Jul 12 Change Yr to Jul 12 Passengers (m) 1 8.08M 8.72M +8% 77.72M Load Factor 2 89% 88% -1% 82% 1.      Booked seats sold 2.      Passengers as a percentage of total seats available. ###

EVA, United Team Up to Co-share Flights

EVA’s West Coast routes extended to Houston, Cleveland 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — EVA Air and United Airlines will introduce co-shared services on August 11, 2012. Initially, the new cooperation enables EVA passengers to more easily connect from Asia to Midwestern and Southern regions of the United States and those flying United from Cleveland and Houston to… Read the full press release

Norwegian Reports New Passenger Record and Solid July Figures

Norwegian’s (NAS) passenger growth continued in July, resulting in one of the best months in the company’s history. More than 1.8 million passengers flew with Norwegian in July, up 14 percent from the same month last year and the highest ever passenger figure. 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airline flew 1,820,158 passengers in July, an increase… Read the full press release

Renaissance Hotels’ Debuts Newest Address in Turkey

Towering 212-Room Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel Opens. LONDON,  2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc (NYSE:MAR) today celebrates the opening of its ninth hotel in Turkey, the 212-room Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel operating under a franchise agreement with Polat Holding A.S. Offering stunning views of Istanbul’s celebrated Bosphorus River, the magnificent 20-story Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus Hotel… Read the full press release

EVA Launches Freighter Flights from Taipei’s Taoyuan to Tokyo’s Haneda

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — EVA Air Cargo launched regularly scheduled, twice weekly freighter flights between Taipei’s Taoyuan International and Tokyo’s close-in Haneda International Airports today (August 8, 2012). The carrier is serving the route with McDonnell Douglas MD-11 freighters that operate between Taoyuan and Haneda, initially, on Wednesday and Friday with return trips from Haneda to… Read the full press release

SAS Group’s Financial Calendar 2013

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — The SAS Group plans to release interim- and annual reports in 2013 as follows: Annual report 2012                                             February 15, 2013 Interim Report Nov-Jan 2013                              March 8, 2013 Interim Report Feb-Apr 2013                              June 11, 2013 Interim Report May-Jul 2013                               September 4, 2013 Interim Report Aug-Oct 2013                               December 19, 2013 Annual General Meeting SAS AB’s AGM is… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Reports July 2012 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ/NM: RJET), today reported preliminary traffic results for July 2012. For the month, Frontier had a load factor of 93% compared to 92% in July 2011. It was Frontier’s 14thconsecutive record monthly load factor. Frontier’s traffic decreased 8%, to 1.2 billion revenue passenger… Read the full press release

AIR FRANCE KLM July 2012 Traffic results

Passenger: 1.1% rise in traffic and good progress of unit revenues ex-currency. Cargo: 5.5% decline in traffic with 2.5 point lower load factor Amstelveen, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — In order to facilitate year on year comparison passenger data has been restated to include the passenger business of Martinair. Passenger business July 2012 traffic rose 1.1% for capacity… Read the full press release

FedEx to Donate Boeing 727-200F Aircraft to Kansas City Aviation Department

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — A Boeing 727-200F aircraft from FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), made its final taxi today after landing at Kansas City International Airport. Community and airport leaders gathered to celebrate this generous donation to the Kansas City Aviation Department for emergency response training. A tour of the aircraft followed… Read the full press release

CVG Receives $17.6 Million Grant for Runway Work

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $17.6 million grant to CVG to improve a runway and taxiway, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Monday. The funds will be used to rehabilitate a 10,000-foot runway and 1,800-foot taxiway, both of which are more than 20 years old. The total project cost is… Read the full press release

SAS Group’s July 2012 traffic figures

· The SAS Group’s load factor improved by 0.5 p.u. in July and reached a record 86.1% · SAS Group carried 2.3 million passengers in July, up 5.6%. · SAS Group’s capacity (ASK) increased by 7.0% and the Group’s traffic (RPK) increased by 7.7%. 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Group market trends, RASK and yield development Traffic… Read the full press release

Travelzoo CEO to Present at the Oppenheimer 15th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference

NEW YORK, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, announced today that Chris Loughlin, chief executive officer, will present at the Oppenheimer 15th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at 9:05 a.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston. Attendance… Read the full press release

SAS Group Interim Report January-June 2012

4Excellence generates results –       Revenue measures lead to more passengers and increased revenue –       The unit cost was reduced by 4% 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — April-June 2012 · Revenue: MSEK 11,392 (11,319) · Number of passengers: increased by 228,000 (3.1%) · Passenger revenue adjusted for currency and nonrecurring items: increased by 2.8% · Income before… Read the full press release

A smarter way to order food and drinks at Bristol Airport

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bristol Airport has become the first in the world to offer customers in its bars and lounges the opportunity to order food and drinks via their Smartphone. Customers can download the new free QikServe® App in seconds, place and order and have their food served at their table in three simple steps. This… Read the full press release

DFS GROUP AWARDED 10-YEAR CONTRACT FOR DUTY FREE CONCESSIONS AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today approved a Duty Free Merchandise Concession Agreement with DFS Group L.P. to develop and operate duty-free and duty-paid merchandise concessions in all passenger terminals at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for a period of 10 years with three additional one-year options.  The agreement is forecast to… Read the full press release

Marriott Hotels & Resorts Announces First Hotel in Voronezh, Russia

220-Room Hotel Scheduled to Open in 2015 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — As Marriott International (NYSE: MAR) continues its rapid expansion across Eastern Europe, the company today announced the signing of a new hotel in Russia – the 220-room Voronezh Marriott Hotel.  The hotel is scheduled to open in 2015 and will operate under a management agreement… Read the full press release

Tirana International Airport inaugurates Office for Tourism Services

• Tourists will find more useful information at the Airport • TIA is constantly developing to satisfy demands of passengers and other customers 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — As of today, Tirana International Airport (TIA) is offering an addition to the services it provides inside the terminal with the opening of an Office for Tourism Services. At the initiative… Read the full press release

U.S. DOT Deputy Secretary Tours O’Hare Modernization Program

CHICAGO, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) today hosted U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Deputy Secretary  John D. Porcari at O’Hare International Airport and provided him with an airfield tour of current construction activity on the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). Pictured from left to right: Khaled Naja, P.E., CDA Chief Operating Officer; Erin Mackey, CDA Chief of Staff; Rosemarie S…. Read the full press release

Travelport Second Quarter 2012 Results

Strengthening Content and Product Offering ATLANTA, 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport Limited, a leading provider of critical transaction processing for the global travel industry, today announces its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2012. Commenting on developments, Gordon Wilson, President and CEO of Travelport, said: “I am pleased to announce continued growth in… Read the full press release