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

STAR ALLIANCE TAKES BEST ALLIANCE TITLE ATSKYTRAX WORLD AIRLINE AWARDS FOR SIXTH TIME

Three of the Top Five Airlines are Star Alliance members Member Carriers Claim a Total of 19 Awards FRANKFURT, Germany, 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Star Alliance, the way the Earth connects, has again claimed the Best Airline Alliance title at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards, winning this category for the sixth time in the last… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Receives Award for Excellent Customer Service to African Diaspora

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing airline in Africa, was recognized by Planet Africa Network with the Transformation Award 2012 at a ceremony held in Toronto on 17 July 2012, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Bal Gosal, Minister of State for Sports of Canada, Mr. Howard Eng, CEO of the Greater Toronto… Read the full press release

Ethiopian, Boeing Announce Order for Additional 777-200LR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian and Boeing today announced an order for one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner adding to Ethiopian fleet of five 777-200LRs. “The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open… 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

Ethiopian First Dreamliner Enters Paint Shop Ahead of Delivery

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the final stages of preparation for delivery in August 2012. The first Ethiopian Dreamliner left the Boeing assembly plant in Seattle, Washington and headed to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, July 12, 2012 to be painted in Ethiopian livery. The… Read the full press release

SAA Celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) has, for the third consecutive year, partnered with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (Mandela Foundation) to commemorate Tata Madiba’s birthday. In the first year, SAA flew 92 children from Qunu and Mvezo in the Eastern Cape to celebrate Tata’s 92nd birthday at the Centre of Memory. Last… Read the full press release

SAA’s Reveals Spectacular Design on “Olympics” Plane

SAA’s stylishly designed aircraft is set to fly for the first time with Team South Africa as they fly to London tomorrow 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Johannesburg. South African Airways (SAA) today revealed the fully branded aircraft that will fly Team South Africa and officials to the London 2012 Olympic Games on 19 July 2012. The… Read the full press release

SAA and Qantas receives interim codeshare extension approval

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways and the Australian carrier Qantas have been granted an interim extension of permission to codeshare on their flights between Johannesburg, Perth, and Sydney, ensuring flexibility and freedom of choice for travellers between the two countries. A decision by the Australian International Air Services Commission extending permission for the codeshare… Read the full press release

RYANAIR’S £12 SEAT SALE – FLY IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

FLY FOR £12 ON OVER 1,000 ROUTES IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Thur 26 July, it will release 100,000 seats at fares from £12 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in September and October. These “all in” low fares will be available… 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

RYANAIR ANNOUNCES CANARY ISLAND CUTS AFTER REGIONAL GOVT RENEGES ON GROWTH AGREEMENT

21 ROUTES CANCELLED, 32 ROUTES REDUCED, 1.1M PAX & OVER 1,100 JOBS TO BE LOST AT GRAN CANARIA, FUERTAVENTURA, LANZAROTE & TENERIFE 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (19 July) confirmed deep cuts at its 4 Canary Island airports with the cancellation of 21 routes and frequency reductions on 32 other… 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

Spirit Airlines Announces Nonstop Service from Minneapolis-St. Paul to Three New Cities: Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced it is adding nonstop ultra low fare service to three new cities from Minneapolis-St. Paul, including Dallas/Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. Daily nonstop seasonal service between Minneapolis-St. Paul and Fort Lauderdale starts November 8, 2012 and runs through April 24, 2013. Daily nonstop… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS WRAPS UP MOMENTOUS WEEK AT FARNBOROUGH

Award-winning Airline Receives Unprecedented Social Media Attention During Seven Day Event Carrier A Huge Hit With Aviation Enthusiasts, Travel Trade and Global Media Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways wrapped-up a very successful week at the world’s largest aviation event – Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, UK gaining social media attention around the globe on… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Nonstop Seasonal Service Between Phoenix-Mesa and Chicago

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced it is adding nonstop ultra low fare service between Phoenix-Mesa and Chicago. Daily nonstop seasonally service between Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport starts November 8, 2012 and runs through April 24, 2013. “We are committed to saving our customers money on travel… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Nonstop Service from Fort Myers to Three New Cities: Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is doubling the number of cities it serves from Fort Myers Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) this winter as it today announced it is adding nonstop ultra low fare service to three new cities, including Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Daily nonstop seasonal service between Fort… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Nonstop Seasonal Service Between Tampa and Chicago

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced it is adding nonstop ultra low fare service between Tampa and Chicago. Daily nonstop seasonally service between Tampa International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport starts November 8, 2012 and runs through April 24, 2013. “We are committed to saving our customers money on travel… Read the full press release

QATAR DUTY FREE ANNOUNCES EXCITING SUMMER PROMOTION

Customers Earn Chance To Win Attractive Gift Vouchers By Shopping At Duty Free Within Doha International Airport Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Duty Free, the award-winning subsidiary of Qatar Airways, has announced an exciting Summer Surprises Promotion for passengers departing from, or transiting through, Doha International Airport (DIA). Qatar Duty Free Summer Promotion Customers who… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Service to Six More New Cities from DFW: Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh and Files to Service Los Cabos, Mexico

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is continuing its expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as it today announced it is adding nonstop service to yet another six new cities from DFW, including Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and the airline has also filed to service Los Cabos, Mexico…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reports Second Quarter Results

Record operating income GAAP Net income of $228 million Excluding special items, record net income of $273 million DALLAS, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its second quarter 2012 results.  Second quarter 2012 net income was $228 million, or $.30 per diluted share, which included $45 million (net) of… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Files to Offer Service to Los Cabos, Mexico from San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today announced that it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to begin nonstop service to Los Cabos, Mexico from San Diego and Dallas/Fort Worth. Schedules and fares will be announced upon receipt of necessary governmental approval. About Spirit Airlines Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE)… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS NAMED BEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Carrier Retains Best Airline In Middle East Accolade For Seventh Year Running At Annual Skytrax World Airline Awards Doha-Based Carrier Named Best For Airline Staff Service In Middle East Awards Based on Survey Of Business and Leisure Travellers Worldwide Farnborough Air Show, UNITED KINGDOM, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways has once again triumphed at the annual… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines To Provide $1.2 Million In Free Travel For America’s World War II Veterans

Airline Renews Its Long-Standing Relationship with Honor Flight Network  DALLAS – 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today that it will provide travel to help make the dreams of more than 3,000 of America’s Veterans come true.  As the official commercial airline of the Honor Flight Network since 2009, Southwest has renewed its… Read the full press release