Alaska Air Group’s acquisition of Virgin America cleared by the Antitrust Division of US DOJ

SEATTLE, 2016-Dec-08 — /Travel PR News/ — The Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) today (Dec. 6, 2016) completed its review and approved Alaska Air Group’s (NYSE: ALK) acquisition of Virgin America (NASDAQ: VA). Alaska Air Group is the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. “We… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines announces the appointment of Tamara Christ as Head of Legal Affairs & Compliance

VIENNA, Austria, 2016-Oct-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Tamara Maria Christ (34) will assume the position of Head of Legal Affairs & Compliance as of December 1, 2016. In this position she will serve as Secretary General and Chief Legal Officer of Austrian Airlines, succeeding Stefan Mara, who took on new Group-level responsibilities at Lufthansa in… Read the full press release

Delaware North appoints William J. Hochul Jr. as its new general counsel

Federal prosecutor to head global hospitality company’s legal department BUFFALO, N.Y., 2016-Oct-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Delaware North, one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world, has named William J. Hochul Jr., outgoing United States attorney for the Western District of New York, as the company’s new general counsel. In… Read the full press release

UK CAA confirms the restriction prohibiting all commercial flying of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2

LONDON, 2016-Oct-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Following the release today (7 October, 2016) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of proposals to allow the return to service of Airbus Helicopters’ Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2, the UK Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed that its existing restriction, prohibiting all commercial flying of this type by UK… Read the full press release

Airbnb to participate in Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI)-issued Policy & Trends Brief

Washington, DC, 2016-Oct-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) and Airbnb, today ( October 6, 2016) announced a new partnership that will result in a new and essential resource for the association’s members. Building upon its commitment to research and education, Airbnb has agreed to participate in a DMAI-issued Policy &… Read the full press release

New report recommends India be added to the UK’s latest £87 two-year visitor visa scheme

LONDON, 2016-Jul-08 — /Travel PR News/ — A new report published by the Royal Commonwealth Society in partnership with the AOA and other leading aviation, tourism and industry groups, including the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), recommends that India is added to the UK’s latest £87 two-year visitor visa scheme. The reform would help reverse the… Read the full press release

Heathrow to exceed the conditions set out in the Airports Commission’s recommendation for Heathrow expansion

Airports Commission unanimously recommended Heathrow expansion Heathrow will exceed the overall package of conditions the Commission set Measures include support for an early introduction of ban on scheduled flights for six and a half hours every night after expansion planning consent received and the necessary airspace is modernised Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye writes to the… Read the full press release

The Belgian border at Brussels Airport to be shifted to the Connector building

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2016-Mar-16 — /Travel PR News/ — On 17 March, Brussels Airport will open the link between Pier B and the Connector building allowing non-Schengen passengers to go to their gate via Connector. From then on, all passengers will pass through the security screening in Connector, and non-Schengen passengers will then proceed to the new… Read the full press release

easyJet commends Scottish governments consultation on Air Passenger duty

Following the Scottish governments consultation on Air Passenger duty Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director commented;  LUTON, UK, 2016-Mar-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Following the Scottish governments consultation on Air Passenger duty Sophie Dekkers, easyJet’s UK Director commented; “easyJet has long campaigned for the removal of Air Passenger Duty.  We know that its impact is most keenly felt… Read the full press release

Vancouver Airport Authority, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Transport Canada to address the growing number of laser strikes on aircraft in the Lower Mainland

Aviation safety partners team up to raise awareness about the dangers of laser use Richmond, B.C., 2015-6-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Today, Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Transport Canada joined forces to address the growing number of laser strikes on aircraft in the Lower Mainland. Aligned with Transport Canada’s national campaign,… Read the full press release

Coalition of aviation groups calls on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to reassert the vital role contract air traffic control towers play in improving safety and saving taxpayer dollars

Alexandria, VA, 2015-3-19 — /Travel PR News/ — A coalition of aviation groups, including the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)/U.S. Contract Tower Association (USCTA), have written leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to reassert the vital role that contract air traffic control towers play in improving safety and saving taxpayer dollars, and made… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow: We urge leaders in both chambers of Congress to quickly arrive at a consensus that ensures DHS remains open and fully funded

WASHINGTON, 2015-2-27 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the impasse over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS): “We urge leaders in both chambers of Congress to quickly arrive at a consensus that ensures DHS remains open and fully funded. “The travel sector of… Read the full press release

The Port of Oakland applauded the tentative agreement of a new longshore labor contract for the West Coast waterfront

URGES EFFORT TO SPEED UP THE PACE OF GLOBAL CONTAINER TRADE Oakland, Calif., 2015-2-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The Port of Oakland this evening applauded the tentative agreement of a new longshore labor contract for the West Coast waterfront. At the same time, it called for efforts to accelerate the movement of global container trade. “We… Read the full press release

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l welcomes the new legislation that makes airfare’s hidden fees & taxes visible to consumers

Lawmakers pass legislation to make airfare’s hidden fees & taxes visible to consumers. WASHINGTON, 2014-7-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement in support of legislation that today passed the U.S. House of Representatives which requires previously hidden government-imposed taxes and fees to be fully disclosed to the… Read the full press release

The Air Line Pilots Association hailed the Canadian government’s recent announcement of overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program

Reforms Will Help Ensure Canadian Airline Pilots Benefit from Available Aviation Job Opportunities OTTAWA, 2014-6-25 — /Travel PR News/ — The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) today hailed the Canadian government’s recent announcement that it is overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). On Friday, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship… Read the full press release

ALPA warns proposed DOT rule regarding airfare advertisements may lead to less transparency, increased airfares, and harm U.S. aviation jobs

WASHINGTON, 2014-5-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) May 21 announcement about its notice of proposed rulemaking regarding airfare advertisements. The DOT released a 118-page proposed rule yesterday that claims to benefit the traveling public. In ALPA’s view, on… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow comments on the ‘Real Transparency in Airfares Act’

Washington, D.C., 2014-5-7 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement reacting to the announced introduction of the ‘Real Transparency in Airfares Act’ by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.): “I’m encouraged that members of both chambers continue to work on the airfare transparency issue, because so far there hasn’t… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association announced the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act garnered 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C., 2014-04-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The U.S. Travel Association today announced that the Jobs Originated through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, H.R. 1354, has garnered 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives, roughly split between the two parties. The announcement came on the heels of new research showing that the Visa Waiver Program (VWP),… Read the full press release

IATA calls on governments to ratify important changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963

Geneva, 2014-04-11 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to ratify important changes to the Tokyo Convention 1963 which were agreed at a diplomatic conference in Montreal last week. The Tokyo Convention provides the legal framework for dealing with passengers whose unruly or disruptive behavior leads to physical… Read the full press release

The American Hotel & Lodging Association welcomed Wyoming Supreme Court ruling on online travel companies sales and lodging tax

Decision levels playing field between Wyoming hoteliers and online competitors Washington, DC, US, 2014-04-4 — /Travel PR News/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee lodging industry, applauds today’s ruling by the Wyoming Supreme Court that online travel companies (OTCs) should remit sales and lodging… Read the full press release

American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Calls for Congressional Action on Proposed Airport User Fee Increase

Alexandria, VA, 2014-3-7 — /Travel PR News/ — American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) President and CEO Todd Hauptli expressed strong support for increasing the federal cap on locally imposed airport user fees as proposed in the President’s budget released today and called on Congress to adjust the cap to $8.50 to help airports address the growing… Read the full press release

UNWTO to help Qatar implement its new tourism strategy

Madrid, Spain, 2014-2-28 — /Travel PR News/ — UNWTO is supporting Qatar to implement its new tourism strategy through collaboration in the areas of legislation, institutional strengthening, statistics, marketing and capacity building. During an official visit to the country, where he met H.E. Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar and attended the… Read the full press release

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Houston Airport System introduced Automated Passport Control (APC) technology

Arriving international travelers enjoy speedy process through kiosks HOUSTON, 2014-2-17 — /travelprnews.com/ — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) together with the Houston Airport System (HAS) are announcing the arrival of Automated Passport Control (APC) technology that is improving traveler facilitation and security of international travel. Twenty self-service kiosks are now operating at George Bush Intercontinental Airport… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group announced several leadership changes in the company’s Legal Division

SEATTLE, 2014-2-13 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group’s board of directors has approved several leadership changes in the company’s Legal Division. Herman Wacker, Air Group’s deputy general counsel and managing director of legal, has been elected vice president of legal. Shannon Alberts, managing director of corporate affairs and assistant corporate secretary, has been elected corporate secretary. Kyle… Read the full press release

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) unveiled its Pro-Growth Policy Agenda for 2014

Washington, DC, US, 2014-1-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lodging industry to focus on policies promoting economic growth and job creation The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) today unveiled its Pro-Growth Policy Agenda for 2014, highlighting the key areas on which the U.S. lodging industry will focus its advocacy efforts. From among the many areas that directly… Read the full press release

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) submitted statement to the House Ways and Means Committee for change in healthcare law’s full-time employment definition

Washington, DC, US, 2014-1-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Current 30-hour definition negatively impacts health coverage and working hours The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry, has submitted a statement to the House Ways and Means Committee on the need to change the current definition of… Read the full press release

The UK Civil Aviation Authority published the views of European holiday protection schemes stakeholders on proposals to revise the European Package Travel Directive

London, UK, 2014-1-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has today published a new report on the views of organisations administering holiday protection schemes across Europe on proposals to revise the European Package Travel Directive (PTD). The CAA has developed the report following a workshop held in London in November, which the CAA organised… Read the full press release

US lodging industry urges “no” vote in House of Representatives on Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) Act

Washington, DC, United States, 2013-11-19 — /travelprnews.com/ — The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA), the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry, urges a “no” vote in the House of Representatives on the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2061).  As amended, this bill includes provisions to limit… Read the full press release

Philippine Airlines and Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association settled dispute over outsourcing program implemented in September 2011

Manila, Philippines, 2013-11-15 — /travelprnews.com/ — Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) and the Philippine Airlines Employees’ Association (PALEA) are happy to announce that they have finally settled a dispute over an outsourcing program implemented in September 2011. Upon the signing of the Agreement, PAL will start the processing of applications for re-employment of covered PALEA members. Following a… Read the full press release

California Governor Brown signed bill crucial to Metrolink’s funding for low-emission Tier 4 locomotives

LOS ANGELES, California, USA, 2013-10-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — In early 2013, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) granted Metrolink $34.66 million in Carl Moyer Program funds to help support the commuter rail agency’s purchase of 17 Tier 4 locomotives. An additional $17 million, essential for the purchase of three additional locomotives, was contingent upon the… Read the full press release