Oman Air introduces new policy on baggage that will save money for traveling guests

Costly cost excess baggage rates charged by the kg to be abolished New free baggage allowance being introduced of one piece of baggage of up to 30kg in economy and two pieces of baggage, up to 50kg in Business and First class Silver and Gold Sinbad members to get extra allowance of one free extra… Read the full press release

IATA and ICTS Europe Systems Limited (ICTS) settled their dispute

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2016-Dec-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and ICTS Europe Systems Limited (ICTS) have settled their dispute concerning use by ICTS of IATA’s Timatic database and the Travel Information Manual (TIM). The publication of travel documentation requirements for the benefit of the global air travel industry is one… Read the full press release

Bombardier: CS300 and CS100 aircrafts now both approved by Transport Canada, EASA and the US FAA

Montréal, 2016-Dec-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its CS300 airliner has been awarded its Type Validation by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This most recent approval means that both the CS300 aircraft and the smaller CS100 aircraft are now approved by Transport Canada, the European Aviation Safety Agency… Read the full press release

IBAC awards Jet Aviation with IS-BAH™ registrations for 11 facilities in EMEA and Asia

Dubai, UAE, 2016-Dec-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) today awarded to Jet Aviation registrations to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Handling (IS-BAH™) for 11 facilities. Jet Aviation gained certification after implementing the IS-BAH™ at its business aviation ground handling activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They… Read the full press release

IATA urges EU policy-makers to go even further in prioritizing sustainable fuels use for air transport

Geneva, 2016-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to incentivize sustainable fuels, and urged policy-makers to go even further in prioritizing their use for air transport. The largest user of renewable fuels, the road transport sector, has increasing options to… Read the full press release

International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities in the Middle East and North Africa

Casablanca, 2016-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) which must be addressed for aviation to deliver maximum economic and social benefits. These are: Sufficient and affordable infrastructure capacity (including air traffic management), aligned with user needs Curbing the spate of… Read the full press release

NBAA: European Union (EU) third-country operator (TCO) requirement now in effect

Operators to Europe should be aware that the third-country operator (TCO) requirement is in effect, as of Nov. 26, NBAA officials advised. Washington, DC, 2016-Dec-01 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Commission, in 2014, adopted a regulation that requires commercial air transport (CAT) operators from outside the European Union (EU), also known TCOs, to obtain… Read the full press release

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows operate new terrain following 25 inches of new snow

Roundhouse Express & Meadow Chair open at Alpine Meadows 2016-17 Tahoe Super Pass prices will increase up to $120 and the Bronze Pass will no longer be available after November 29 Upcoming events include It’s Mountain Time World Cup season kickoff December 3 and Warren Miller’s Here, There & Everywhere December 10 with special performance… Read the full press release

IATA unveils Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment Tool to help defeat smugglers of endangered species

GENEVA, Switzerland, 2016-Nov-18 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the launch of an Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment Tool which will help defeat smugglers of endangered species. The Assessment Tool, developed in partnership with the World Customs Organization (WCO) with support from the USAID ROUTES Partnership, will be piloted with WCO… Read the full press release

UNWTO/WTM Minister Summit: Tourism and Security: Promoting Safe and Seamless Travel

Minister of Tourism from over 50 countries and leaders from the private sector companies and associations will convene at the Ministers Summit organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel Market in London, to discuss safe, secure and seamless travel.  MADRID, Spain, 2016-Nov-04 — /Travel PR News/ — The 10th edition of the… Read the full press release

UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt: urban planning and city tourism development must be fully coordinated

The 5th UNWTO City Tourism Summit in Luxor, Egypt gathered around 400 experts from 40 countries to discuss the theme ‘Cities: Local culture for a global traveler’. The event, organized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Ministry of Tourism of Egypt, concluded on the importance of ensuring urban planning and city tourism development… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways and QTA announce new transit visa scheme allowing passengers to enter Qatar up to 96 hours in between flights

New free transit visa in effect as of 1 November 2016 Qatar Airways passengers can apply for their transit visa when planning their travel New transit visa reaffirms Qatar Airways’ and QTA’s commitment to position Qatar as a global tourist destination DOHA, Qatar, 2016-Nov-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA)… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair: the new air traffic management system to strengthen Hong Kong’s status as one of the world’s leading aviation hubs

HONG KONG, 2016-Oct-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific and Dragonair fully support the implementation of the new Air Traffic Management System (ATMS) by the Civil Aviation Department (CAD), which the airlines believe is instrumental to strengthening Hong Kong’s status as one of the world’s leading aviation hubs. The airlines are confident that the CAD… Read the full press release

IATA: Passenger Services Conference (PSC) adopted Resolution on a standard for the ONE Order initiative

Dubai, 2016-Oct-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the Passenger Services Conference (PSC) adopted a Resolution on a standard for the ONE Order initiative. Leveraging the data communication advances from the New Distribution Capability, ONE Order will modernize and simplify airline order management, including the delivery, fulfilment and accounting… Read the full press release

IATA urged governments to help the aviation industry manage its carbon footprint by agreeing to implement CORSIA

Reinforcing global standards that enable global connectivity Montreal, 2016-Sep-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to agree a global market-based measure to help the aviation industry manage its carbon footprint. At the top of the agenda for… Read the full press release

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport the first airport in the U.S. to participate in the Smart Security project

MoU signed at the ACI-NA/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition  Montréal, 2016-Sep-27 — /Travel PR News/ — A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today at the Airports Council International (ACI) North America/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition by and between ACI World, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the City… Read the full press release

Revised tourism visa scheme promotes Qatar as world-class stopover destination

Ministry of Interior, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority work together to expand free transit visa stays in Qatar from 48 hours to 96 hours Nearly 30 million annual Qatar Airways passengers can plan a Doha stopover more easily UNWTO Secretary General: new scheme is significant change and will result in increase of visitors to… Read the full press release

AAAE again questioned continued opposition of U.S. airlines to updating Passenger Facility Charge

Alexandria, VA, 2016-Sep-20 — /Travel PR News/ — With the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today reporting more than $3.5 billion in baggage and reservation change fees flowing to airlines in the first half of 2016, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) once again questioned the continued opposition of U.S. airlines to updating an optional… Read the full press release

IATA: 2016 World Passenger Symposium, Dubai, 18-20 October

Distribution, Airport Processes, Onboard Connectivity Top Agenda at WPS GENEVA, 2016-Sep-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the 2016 World Passenger Symposium (WPS) will focus on key initiatives that are transforming the passenger experience. These include distribution and payments, airport processes, onboard connectivity, and baggage handling. The conference will… Read the full press release

IATA condemned effects of European air traffic controller strikes, called governments to ensure service continuity in the face of industrial action

MADRID, 2016-Sep-19 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) condemned the effects of air traffic controller strikes, which have caused 1 million minutes of delay across Europe this year, and called for governments to take steps to ensure service continuity in the face of industrial action. “The current frequency of disputes is… Read the full press release

IATA encourages governments to commit to their voluntary participation on Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation

Geneva, SWITZERLAND, 2016-Sep-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed optimism for an agreement on a Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) when governments meet for the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization later this month. The draft negotiating text for CORSIA, published on 2 September… Read the full press release

IATA announces Alexandre de Juniac as its new Director General and CEO

Montreal, CANADA, 2016-Sep-06 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Alexandre de Juniac has officially taken on the role of Director General and CEO of the organization. He succeeds Tony Tyler, who served as IATA DG and CEO since 2011 and had announced his retirement. “I am excited to be… Read the full press release

UNWTO supports Government of Indonesia’s decision to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries

UNWTO has expressed its full support to the decision of the Government of Indonesia to grant free visa to citizens from 169 countries. The measure looks for attracting international tourism to the country by simplifying travel procedures and follows research by UNWTO and WTTC that shows that visa facilitation in the ASEAN economies could create… Read the full press release

Hawaii-based Island Air pilots sign new three-year contract extension

HONOLULU, 2016-Aug-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Pilots at Hawaii-based Island Air have unanimously ratified a new three-year contract extension that includes pay raises, retention bonuses, and eliminates concessions the pilot group made in recent years to keep the airline flying. One hundred percent of the pilots who voted cast ballots in favor of the tentative… Read the full press release

Cessna TTx piston aircraft receives certifications from EASA, Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

OSHKOSH, Wis., 2016-Jul-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, today announced at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture its high-performance Cessna TTx piston aircraft has received certifications from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) as well as Argentina’s National Civil Aviation Administration and… Read the full press release

UNWTO launches neZEH e-toolkit to support hotels in Europe to comply with nearly-Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) regulations

The nearly-Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) e-toolkit, which is available online at: www.nezeh.eu assesses the energy performance of hotels and proposes measures to improve efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources towards nearly-zero consumption. The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year long project funded by the European Union. MADRID SPAIN, 2016-Jul-13 — /Travel… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines gets approval on its application for daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba

U.S. Department of Transportation awards Alaska flight to Havana from its focus city Los Angeles SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-13 — /Travel PR News/ — The Department of Transportation announced today that it tentatively approved Alaska’s application for daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. Alaska was the only carrier to propose daily nonstop service from… Read the full press release

TSA Pre✓® enrollment site to open near Midway International Airport at Chicago Hyatt Place hotel from July 26 through 30

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-12 — /Travel PR News/ — A temporary TSA Pre✓® enrollment site will be open July 26 through 30 at the Chicago Hyatt Place hotel located just two blocks south of Midway International Airport. The temporary site near Midway is one of 15 “TSA Pre✓® Enrollment Tour” locations at hotels near major airports around the country this… Read the full press release

CDA gets FAA approval for the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan at O’Hare International Airport

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today approved the Fly Quiet Runway Rotation Test Plan for O’Hare International Airport. Developed by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), the rotation plan is designed to achieve a more balanced distribution of noise exposure for Chicago and suburban communities surrounding O’Hare during overnight… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines gets U.S. DoT approval to serve Havana, Cuba from Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa Bay

Daily flights expected to begin in 2016 from Ft. Lauderdale to three Cuban cities: Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara, along with daily nonstop service from Tampa to Havana DALLAS, Texas, 2016-Jul-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today welcomed news from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that the carrier has been… Read the full press release