Shannon Airport to get new VIP lounge from world’s leading concierge service provider

Quintessentially Aviation to open lounge targeting Middle Eastern VIPs 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Shannon Airport is delighted to announce that Quintessentially Aviation, the aviation wing of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially, is to develop its first Irish VIP lounge at Shannon Airport. Contracts for the investment were signed last week at the second annual… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport: growth is picking up strongly again in June

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — After the somewhat disappointing growth figures recorded in April and May, passenger numbers are showing strong recovery in June.  Brussels Airport welcomed 1,784,488 passengers last month, an increase of 3.3% on June 2011. This brings the growth rate for the first semester of 2012 to 2.4%. In spite of the economic situation,… Read the full press release

Emergency passports at Oslo Airport this summer

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Don’t wait until you get to Oslo Airport if you need an emergency passport to travel abroad. Because the police at Gardermoen are operating at reduced capacity during the summer, we ask you to primarily contact your local police district if you need an emergency passport. In connection with the summer holiday… Read the full press release

Oslo Airport: June Sees Significant Growth In Charter Traffic

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — In June, 2 055 071 passengers travelled through Oslo Airport. This is 37 277, or 1.8%, more than in June 2011. The number of passengers travelling abroad increased by 48 516 (4.4%), while domestic traffic was down by 11 239 (-1.2%) passengers. There was strong growth in the number of charter passengers in… Read the full press release

Size Matters: Qatar flying to BUD with increased capacity

From the 2nd August, Qatar service between Doha and Budapest will be operated with bigger planes 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — The reason behind putting the Airbus A321into operation is the significant increase of demand for the flight of the five star Qatar Airlines connecting Zagreb with the Hungarian capital. News of Qatar Airways: ‘World’s Best Airline’… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport: Road developments at Terminal 2

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Budapest Airport’s access system at Terminal 2 will be completely renewed in a few weeks’ time, as soon as the reconstruction works have been completed. With the access control system to be installed on the roads in front of the terminal, the airport operator expects greater throughput and enhanced safety. During the… Read the full press release

Travel Alberta, The Canadian Tourism Commission and The Calgary Stampede welcome the largest Chinese tour group to come together in Alberta post-Approved Destination Status

Stampede breakfast indicator of success for Travel Alberta marketing strategy Calgary, 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Earlier this morning 120 Chinese guests came together for Together We Breakfast at Heritage Park Historical Village to celebrate the Calgary Stampede Centennial. This gathering represents the largest group of Chinese tourists to converge in Alberta since Canada was granted Approved Destination Statusin 2010…. Read the full press release

WWW.AIRFRANCE.COM RECEIVES A MAKEOVER FOR CUSTOMERS’ BENEFIT

The newly-redesigned www.airfrance.com local websites offer a new graphic interface featuring inspirational visuals on the homepage. For enhanced legibility, the functional aspect of the website has been optimized to facilitate access to the main tools (reservation, check-in, flight times, etc.) and rich, dynamic content. A section is dedicated to Air France activity on the social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,… Read the full press release

KLM Offers Japanese-Language Service on Facebook and Twitter

Fans and followers of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines can now reach KLM in Japanese via Facebook and Twitter. Amstelveen | 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — By adding Japanese, KLM is now offering its social media service in five languages.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week customers can ask their questions on Facebook and Twitter in English, Dutch,… Read the full press release

EASYJET LAUNCHES MOBILE OPTIMISED WEBSITE

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet has this week launched its first mobile optimized website across Europe. Accessed through http://m.easyjet.com the new mobile site gives customers the ability to search & book flights, check flight information on the go, manage flight bookings and access FAQs through Blackberry, Windows 7, iPhone and Android devices. Supporting six languages, English, French, German,… Read the full press release

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

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

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

The Waldorf Hilton Unveils 100 Newly Refurbished Rooms

LONDON,  2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Waldorf Hilton, London is delighted to announce the completion of a £3.4 million overhaul of 100 guest rooms. The recent refurbishment is part of a larger £11.5 million hotel-wide redevelopment that has seen the Adelphi Suite and Good Godfrey’s bar restored back to their elegant 1920s art deco style. The… 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 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

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