Sequestration-Driven Flight Delays Place 83,000 American Jobs and $9 Billion in U.S. Economic Output at Risk

U.S. Travel Association Urges FAA to Insulate Critical Personnel from Budget Cuts; Calls on Congress to Enact Legislative Fix Washington, D.C., 2013-04-25— / — The U.S. Travel Association today released a new analysis of the cost of flight delays resulting from announced Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughs of air traffic control personnel in response to budget… Read the full press release

New Full Flight Simulator at Budapest Airport

2013-04-25— / — Construction works are underway at full speed at Budapest Airport with the new flight simulator training center to be installed and inaugurated early May this year. Dutch Flight Simulation Company b.v. (FSC) has signed a ten-year contract to lease the building that will accommodate a state-of-the-art Airbus A320 full flight simulator and a… Read the full press release

The EASA published a proposal to the EC containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC)

2013-04-25— / — The European Aviation Safety Agency today published a proposal to the European Commission containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). With this so-called Opinion, the Agency puts forward new and more accessible instrument ratings focussed on General Aviation pilots. The proposed changes are expected to increase safety with regard… Read the full press release

South African Airways and Air Seychelles announce code share agreement

Johannesburg, 2013-04-25— / — South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline, today announced that it has entered into a codeshare agreement with Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. The first phase of the agreement will see South African Airways place its “SA” code on Air Seychelles’ non-stop flights between Johannesburg and… Read the full press release

The 3rd Silk Road Task Force Meeting defines future Silk Road Action Plan

Madrid/Baku, 2013-04-25— / — Delegates from over 15 countries and representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Federation of Tourist Guides Associations, gathered around the 3rd meeting of the Task Force of the Silk Road Task Force (22-23 April, Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan). The strong… Read the full press release

Flight safety briefing for pilots attending this year’s AeroExpo event at Sywell Aerodrome

2013-04-25— / — Pilots attending this year’s AeroExpo event at Sywell Aerodrome can receive a personal safety briefing on the Airspace & Safety Initiative (ASI) stand. Safety experts will be on hand to guide private pilots through a virtual flight, highlighting potential risks and advising on good practice to help avoid, in particular, infringements of controlled… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Starts Nonstop Ultra-Low Fare Service on Nine New Routes And Resumes Summer Seasonal Service Favorites

Miramar, Florida, 2013-04-25— / — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today starts ultra-low fare service on nine new nonstop routes and also resumes summer seasonal service on a variety of our customers’ favorite routes. Nine New Spirit Airlines Nonstop Routes Starting April 25, 2013: Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Cancun, Mexico (CUN) Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) – Los Angeles… Read the full press release

SAS continues to create innovative solutions that make traveling easier for its customers with the launch of its new App

2013-04-25— / — On April 9, SAS launched its new app which can be used to book trips to all its destinations directly on a smart phone or tablet device. SAS customers can now easily book, check in, choose a seat on board and receive their mobile boarding pass on their phone or device. The SAS… Read the full press release

PATA Youth Forum: Smart Businesses Are Embracing the Youth Travel Segment

Bangkok, 2013-04-25— / — Next Gen travel industry professionals shared their forthright views with over 150 travel industry students and young professionals at the PATA Youth Forum on April 25 at Thammasat University in Bangkok. Interactive sessions debated on how new generations are finding, searching and connecting to travel and tourism industry now and in the… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane Scoops Double Five-Star Ratings at Forbes Travel Guide London Launch

Four Seasons is the only London property to be awarded Five Stars for both the Hotel and its Spa. 2013-04-25— / — Forbes Travel Guide has launched its inaugural London Star Awards naming Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane the only award winner to receive a much-coveted Five-Star rating for both the Hotel and its Spa. Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil… Read the full press release

Hilton Athens 50th Anniversary Celebration

ATHENS, Greece, 2013-04-25— / — In April 1963, exactly 50 years ago, a landmark hotel opened its doors in Athens marking a new era of prosperity and development for the Greek tourism. The official inauguration of Hilton Athens, which took place on the 20th of April 1963 followed by a two-day celebration, attracted distinguished guests from all corners… Read the full press release

The Pacific Asia Travel Association & PolyU released joint publication – Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2013-2017

Hong Kong and Bangkok, 2013-04-25— / — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Hotel and Tourism Management (PolyU) released their joint publication, the Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2013-2017, today. The new forecasts on the complete visitor economy will make it easier for tourism organisations to anticipate demand trends and… Read the full press release