Heathrow explores proposal to implement Forecourt Access Charge for vehicles in response to COVID-19 impacts

Heathrow has announced it is exploring a charge for vehicle access to terminal departure forecourts from Q4 2021 to prevent car led COVID-19 recovery  Pandemic impacts have forced airport to alter transport plans in wake of 80% drop in passengers and changed travel behaviours  Revised surface access targets and Forecourt Access Charge revenue to help ensure… Read the full press release

Sunwing resumes service from Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary

Tour operator offers massive Cyber Week savings on packages from Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton Toronto, ON, Canada, 2020-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Sunwing is pleased to announce the recommencement of service from three of Western Canada’s major cities. The initial program from Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary will operate to selected destinations for the winter… Read the full press release

Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific pilots Test Before Boarding for domestic air travel

​Conducted free tests for over 290 passengers flying to General Santos during first day of pilot run  Pasay City, Philippines, 2020-Dec-04 — /Travel PR News/ — The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB) pilots Test Before Boarding (TBB) today, December 03, 2020, for its flight to General Santos City. Over 290 passengers went through antigen testing just hours before their scheduled flight, free-of-charge. Tests were conducted by DOH-accredited Philippine… Read the full press release

Finavia trials new snow removal system at Ivalo Airport

Vantaa, Finland, 2020-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Ivalo Airport, the northernmost airport in Finland, experiences major fluctuations in weather conditions over the year. In the winter, the runways are filled with snow unless they are cleaned continuously. The winter season 2019–2020 was characterised by unusually high snowfall – well over a metre by March–April…. Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group appoints Dr. Stefan Kreuzpaintner as new Head of Sales

Cologne, Germany, 2020-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Dr. Stefan Kreuzpaintner will assume responsibility for the worldwide sales activities of Lufthansa, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines on January 1, 2021. In addition, Dr. Stefan Kreuzpaintner will join the Executive Board of Lufthansa Airlines as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at the beginning of 2021, assuming… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group Airlines extends rebooking fee suspension until the end of February

Rebooking fee for Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings still suspended Cologne, Germany, 2020-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Since the end of August, all fares of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings can be rebooked as often as desired free of charge. Originally, this fare offer was valid for (re-)bookings until… Read the full press release

Oman Air provides guests more comfort and convenience with the launch of “My Space”

Muscat, Oman, 2020-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, is now offering “My Space”, an option which gives Economy Class guests the opportunity to ensure that the seat next to them is vacant. The airline’s program makes it simple to travel with even more comfort and… Read the full press release

Christchurch Airport supports South Island’s peak export season

Christchurch, New Zealand, 2020-Dec-03 — /Travel PR News/ — New Zealand lamb will be served on British Christmas dinner tables, and in other parts of the world our live crayfish, fruit, produce and halal meat will be among tasty delicacies. Through the Government’s International Air Freight Capacity (IAFC) scheme, funding has been provided to airlines… Read the full press release

Emirates marks UAE’s 49th National Day

DUBAI, UAE, 2020-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Just as the UAE celebrates its 49th National Day, flags in all shapes and sizes were waved to mark the occasion across six continents by Emirates ground operations employees. Emirates airport operations employees at the hub also joined in the celebrations, holding their flags and making a formation in… Read the full press release

Ryanair announces 24 additional flights to its Christmas schedule

An Increase In Demand Sees 24 Extra Flights Added To Christmas Schedule Dublin, Ireland, 2020-Dec-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Ryanair, Europe’s no. 1 airline, today (01 Dec) announced even further additions to its Christmas schedule as a result of increased demand across the network, commencing from 16th December. In response to strong demand and as… Read the full press release

dnata further enhances operational efficiency with new cloud-based freight handling platform across its Dubai operations

Cloud-based platform significantly improves operational efficiency and ensures end-to-end transparency of the entire cargo journey Dubai, UAE, 2020-Dec-01 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s leading air services providers, has further enhanced operational efficiency by launching a smart, just-in-time freight handling platform across its Dubai operations. A cloud-based platform, Appointment and Dock Management… Read the full press release

DUBZ makes its popular home check-in services available to Emirates passengers

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Dec-01 — /Travel PR News/ — DUBZ, dnata’s leading baggage technology and logistics company, has partnered with Emirates and now offers its popular home check-in services to the leading international airline’s passengers, too. The innovative service of DUBZ enables Emirates passengers departing from Dubai to begin their safe travel experience by completing their… Read the full press release

easyJet and easyJet holidays partner with testing firms to offer convenient and affordable testing to passengers

The partnerships will help customers get access to convenient, reliable and affordable pre-departure testing at preferential rates This follows the Government’s ‘Test to Release’ announcement which reduces quarantine following a negative test result after five day The airline is continuing to explore ways of working with different governments and industry partners to test the efficacy… Read the full press release

IATA elects SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson as Chairman of the Board of Governors from 2022

Stockholm, Sweden, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Aviation’s international industry and trade organization IATA, which brings together 290 airlines globally, has in connection with its Annual General meeting elected SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson as the Chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) from 2022. In a year from now, Rickard Gustafson will take over… Read the full press release

SAS resumes services to, from and within Scandinavia over the Holiday Season

SAS is resuming flights on many routes over the Holiday Season to meet demand for travel to, from and within Scandinavia. Stockholm, Sweden, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — From mid-December to mid-January, SAS will fly all domestic routes in Norway and Sweden, as well as domestic routes in Denmark except for Billund. SAS continues to… Read the full press release

Swissport adds Al-Qassim International Airport, Saudi Arabia to its growing network in the Middle East

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Swissport International has added Al-Qassim to its growing network in the Middle East. Last week, a first flight of Pakistan International Airlines has been handled successfully at Prince Naïf Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (ELQ) in Central Saudi Arabia. With the handling of a first Pakistan International Airlines… Read the full press release

JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport presented at the Artificial Intelligence Systems 2020

Moscow, Russia, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Sergei Konyakhin, Director of the Production Modeling Department of JSC Sheremetyevo International Airport, gave a presentation at the Artificial Intelligence Systems 2020 on November 24 conference showing how Sheremetyevo International Airport uses artificial intelligence (AI) systems to effectively manage the airport. The conference was part of the… Read the full press release

EASA releases Proposed Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737 MAX

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) concerning the Boeing 737 MAX for public consultation, signalling its intention to approve the aircraft to return to Europe’s skies within a matter of weeks. The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded by EASA on March… Read the full press release

IATA urges governments worldwide to support the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments worldwide to support the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) as a critical step to achieving its target to cut net emissions to half 2005 levels by 2050. This target was reinforced by a resolution at IATA’s 76th Annual… Read the full press release

IATA helps airlines meet their climate commitments with the launch of its Aviation Carbon Exchange

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched the Aviation Carbon Exchange (ACE), an important new tool to help airlines meet their climate commitments. ACE is the first centralized, real-time marketplace that is integrated with the IATA Clearing House (ICH) for the settlement of funds on trades… Read the full press release

British Airways Holidays launches Black Friday offers

London, UK, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways Holidays is launching a range of Black Friday offers, with savings available across both short and long-haul holidays. Discounts will be available across all British Airways Holidays bookings made before midnight on Saturday 28 November 2020. That’s flight + hotel and flight + car holidays… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Privilege Club members can now travel with less Qmiles and no booking fees for award flights

Qatar Airways Privilege Club now offers the most competitive award flight pricing among Middle East carriers DOHA, Qatar, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Privilege Club has cut the number of Qmiles required to book award flights by up to 49 per cent in a major development in its transformation to provide more… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific welcomes Government’s commitment to the continued development of the Hong Kong aviation hub

Hong Kong, China, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific welcomes the Hong Kong SAR Government’s commitment to strengthening Hong Kong’s long-term competitiveness as a leading global aviation hub and international logistics centre, as outlined in the 2020 Policy Address given today (November 25, 2020) by the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR… Read the full press release

Can Chinese save the world economy?

Cover of the book Chinese tourists - what do they want Facts, ideas and successful examples by Ingemar Fredriksson

New book about Chinese tourists (the largest demographic in tourism) by Ingemar Fredriksson thinks so ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, 2020-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — According to UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) tourism accounts for 10% of global GDP and 1 in 10 jobs in the world. And China is the world’s largest… Read the full press release

dnata launches dedicated inflight retail centre of excellence

UK-headquartered unit to deliver tailor-made on-board retail programmes and innovative products for airline customers Dubai / London, 2020-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s leading air services providers, has further enhanced its global operations by launching a dedicated inflight retail centre of excellence. The new specialist retail unit will deliver tailor-made… Read the full press release

Emirates completes refund requests caused by pandemic-related travel disruption

AED 6.3 billion returned to customers, 1.7 million refunds requests received Dubai, UAE, 2020-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Delivering on its customer promise, Emirates has completed an intensive programme to clear its backlog of refund requests which was caused by pandemic-related travel disruption. Over the seven-month period starting April, Emirates received, validated and processed… Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo provides growth opportunities for SMEs through its flight connectivity

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Nov-25 — /Travel PR News/ — India is one of the fastest growing markets globally for the food and beverage sector. With a young population that is increasingly well travelled and familiar with international cuisine, there has been a growing awareness and demand in the country for quality produce and food ingredients from… Read the full press release

Emirates to provide expanded, multi-risk travel cover on top of its current COVID-19 cover

New, industry-first initiative greatly expands the airline’s previous COVID-19 cover with additional multi-risk travel cover for all customers purchasing an Emirates ticket beginning on 1 December DUBAI, UAE, 2020-Nov-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates customers can now plan their travels and fly with even greater assurance and peace of mind, with the airline’s latest… Read the full press release

Emirates’ Dubai Connect provides complimentary hotel stay for customers with over 10 hours layovers in Dubai

Dubai Connect provides complimentary hotel stay for passengers with a minimum transit time of over 10 hours Dubai, UAE, 2020-Nov-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has re-launched its Dubai Connect offer which gives customers transiting through its hub a complimentary hotel stay in Dubai. The offer is available to customers booked in all classes… Read the full press release

Volaris included in the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) MILA Pacific Alliance Index

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, 2020-Nov-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Volaris* (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States and Central America, announces that effective as of November 23rd, 2020; it has been selected as an index component of the Dow Jones Sustainability (DJSI) MILA Pacific Alliance Index. Mr. Manjit Jus, Global… Read the full press release