easyJet celebrates its inaugural flight from Bristol to Copenhagen

easyJet celebrates its inaugural flight from Bristol to Copenhage

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet, the largest operator at Bristol Airport, has today celebrated its inaugural flight to the Danish capital of Copenhagen. Customers were taken by surprise and put in the mood for their trip by a Danish themed check in area where delicious Danish pastries were distributed. One lucky Bristol traveller won a pair… Read the full press release

RYANAIR’S SEPT TRAFFIC GROWS BY 8% (+587,000 PAX)

TRAFFIC OVER 7M FOR 6 MONTHS IN A ROW 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (3 Oct) released passenger and load factor stats for September 2012 as follows: Sep 11 Sep 12 Change Yr to Sep 12 Passengers 1 7.25M 7.84M +8% 79.07M Load Factor 85% 84% -1% 82%   September 2012 was the sixth month in… Read the full press release

SAS and Apollo sign million dollar agreement

Apollo is developing its partnership with SAS and has signed another million dollar agreement ahead of the winter season. As a result, Apollo’s customers will be flying on SAS aircraft from 13 different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to 8 destinations around the world. The contract is worth a total of SEK 590 million…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on 28 September 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Based on its valued customers feed back, the airline requested the manufacturer to reconfigure the new Q-400 and as… Read the full press release

Improved Performance Cushions Fall in Profits – Margins and Profits Remain Weak

Singapore – 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upward revision to its global aviation outlook for 2012. The fall in airline profits from the $8.4 billion that the industry earned in 2011 will be cushioned by improved airline performance. Airlines are expected to earn $4.1 billion in 2012 (up $1.1 billion… Read the full press release

EASA proposes new harmonised rules to avoid flight crew fatigue

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) today published its proposal to amend the current EU rules on flight and duty time limitations and rest requirements (FTL) for commercial air transport. Released in a final proposal known as an Opinion, the proposed rules contain more than 30 safety improvements compared to current requirements… Read the full press release

Demand Slowdown Continues

Geneva – 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported global traffic results for August showing demand for air transport continuing to flatten-out, but with significant regional variations. Freight volumes shrank as business and consumer confidence continued to slip. Demand for air travel expanded by 5.1% in August compared to the same month in… Read the full press release

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

Four flights a week between Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed today the inaugural flight of RAK Airways at Abu Dhabi International Airport, to be the first domestic flight from the airline. RAK Airways, the main carrier of Ras Al… Read the full press release

Chicago’s Airports Participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

Awareness poster at O'Hare

HICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — For the fifth consecutive year, the Chicago Department of Aviation(CDA) is “going pink” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s “2012 Light the Way to Find a Cure” campaign. The CDA will show is support by displaying pink lights, ribbons and other decorations at O’Hare and Midway International Airports during the… Read the full press release

Andolino Discusses Aviation Industry Outlook at World Route Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was one of many industry experts who spoke at the opening day of the World Route Development Strategy Summit on September 30 in Abu Dhabi. Leaders from airlines, airports, governments, network planning, travel and tourism, air cargo and economic development authorities attended the summit to discuss the… Read the full press release

MANX2.COM BELFAST FLIGHT TIMETABLE SUCCESS

Manx2.com fly from Belfast City Airport to the Isle of Man, Blackpool, Gloucester and Oxford up to 4 times a day

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Manx2.com’s business-friendly Belfast timetable, introduced last year, has proven to be a great success. The early morning flights have taken over 3,200 passengers from the Isle of Man to Belfast, and 4,200 from Belfast to the Island, a rise of over 1,000 passengers from 2011. The first flight from Isle of Man… Read the full press release

Chicago’s Natural Beauty on Display at Chicago’s Airports

Purple Prairie Clover by Dawn Mazur. Photo taken in July 2011 at South Pond in Lincoln Park.

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new photo exhibit showcasing Chicago’s natural beauty has landed at O’Hare and Midway International Airports. Last fall, the Chicago Park District Natural Areas Program asked Chicagoans to “Take their best shot!” and photograph nature in the city.  Over 250 photographs were submitted and judged in four categories:  People in Nature, Native Flora,… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results

SEATTLE — 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines Inc. and Horizon Air Industries Inc., will announce its third quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday, Oct. 25. A conference call is scheduled at 9 a.m. Pacific time/12 p.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the call via… Read the full press release

LOT launched new direct service to Hannover

Warsaw, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today LOT Polish Airlines launched new direct service to Hannover. LOT’s Embraer 170 with the registration number SP-LDB took off from Chopin Airport in Warsaw at 13:50 local time. Its arrival in Hannover it is planned at 15:20 local time Since today the Polish carrier’s planes will land at the airport… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Continues Denver Growth With Opening Of New Flight Crew Bases And Line Maintenance At Denver International Airport (DIA)

New Domiciles at Denver International Airport (DIA) Will be Home to Nearly 400 Pilots and 400 Flight Attendants DENVER – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today officially opens the carrier’s newest Pilot and Flight Attendant crew bases at Denver International Airport (DIA). The new crew domiciles, which will be the airline’s ninth,… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Reports September 2012 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET), today reported preliminary traffic results for September 2012. For the month, Frontier’s load factor increased two percentage points to 88% compared to 86% in September 2011. Frontier’s traffic decreased 13%, to 0.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs); capacity decreased 15%, to… Read the full press release

AER LINGUS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL AIRLINE SPONSORSHIP OF ULSTER RUGBY FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS

Pass master Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, is helping Ulster Rugby prepare to spin another success story this season after the signing of a new sponsorship deal. The package will see Aer Lingus become the official airline for Ulster Rugby over the next two years. Admiring Declan's technique are Ulster stars Johann Muller, John Afoa and Jared Payne.

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — ULSTER Rugby’s flying start to the season has been given a turbo charged boost with the signing of a major new sponsorship deal with Aer Lingus. Details of the two-year support package were unveiled at a signing ceremony held at Ravenhill this afternoon. As part of the new relationship, the airline will provide… Read the full press release

Second Annual Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk Attracts Celebrity Entries

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Taking place for the second time, the annual Oliver Adelaide Tambo Liberation Walk has attracted interest amongst several media personalities, celebrities and public figures this year. Amongst those who will be participating in the Walk, which takes place on Saturday, 6 October 2012, are recording artist and TV presenter Stoan Seate, media personality Kass Naidoo, businesswoman Uyanda Mbuli, and TV presenter Liezel van… Read the full press release

Get Ready for O’Hare 5K on the Runway and Community Day

Runway 9L/27R, location of the ORD 5K on the Runway

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — On your mark…Get set…Go! to the “Run on the Runway” website now to register for the ORD 5K on the Runway and Community Day at O’Hare. On Saturday, October 20, the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a 5K on the Runway and Community Day, presented by United Airlines, at O’Hare International Airport from 8… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Scheduled Flights To Najaf Begin January 2013 Adds To Iraqi Destinations In Network – Capital Baghdad & Northern City Of Erbil Doha, QATAR – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways continues its network expansion with the announcement of scheduled flights to Najaf – its third route in the Republic of Iraq, effective January 23. The southern… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Announces $250 Million Share Repurchase Program

Completes previous $50 million repurchase program SEATTLE, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) announced today that its board of directors has approved a stock repurchase program authorizing the company to buy up to $250 million of its common stock. The program does not have an expiration date, however, Air Group is targeting completion by… Read the full press release

JAPAN AIRLINES AND BRITISH AIRWAYS ANNOUNCE START OF JOINT BUSINESS

TOKYO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ —Japan Airlines (JAL) and British Airways will begin a joint business agreement with the two airlines sharing revenue on applicable flights between Europe and Japan. The joint business, which starts on October 1, 2012, will benefit customers by providing better links between Japan and Europe, greater choice of flights to more destinations, enhanced… Read the full press release

LOT among the safest airlines in the world!

Warsaw, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — LOT Polish Airlines have been ranked among the safest airlines in the world, having fully met the requirements of the safety audit conducted by IATA (International Air Transport Association). The auditing organization conducted a five-day safety audit (the so-called IOSA, i.e. IATA Operational Safety Audit) in all of LOT’s operational areas…. Read the full press release

LUV Lands In Iowa! Southwest Airlines Launches Service At Des Moines International Airport

Southwest Adds 77th City to Route Map, Offering Iowa Customers Low Fares and More Destinations DALLAS – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is excited to announce that LUV has officially landed in Iowa with service at Des Moines International Airport (DSM).  Dozens of Southwest Employees are on hand to celebrate the long-anticipated arrival with… Read the full press release

Estonian Air carried 687 427 passengers in the first nine months

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — In September Estonian Air carried 83 784 passengers, out of which 83 631 on regular flights. The number of passengers on regular flights in Tallinn increased 41.3% compared to the same period last year. The load factor of Estonian Air regular flights was 72.6%. In the first nine months Estonian Air carried… Read the full press release

Maldives to hold roadshow in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September

Maldives to hold roadshow in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maldivian airline together with Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) will hold a two city road-show in Mumbai and Chennai on 27th and 28th September. The delegation led by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon. Mohamed Maleeh Jamal will comprise of members drawn from  15 companies both hoteliers and… Read the full press release

Estonian Air and EAS promote winter holiday possibilities in Estonia

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Estonian Air and EAS (Enterprise Estonia) continue their co-operation to attract tourists to Estonia during the low season. In the framework of this co-operation, another joint campaign will be held in the Lithuanian, Russian, Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian markets during 1–14 October, promoting the possibilities of spending winter holidays in Estonia. “The… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Announces Executive Changes

Denver-based carrier appoints chief information officer DENVER, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced the appointment of Amit Agarwal as chief information officer of the Denver-based carrier. Frontier also announced the departure of Cliff Van Leuven, the airline’s vice president of customer service since 2004. Jan Fogelberg, currently Frontier’s vice president of commercial technology, will… Read the full press release

Flight to London with Neikid

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, 24 September a gourmet-flight takes place on Estonian Air Tallinn-London-Tallinn route in which Premium class passengers are served three course meal by Koit Uustalu the Chef de Cuisine of Neikid. Neikid has specially composed the onboard menu for Estonian Air Sky Restaurant. The starter of Tallinn-London flight is smoked duck salad with… Read the full press release

Terminal 1 Expansion Creates New Capacity for Up to Six / Million Passengers Yearly – Exclusive Utilization by / Lufthansa and Star Alliance – Five New Lufthansa Lounges

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frankfurt Airport’s (FRA) new Pier A-Plus – the 800 meter-long westward expansion of Terminal 1 – opened on schedule after about four years of construction. Flight operations begin on October 10 at the new pier, allowing Germany’s biggest hub to serve up to six million additional passengers per year – thus a… Read the full press release