Alaska Air Group Reports July Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported July operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, and on a combined basis. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported an 8.8 percent increase in traffic on an 8.3 percent increase in capacity compared to July 2011…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reaches Three Million Facebook Fans

Airline Offers Fans an Amazing Deal to Celebrate! DALLAS – 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — The LUV airline is easy to LIKE!  Southwest Airlines is celebrating the Three Million Fan milestone with a special discount offer and a signature “concept” plane dedicated to our fans! Southwest Airlines was the first airline to reach a million Facebook Fans back… Read the full press release

Topdeal Tickets for airberlin frequent flyers

For one week award flights are available for booking from as little as 3,000 award miles 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frequent flyers are excited: airberlin is once again offering Topdeal Tickets to members of its topbonus frequent flyer program. For the first time, these very attractively priced award flights will be available for booking for one… Read the full press release

FLY FOR £11 IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

RYANAIR £11 SEAT SALE Fly for £11 on over 1,000 routes in September and October 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today Friday (3 Aug) released 100,000 seats at fares from £11 for travel on Mon, Tue, Wed & Thur in September and October.  These “all in” low fares will be available on over 1,000… Read the full press release

Amadeus publishes first half results for 2012

Growth record supported by both Distribution and IT Solutions businesses Year-on-year first half highlights (six months ended June 30, 2012) • Global market share of travel agency air bookings expanded by 1.0 percentage point • Passengers Boarded (PB) lifted by 27.0% to 259.0 million • Revenue grew 8.6%2 to €1,508.9 million • EBITDA rose 6.1%… Read the full press release

Avior Airlines Signs Full Content Agreement with Travelport

Caracas, 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and Venezuelan air carrier, Avior Airlines, have today jointly announced a new agreement. The deal also includes an upgrade to Direct Sell and Seamless Availability which enable real-time reservation and confirmation of bookings, and allow agents to offer the highest level of… Read the full press release

The Penguins of Madagascar surprise at the airport

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Passengers at the departure hall of Helsinki Airport were in for a surprise on Wednesday, 25 July when the familiar penguin characters from the Madagascar movies visited Terminal 2. This was a Flash Mob action, aimed at advertising the Madagascar 3 movie that will have its premier in August. The funny video… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport Games media update – Friday 3rd August

2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — A busy day at the airport with 221,000 passengers expected in the terminals – 109,000 of which are arrivals. Over 600 members of the Games Family* are expected to arrive at Heathrow today, with around 450 departing. Weather is not expected to affect operations today. Media rooms are now open in all… Read the full press release

5 NEW CORK WINTER ROUTES – 50% CHEAPER THAN WIZZ

RYANAIR ANNOUNCES 5 NEW CORK ROUTES TO POLAND & LITHUANIA AT FARES 50% LOWER THAN WIZZ 2012-08-03 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (2 Aug) announced 5 new routes from Cork to Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw, Wroclaw and Vilnius (at fares that are at least 50% cheaper than Wizz) from Nov 2012 as… Read the full press release

NEW UNIFORM TO MARK TRANSASIA AIRWAYS’ EXCITING NEW CHAPTER FOR THE LEADING TAIWANESE AIRLINE

Retro Design pays homage to the airline’s history Singapore, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — As part of its on-going service upgrade initiative unveiled last month, TransAsia Airways today announced the launch of its new uniform, for its over 500 cabin crew and ground staff, including maintenance staff, across all of its domestic and international routes. The new… Read the full press release

All EVA Air and UNI Air’s international flights are operating as normal on Aug.02

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — We advise passengers to check the Flight Status page and register for our SMS (Short Message Service) or Flight SMS Alerts for Members for the latest schedules. Our website will contain regular news updates. Those with mobile devices can visit our Mobile Web for constant updates. Flight schedules may change according to the weather. Use EVA Air’s website to stay… Read the full press release

Aberdeen Airport braced for whatever winter holds

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — This morning, members of the media were joined by airport management as they were shown exactly what £1.3 million worth of investment looks like. The money has been spent in recent months dramatically upgrading the fleet of vehicles which serves the whole airport campus. It includes everything from an enormous state-of-the-art £700,000… Read the full press release

ALAMO RENT A CAR AND NATIONAL CAR RENTAL LAUNCH PARTNERSHIP WITH ASIANA AIRLINES

Car Rentals Through Alamo and National Provide Asiana Club Miles St. Louis, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental today announced the launch of a partnership with Asiana Airlines. The agreement will immediately allow members of the Asiana Airlines frequent flier program, Asiana Club, to earn hundreds of miles when renting from any participating Alamo Rent… Read the full press release

Dragonair Plans to Resume Operation for Taiwan Flights

Hong Kong, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair announced that based on the latest weather forecast regarding Typhoon Saola, it plans to resume operation of Taiwan flights from 8:00 pm on 2 August (today). The following flights will depart later today: Flight No. Route Scheduled Departure Time New Departure Time (on 2 August) KA454 From Hong Kong to Kaohsiung 1645 2000 KA450 From Hong… Read the full press release

Dragonair Suspends Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung Operations Today Re-booking / Re-routing Window Extended to 5 August

Hong Kong, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today (Thursday, 2 August) announced that it will suspend all its flight  operations to and from Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung today due to expected severe impact of Typhoon Saola on Taiwan. Passengers whose flights are cancelled are advised not to go to the airport. Dragonair will assist with alternative… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines Results: Operating Loss in the First Half of 2012

• Adjusted operating result of minus EUR 55.2 million, but operating profit of EUR 26.6 million due to one-off effects • Largest domestic airline still in the midst of restructuring • Good passenger figures and restructuring progress are cause for optimism concerning sustainable earnings prospects 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Following an operating result of minus EUR… Read the full press release

Mokulele Airlines Upgrades Service And Reliability

Kailua-Kona, HI, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mokulele Airlines, Hawaii’s favorite interisland airline, announced today, it will start giving away free water and cookies on all of its flights as part of a service upgrade.  Each passenger on Mokulele Airlines will receive a free bottle of water, and a locally produced Kona Coffee flavored cookie starting August 3rd 2012…. Read the full press release

Indianapolis Airport Authority appoints Michael Huber senior director of commercial enterprise

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) announced today that it has selected Michael Huber to fill the open position of senior director of commercial enterprise. Huber is departing his current role as Indianapolis Deputy Mayor to take the position, which is responsible for managing the Indianapolis International Airport’s (IND) evenuegenerating operations including parking,… Read the full press release

Yorkshire’s Airport Reveals New Departure Lounge

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — To mark Yorkshire Day, Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) today, (Wednesday 1st August, 2012), opened its redesigned Yorkshire Premier Lounge. As part of the airport’s £11million terminal development, the award winning departure facility now offers passengers the choice between two separate areas; an exclusive business zone or stylish leisure lounge. Both have been… Read the full press release

SAA introduces a baggage piece concept for all flights

Johannesburg, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) is introducing a new check-in baggage policy in response to varying customer requirements in each of its markets. The policy aligns with most of the larger Star Alliance member carriers ensuring a transparent and consistent set of rules across SAA and other Star Alliance network. From 5… Read the full press release

Slowing Passenger Growth Trend Continues – Cargo Markets Remain Weak

Geneva, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global traffic results for June showing a continued slowing of growth in the demand for air transport. This is in line with weakness in business and consumer confidence. Year-on-year, demand for air travel in June expanded by 6.2%. Capacity grew by a much more cautious… Read the full press release

Ninety-six WWII Veterans visit Memorial in Washington, D.C. with Honor Flight Chicago

CHICAGO, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — This morning, 96 World War II veterans from the Chicago area received a special morning send-off celebration at Midway International Airport prior to their departure to Washington, D.C. for a day trip to visit the WWII Memorial. Army Ranger Bob Roenna and Honor Flight Chicago Secretary Read Boeckel While in the nation’s capital today, the veterans will experience a… Read the full press release

Lufthansa brings first-ever Airbus A380 to Texas; Mayor Parker, airport and airline officials to welcome inaugural flight to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Daily A380 service between Houston and Frankfurt begins today – Upgrades to airport’s runway and terminal accommodate world’s largest passenger aircraft 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, Lufthansa will be the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380, the world’s most technologically-advanced and largest passenger aircraft, to the Lone Star State. To commemorate this historic occasion, Mayor… Read the full press release

TSA Pre-Check Program Expanded at O’Hare to Delta, US Airways passengers

CHICAGO, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it has expanded its Pre-Check program at O’Hare International Airport to US Airways and Delta Air Lines passengers in O’Hare’s Terminal 2. US Airways and Delta Air Lines passengers can now take advantage of TSA’s Pre-Check pre-screening program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. TSA’s Pre-Check is a pre-screening process for select frequent flyers who, if… Read the full press release

O.R. Tambo International Airport introduces new breed to its Bird Strike Avoidance Programme

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an initiative that has never been done at any other airport in the world before, Africa’s hub airport, O.R. Tambo International, has successfully introduced and implemented a new breed of dog to its Bird Strike Avoidance Programme. Border Collies have been used at O.R. Tambo International Airport for the past 10… Read the full press release

Think you can pull 90 tons? Sign up for the Fourth Annual Special Olympics Illinois Plane Pull at O’Hare

CHICAGO, Illinois – 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Saturday, September 15, Special Olympics Illinois will pit teams of 20 men and women against each other as they play tug-of-war with an Airbus 300 aircraft weighing more than 198,000 pounds. You’ve got to see it to believe it! Check out the YouTube video that tells the story of the Plane Pull… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Sale of Common Stock by Oaktree

MIRAMAR, Fla., 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines, Inc. (Nasdaq:SAVE) announced today the public offering of 9,394,927 shares of common stock by certain existing stockholders affiliated with Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (“Oaktree”). Upon completion of the offering, investment funds affiliated with Oaktree will own no shares of common stock of Spirit Airlines. The company will not… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific plans to resume operation for Taipei flights

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways announced that based on the latest weather forecast regarding Typhoon Saola, it plans to resume operation of Taipei flights from 10:00pm on 2 August. The following flights originally scheduled to depart today have been delayed to tomorrow (3 August): Flight No Route Scheduled Dep Time New Dep time (3… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces New Nonstop Route Between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport And Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Airline Celebrates New Service with a $139 One-way Sale DALLAS, 2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today it will begin service between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) with two daily nonstop roundtrip flights starting Sept. 30, 2012. To celebrate the new route, the carrier also announced a… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific suspends Taipei operations for today, rebooking/rerouting window extended to 5 August

2012-08-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today (Thursday, 2 August) announced that it will suspend all its Taipei flight operations today due to expected severe impact of Typhoon Saola on Taipei. Passengers whose flights are cancelled are advised not to go to the airport. Cathay Pacific will assist with alternative arrangements for affected passengers and… Read the full press release