Austrian Airlines traffic results for July 2012: Capacity consciously reduced, load factor improved

• January-July 2012: 6,555,800 passengers carried, + 4.4 percent • July 2012: 1,114,500 passengers carried, capacity consciously reduced by almost 11 percent, load factor increased by 3 percent 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — In the period from January to July 2012, the number of passengers carried rose by 4.4 percent compared to previous year’s figure: 6,555,800 passengers… Read the full press release

Dragonair Resumed Scheduled Services to and from Eastern China

Hong Kong, 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dragonair today (Thursday, 9 August) announced that it has resumed scheduled operations to and from Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo since the weather is improving and wind speeds are within operational limits. Dragonair is operating a full schedule of flights to and from Eastern China today. However, minor delays are expected… Read the full press release

Marry Mound has a nice ring to it…

Day 13: Park Live Presented by British Airways LONDON, ENGLAND, 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The eastern lawn of Park Live presented by British Airways has been dubbed ‘Marry Mound’ following a number of engagement proposals during the London 2012 Olympic Games. BA Lawn Hosts manning the area noticed the romantic hostpot when they heard loud cheers… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport Games media update – Friday 10th August

2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — 220,000 passengers are expected at Heathrow today – 115,000 of which are departures. More than 800 members of the Games Family* are expected to leave from Heathrow today, with around 50 arriving. The London Philharmonic Orchestra is playing in T5 today from 0900-1100. Weather in the UK is not expected to affect… Read the full press release

Oman Air Inaugurates the Majan Lounge

2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Oman Air opened Majan Lounge – its new lounge at the Muscat International Airport located on the lower floor of the departure terminal. Designed by JPA (design consultants) the lounge offers a luxurious and tranquil environment with a modern Arabian twist. The lounge will be staffed by Oman Air’s own trained reception… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Applauds Airlines for Improved Performance

Washington, DC, 2012-08-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Statement by Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, on today’s announcement by the Department of Transportation that airline industry performance has improved: “Improved on-time performance for airlines is good news for business and leisure travelers, and we applaud the airlines for this accomplishment. But it’s just one step… Read the full press release

San Francisco International Airport Commission’s New Rescue Facility

Response Time for Water Rescues to be reduced by 80% SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined San Francisco International Airport Director John L. Martin and San Francisco Fire Department Chief Joanne Hayes-White and formally opened the Airport’s new Marine Emergency Response Facility (MERF).  The new facility, the first of its kind… Read the full press release

Indy Jet’s first annual fly–in

Join Indy Jet at the Indianapolis Regional Airport Saturday, Sept. 8 from INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Experimental Aircraft Association, chapter 1121, will sponsor an eggs, bacon, sausage, and waffle breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for $5, while the Hancock County Historical Society will serve a “milkcan” lunch from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m…. Read the full press release

SFO to Open Water Rescue Facility

Mayor Edwin M. Lee to Join Airport Director and SFFD Chief to Formally Open Facility SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mayor Edwin M. Lee will join Airport Director John L. Martin and San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White to formally open SFO’s new Marine Emergency Response Facility, the first of its kind for any Airport on… Read the full press release

UPDATED CERTIFIED SERVICE PROVIDER PROGRAM ADOPTED TO ENSURE QUALITY STANDARDS AND IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today adopted a significantly improved Certified Service Provider Program (CSPP) that establishes minimum requirements for companies that provide certain services to airlines, airline consortiums, or other aviation tenants at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The program identifies and establishes minimum equipment and training standards for service… Read the full press release

JIM BOULT APPOINTED CHAIR OF NZAA

The New Zealand Airports Association has a new Chair. 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jim Boult, the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport, has been appointed to the role.  His tenure will commence on 1 August 2012 for the next 16 months. Mr Boult says airports are facing a number of important challenges. “On top of the… Read the full press release

FAA TEMPORARILY SUSPENDS OPPOSITE DIRECTION RUNWAY OPERATIONS; BEGINS MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, AUGUST 8, 2012

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Effective midnight Tuesday, August 8, 2012, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is suspending use of Opposite Direction Runway Operations at all applicable airports throughout the United States.  The FAA Air Traffic Control Tower at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) notified airport management this afternoon that this suspension will include ONT’s nighttime Contra-flow Operations.  This… Read the full press release

NEW QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT DEPARTURE FACILITY OPEN FOR BUSINESS

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8, 2012 NEW QUEENSTOWN AIRPORT DEPARTURE FACILITY OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Queenstown Airport’s new terminal expansion, which will double the international and domestic departure facilities, will be open for business tomorrow. The increased departure facilities are part of Project 2012, a $4.2 million extension plan undertaken to help meet the demands… Read the full press release

CHRISTCHURCH CENTRAL RECOVERY PLAN

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chief Executive Jim Boult says the team at Christchurch Airport looks forward to a new central city which he believes will be the envy of similar sized cities throughout the world. “We applaud this eagerly awaited plan for the recovery of central Christchurch,” says Mr Boult. “The process behind the plan has… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport: All development commitments fulfilled

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Exactly 264,842,374 euros. This is the accumulated value of all development commitments fulfilled by Budapest Airport as part of the Privatization Agreement, exceeding the 260.6 million euro limit set by the agreement. Budapest Airport has filed an audited Progress Report about all the developments with MNV, the Hungarian National Asset Management Company,… Read the full press release

Dreams Become Destinations Rotating Routes for 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Airlines, which will be the first airline in the world outside Japan to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, is pleased to announce rotating destinations, primarily in Africa, for its 1 st Dreamliner. The 1st Ethiopian Dreamliner will touch down in Addis Ababa at Bole International Airport on 17 August 2012. The first… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Resumed Scheduled Services to and from Shanghai

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Cathay Pacific Airways today (Thursday, 9 August) announced that it has resumed scheduled operations to and from Shanghai since the weather is improving and wind speeds are within operational limits. Cathay Pacific is operating a full schedule of flights to and from Shanghai today. However, minor delays are expected due to the… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines abre Centro de Reservaciones en Colombia

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) se complace en anunciar la apertura de su centro de reservaciones en Colombia el cual estará dedicado para asistir a sus apreciables clientes. La línea gratuita de atención al cliente disponible las 24 horas en Colombia es el: Toll Free: 018000 939 939 En Armenia: 576-7497244… Read the full press release

New, Larger Duty-Free Store Brings More Luxury Shopping to O’Hare’s International Terminal

CHICAGO, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Westfield Concession Management has unveiled a new duty-free store in Chicago O’Hare International Airport‘s International Terminal 5. Conveniently located in the center of the concourse past the security checkpoint, the open and airy 3,400-square-foot Dufry store provides international travelers with new luxury offerings that include a larger selection of specialty foods, liquor, perfume and beauty… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Opens Reservations Call Center in Colombia

Miramar, Florida, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) has opened a reservations call center in Colombia dedicated to assisting its valued customers traveling to and from the country. Customers in Colombia may contact Spirit’s new reservations call center at: Toll Free: 018000 939 939 From Armenia: 576-7497244 From Barranquilla: 575-3616061 From Bogota: 571-4930910 From Cartagena:… Read the full press release

FLYBE LAUNCHES MOBILE WEBSITE

Leading regional airline makes online booking available in four languages 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has launched its first mobile website optimised for a wide variety of devices including iPhone, Blackberry, Windows 7 and Android that is currently available in four languages namely English, Finnish, French and German. It offers customers the… Read the full press release

BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR A 1948 OLYMPIAN

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Mr Wu, an athlete who competed in the 1948 London Games for China, has been flown in to London for the Olympic Games by British Airways. Thought to be the oldest Olympian to arrive from overseas for the London Games, the 88 year old former basketball player was brought in especially to… Read the full press release

Frontier Announces Nonstop Service Between Denver and Fargo Beginning Nov. 16

Nonstop fares starting at $99* each way available until Saturday only at FrontierAirlines.com DENVER, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines today announced new nonstop service between its Denver, Colo. (DEN), hub and Fargo, N.D. (FAR), with three weekly nonstop flights beginning on Nov. 16, 2012. To celebrate the new service, Frontier is offering fares as low as… Read the full press release

Main Olympics airspace restrictions coming to an end on 15/16 August, but some restrictions remain

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — The main airspace security arrangements covering the London Olympics are scheduled to be withdrawn at midnight on 15/16 August. However, a smaller set of restrictions will remain to protect the main Paralympics sites and various shorter-term airspace restrictions will cover other venues. Airspace users are also asked to be prepared for the… Read the full press release

LOT signs full content agreement with Travelport

Secures full content for agents in Poland and beyond Langley, 2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and LOT Polish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Poland, have announced a new global full content agreement. The new multi-year deal secures full access to all of LOT’s fares, seat availability and… Read the full press release

Carbon dioxide emissions declining at Helsinki Airport

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Finnish Airport Operator, Finavia Corp., is developing the eco-efficient operations of its airports. This also refers to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Emissions caused by Finavia’s largest airport, Helsinki Airport, clearly declined in 2011. As a result, the airport was accepted into the second level of the international Airport Carbon… Read the full press release

Heathrow Airport Games media update – Thursday 9th August

2012-08-09 — /travelprnews.com/ — Heathrow is expecting 213,537 passengers today – 109,783 of which are departures. More than 1000 members of the Games Family* are expected to leave from the airport, with around 70 arriving. Heathrow is expecting 213,537 passengers today – 109,783 of which are departures. More than 1000 members of the Games Family* are… Read the full press release

RYANAIR’S £11 SEAT SALE

Fly for £11 on over 1,000 routes in September and October 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, announced that from midnight (24:00hrs) tonight, Tues 7 Aug, it will release 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… Read the full press release

Steigenberger Launching a Presence in Amsterdam

2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Steigenberger is just about to check in at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. The Frankfurt-based hotel company will be acquiring representation at a further international airport by taking over the former Dorint Hotel Amsterdam-Airport with effect from 1 September 2012 and thus adding to the presence it already enjoys at Frankfurt Main… Read the full press release

RYANAIR TO SEND FREE SMS ALERTS FOR FLIGHT DELAYS OF OVER 90 MINS

PASSENGERS URGED TO PROVIDE MOBILE NUMBERS 2012-08-08 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (8 Aug) announced that passengers who experience very rare Ryanair flight delays, of over 90 minutes, will now receive free text message updates to advise them of the likely duration of the delay and their new departure time. The… Read the full press release