RYANAIR AUGUST TRAFFIC GROWS BY 760,000 (+9%)

RECORD 8.9M PASSENGERS IN ONE MONTH 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (5 Sep) released passenger and load factor stats for Aug 2012 as follows: Aug 11 Aug 12 Change Yr to Aug 12 Passengers  1 8.14M 8.90M +9% 78.48M Load Factor 2 89% 88% -1% 82%     August 2012 was Ryanair’s highest-ever monthly traffic figure… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Tunisia

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the leader in luxury hospitality, has announced the brand’s first hotel in Tunisia. The Ritz-Carlton Tunis, Carthage is owned by Companie Tunisienne de Development Touristique (CTDT), a subsidiary of the Driss-Jenayah Group, and a pioneer group in hospitality. Located in Carthage-Sidi Bou Said,… Read the full press release

Online Registration for Contractor Open House

Chicago, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) will host a Contractor Open House on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for firms interested in bidding on work at Chicago’s airports. The event will take place at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL. The Contractor Open House provides an excellent… Read the full press release

Airport City vision unveiled

Ambitious plans to create Scotland’s first ‘airport city’ are taking shape around Aberdeen Airport. 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Airport MD Derek Provan has hailed a series of major multi-million pound developments, currently underway or planned for the future, which he says have the potential to transform the local economy. But with Aberdeen set to grow by… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines Launches US$50 Million In-Flight Connectivity Programme

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Singapore Airlines is today formally launching In-Flight Connectivity as part of a US$50 million programme to bring Internet and mobile data services to customers, even when flying at 35,000ft. Following a recent soft launch on a limited number of aircraft, In-Flight Connectivity is today available on 14 aircraft in the fleet, including… Read the full press release

Kenya Airways announces successful completion of Voluntary Early Retire Programme and Staff rationalization Exercise

Kenya Airways announces successful completion of Voluntary Early Retire Programme and Staff rationalization Exercise Thursday, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — National carrier, Kenya Airways has announced the completion of its staff rationalization programme that will see the airline save close to Sh1.2 billion annually in labour costs as it embarks on its ambitious expansion programme. According to… Read the full press release

Kenya Airways takes delivery of first fully-owned Embraer E190 jet

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The first Embraer E190 aircraft to be fully purchased by Kenya Airways touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on September 1st. The aircraft is expected to boost the airline’s expanding fleet and service new routes and frequencies on its growing African network. Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus… Read the full press release

Arik Air, Lufthansa Technik seal new partnership deal

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Arik Air, West and Central Africa’s largest carrier and world renowned aircraft maintenance service provider, Lufthansa Technik of Germany have sealed a new partnership deal that will maintain the safe operations and support further growth of the Nigerian airline. During a meeting held at Arik Air corporate head office in Lagos on… Read the full press release

BWI Marshall Airport Reports New All-Time Monthly Record

More Than 2.2 Million Passengers in July 2012, Busiest Month Ever 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that a record number of passengers flew through Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in July 2012. In total, 2,222,329 commercial passengers used the airport, a 0.8 percent increase over the previous monthly record set in… Read the full press release

Courtyard by Marriott to Open First Hotel in Chile

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International (NYSE:MAR) announced today plans to open a new 200-room Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Santiago in the fourth quarter of 2014, under an agreement with Falabella Group, the largest retailer in South America, with operations in Chile, Argentina, Peru and Colombia. Situated immediately adjacent to the existing 280-room Santiago Marriott… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport response to the announcement of an independent commission to review aviation capacity

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Commenting on the creation of an independent commission to review aviation capacity, Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer of Bristol Airport, said: “It is important that the independent commission looks beyond London when considering how to make best use of existing runway capacity. The UK’s regional airports handled 86 million passengers in 2011… Read the full press release

SNCB : RÉSULTAT OPÉRATIONNEL MEILLEUR QUE PRÉVU

Grâce au plan d’économies visant un retour à l’équilibre, la SNCB améliore son résultat opérationnel (EBITDA*) ce semestre. 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Le résultat opérationnel du 1er semestre de 2012 confirme la tendance amorcée en 2010. Avec un EBITDA de – 8,5 millions EUR, la SNCB est en avance sur son budget et commence à récolter… Read the full press release

PATA Stages ‘Thrilla in Manila’ Debate in PTM Week, PATA Next Generation ‘Walks the Talk’ at Youth Forum

Bangkok, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is to break new ground in the conduct and content of industry forums globally by holding the first-ever debate on the future of travel and tourism between the PATA CEO and a leading regional travel journalist. To focus on the topic, “The Future of Travel… Read the full press release

Travel Industry Continues to Put Americans Back to Work

Job Creation Outpaces Rest of Economy by Nearly 30 Percent Washington, D.C., 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s August 2012 Labor Department report: “The U.S. travel industry continues to spur our nation’s economic recovery by putting Americans back to work, adding 7,000… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Starts Service from Baltimore/Washington to Fort Lauderdale and Dallas/Fort Worth

Miramar, Florida, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) today starts service from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) with twice daily nonstop service to Fort Lauderdale and daily nonstop service to Dallas/Fort Worth. The new service also offers customers connections to 29 destinations throughout the Americas. Customers can check out the insanely low fares… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reports August Traffic

DALLAS – 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) today reported August 2012 consolidated traffic results for Southwest Airlines and AirTran.  AirTran became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines Co. (“the Company”) on May 2, 2011.  For purposes of comparability, year-to-date 2011 traffic results presented in the accompanying table include the combined results of Southwest… Read the full press release

RECORD 8.9M PASSENGERS IN ONE MONTH

2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (5 Sep) released passenger and load factor stats for Aug 2012 as follows: Aug 11 Aug 12 Change Yr to Aug 12 Passengers (m) 1 8.14M 8.90M +9% 78.48M Load Factor 2 89% 88% -1% 88% August 2012 was Ryanair’s highest-ever monthly traffic figure and the second month this year that Ryanair… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Expands its Portfolio in Australasia with the Signing of a New Hilton Hotels & Resorts Property in New Caledonia

NOUMEA, New Caledonia and MCLEAN, Va., 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide today announced that it has signed a franchise agreement with GLP Hotels for a 154-key conversion project to be known as Hilton Noumea La Promenade Residence. The property, currently the La Promenade, opened in 2008 and will undergo a refurbishment before officially opening under the… Read the full press release

Travelport completes KLM Economy Comfort rollout for Galileo agents in Benelux

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces the completion of its KLM Economy Comfort seat rollout to all Galileo-connected travel agents in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. In March, Travelport became the first GDS to complete a live booking of a KLM Economy Comfort seat… Read the full press release

Lufthansa to resign from external cabin crew staffing in Berlin

Aviation Power flight attendants currently working on Lufthansa flights to receive offer for permanent employment within Lufthansa Group next year 2012-09-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — “Without preconditions and for a foreseeable time frame Lufthansa is going to resign from deploying external cabin crews in Berlin”, announced Christoph Franz, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche… Read the full press release

OLT Express launches major expansion of flights from Dresden

Dresden, Bremen, 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — The airline OLT Express Germany is once again significantly expanding its range of flights from Dresden. Starting on 15 October 2012, it is adding new flights to Vienna, Budapest and London alongside its existing Dresden-Zurich and Dresden-Hamburg routes. In addition, the Dresden-Hamburg route launched this spring will be operated with… Read the full press release

Vladivostok Airport Welcomes Guests and Participants of the APEC-2012 Summit

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Vladivostok International Airport (VIA) will be greeting participants and guests of the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit, which will be held September 2-9, 2012 in Vladivostok. The Vladivostok Airport conducted a comprehensive IT systems readiness inspection for the new passenger terminal, ensuring that quality service will be provided to guests and participants of the APEC-2012 Summit. Vladivostok Airport’s new Terminal A has been designed… Read the full press release

New bag tag technology on New York flights

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Customers flying to New York on British Airways’ exclusive all-business class flights from London City will be able to tag their own bags from today (September 5). For the first time anyone travelling on the double daily flights from the Docklands airport will benefit from revolutionary self-help technology. London City was… Read the full press release

Курьерская доставка «Летающих конвертов» – в сорока городах

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — S7 Airlines объявляет о расширении услуги авиадоставки корреспонденции «Летающие конверты». Теперь чтобы отправить или получить корреспонденцию, не обязательно ехать в аэропорт. Курьерская доставка отправлений доступна не только в Москве и Санкт-Петербурге, но и более чем в сорока крупнейших городах России, Беларуси и Казахстана1, куда выполняет рейсы S7 Airlines. Курьерскую доставку осуществляет партнер… Read the full press release

Metrolink’s Rail Safety Month campaign targets distractions near tracks

LOS ANGELES, 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — In observance of Rail Safety Month, Metrolink is joining other railroad agencies across the state to encourage everyone to “Be Track Smart,” with a series of events to emphasize the importance of safe behavior near railroad tracks. In recent years, there have been multiple incidents where individuals from across the… Read the full press release

VisitEngland’s response to the Cabinet Reshuffle

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Jeremy Hunt’s support for tourism led to delivery of the biggest ever domestic tourism marketing campaign in the build-up to the unprecedented events of this year.  He worked hard to engage with our industry to better understand their ambitions and challenges and to ensure a lasting legacy for domestic tourism. As Minister… Read the full press release

KLM serves Budapest with the longest Boeing 737

2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Dutch carrier KLM is flying the Amsterdam-Budapest route with the largest variant of the Boeing 737 aircraft, in order to be able to satisfy the ever-increasing demand. KLM’s longest “small Boeing” is able to carry 189 passengers with a two-class arrangement. It was precisely 12:33 when KLM’s 737-900 type airliner landed smoothly… Read the full press release

Americans Want to Fly Wireless

NEW YORK, 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Fly.com™, the world’s easiest-to-use airfare search engine, today released the results of a new consumer survey that shows Americans don’t want to unplug from their portable communication devices when flying. Fly.com’s survey, which questioned 500 U.S. travelers this summer, found that 80 percent of respondents want the option to connect… Read the full press release

bloc™ Gatwick to open in Summer 2013

More choice for passengers as Gatwick plans to add a boutique bloc™hotel to its airport hotel portfolio Set to open at Gatwick’s South Terminal in Summer 2013 2012-09-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick Airport is delighted to announce its agreement with bloc™ hotels to open a 244 room property at the airport in early Summer 2013. The… Read the full press release

Former Australian cricket great now plays for Australian tourism in growing India

Key facts Former Australian Test, One Day and Twenty20 cricketing great, Brett Lee, is joining Tourism Australia’s ‘Friends of Australia’ advocacy program to promote the country’s tourism experiences to a growing market of Indian travellers. In his debut as a Friend of Australia, Brett Lee welcomed on Wednesday evening more than 70 of India’s leading… Read the full press release