KLM Royal Dutch Airlines FIRST HALF YEAR RESULTS 2012

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — SECOND QUARTER: – 4.5% rise in revenues to 6.5 billion euros. – Decline in unit costs on a constant currency and fuel price basis. – Improvement in operating result (-66 million euros against -145 million euros at 30 June 2011). – Net result impacted by non-cash items not affecting operating cash-flow (restructuring… Read the full press release

EASYJET STATEMENT ON ISS AND GLASS LEWIS REPORTS

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet welcomes the recommendations from the proxy advisory services ISS and Glass Lewis that shareholders vote against the resolution to remove Sir Mike Rake at the company’s forthcoming EGM. The majority of easyJet’s institutional shareholders subscribe to one or other of these bodies. In their report, Glass Lewis said: “..we question whether… Read the full press release

GBTA Announces New Board of Directors at the GBTA Convention

Boston, MA, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – revealed the results of its annual Board of Directors elections at the 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston. Michelle (Mick) Lee, managing director, head of Global Travel, Citigroup; Bhart A. Sarin, CCTE, C.P.M., Global Procurement—Travel and… Read the full press release

Chengdu Will Host PATA Travel Mart 2013

Bangkok ,2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) announced that PATA Travel Mart 2013 (PTM2013) and PATA Board Meeting will be hosted by the City of Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China in September 2013, at its PATA’s Executive Board Meeting on July 28, at the Hotel ICON, in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Mr Martin J Craigs, PATA CEO,… Read the full press release

Latest annual review of aviation safety published by EASA

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has published its Annual Safety Review for 2011. In Europe, there was a single fatal accident in scheduled operations during the year. For the decade 2002-2011, the rate of accidents in scheduled operations in EASA Member States was one of the lowest in the world with… Read the full press release

MANX2.COM UNVEILS NEW LONDON-BOUND SERVICE FROM BELFAST CITY AIRPORT

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Isle of Man based airline Manx2.com is starting a new return route from Belfast City Airport to London Oxford Airport, it was announced today. The new five days a week service, which starts on Monday 30 July, has fares starting from £74.95 one-way including taxes, with no credit or debit card charges or booking fees… Read the full press release

Houston Lands Largest Passenger Aircraft in the World; Historic Flight is a First for Texas

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is welcoming the largest passenger aircraft in the world to Texas. The Lufthansa A380 will make its first arrival at Intercontinental on Wednesday, August 1, and is inviting Houston to the “A380 Houston Party” to celebrate from noon – 2 p.m. at FM 1960, just east of… Read the full press release

Airports Going Green Agenda Announced — Register Today

CHICAGO, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Don’t miss the fifth annual Airports Going Green conference in Chicago this fall! The conference will be held Nov. 4-7, 2012 at the Westin River North Hotel in Chicago. Register today at www.airportsgoinggreen.org  and take a look at the exciting, informative agenda below. Airports Going Green is the aviation industry’s leading sustainability forum and will offer the opportunity to hear about sustainability… Read the full press release

Five Star Carrier’s Specially Designed Iftar Boxes And Carefully Selected Meal Options Offer Passengers A New Gastronomical Experience This Ramadan

Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar Airways will bring a taste of Qatari hospitality to the skies by offering guests who are fasting with a specially designed Iftar box. The box consists of traditional and local gastronomical delights traditionally associated with breaking of the fast. Qatar Airways Iftar Boxes In… Read the full press release

airberlin: Stefan Magiera to be New Vice President Corporate Sales for DACH Region

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — As of 1st August 2012, Stefan Magiera (37) will take up the position of Vice President Corporate Sales for the DACH region, which covers Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The trained travel agent and business administration graduate will be responsible for corporate customer sales and travel agencies. He will report to Otto Gergye,… Read the full press release

Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Announces £425K Summer Spruce-up

ABERDEEN, U.K., 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Aberdeen Treetops today announced it will undergo a £425,000 refurbishment programme, expected to be completed by autumn 2012. The hotel will remain in operation throughout the works. Hilton Aberdeen Treetops located on Springfield Road will receive a complete overhaul of its bedroom corridors. 30 bedrooms including eight of the property’s deluxe… Read the full press release

Star Alliance builds new lounge at Los Angeles’ upgraded Tom Bradley International Terminal

Air New Zealand to Lead the Project / Lounge to Open in May 2013 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Star Alliance member carrier Air New Zealand has been selected to design and manage the Alliance’s new lounge at Los Angeles International Airport. The creation of this facility has been made possible by the US$ 1.7 billion redevelopment… Read the full press release

Abu Dhabi International Airport Welcomes over Seven Million Passengers in First Half of 2012

Airport sees 22.8% increase in the first six months compared to same period in 2011 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,  2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) announced today that Abu Dhabi International Airport welcomed 7,050,646 passengers during the first half of 2012, a significant increase of 22.8% compared to the same period in… Read the full press release

Cozmo Travels becomes first Middle East travel agency to sign up for Travelport Universal Desktop™

Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has today announced a new agreement with Cozmo Travels, a leading travel management company in the Middle East, which has seen comprehensive testing of Travelport’s ground-breaking Universal Desktop begin at the agency this month. With operations across… Read the full press release

RYANAIR Q1 REVENUES GROW 11%, TRAFFIC GROWS 6% TO 22.5M PROFIT’S DECLINE 29% TO €99M – FULL YEAR GUIDANCE UNCHANGED.

2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline today (Jul 30) announced that Q1 revenues increased 11% to €1,284m as traffic grew 6% and ave. fares rose 4%.  Unit costs rose 10% mainly due to a 27% (€117m) increase in fuel costs which led to a €40m decline in Q1 profit-as previously guided-to €99m. Summary… Read the full press release

Neues Konzept Nach Der Sommerpause: Brasserie Des Hilton Mainz Jetzt Als Veranstaltungs-Location Buchbar

MAINZ/MÜNCHEN, Germany 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — Neue Ausrichtung, neues Konzept: Die Brasserie des Hilton Mainz steht für köstliche Speisen und Weine lokaler Anbieter. Doch künftig wird das Restaurant mit dem atemberaubenden Rhein-Blick exklusiv für Mainzer und Mainz-Besucher als Veranstaltungs-Location buchbar sein. Ob für kleinere Gruppen oder private Feiern mit bis zu 120 Personen – mit dieser… Read the full press release

King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre Managed By Hilton Offers Special Wi-Fi Services To Its Visitors

DEAD SEA, 2012-07-30 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Middle East’s biggest convention center is adding to its extensive range of guest services by introducing complimentary Wi-Fi to its 26 halls across three floors. King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center‘s visitors can now stay connected during their time at the convention center enjoying free Wi-Fi access on their mobile… Read the full press release

Iberia promotes best spanish wines to Business Travellers

From August through October long-haul business passengers can choose reds from Rioja, Toro, and Castilla La Mancha, and whites from Rueda and Rías Baixas. Madrid, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Iberia, advised by the Todovino Spanish wine specialist consulting firm, has selected the wines to be offered to its long-haul Business Plus passengers in the August-October period. Iberia flights to and from… Read the full press release

Indianapolis International Airport to host exhibit featuring Hoosier athletes, inventors, and business leaders

The Indiana Humanities ‘‘Spirit of Competition’’ exhibit contains a variety of engaging interactives, films, and stories about unknown and well-known Hoosiers INDIANAPOLIS ,2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Just in time for some highly competitive events that are coming to town, such as the Brickyard 400 and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, visitors to the Indianapolis International Airport… Read the full press release

Cooperation agreement between Iberia and Santander Group

Covers Iberia’s inclusion as partner in Santander’s loyalty programmes, and specific actions in more than 20 countries Madrid, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Iberia Airlines and the Santander banking Group have signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement intended to benefit the customers of both, chiefly in Latin America. Iberia will become a strategic partner in the Santander Group’s loyalty programmes, and the… Read the full press release

Doncaster Sheffield Airport Announces UK’s Newest Transit Shed Operator

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — A Doncaster based company has the world at its finger tips thanks to a deal with the region’s airport. Anglo World Cargo, a sub division of Anglo European Express (Doncaster) Ltd, have been appointed as the Cargo Terminal Operator for Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) and become the UK’s newest Transit Shed operator…. Read the full press release

Travelzoo Announces Share Repurchase Program

NEW YORK, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, today announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 1 million of the company’s outstanding common shares. Purchases may be made, from time to time, in the open market and will be funded from available cash. The number of… Read the full press release

TRANSFORM 2015: UPDATE ON THE VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCY PLAN FOR GROUND STAFF AND THE REFERENDUMS FOR CABIN CREWS

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — In line with the initial schedule, on Thursday 26 July 2012, the Air France Central Works Council was informed of the Human Resources and Skills Planning (GPEC) and the proposed voluntary redundancy plan for ground staff. This voluntary redundancy plan consolidates the Company’s commitment to exclude the use of forced departures in… Read the full press release

South West’s Swiss link to continue into 2013

 Helvetic Airways confirms commitment to Bristol-Zurich service 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Helvetic Airways has confirmed its continued commitment to the South West and Wales by announcing its schedule of flights from Bristol Airport to Zurich for winter 2012/13. The three-times weekly service to the Swiss financial centre has operated since December 2011, and has proved popular… Read the full press release

Ethiopian First Dreamliner Clad in Ethiopian Livery

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is painted in Ethiopian livery and is at the final stages of preparation for delivery. After being painted with the colors of green, yellow and red, today the Ethiopian Dreamliner will fly back to Seattle from… Read the full press release

President Bill Clinton Speaks at Final Day of 2012 GBTA Convention

Successful Convention Concluded with Record Breaking Attendance and Travel Industry Leaders Discussing Radical Ideas for Innovative Business Practices Boston, MA, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States spoke as the final keynote speaker at the annual 2012 GBTA Convention in Boston. The… Read the full press release

PATA Launches The PATA Hong Kong Chapter

Bangkok, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the launch of the new PATA Hong Kong Chapter on July 27, 2012 at the Hotel ICON, in Kowloon, Hong Kong on the eve of its Executive Board meeting. Eng João Manuel Costa Antunes, PATA Chairman said: “The PATA family is very… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Announces First Hotel in Vietnam, with Development of The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon

HONG KONG, 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., the leader in luxury hospitality, has announced the brand’s first hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), marking another step in the group’s expansion in Asia. The Ritz-Carlton, Saigon is owned by the Bitexco Group, one of Vietnam’s most prestigious property developers. The 250-room hotel… Read the full press release

Lufthansa withdrawing service from Munich to Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia

LH flights from Frankfurt to Singapore will continue /Jakarta will no longer be served 2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa is cancelling its Munich-Singapore route with the introduction of the 2012/13 winter schedule. As a result, the onward flight from Singapore to Jakarta, Indonesia, will no longer be operated. Singapore and Jakarta are currently served five times… Read the full press release

Oman Air Appoints Assistant Country Manager to UK Team

2012-07-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Oman Air has appointed Jamal Al Azki to the newly-created position of Assistant Country Manager for the UK and Ireland. He will be based at Oman Air’s UK office in Chiswick, London, and will report to Country Manager Rohan Alce. Mr Al Azki was previously Oman Air’s District Sales Manager for the… Read the full press release