ATIPAC calls for swift progress on further ATOL reforms

2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Air Travel Insolvency Protection Advisory Committee (ATIPAC) has welcomed the first phase of ATOL Reform, but says much more must be done to protect holidaymakers. In its annual report, published today, the Committee supports the introduction of Flight Plus sales into ATOL, and the forthcoming production of ATOL Certificates for anyone… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: Canada’s tourism rivals make a summer splash.

Videos, merchandise and business-travel stats: just some of the promotions other international tourism destinations are carrying out 2012-07-24 — /travelprnews.com/ — Pay attention, trendwatchers. CTC News is back with another collection of notable activities in the global tourism marketplace to share with the Canadian tourism industry. Thanks again for all the hot tips passed on by our colleagues,… Read the full press release

EUROCONTROL issues its ATM Cost-Effectiveness Report for 2010

Brussels, Belgium, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The ACE 2010 Benchmarking Report – ACE stands for ATM Cost-Effectiveness – commissioned by the Performance Review Commission (PRC) is available now on EUROCONTROL’s website. This report, the tenth in a series launched in 2001, reviews the cost-effectiveness of Europe’s air traffic management (ATM) system, comparing the performance of 37 air navigation… Read the full press release

iPhone App Featuring Midway Terminal Maps for Travelers Now Available

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) has again partnered with i-formula.com to develop an Apple iPhone version of the terminal maps at  Midway International Airport. The app is available now for free through iTunes . Visit the iTunes App Store and enter “airport-maps” in the search field to locate and download the app. The app allows passengers to virtually navigate… Read the full press release

Iberia and American Airlines extend code shares to more destinations

Iberia customers can book to 16 new US destinations via New York, Chicago, Dallas and Miami. The tickets can be acquired on the www.iberia.com website 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — As of July 23, Iberia customers can fly to 16 new US cities under code shares with American Airline via Chicago, Dallas, Miami and New York. The new destinations are: Fort Lauderdale, via Nueva… Read the full press release

Zurich Airport Key Figures – June 2012

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Traffic Figures: 2,202,293 passengers were handled at Zurich Airport during June 2012, a gain of 2.9% versus June 2011. The year to date passenger growth stands at +3.1%. Traffic Figures O&D or local passengers (originating or departing from Zurich) increased by 0.1% to 1,438,838 compared to previous June (YTD +2.5%). Transfer passengers… Read the full press release

PILOT PROJECT AT YYC COULD LEAD TO FASTER SECURITY SCREENING

CALGARY, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) today announced a pilot project that allows some passengers to leave their laptops in their carry-on bag during the screening process. The pilot started June 19 at the Trusted Traveller CATSA/Nexus Security Line at the Calgary International Airport (Concourse “A”). “CATSA is always looking… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces New Service between Chicago O’Hare and Tampa, Phoenix-Mesa

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines today announced it will add new nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Tampa, Florida and Phoenix-Mesa, Arizona. The new routes are seasonal, with service for both to begin on November 8, 2012 and continue through April 24, 2013. A Spirit Airlines flight lands at O’Hare “On behalf of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City of Chicago, I commend Spirit… Read the full press release

Hainan Airlines to Launch New Service at O’Hare International Airport

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The City of Chicago and the Chicago Department of Aviation are pleased to announce that Hainan Airlines has received federal regulatory approval authorizing it to begin nonstop service between Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). China-based Hainan is the largest privately-owned airline in China. Hainan operates more than 2,800 weekly flights to cities throughout China as well as international destinations in Africa, Asia,Australia, Europe, the Middle… Read the full press release

MANX2.COM WELCOMES ADDITIONAL BELFAST TO LONDON HEATHROW FLIGHTS

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Manx2.com has welcomed announcement that Irish airline Air Lingus will start a new service from Belfast City Airport to London Heathrow when it switches its operations from Belfast International Airport in the autumn. It means Isle of Man residents will have an even more frequent and convenient link to Heathrow Airport via Belfast. Manx2.com Managing Director,… Read the full press release

AER LINGUS CONFIRMS MOVE TO GEORGE BEST BELFAST CITY AIRPORT

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Aer Lingus increases vital London connections says CEO as airline moves following tendering process. AER Lingus is to move to George Best Belfast City Airport in the autumn after five years at Belfast International.Following a tender process involving both airports the decision has been taken to base two aircraft at the city airport… Read the full press release

Solar panels installed at Schiphol

Exploring the possibilities of generating green energy with solar panels 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and technical services provider Imtech have installed a total of 9,500 m2 of solar panels at Schiphol-Northwest. The solar panels have been installed as part of a trial to determine whether the generation of large-scale cost-effective solar energy has… Read the full press release

Iberia launches new flights from Spain to Ghana

It starts flying from Madrid to Accra today July 18, with two weekly flights, on Wednesdays and Saturdays Iberia offers easy connections from Madrid airport to almost 100 destinations in Europe and the Americas Madrid, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Iberia launches new flights from Spain to Ghana. From today July 18, the Spanish airline operates two weekly direct… Read the full press release

EUROCONTROL Permanent Commission appoints Frank Brenner as new Director General from January 2013

Brussels, Belgium, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The EUROCONTROL Permanent Commission has appointed Mr Frank Brenner as Director General of EUROCONTROL with effect from 1 January 2013. Mr Brenner is currently the DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH) General Manager Operations for FABEC. Prior to this, he held a number of different positions with DFS most recent of which was… Read the full press release

FLYBE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS

Leading regional airline marks tenth anniversary of changed business model with limited time 10% ticket sale on key selected routes 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — 2012 is a significant year for Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, as it today celebrates the tenth anniversary since its changed business model transformed the then 23-year old airline, into Flybe. To mark the… Read the full press release

Ancillary Revenue reported by airlines grew to EUR 18.23 billion in 2011 and jumped 66% in two years

Ancillary Revenue reported by airlines grew to €18.23 billion in 2011 and jumped 66% in two years Analysis from IdeaWorksCompany, sponsored by Amadeus, reveals that United, Delta, American and Qantas are top ancillary revenue carriers for 2011 and 2010. Madrid, Spain & Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — IdeaWorksCompany, the foremost consultancy in the area… Read the full press release

Aviation Cmsr. Andolino to Speak at Aero Club of Washington 7/25

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino will be the monthly keynote speaker at the Aero Club of Washington next Wednesday, July 25, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Seats are still available; to register for this event, click here or call Aero Club at (703) 327-7082. Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino. Andolino will give a luncheon presentation on “Investing in… Read the full press release

Midway Airport Receives Perfect Safety Rating from FAA

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) is proud to announce that Midway International Airport  completed its annual inspection by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airfield safety with no violations – a perfect score! This annual inspection judges an airport’s compliance with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139, which addresses airfield operations including pavement, signage, lighting, markings, inspection… Read the full press release

Bahrain Airport Company Names Mohamed Al Binfalah as new CEO

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced today that it has appointed Mohamed Yusuf Al Binfalah as its new CEO, taking up the post in September. Mr. Al Binfalah, a high achieving Bahraini with a proven track record and who is currently serving as CEO of Olive VFM Holding Company BSC (C), brings a… Read the full press release

A380 Inaugural Ceremony, Press Conference & Public Viewing Part

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa introduces First-Ever A380 service to Texas Inaugural ceremony and press conference at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and Public Viewing Party Lufthansa to Offer Daily A380 Service to Houston; Aircraft Media Tours When: Wednesday, August 1 What: Inaugural Flight and Arrival of Lufthansa A380 to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport Invitation-only Airport… Read the full press release

Houston Airports Is in a New York State of Mind, Welcomes New Route

Houston, TX, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Delta Airlines and Houston Airport System officials are holding an inaugural event announcing new service on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in George Bush Intercontinental Airport. WHO: Perry Miller, Interim General Manager–Bush Intercontinental and Milton Coulon, Station Manager–Delta Airlines WHAT: Delta Airlines to announce new route to Houston with a New… Read the full press release

AH&LA LODGING INDUSTRY PROFILE CHARTS PROFITS, SALES, INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS

Industry Sees Rise in Profitability Washington, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — For 2011, the U.S. lodging industry posted pre-tax profits of $21.6 billion – up from $18 billion in 2010 – and $137.5 billion in sales – up from $127.7 billion in 2010, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Lodging Industry Profile (LIP), an… Read the full press release

Sheremetyevo Airport is Ready to Accept Airbus 380 Superliner

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Sheremetyevo International Airport has been admitted to accepting of Airbus A380-800 and A380-800F aircrafts and their modifications. The respective Order on the Admission to accepting ?380 aircrafts since August 01, 2012 has been issued by the Federal Agency of Air Transport. To obtain a permit for accepting and regular operation of A380 AC, airports need to comply with high standards of technical equipment of aerodromes and… Read the full press release

Aviation Commissioner Andolino Talks O’Hare Cargo Project to HACIA

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino on Wednesday gave a presentation on the new Chicago O’Hare International Airport Northeast Cargo Center at the monthly dinner/meeting of the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association (HACIA). Andolino provided an overview of the nearly $200 million project, construction for which will begin this year. The 820,000-square-foot… Read the full press release

United Airlines Adds New Chicago Air Service, New O’Hare Lounge and Additional Upgrades at the Airport

CHICAGO, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — United Airlines announced five new international and domestic air service routes from O’Hare International Airport; a new O’Hare United Airport lounge; new jet bridges in Terminal 2; a new inline baggage system in Terminal 1 and a new medical clinic for United employees who work at O’Hare. See the full United news release here…. Read the full press release

airberlin adds the windy city to its expanding US flight operations

The first non-stop flights are available for booking as of today for Easter 2013 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin is continuing its expansion from the USA: as of March 23, 2013 the airline will start operating nonstop flights from Chicago to Berlin, making it the first airline ever to provide a connection between this major U.S…. Read the full press release

TIX.nl signs long-term agreement with Travelport

Top three online travel agent switches to Travelport Langley, UK, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry and TIX, a leading online travel agent (OTA) in The Netherlands, have today announced a new multi-year international travel content and technology agreement. TIX is a relatively new OTA, operating since June 2010,… Read the full press release

CityJet launches first route into Germany from start of winter schedule – Munster-Osnabruck

2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — CityJet, the airline that flies from the heart of London, is launching its first route into Germany from the start of the winter schedule.  The daily service to Münster-Osnabruck airport will commence on 29 October 2012. Schedule from 29 October 2012 From London City to Munster-Osnabruck, Germany Date Departure Time Arrival Time… Read the full press release

Business travelers select Hartsfield-Jackson as Best Domestic Airport

Executive Travel magazine names Leading Edge Award winners ATLANTA, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has been named the Best Domestic Airport by Executive Travel magazine as part of the publication’s Leading Edge Awards for 2012. Award winners are based upon voting by business travelers and readers of the magazine. According to the magazine, the… Read the full press release

Eighth annual Hendricks County Airport open house is set for Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field is gearing up for its annual open house. Featuring a variety of entertaining activities, the free event is popular among aviation enthusiasts and families alike. The open house will feature tours of the airport, airplane rides, and flight lessons. Pilots will be on hand to answer… Read the full press release