Outlook At as 25 July 2012 IMS Revised Outlook Capacity growth 1 +7% +7% Revenue per seat (constant currency) 1 Low to mid-single digits +5% to 5.5% Cost per seat ex fuel (constant currency) 1 +1% to 2% +1.5% to 2% Full year pre–tax profit (PBT) £280m to £300m £310m to £320m 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Trading update for… Read the full press release

Protected Travel Services confirmed as ATOL franchise body

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is today pleased to announce that Protected Travel Services (PTS) has been confirmed as a franchise body under the ATOL financial protection scheme. The confirmation offers travel organisers an additional option for complying with the ATOL Regulations 2012, with businesses also able to operate under their… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport Highly Commended at 2012 World Routes Awards

Budapest Airport was highly commended as one of the top three airports in Europe last night in the prestigious World Routes Awards, voted for exclusively by airline judges*. 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — “To win such recognition on the world stage after experiencing a difficult year with the loss of Malev is especially pleasing for us,” noted… Read the full press release


2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Within an unstable economic environment, the Air France-KLM Group has decided, for the 2012-13 winter season running from 28/10/2012 to 23/03/2013, to stabilize its growth in capacity* compared with winter 2011-12, including +0.5% on long-haul and -0.5% on medium-haul operations. STABLE CAPACITY* FOR AIR FRANCE: -0.1% ON LONG-HAUL NETWORK AND -0.5% ON… Read the full press release

Victoria’s Secret Beauty & Accessories store opening in Copenhagen

Victoria’s Secret, the leading specialty retailer of lingerie and beauty products, plans to open its first Beauty & Accessories Store in Terminal 2, Copenhagen Airport in partnership with Agora Trading.  2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The new store, scheduled to open on Thursday 18th October, will offer customers access to an assortment of best-selling Victoria’s Secret beauty… Read the full press release


2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, has added an innovative new online feature designed to help customers find exactly what they are looking for at the click of a mouse.  ‘Inspire Me’ gives customers ideas on where to go, whatever their budget, helping them to see how far their budget can take them… Read the full press release

ABTA Welcomes 35 New Members from July to September

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — ABTA welcomed the following 35 new Members into the Association from July to September 2012, five trading as retailers, 29 as principals and one in both classes of membership. Once Upon a Dream Ltd, Retailer,  ABTA number P5017 joined 2/7/12 Debbie’s Villas Ltd, Principal, ABTA number Y5238, joined 2/7/12 321 Dive Ltd,… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide Signs Management Agreement With Premier Hotels & Resorts For Hotel Development And Introduction Of First Hilton Hotel In Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh and MCLEAN, Va., 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Hilton Worldwide has signed a management agreement with Premier Hotels & Resorts to manage Hilton Dhaka, Bangladesh in central Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The agreement will see the first Hilton Hotels & Resorts property in Bangladesh and mark Hilton Worldwide’s entry into the country. Scheduled to open in 2015,… Read the full press release

Global Business Travel Association Appoints Top Indian Buyer to Its Asia Advisory Board

Bangkok, Thailand, 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA is thrilled to announce that Mr. Indriyajit Sethi  vice president, Group Strategic Sourcing for the TATA Group has accepted a position on GBTA’s Asia Advisory Board.  Mr. Sethi manages a TATA group aggregated buying shared services unit, reporting to Mr Ishaat Hussain (Director TATA Sons and member Group Corporate… Read the full press release


TRAFFIC OVER 7M FOR 6 MONTHS IN A ROW 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair today (3 Oct) released passenger and load factor stats for September 2012 as follows: Sep 11 Sep 12 Change Yr to Sep 12 Passengers 1 7.25M 7.84M +8% 79.07M Load Factor 85% 84% -1% 82%   September 2012 was the sixth month in… Read the full press release

SAS and Apollo sign million dollar agreement

Apollo is developing its partnership with SAS and has signed another million dollar agreement ahead of the winter season. As a result, Apollo’s customers will be flying on SAS aircraft from 13 different locations in Sweden, Norway and Denmark to 8 destinations around the world. The contract is worth a total of SEK 590 million…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

Ethiopian Takes Delivery of the First Customized Q-400

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian, the fastest growing airline in Africa, is pleased to announce that it has taken delivery of the first of its five re-configured Bombardier Q-400 aircraft on 28 September 2012 in Toronto, Canada. Based on its valued customers feed back, the airline requested the manufacturer to reconfigure the new Q-400 and as… Read the full press release

CTC intercepts and scores with travel plans on social media

Pilot project adds Canada to UK and Aussie travellers’ itineraries in the US; TripAdvisor and Les Clefs d’Or partnerships raise awareness. 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Surprise, surprise! A new Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) pilot project gave travellers from the UK and Australia an added bonus on top of their planned trips to the US—a chance for Canadian adventures. Their amazement at the change… Read the full press release

Improved Performance Cushions Fall in Profits – Margins and Profits Remain Weak

Singapore – 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upward revision to its global aviation outlook for 2012. The fall in airline profits from the $8.4 billion that the industry earned in 2011 will be cushioned by improved airline performance. Airlines are expected to earn $4.1 billion in 2012 (up $1.1 billion… Read the full press release

Digital Native Shows the Way for GBTA Europe Delegates in Budapest

London, 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — GBTA, the voice of the global business travel industry treated delegates at GBTA Europe’s Annual Conference in Budapest last week to an insight to Generation Y and its use of social media by the event’s 17-year-old Digital Native speaker, Max Keegan, in his talk – ‘The Importance of Impatience’. Prior to the… Read the full press release

Marriott International Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Listen to the quarterly earnings review at http://www.marriott.com/investor (click “recent and upcoming events” tab and click on the quarterly conference call link). THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) totaled $0.44, a 52 percent increase over prior year adjusted results; • During the third quarter, the company completed the sale of its equity interest in the Courtyard… Read the full press release

InterCity West Coast franchise

2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Secretary of State for Transport has announced today, 3 October, that the InterCity West Coast franchise competition has been cancelled. A Virgin Rail Group spokesperson  said: “We welcome today’s frank announcement by the Secretary of State, acknowledging the flaws in the way the InterCity West Coast competition was assessed and… Read the full press release

Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas

Lonely Planet Announces New Leadership in the Americas Brenda McLaughlin appointed as SVP and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lonely Planet announced today the appointment of Brenda McLaughlin as the new Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lonely Planet Americas. Reporting to Stephen Palmer, Lonely Planet’s Managing Director of Publishing,… Read the full press release

Demand Slowdown Continues

Geneva – 2012-10-4 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported global traffic results for August showing demand for air transport continuing to flatten-out, but with significant regional variations. Freight volumes shrank as business and consumer confidence continued to slip. Demand for air travel expanded by 5.1% in August compared to the same month in… Read the full press release

GBTA and Egencia® Study Shows Travel Professionals Gaining Control of Travel Policies in Asia Pacific Region

Report Ranks Top 10 Most Important Factors in Defining Policy Alexandria, VA and Bellevue, WA – 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel professionals are playing an increasingly large and influential role in shaping and controlling business travel policy, aided by online booking tools and fueled by a growing focus on cost-saving efforts, according to a new report… Read the full press release

Actions sociales ce 3 octobre: d’importantes perturbations du trafic sont à craindre

2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Les organisations syndicales ont déposé un préavis de grève pour la période du 2 octobre 22h au 3 octobre 2012 22h. Suite au risque de fortes perturbations, la SNCB conseille à ses clients de ne pas compter sur les seuls trains pour se déplacer ce mercredi 3 octobre. Dans le cadre des débats… Read the full press release

airberlin strengthens its ancillary offering to travel agents with the Amadeus solution

Travellers can book preferred seats, meals and extra baggage through Amadeus travel agencies as well as on the carrier’s website, amongst other channels. Madrid, Spain, 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — airberlin, the second largest carrier in Germany and one of Europe’s leading airlines, has adopted Amadeus Ancillary Services (AAAS) to distribute its ancillary offering to travel agencies,… Read the full press release

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

ADAC welcomes the inaugural flight of RAK Airways

Four flights a week between Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) welcomed today the inaugural flight of RAK Airways at Abu Dhabi International Airport, to be the first domestic flight from the airline. RAK Airways, the main carrier of Ras Al… Read the full press release

agoda.com releases early-bird deals for the 112th Canton Fair

agoda.com releases early-bird deals for the 112th Canton Fair

2012-10-3 — /travelprnews.com/ — agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN), has announced early-bird hotel specials in Guangzhou, China in preparation for the China Import and Export Fair, the largest and oldest trade fair in the country and a major event for importers, exporters, and manufacturers worldwide. Also known… Read the full press release

Andolino Discusses Aviation Industry Outlook at World Route Summit

CHICAGO, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino was one of many industry experts who spoke at the opening day of the World Route Development Strategy Summit on September 30 in Abu Dhabi. Leaders from airlines, airports, governments, network planning, travel and tourism, air cargo and economic development authorities attended the summit to discuss the… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group to Announce Financial Results

SEATTLE — 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK), the parent company of Alaska Airlines Inc. and Horizon Air Industries Inc., will announce its third quarter 2012 financial results on Thursday, Oct. 25. A conference call is scheduled at 9 a.m. Pacific time/12 p.m. Eastern time. Interested parties may listen to the call via… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Continues Denver Growth With Opening Of New Flight Crew Bases And Line Maintenance At Denver International Airport (DIA)

New Domiciles at Denver International Airport (DIA) Will be Home to Nearly 400 Pilots and 400 Flight Attendants DENVER – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today officially opens the carrier’s newest Pilot and Flight Attendant crew bases at Denver International Airport (DIA). The new crew domiciles, which will be the airline’s ninth,… Read the full press release

Frontier Airlines Reports September 2012 Traffic

INDIANAPOLIS, 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Frontier Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET), today reported preliminary traffic results for September 2012. For the month, Frontier’s load factor increased two percentage points to 88% compared to 86% in September 2011. Frontier’s traffic decreased 13%, to 0.9 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs); capacity decreased 15%, to… Read the full press release


Pass master Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications, is helping Ulster Rugby prepare to spin another success story this season after the signing of a new sponsorship deal. The package will see Aer Lingus become the official airline for Ulster Rugby over the next two years. Admiring Declan's technique are Ulster stars Johann Muller, John Afoa and Jared Payne.

2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — ULSTER Rugby’s flying start to the season has been given a turbo charged boost with the signing of a major new sponsorship deal with Aer Lingus. Details of the two-year support package were unveiled at a signing ceremony held at Ravenhill this afternoon. As part of the new relationship, the airline will provide… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Qatar Airways To Extend Footprint In Iraq

Scheduled Flights To Najaf Begin January 2013 Adds To Iraqi Destinations In Network – Capital Baghdad & Northern City Of Erbil Doha, QATAR – 2012-10-2 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways continues its network expansion with the announcement of scheduled flights to Najaf – its third route in the Republic of Iraq, effective January 23. The southern… Read the full press release