Wyndham Hotel Group Opens 100th Hotel in Latin America

Ramada Encore in Guadalajara, Mexico

PARSIPPANY, N.J., 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Hotel Group, a member of the Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) family and the world’s largest hotel company with over 7,170 hotels around the globe, today announced the opening of  the Ramada Encore hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico, its 100th property in Latin America. Wyndham Hotel Group is strategically expanding its footprint in… Read the full press release

IHG Announces Robust Expansion Plans in Indonesia

Jakarta, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — IHG has announced robust expansion plans for Indonesia, identifying it as a key growth market within the region. Revealing a strong pipeline especially in the midscale segment for Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express, IHG will also strengthen its position in the market with the launch of Hotel Indigo, which will… Read the full press release

EVA Adapts iPads to Advance Onboard Service and Safety. New Apple video shows innovative uses in cabin and cockpit

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Apple, the world’s leading technology innovator, launched a brand-new video, showcasing creative business adaptations of its popular iPad. In the video, Apple highlights EVA Air for its use of the iPad as a flight-crew tool for advancing flight safety and service quality. EVA is the only Asian carrier to be featured in… Read the full press release

New Ramp from Dulles Airport Access Highway to I-495 Opens September 8

New Ramp from Dulles Airport Access Highway to I-495 Opens September 8

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new ramp and flyover bridge connecting the eastbound Dulles Airport Access Highway to I-495 will open to traffic on Saturday, September 8, 2012. The ramp provides a direct connection to the northbound and southbound Capital Beltway (I-495), improving safety and convenience for traffic near the interchange. Drivers on the Access Highway… Read the full press release

Norwegian Reports Strong Passenger Figures in August

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Norwegian’s (NAS) passenger growth continued in August. More than 1.7 million passengers flew with Norwegian, up 13 percent compared with the same month last year. The load factor was also high, while Norwegian’s on-time performance was significantly affected by the lack of air traffic controllers at Avinor (Norway’s civil aviation authority). During… Read the full press release

SFO Wins Gold and Silver Magellan Awards

Travel Weekly Lauds SFO as Sustainability Leader and Recognizes Its Social Media Program SAN FRANCISCO, 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travel Weekly, a business-to-business resource for the travel industry, recently announced the winners of its annual Magellan Awards, and in this Olympic year, San Francisco International Airport came away with both a gold award and a silver… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport: passenger numbers up 1.5% in August

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — With 1,930,954 passengers handled, growth at Brussels Airport continues through August. This 1.5% increase in passenger numbers is in line with the average traffic growth recorded at other European airports this summer. Year-to-date passenger growth amounts to 2%. Whereas the last few months, growth was particularly driven by transfer traffic, O&D traffic… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Graduates 197 Professionals

2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian Aviation Academy graduated 12 pilots, 125 aviation maintenance technicians and 60 cabin crew at a ceremony held at the Ethiopian Headquarters on Thursday, September 6, 2012. At the graduation ceremony, Ethiopian CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, gave out diplomas to all the graduates, and flight wings to graduating pilots and cabin crew…. Read the full press release

BRITISH GOVT SHOULD FOLLOW SPANISH LEAD – CUT COSTS – FLY RYANAIR

TAXPAYERS DESERVE THE BEST VALUE ON TRAVEL EXPENSES 2012-09-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (10th Sept) called on the British Government and its civil servants to follow the cost saving example of Spanish politicians after the President of Valencia (Alberto Fabra) instructed govt workers to cut costs by flying with low… Read the full press release

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