CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT REPORTS $19.6M PROFIT

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — This result was a reflection of very satisfactory returns from the company’s commercial operations. The reported profit also includes a net after tax gain on the revaluation of the company’s investment property portfolio of $4.1m. Excluding the impact of this revaluation gain, CIAL’s operating profit after tax of $15.5m was 30% ahead… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport : 1.9 million passengers in September, no growth

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — With 1,888,193 passengers handled in September, Brussels Airport records a slightly negative growth of -0.1%. As is the case at most other European airports, the crisis is now also starting to affect passenger numbers while cargo volumes have been showing negative growth these past months. All departing passenger segments (originating -0.5%; transfer… Read the full press release

HUB 2012: CLEARER PASSENGER CHANNELS FOR CUSTOMERS AT PARIS-CHARLES DE GAULLE

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Since 1st October 2012, Air France customers at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle hub have had access to faster and easier passenger channels, in the airport’s most modern infrastructures: – All international flights are now grouped at terminal 2E(1), – Terminal 2F is exclusively dedicated to European (Schengen)(2) flights operated by Air France and… Read the full press release

EASYJET URGES EU TO BREAK DOWN WALLS OF AVIATION PROTECTIONISM

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Carolyn McCall, CEO of easyJet, today encouraged the EU to break down the remaining walls of protectionism in European aviation on slots and ground handling. Speaking at the European Aviation Club before an audience of MEPs, EU officials, academics and aviation industry representatives, she urged the EU to continue the liberalisation of… Read the full press release

Gatwick sees passenger numbers increase by 2.4% in September

Over 80,000 more passengers flew from Gatwick compared to the prior year Load factors remain high at 86.6% – 1.4% higher than the prior year 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — September 2012 traffic performance summary   Month Moving Annual Total Growth Oct-11 Oct-10 Growth Sep-12 Sep-11 (%) Sep-12 Sep-11 (%) Total terminal passengers (000s) 3,443.80 3,363.50 2.4… Read the full press release

Canada gets the sweet smell of success in France

Canada gets the sweet smell of success in France

New maple perfume launch coincides with strong Canadian showing at major Parisian tradeshow 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) and its partners have been putting some extra va-va-voom into travel to Canada from France over the past few weeks. IFTM Top Resa at the Porte de Versailles in Paris was the headline act… Read the full press release

SAA CEO Tenders Resignation

Johannesburg, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) confirms that its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ms Siza Mzimela resigned today (8 October 2012). She tendered her resignation to the chairperson of the board of directors, Mr Vuyisile Kona at the airline’s head office, Airways Park in Johannesburg. The resignation has been accepted by the board… Read the full press release

Un billet gratuit pour aller voter ce dimanche 14 octobre 2012

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — A l’occasion des élections communales et provinciales organisées ce dimanche 14 octobre 2012, la SNCB propose le billet électeur. Valable du vendredi 12 octobre à partir de 19 heures au dimanche 14 octobre, ce billet gratuit permet aux électeurs de se rendre à la gare la plus proche de l’endroit où ils… Read the full press release

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Adds to Caribbean Presence with Exclusive Resort in Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba: Set for 2013 opening  MIAMI, Fl. — 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is pleased to unveil plans for The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, an exclusive 320-room oceanfront resort situated on the Caribbean island’s famed Palm Beach. Ushering in a new level of elegance in accommodations and amenities to the island, the grand resort… Read the full press release

Putting SES Back on Track – Europe’s Top Aviation Priority

Geneva – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reacted positively to statements made today by Siim Kallas, Vice President of the European Commission, asserting that delivering a fully functioning Single European Sky (SES) is Europe’s top aviation priority. “IATA fully supports Vice President Kallas in his efforts to put the long-delayed SES… Read the full press release

JAL Launches Direct Helsinki Service From February 25, 2013

JAL Launches Direct Helsinki Service From February 25, 2013

TOKYOO, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Japan Airlines (JAL) today announced February 25, 2013 as the launch date for its inaugural service between Tokyo (Narita) and Helsinki. Located considerably closer to Japan than many European cities, Finland’s capital makes an excellent gateway for travellers connecting between Japan and Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. On top of that,… Read the full press release

Lufthansa merging point-to-point services outside its Frankfurt and Munich hubs under unified brand

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Lufthansa is transferring its point-to-point services that are not operated through the Frankfurt and Munich hubs to a unified business model under the Germanwings brand. Up to now, both Lufthansa and Germanwings have offered point-to-point flights on domestic German and European routes. From 2013, however, these services will be repositioned as a… Read the full press release

CAA reveals millions more holidays protected as a result of ATOL reform

• 2.5m more protected sales than would have been in the scheme without ATOL reform • CAA now taking action against a number of businesses still not complying • Whistleblowing provision available for industry staff members 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The CAA has today confirmed that the introduction of ‘Flight-Plus’ has ensured that 2.5m more people… Read the full press release

Starbucks opens their second store in Finland at Helsinki airport

Starbucks opens their second store in Finland at Helsinki Airport on Friday October 12. The store is conveniently located in the gate area 32-40 in Terminal 2. 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Arjan Oudejans, Director of Licensed Stores at Starbucks Coffee Company EMEA: “Ever since we opened our first store in Finland, we have received a warm… Read the full press release

JAL Mileage Bank Membership Reaches 25 Million

Thanking customers for making JMB the largest frequent flyer program in Japan TOKYO, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The frequent-flyer program of the JAL Group – JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) recently welcomed the registration of its 25 millionth member. To commemorate this significant milestone and in gratitude to all its customers for their unwavering support and loyalty,… Read the full press release

Business and Leisure Travelers Book Hotel Rooms Further in Advance

AVERAGE DAILY RATES CONTINUE TO SHOW INCREASES AS Q3 2012 COMES TO A CLOSE NEW YORK – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — A detailed analysis of the hotel reservations has revealed that individual business and leisure travelers are making hotel reservations further in advance, indicating that they have a higher price tolerance and are planning further ahead…. Read the full press release

FLYBE ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE 2013 SUMMER SCHEDULE

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has put on sale its 2013 Summer schedule that spans next year’s school summer holidays, featuring 15 routes from George Best Belfast City Airport and offering a total choice of up to 544 flights a week to an extensive range of attractive destinations across the UK. The programme… Read the full press release

Statesman migrates latest travel management acquisition to Travelport

Langley, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and the rapidly-expanding Statesman Travel Group, have announced the successful migration of Commodore International’s business travel division, which was acquired by Statesman in October 2011. “This has been a hugely successful migration that was achieved in an ambitious timescale,“ said Sarah Bark,… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS MAKES HEADLINES WITH AVIATION STORY OF THE YEAR

Global Media Spotlight On Leading Gulf Carrier As It Joins Oneworld Alliance 09 Oct 2012

Global Media Spotlight On Leading Gulf Carrier As It Joins Oneworld Alliance New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways yet again made international headlines this week with the industry story of the year in New York The global media spotlight was firmly on the Doha-based airline as it became… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air Flights Delayed Due to Internet Outage

Sprint network outage in Seattle affect flights system-wide SEATTLE — 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — A Sprint fiber network cable severed in the Seattle area significantly delayed Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flights today. Sprint provides the airlines with connectivity to SABRE, the system the carriers use for reservations, to check in passengers and to purchase tickets…. Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Opening Crew Base at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Airline Hosting Open Houses October 11 – 13 for New Flight Attendant Jobs

Miramar, Florida,  2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) has announced it is opening a flight attendant and pilot crew base at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on December 1, 2012. The new base will be home to over 250 crewmembers, including approximately 170 flight attendants and 80 pilots by summer 2013. In addition, Spirit’s… Read the full press release

Dreamlinerem do Londynu na Święta i Nowy Rok

Warszawa, 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT wprowadziły do sprzedaży rejsy Boeingiem 787 Dreamliner do Londynu w okresie świąteczno – noworocznym. Pasażerowie LOT-u mogą już kupić bilety na siedem lotów wykonywanych pierwszym Boeingiem 787 Dreamliner należącym do Polskich Linii Lotniczych LOT. Dreamliner będzie latał do Londynu w okresie od 21 grudnia 2012 do 2 stycznia… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines® Offers 40 Percent Discount On Roundtrip Fares To Select Destinations Nationwide

Customers Can Use Discount Code BigDeal40 on Wanna Get Away® Fares for 72 Hours DALLAS – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) announced today a 40 percent discount code for use on roundtrip Wanna Get Away fares. This incredible discount is valid for purchases on southwest.com and SWABIZ.com today through 11:59 p.m. PST Thursday, Oct…. Read the full press release

Hilton Pattaya Welcomes Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali

Hilton Pattaya Welcomes Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali

PATTAYA, Thailand – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali graciously visited the luxurious Hilton Pattaya recently. About Hilton Pattaya Unique by design and centrally located, Hilton Pattaya rises 34 levels above CentralFestival Pattaya Beach, South East Asia’s largest beachfront shopping complex, with spectacular views North and South over Pattaya Bay and the Gulf… Read the full press release

Consumers get Savvier about When to Book their Holiday

2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — New research from ABTA today suggests that consumers are becoming savvier when it comes to choosing when to book their holidays.  Six in ten people (60%) said they had changed when they booked their holiday in the past 12 months, when compared to the same period in 2011, to take advantage of… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Presents Food and Wine Enthusiasts with Extreme Culinary Adventures

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Presents Food and Wine Enthusiasts with Extreme Culinary Adventures

Gourmet Getaway Package offers special experiences at Wit & Wisdom, PABU and LAMILL COFFEE Baltimore, U.S.A. – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Foodies and aspiring gastronomes will enjoy the perfect escape this fall and winter with a Gourmet Getaway or Epicurean Immersion Experience at celebrity chef Michael Mina’s Baltimore restaurants. Gourmet Getaway With discerning gourmands in mind, Four… Read the full press release

Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao Appoints Jan Jansen As Director Of Business Development

Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao Appoints Jan Jansen As Director Of Business Development

SHANGHAI – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao today announced the appointment of Jan Jansen as Director of Business Development. Brice Pean, general manager, Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, said, “Jan is highly qualified in hotel management and comes to us with valuable experience in business development. We look forward to Jan’s contribution in expanding our business in… Read the full press release

One in three passengers base their travel decisions on transit airports, Finavia survey finds

A travel survey conducted in six countries sheds new light on the habits and attitudes of air travellers. A large part of travellers on international routes choose their flight connections based on transit airports. 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — According to their travel habits and nationalities, air travellers can be divided into different groups, whose needs and… Read the full press release

Hilton Pattaya Welcomes Leading Chinese MICE Agents

Hilton Pattaya Welcomes Leading Chinese MICE Agents

Well-designed Hotel Helps Boost Pattaya, Thailand’s First Beach Resort, Positioning as An Ideal Events and MICE Destination PATTAYA, Thailand – 2012-10-11 — /travelprnews.com/ — The award-winning, upscale Hilton Pattaya recently warmly welcomed leading MICE agents from China lead by CYTS M.I.C.E Service Co., LTD at stunning lobby on level 16. Pictured above with Chinese MICE agents:… Read the full press release

Milestone To Be Celebrated At EIBTM For Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

Milestone To Be Celebrated At EIBTM For Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5

LONDON – 2012-10-10 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 will be exhibiting at this year’s EIBTM in Barcelona. Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 will be targeting large conferences and events which will be able to take advantage of its 1,474m2 conference and banqueting wing for up to 1,170 delegates, dedicated entrance and… Read the full press release