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

IAA’s Corey Wilson named to Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series

INDIANAPOLIS,  2012-07-23 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA) congratulates Corey Wilson, director of supplier diversity and IND Aerotropolis for the IAA, for being named as a member of Class XXXVII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. Members are selected based on their significant community involvement and professional achievement; their demonstrated interest in community issues; a… Read the full press release

LAX CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC ADVISORY – “LAX CENTRAL TERMINAL AREA CURB APPEAL IMPROVEMENTS” CONSTRUCTION PROJECT TO BEGIN IN FRONT OF TOM BRADLEY INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL

Terminal Curbside Passenger Drop Off/ Pick Up To Become More Restricted Los Angeles, California – 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Passengers and visitors to the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are advised that the terminal’s north entrance doors on the Upper/Departures Level will be closed beginning 12:01 a.m. on Monday,… Read the full press release

BAUER INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION IS THE NEW OPERATOR OF THE VAN NUYS FLYAWAY

Van Nuys, California – 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today Bauer Transportation, Inc. becomes the new operator of the Van Nuys FlyAway. Bauer’s was awarded the contract in January 2012 after responding to a Request for Proposals (RFP) released by Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) in August 2011. New buses being introduced at the FlyAway will use… Read the full press release

LOS ANGELES WORLD AIRPORTS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS APPROVES RELEASE OF RFB FOR VAN NUYS AIRPORTS LARGE RUNWAY

Van Nuys, California – 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Today, Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved the release of the notice of Request For Bids (RFB), inviting bids for the pavement rehabilitation project for Van Nuys Airport’s (VNY) large runway (16R/34L). Runway one six right stretches 8,000 feet and is the primary… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Adds New Route at LA/Ontario International Airport

Ontario, California – 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines has announced seasonal service between LA/Ontario International Airport and Reno-Tahoe Airport beginning January 6, 2013.  The route provides a convenient launching point for winter sport enthusiasts seeking world class resorts in the Reno-Tahoe area.  Daily service between the two cities will run for three months and will also provide… Read the full press release

Airport and Airline celebrating 1 million passengers

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) and the largest low-fare airline in Central and Eastern Europe are celebrating as figures show more than 1 million passengers have flown from DSA with Wizz Air since September 2006. Since starting at DSA with just three weekly services to Katowice, Poland, Wizz Air now operate 18 flights… Read the full press release

Shannon Airport to get new VIP lounge from world’s leading concierge service provider

Quintessentially Aviation to open lounge targeting Middle Eastern VIPs 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Shannon Airport is delighted to announce that Quintessentially Aviation, the aviation wing of the world’s leading luxury lifestyle group Quintessentially, is to develop its first Irish VIP lounge at Shannon Airport. Contracts for the investment were signed last week at the second annual… Read the full press release

Brussels Airport: growth is picking up strongly again in June

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — After the somewhat disappointing growth figures recorded in April and May, passenger numbers are showing strong recovery in June.  Brussels Airport welcomed 1,784,488 passengers last month, an increase of 3.3% on June 2011. This brings the growth rate for the first semester of 2012 to 2.4%. In spite of the economic situation,… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport: Road developments at Terminal 2

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Budapest Airport’s access system at Terminal 2 will be completely renewed in a few weeks’ time, as soon as the reconstruction works have been completed. With the access control system to be installed on the roads in front of the terminal, the airport operator expects greater throughput and enhanced safety. During the… Read the full press release

EASYJET AND SR TECHNICS CELEBRATE COMPLETION OF 50TH HEAVY MAINTENANCE CHECK OUT OF MALTA FACILITY

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — SR Technics has today redelivered the 50th heavy maintenance on an Airbus A319 aircraft for easyJet out of its Malta facility. The aircraft will depart Malta Luqa Airport today for London Gatwick Airport. In addition to the heavy maintenance checks, the Malta team has also completed eight end-of-lease (EOL) checks for the… Read the full press release

EASYJET TEAMS UP WITH AIRBUS AND NICARNICA AVIATION FOR HIGH ALTITUDE TESTING OF AVOID VOLCANIC ASH DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

Airbus A340 test aircraft may help keep UK airspace open if a volcano erupts during the London Olympics 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet and Nicarnica Aviation have entered a partnership with Airbus to test the AVOID (Airborne Volcanic Object Imaging Detector) ash detection equipment on their A340-300 test aircraft at the speed and altitude of commercial… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport braced for a busy summer 2012

Around six million passengers expected to fly through Gatwick this summer Brits set to escape wet weather and head to popular European holiday hotspots As the world’s greatest sporting event comes to the UK, Gatwick gets ready to handle around 10% of all Games goers Schools around the country are set to break for the… Read the full press release

Gatwick’s vision for growth is set out in its master plan

Gatwick expects to handle 40 million passengers by the early 2020s Growth will deliver more local jobs and contribute £2.1 billion a year to the economies of London and the South East By 2030 the airport will be full and handling 11 million more passengers a year than today 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick has today… Read the full press release

Aviation must be allowed to grow, but not at any cost to the environment

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Gatwick today welcomes the Government’s invitation to consult and debate on how the aviation industry can create headroom to grow by reducing its environmental impact Commenting on the Government’s consultation on the Sustainable Aviation Policy framework Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, said: “Aviation is a crucial part of the UK’s… Read the full press release

Business Travel Forum takes off

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Business people from across Bristol took the opportunity to share their views on travel related issues at a special event hosted by Bristol Airport and easyJet recently (26 June). The Business Travel Forum took place at the city’s Mercure Holland House Hotel following a successful inaugural event held last year. The Forum… Read the full press release

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch

Business routes targeted as part of airport switch from Belfast International Airport to George Best Belfast City Airport Aer Lingus increases vital London connections says CEO as airline moves following tendering process 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — AER Lingus is to move to George Best Belfast City Airport in the autumn after five years at Belfast International…. Read the full press release

Ethiopian, Boeing Announce Order for Additional 777-200LR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian and Boeing today announced an order for one additional 777-200LR (Longer Range) Worldliner adding to Ethiopian fleet of five 777-200LRs. “The 777-200LR has been a fantastic airplane for Ethiopian Airlines,” said Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines. “The performance and range of the airplane allowed us to open… Read the full press release

Ethiopian First Dreamliner Enters Paint Shop Ahead of Delivery

2012-07-21 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ethiopian is pleased to announce that its Boeing 787 Dreamliner is in the final stages of preparation for delivery in August 2012. The first Ethiopian Dreamliner left the Boeing assembly plant in Seattle, Washington and headed to San Antonio, Texas on Thursday, July 12, 2012 to be painted in Ethiopian livery. The… Read the full press release

QATAR AIRWAYS WRAPS UP MOMENTOUS WEEK AT FARNBOROUGH

Award-winning Airline Receives Unprecedented Social Media Attention During Seven Day Event Carrier A Huge Hit With Aviation Enthusiasts, Travel Trade and Global Media Doha, QATAR, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Qatar Airways wrapped-up a very successful week at the world’s largest aviation event – Farnborough Air Show in Hampshire, UK gaining social media attention around the globe on… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Announces Service to Six More New Cities from DFW: Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh and Files to Service Los Cabos, Mexico

Miramar, Florida, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ: SAVE) is continuing its expansion at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) as it today announced it is adding nonstop service to yet another six new cities from DFW, including Fort Myers, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Latrobe/Pittsburgh, and the airline has also filed to service Los Cabos, Mexico…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Reports Second Quarter Results

Record operating income GAAP Net income of $228 million Excluding special items, record net income of $273 million DALLAS, 2012-07-20 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today reported its second quarter 2012 results.  Second quarter 2012 net income was $228 million, or $.30 per diluted share, which included $45 million (net) of… Read the full press release