Southwest Airlines Appoints Rakesh Gangwal to Board of Directors

(IN SHORT) Southwest Airlines has appointed Rakesh Gangwal, co-founder of IndiGo and former CEO of US Airways Group, to its Board of Directors. Gangwal brings extensive airline industry experience, having held key leadership roles at major airlines and technology service providers. His expertise in travel technology and strategic leadership is expected to support Southwest’s growth… Read the full press release

dnata Travel Records 35% Increase in Summer Holiday Bookings for 2024

International stays dominate 90% of overall bookings (IN SHORT) dnata Travel, the UAE’s longest-serving travel provider, has reported a 35% increase in international travel bookings for July and August 2024 compared to last year. The most popular destinations for UAE travelers are Thailand, Maldives, Mauritius, Turkey, and the UK, with Mauritius experiencing significant growth. This… Read the full press release

Ryanair Partners with to Enhance European Travel Packages

(IN SHORT) Ryanair, Europe’s leading airline, has entered into a significant partnership with global online travel agent, enabling the OTA to include Ryanair’s low-fare flights in its dynamic holiday packages and standalone flight offerings. This collaboration ensures that customers benefit from accurate contact and payment information sharing with Ryanair, facilitating seamless access to… Read the full press release

Aberdeen International Airport Strengthens Security Measures for Enhanced Passenger Safety

(IN SHORT) Aberdeen International Airport has reinforced its commitment to passenger and staff safety with a comprehensive and collaborative security strategy. Operating 24/7, the airport utilizes advanced technologies such as perimeter detection systems and a vast CCTV network, while highly trained staff employ digital 3D screening for luggage. The airport’s security culture is bolstered by… Read the full press release

Blue Islands Awards £25,000 in Free Flights to Support Channel Islanders’ Ambitions

(IN SHORT) Blue Islands has announced the latest beneficiaries of its flight funding programme, which provides free flights to help Channel Islanders pursue their ambitions. This year, 300 flights worth over £25,000 were awarded to individuals in sports, charities, and the arts. Among the recipients is 10-year-old Archie Greier from Jersey, a promising snooker player… Read the full press release

Qantas and Jetstar to Launch Expanded Flight Services to Vanuatu, Enhancing Travel Options for Australians

(IN SHORT) Qantas and Jetstar have announced plans to increase their flight offerings to Vanuatu, introducing up to nine return flights per week from Australian cities. Starting in September 2024, Qantas will operate three weekly flights between Brisbane and Port Vila, with potential to expand to five based on demand. Jetstar will begin offering up… Read the full press release

Finnair Unveils New Spacious Lounge at Helsinki Airport

(IN SHORT) Finnair will open a new, more spacious lounge on the Schengen side of Helsinki Airport on July 9, 2024. The lounge, located near gate 21, can accommodate up to 440 guests and includes a special Platinum Corner for Finnair Plus Platinum and Platinum Lumo members. Designed by Studio Joanna Laajisto, the lounge features… Read the full press release

Air France-KLM’s Socio-Economic Impact: A Comprehensive Study

The Group generates 1.9% of French GDP and 2.3% of Dutch GDP;  • An estimated 552,570 jobs in France and 267,996 jobs in the Netherlands depend directly or indirectly on Air France-KLM;  • For each job created by Air France-KLM in France, 11 jobs are created in the French economy. For each job created in… Read the full press release

Christchurch Airport Unveils Major Terminal Revamp Ahead of Busy Summer Season

(IN SHORT) Christchurch Airport has announced a comprehensive refurbishment of its terminal facilities ahead of the busy summer season, marking the largest upgrade since its opening in 2013. The project includes 12 new eateries, expanded retail spaces, upgraded amenities like bathrooms and a children’s play area, and a revamped food court. Local entrepreneurs and global… Read the full press release

Emirates Marks One-Year Milestone of Premium Economy Success on Singapore-Dubai Route

(IN SHORT) Emirates celebrates one year since launching its Premium Economy product on the Singapore-Dubai route, having served 26,000 passengers on nearly 730 A380 flights. Popular among families and solo travelers, the Premium Economy cabin offers enhanced comfort with spacious seating, amenities like in-seat charging, and exclusive beverage options. Emirates plans to continue expanding this… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport and DOC Celebrate New Inter-Terminal Walkway Showcasing New Zealand’s Scenic Trails

Auckland Airport together with the Department of Conservation (DOC) are celebrating the beautiful walks of Aotearoa New Zealand along the airport’s short walk between terminals, known as ‘the green line’ Improved shade and shelter for pedestrians as the walkway route changes to keep travellers safe and make way for construction bringing together domestic jet and… Read the full press release

dnata Strengthens US Footprint with New Operations at Raleigh-Durham Airport

Expansion represents an investment of US$ 2 million and creates 25 new, local jobs with the company (IN SHORT) Global air and travel services provider dnata has expanded its operations to Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) in the USA. This US$ 2 million investment will create over 25 new local jobs. Lufthansa, operating five weekly flights… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Introduces Enhanced In-Flight Entertainment Options for Short and Medium-Haul Flights

(IN SHORT) Lufthansa has introduced new in-flight entertainment options for short and medium-haul flights, enhancing passenger experience with free access to around 45 German and English-language magazines via the FlyNet® Wi-Fi portal. This service extends to personal electronic devices and seat monitors across all classes, including those on long-haul flights featuring the new Allegris cabin…. Read the full press release

SFO Celebrates Grand Opening of Harvey Milk Terminal 1, Setting New Standards in Airport Innovation and Inclusivity

New ticket counters, security checkpoint, post-security connector to all terminals (IN SHORT) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) has unveiled the final phase of Harvey Milk Terminal 1, named after the pioneering LGBTQ+ leader. This milestone introduces advanced features like Automated Bag Drop and Screening Lanes, new gates, and enhanced dining options. Recognized for its sustainability… Read the full press release

Scandinavia’s First EuroBonus Debit Card Launched by Lunar and SAS, Redefining Everyday Rewards

(IN SHORT) Scandinavian financial technology company Lunar and airline SAS have joined forces to launch Scandinavia’s first debit card that allows users to earn EuroBonus points on everyday purchases without using credit. This collaboration integrates Lunar’s innovative banking app with SAS’ popular EuroBonus program, offering consumers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and beyond a seamless way… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Takes Flight as Title Sponsor of Premier Padel Tour

Qatar Airways becomes the new ‘Title Sponsor’, ‘Tour Finals Title Sponsor’ and ‘Official Airline Partner’ of Premier Padel Multi-year partnership will see Official tour renamed ‘Qatar Airways Premier Padel Tour’ and tour finals renamed to ‘Qatar Airways Premier Padel Finals’ (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways has entered into a significant multi-year partnership with Premier Padel, becoming… Read the full press release

Emirates Launches Sustainable Aviation Fuel Initiative at Singapore Changi Airport

Activation of agreement with Neste marks airline’s first SAF investment in Asia (IN SHORT) Emirates has launched its sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) initiative at Singapore Changi Airport in collaboration with Neste, marking its first SAF deployment in Asia. Approximately 3.3 million liters of blended SAF have been integrated into Changi Airport’s fueling system. This move… Read the full press release

Milestone Celebration: Vienna Airport and Korean Air Cargo Mark Two Decades of Seamless Connectivity

(IN SHORT) Vienna Airport and Korean Air Cargo celebrated 20 years of partnership, commemorating their collaboration in the air cargo sector. The event, held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, brought together key figures from both organizations and over 100 guests. The partnership, which began in April 2004, has facilitated seamless connectivity between Seoul and Vienna,… Read the full press release

Qantas Expands its Reach in Online Travel with Acquisition of TripADeal

(IN SHORT) Qantas is set to acquire the remaining 49% stake in TripADeal, a move aimed at bolstering its presence in the online holiday packages market. With a focus on enhancing Qantas Loyalty’s engagement with travelers and capitalizing on curated tour experiences, the acquisition underscores Qantas’ commitment to delivering value for shareholders. TripADeal’s remarkable growth… Read the full press release

Emirates Airlines Elevates Eid Al Adha Celebrations with In-Flight Culinary Delights and Entertainment Extravaganza

(IN SHORT) Emirates Airlines is gearing up to celebrate Eid Al Adha with a special in-flight experience featuring traditional dishes, artisanal sweet treats, and a diverse entertainment lineup. Passengers can enjoy a culinary journey curated for the festive season, along with a wide array of Arabic movies, TV series, podcasts, and audiobooks through the airline’s… Read the full press release

Joint Cargo Venture between Qatar Airways and Malaysia Aviation Group Elevates Global Connectivity

The two cargo carriers will now offer enhanced connectivity across both airlines’ global networks via their key hubs – Hamad International Airport and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways Group and Malaysia Aviation Group have solidified their longstanding collaboration as oneworld partners with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Qatar… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Expands European Network with Resumption of Lisbon Flights

The award-winning airline marks the return of year-round direct flights to Lisbon, with six weekly flights added to the airline’s summer schedule The new route offers passengers a greater range of travel choices with seamless connectivity to more than 170 destinations worldwide, including 47 destinations in Europe (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways announces the resumption of… Read the full press release

JAL Group Expands Cargo Network with New Narita-Dalian Route

(IN SHORT) JAL Group announces the expansion of its cargo network with the addition of a new Narita-Dalian route to its FY2024 Summer schedule, operating once a week with Boeing 767 freighter aircraft. This strategic move aims to enhance the airline’s air transport capabilities, catering to the increasing demand for e-commerce, express cargo, and essential… Read the full press release

Adelaide Airport Set for Enhanced Qantas Lounge Experience

(IN SHORT) Qantas announces plans to enhance the airport experience for travelers passing through Adelaide with the construction of a new lounge precinct, featuring a Domestic Business Lounge inspired by Kangaroo Island’s Flinders Chase National Park, alongside a refurbishment of the current Qantas Club and Chairmans Lounge. The first phase of construction, focusing on the… Read the full press release

Emirates’ A380 Draws Prominent Guests and Trade Visitors at ILA Berlin 2024

(IN SHORT) Emirates showcased its A380 aircraft at ILA Berlin 2024, welcoming prominent guests including German Federal Ministers and regional leaders. The aircraft attracted significant attention, hosting over 1,800 trade guests during the event. Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, Emirates announced a positioning flight from Berlin to Dubai using blended Sustainable Aviation Fuel. With its… Read the full press release

First Class Comes to Miami-Bogotá Route as Emirates Launches Daily Flights

(IN SHORT) Emirates, the renowned airline, has launched its eagerly anticipated services to Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, marking its fourth destination in South America and extending its reach to 19 points across the Americas. The inaugural flight, EK213 from Miami, was greeted with traditional Colombian dance at El Dorado International Airport, where a delegation… Read the full press release

Emirates, Condor Ink Reciprocal Partnership, Boosting Passenger Options

(IN SHORT) Emirates and Condor have inked a reciprocal codeshare partnership starting October 2024, subject to regulatory approvals, offering Emirates customers seamless access to Condor-operated flights via Germany to popular destinations in Majorca, the Canary Islands, North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. Condor will place its marketing code on Emirates-operated flights beyond Dubai,… Read the full press release

British Airways Celebrates 100 Years in India with Enhanced Flight Schedule

(IN SHORT) British Airways is set to bolster its presence in India with the introduction of a new daily flight between Delhi and London Heathrow starting April 20, 2025. This move, coinciding with the airline’s centenary in India, will increase its weekly flights across the country to 63, servicing five major cities. Operated by the… Read the full press release

Emirates, IATA, and Airbus Collaborate to Enhance A350 Pilot Training

(IN SHORT) In a groundbreaking collaboration, Emirates, the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Airbus have announced an advanced Competency-Based Training and Assessment (CBTA) programme for the A350 type rating, in preparation for Emirates’ receipt of 65 A350s starting mid-2024. The program, set to commence at Emirates’ Training College in Dubai from July 2024, will… Read the full press release

JAL Honored as “DX Stocks 2024” for Advancements in Aircraft Maintenance and Air Mobility

(IN SHORT) Japan Airlines (JAL) has been honored with the “DX Stocks 2024” recognition for the second consecutive year by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, and the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan. This prestigious accolade acknowledges JAL’s commitment to digital transformation in both deepening existing business models, particularly in aircraft… Read the full press release