Local high schools students visited Auckland Airport

2013-07-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Students from four local high schools visited Auckland Airport in June to find out exactly how they could gain particular roles within the Airport, including what skills, experience and qualifications they would need to get any of those jobs. On June 12, a group of 32 students from Aorere College, De La… Read the full press release

Dubai Airports works towards the goal of limiting carbon footprint for its Concourse D planed to open in 2015

Dubai, UAE, 2013-07-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — In line with the aviation industry’s long-term aim of carbon neutral growth, Dubai Airports is working towards making Concourse D – which will become the new home of more than 100 international airlines that fly to Dubai International when it opens in 2015 – as energy efficient and sustainable as… Read the full press release

The UK Civil Aviation Authority announced check flights for CofA and permit renewals no longer mandatory

2013-07-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced that it will no longer be a requirement to routinely carry out a check flight to qualify for the renewal of an expiring National Certificate of Airworthiness; annual EASA Permit to Fly; National Airworthiness Review Certificate; or Certificate of Validity. However, a check flight… Read the full press release

Marriott International signed franchise agreement with WB AMBASSADOR SAS for the historic Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel

Historic Ambassador Hotel to Join Company’s Signature Marriott Hotels Brand London, 2013-07-02 — /travelprnews.com/ — Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced that the 298-room Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel will join its portfolio of more than 3,800 properties worldwide on 1st July 2013 under a franchise agreement with WB AMBASSADOR SAS.  Located in the heart of… Read the full press release

The world’s largest hotel company Wyndham Hotel Group opened its first hotel in Ecuador

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador, 2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,380 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today celebrated its continued expansion in Latin America with the addition of the 179-room Wyndham Guayaquil in Ecuador, marking the introduction of the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand in the South American country. The newly… Read the full press release

KLM President & CEO Peter Hartman awarded royal decoration by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — In her speech, State Secretary Mansveld remarked on Mr Hartman’s passion, saying: “This is what they mean when they say that someone has a ‘blue heart’, with kerosene running through his veins.” The state secretary went on acknowledge the role Mr Hartman had played in the merger between Air France and KLM,… Read the full press release

IATA study supported by analysis from McKinsey finds airlines Will be challenged to meet forecast demand growth

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for new thinking on the relationships between partners in the air transport value chain in order to attract the $4-5 trillion that will be needed over the next 20 years to meet the growing demand for aviation-enabled connectivity. The call came in an IATA study… Read the full press release

Swissport update on Spanish airports strikes

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport Spain condemns coercion and sabotage allegedly carried out by union militants in Barcelona’s El Prat airport, aimed at intimidating the company´s personnel, which is working in accordance with the minimum services decreed by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport. Swissport demands that the unions CCOO, UGT and USO act with… Read the full press release

Finnair to join British Airways and Japan Airlines in their joint business on flights between Europe and Japan

TOKYO, 2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — The first step has been taken to enable Finnair to join British Airways and Japan Airlines (JAL) in their successful joint business on flights between Europe and Japan. The three airlines intend to cooperate commercially by sharing revenue and by coordinating flight schedules and fares in order to offer greater benefits to… Read the full press release

Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative report announced on June 27 in Chicago

CHICAGO, 2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolino joined with leaders from United Airlines, Boeing, Honeywell’s UOP and Clean Energy Trust on June 27 in Chicago to announce the release of a new report by the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI). With the findings and recommendations in the MASBI report, the commercial aviation industry has a… Read the full press release

Aegean Airlines won Best Regional Airline in Europe at this year’s World Airline Awards at Paris Air Show

Kifissia, 2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Aegean Airlines, a Star Alliance member, is a winner in the 2013 World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show on 18 June 2013, scooping the award for the Best Regional Airline in Europe. AEGEAN voted by passengers for the 3rd consecutive year the “Best Regional Airline in Europe”. The Survey… Read the full press release

Ryanair statement on UK Competition Commission timetable extension for its investigation into Ryanair’s minority stake in Aer Lingus

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (26th June) noted that the UK Competition Commission has extended the timetable for its investigation into Ryanair’s 6 ½ year old minority shareholding in Aer Lingus from 11th July to 5th September, an extension of 8 weeks. Ryanair believes this extension has been caused by the UKCC’s… Read the full press release

Singapore Changi Airport reports it handled 4.28 million passengers in May 2013

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Singapore Changi Airport handled 4.28 million passenger movements in May 2013, a growth of 4.7% compared to the same period in 2012.  Flight movements increased by 5.4% to 28,500.  During the month, 147,600 tonnes of cargo were handled at Changi, 3.5% less than a year ago. The growth in passenger traffic was… Read the full press release

Munich Airport’s Terminal 2 celebrates 10th birthday, 225 million passengers handled

2013-07-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — At a celebration yesterday (05/16/13), Munich Airport and Lufthansa, along with their joint subsidiary, the Terminal 2 Operating Company, gathered 150 guests to mark the upcoming 10th anniversary of the launch of operations of the terminal building. Terminal 2 – jointly planned, financed and operated by FMG and Lufthansa – was officially… Read the full press release

The UK Civil Aviation Authority opened public consultations on the implementation of the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA)

2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today launched a consultation on its proposals for the implementation of the Standardised European Rules of the Air (SERA). The consultation period runs from 25 June 2013 to 28 August 2013. Full details of the consultation, including how to submit comment on the CAA’s proposals, can… Read the full press release

The UK Civil Aviation Authority reminds British passengers on the way they can get help when flying

2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is today reminding British sun-seekers who need assistance when travelling by air how they can get any help they need to ensure they enjoy a safe flight this summer. The message comes as the European Commission begins a campaign to raise awareness of passenger rights. The… Read the full press release

Ground services operator Swissport regrets that trade unions CC.OO, UGT and USO at Spanish airports employ pressure rather than finding consensus

2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Swissport, the largest independent operator of ground services to the aviation industry, regrets the industrial action called for by the trade unions CC.OO, UGT and USO at various Spanish airports, which it considers to be the result of the unions preferring pressure to consensus. After hours of negotiations until late on the… Read the full press release

Swissport court appeal hearing at the Highest Economic Court in Kiev, Ukraine postponed

The court appeal hearing at the Highest Economic Court in Kiev, Ukraine that was scheduled for today was postponed and will only take place in two weeks. Swissport had appealed to the Highest Economic Court mid of April after having lost its business in the Ukraine to UIA (Ukrainian International Airlines) with a court decision… Read the full press release

South African Airways, SA Express partner to train young South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds

MIDRAND,Johannesburg, 2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — South African Airways (SAA) and SA Express today announced a joint effort to train scores of young South Africans to become qualified commercial pilots. The two state-owned airlines will pull together their resources to create a jointly managed and resourced national pilot training programme, paying for the trainees’ classroom tuition, practical… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport invested EUR 1M in ground run-up enclosure project at Ferenc Liszt International Airport

2013-06-28 — /travelprnews.com/ — Budapest Airport completed a state-of-the-art ground run-up enclosure (engine testing site) at Ferenc Liszt International Airport investing about HUF 300 million. The structure assembled from special sound insulation and jet blast deflector panels was officially inaugurated today. The project – included in the noise protection program of Budapest Airport – had no… Read the full press release

Wyndham Worldwide recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for innovative sustainability best practices

Company recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for innovative sustainability best practices Parsippany, N.J., 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE:WYN), one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, again demonstrated its ongoing leadership in global sustainability best practices, achieving an 8 percent reduction in energy use in the first full year of the U.S. Department of… Read the full press release

U.S. Travel Association urges U.S. senators to approve S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today urged U.S. senators to approve S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. As part of an historic opportunity to enact meaningful immigration reform, the legislation includes significant measures to improve the visa process and facilitation of air travelers coming to the United… Read the full press release

Dianna Balabon appointed Rosewood Hotels & Resorts vice president of sales & marketing

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Rosewood Hotels & Resorts®, one of the world’s most respected ultra-luxury hotel groups, is pleased to announce that Dianna Balabon has been appointed vice president of sales & marketing. In this new role, Balabon will be responsible for overseeing all sales and marketing initiatives within Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, including… Read the full press release

Leading experiential travel company &Beyond to invest in its safari camps and lodges across Africa

2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Leading experiential travel company &Beyond is committed to delivering extraordinary guest experiences and in line with this, the company has planned a considerable investment in its safari camps and lodges across Africa. The initial phase aims to redefine the classic Kenyan safari at the iconic &Beyond Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. An extensive… Read the full press release

Abu Dhabi Airports Company launched four month staff summer safety and heat awareness campaign

Part of ADAC’s initiatives to protect the well-being of its employees serving the Capital’s airports Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) has launched its comprehensive four month staff summer safety and heat awareness campaign, to ensure that employees have the knowledge and tools they need to work safely during… Read the full press release

Seasoned Capitol Hill Staffer Courtney Temple appointed U.S. Travel Director of Government Relations

Washington, D.C., 2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — The U.S. Travel Association today announced that Courtney Temple is the association’s new director of government relations, where she will strengthen the team’s efforts to advance policies that increase travel to and within the United States. The newest addition to U.S. Travel’s expanding government relations office, Temple joins the association… Read the full press release

Des trains supplémentaires entre Roosendaal et Anvers pendant les mois d’été

2013-06-27 — /travelprnews.com/ — Depuis la disparition de l’offre à haute vitesse du Fyra entre Bruxelles et Amsterdam, la SNCB et la NS travaillent à une augmentation de la fréquence de la liaison directe Bruxelles-La Haye. Pendant les mois d’été, 6 trains (aller et retour) supplémentaires sont mis en place entre Roosendaal et Anvers afin de… Read the full press release

Luxury Travel Advisor’s Awards of Excellence named Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora Best Luxury Beach Resort Worldwide

2013-06-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora was named the Best Luxury Beach Resort Worldwide in this year’s Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence. The magazine’s advisory board, an invitation-only panel of those influential travel advisors who have graced the cover of Luxury Travel Advisor, selected each of the nominees across several categories. The magazine’s readers then voted exclusively… Read the full press release

Harvard Business School authored and Amadeus commissioned study finds big data is set to shape the future of travel

2013-06-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Study, authored by Harvard Business School professor Thomas H. Davenport, finds that big data is set to shape the future of travel, with potential benefits for both travel companies and travellers alike Harnessing high volumes of new, unstructured data offers the promise of better decision-making, greater product innovation and stronger customer relationships,… Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport posted record 2012/2013 financial figures

HONG KONG, 2013-06-26 — /travelprnews.com/ — Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) today announced that Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) continued to deliver record financial performances during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2013. Profit attributable to the equity shareholder rose 5.4% to HK$5,624 million during the year, while revenue increased 8.1% to HK$13,134 million. AAHK declared… Read the full press release