Hartsfield-Jackson still ‘world’s busiest airport’ in 2012

Airport makes history with record-breaking 95 million passengers, highest total for any aviation hub ATLANTA – 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The numbers are in! For the 15th consecutive year, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has retained the title of world’s busiest airport. Aviation officials reported passenger traffic increased by more than 3.1 million passengers in 2012, making 2012… Read the full press release

Airport’s Green Build Summer 2013 Grand Opening on Schedule and on Budget

Significant Construction Milestones Ahead in 2013; Dual-Level Roadway Canopy Installation Under Way SAN DIEGO – 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Construction on The Green Build Terminal 2 expansion continues to move forward on time and on budget, looking toward a grand opening this summer. To date, nearly 6,000 workers have had a role in The Green Build, the largest construction… Read the full press release

AIRPORT COMMISSIONERS APPROVE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR LAX SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT STUDY, ADOPT STAFF-RECOMMENDED ALTERNATIVE

Los Angeles, California – 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners today approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the LAX Specific Plan Amendment Study (SPAS), including the Final LAX SPAS Report; the Staff-Recommended Alternative; and amendments to the LAX Plan and LAX Specific Plan. The Board also certified that the Draft… Read the full press release

PIA introduces Boeing 777 to Leeds Bradford Airport

PIA’s Muhammad Shafique (L) and Leeds Bradford Airport’s Tony Hallwood (R) welcome the introduction of Pakistan International Airlines’ Boeing 777 operations from LBA to Islamabad.

2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has announced the introduction of Boeing 777 operations on their non-stop services from Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) to Islamabad from 13 March, 2013. This larger aircraft, renowned for its comfort and spaciousness, will offer enhanced cabin facilities providing 35 business class seats and 294 in economy.  Passengers in… Read the full press release

Travelzoo Launches New iPhone App

Faster, sleeker, more visual access to unbeatable travel and leisure deals NEW YORK, 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global Internet media company, today launched its second-generation iPhone app, giving on-the-go travelers even easier access to its outstanding deals. The new simplified app, which features “Today’s Best Deals” and Top 20® on the home screen, gives users… Read the full press release

Burning with passion for Canada? Ask CTC’s Tourism BizWiz

Burning with passion for Canada? Ask CTC’s Tourism BizWiz.

2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Get the latest info on the CTC and Canadian tourism industry. This time: visiting Canada from the Philippines. Hi BizWiz I want to visit Canada to see my boyfriend. What do I need to come there? And what papers do I need to visit him? I am from the Philippines. Thanks, Cherry… Read the full press release

THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX – EASYJET LAUNCH SCOTLAND’S FIRST FLIGHT TO LONDON SOUTHEND

2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — easyJet, Scotland’s largest airline, will introduce the first direct flight between Edinburgh and London Southend from 2 May 2013. The new link will operate six times per week from Edinburgh Airport and fares go on sale today (7 February) starting from £31.49 one way*. The additional flights mean easyJet now provide over 10,000… Read the full press release

Competitive intelligence: Canada’s rivals spin the tourism wheel of fortune.

Las Vegas rolls the dice with a new campaign, Australia reaches for the skies and BRIC shoppers line up at the tills. 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is one of many major players in the high stakes world of international tourism. Like a big casino, the tourism marketplace is crowded with risk-takers looking to get… Read the full press release

Tourism Forum promotes business between Africa and Spain

Madrid, 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — The fourth edition of the Investment and Tourism Business Forum (INVESTOUR) addressed cooperation and business opportunities between Spain and Africa. Celebrated on the occasion of the Madrid International Tourism Fair (FITUR), INVESTOUR 2013 brought together representatives from 33 African countries and over 50 Spanish entrepreneurs. (FITUR, 31 January) An initiative of UNWTO,… Read the full press release

Gateway Airport Announces Three Final Candidates for Executive Director Position

Community Meet and Greet Planned MESA, Ariz., 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority announced today the three final candidates for the Executive Director position. Izzy Bonilla, Deputy Director at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, joins two internal candidates, Casey Denny, Gateway Airport Deputy Director and Jane Morris, Gateway Airport Director – Special Projects. All three candidates are… Read the full press release

Hotel Demand Outlook for 2013 Remains Positive According to TravelClick

NEW YORK, 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ —  Hotels continue to see a steady increase in occupancy and revenue performance, according to data from the January 2013 TravelClick North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). When looking at Q1 2013 through Q4 2013, the current outlook is for moderate growth, with continued improvement in average daily rate (ADR) being the… Read the full press release

Sebastian Mikosz took the helm of LOT Polish Airlines

Warsaw, 2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Today, the Supervisory Board of LOT Polish Airlines has decided to appoint to the position of CEO – Sebastian Mikosz. It is a great satisfaction and responsibility that the Supervisory Board of LOT Polish Airlines has given me a credit and entrusted me the management of the company. I’m ready to take… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines Announces Organizational Leadership Changes

2013-02-07 — /travelprnews.com/ — Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) today announced several executive changes as part of an overall effort to better streamline the Company’s organizational structure. Dave Ridley has taken on a new role as Senior Vice President Business Development. In this position, Ridley will focus on assignments that aid the development of our future business strategy and… Read the full press release

Travelport Announces New Managing Director for China

George Harb appointed to lead strategic opportunities in the region Beijing, China and Hong Kong,  2013-02-06 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, has announced the appointment of George Harb as its new Managing Director for China, responsible for the development of strategic business opportunities for Travelport in this high-growth region…. Read the full press release

ADAC Receives ACI’s Recognition of Quality Management Systems for 2012 And joins the APEX program

In its drive to implement aviation best practice internationally Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 2013-02-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — In an Initiative to support the global drive to Further develop the aviation industry, Abu Dhabi Airports Company signed last week and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airport Council International (ACI) to partner with the council in their latest Safety… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Group Reports January Operational Results

SEATTLE, 2013-02-05 — /travelprnews.com/ — Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) today reported January operational results for its mainline and consolidated operations. Detailed information is provided below. ALASKA AIRLINES – MAINLINE Alaska reported an 11.8 percent increase in traffic on a 12.2 percent increase in capacity compared to January 2012. This resulted in a 0.2-point decrease in… Read the full press release

American Airlines and Alaska Airlines Expand Codeshare Agreement

FORT WORTH, Texas and SEATTLE, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — American Airlines and Alaska Airlines announced today that the two airlines are strengthening their relationship by adding new codeshare routes that will offer customers even more choices and benefits when traveling throughout the United States. The codeshare flights are available for purchase today for travel beginning Feb. 7,… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines Launches Destination Give; Voting Opens Today for Houston Charity to Receive $10,000

Miramar, Florida, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Spirit Airlines’ (NASDAQ: SAVE) has launched its new Spirit Destination Give program, the latest in the airline’s many efforts of giving back to the local communities it serves. Voting opens today for a Houston charity to receive $10,000. To kick off the program, Spirit has teamed up with a variety of… Read the full press release

Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Hilton Mumbai International Airport

The Brasserie, Imperial China and Flames Will Offer Memorable Dining Experiences MUMBAI, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — On Valentine’s Day this year, Hilton Mumbai International Airport will offer a choice of memorable dining experiences at its popular restaurants -The Brasserie, Imperial China and Flames. The Brasserie all-day restaurant will offer a special candle-light dinner, with unlimited beverages, priced… Read the full press release

Travelport launches new fare management tool

Travelport Net Fare Manager offers unrivalled flexibility and control Langley, United Kingdom, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, today announces a new tool for agents which will enable them to significantly enhance the way they manage, mark-up and control the onward distribution of their airline filed private fares. The… Read the full press release

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Wins “Greatness on the Road” Award Presented by Courtyard at “2nd Annual NFL Honors”

Two-Hour Primetime Awards Show on CBS Salutes Top Players & Performances From 2012 Season. 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — San Francisco 49ers QB COLIN KAEPERNICK is the winner of the “GREATNESS ON THE ROAD” AWARD PRESENTED BY COURTYARD for his play in the 49ers’ 31-21 Week 12 victory over the Saints in New Orleans, it was announced tonight… Read the full press release

Travelport enhances partnership with RAK Airways with a global Full Content Agreement

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the global travel industry, and RAK Airways, one of the flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates, have announced an enhanced new partnership to benefit Galileo and Worldspan-connected travel agents around the world. Building on the participation agreement signed at the end of… Read the full press release

CAA publishes research behind ATOL Pack Peace Of Mind campaign

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is today publishing research undertaken on its behalf by Opinion Leader Research, which informed the ongoing Pack Peace of Mind consumer communication campaign. The Pack Peace of Mind campaign is targeting consumers while they research and book their holidays, with online advertising and targeted press adverts, explaining… Read the full press release

DoubleTree by Hilton Welcomes its First Guests in Ireland

The Morrison Dublin, a DoubleTree by Hilton, Reopens Following €7 Million Refurbishment DUBLIN, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ireland’s first DoubleTree by Hilton hotel opened its doors today, bringing one of Europe’s fastest growing upscale hotel brands to the Emerald Isle. A thoughtful and contemporary renovation of the Morrison hotel, in partnership with operators Martinez Hotels & Resorts, has… Read the full press release

Ryanair Calls On Irish Govt To Scrap Travel Tax As UK Study Proves UK APD Tax Costs Jobs & Growth

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost carrier (ULCC), today (5 Feb) called on the Irish Govt to scrap its €3 travel tax in order to stimulate jobs and tourism growth as an independent Pricewaterhouse Coopers study* offered compelling evidence of the damage caused by a similar travel tax (APD) in the UK. The… Read the full press release

Travelport and Ethiopian Airlines renew partnership agreement

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Travelport, the business services provider to the travel industry and Ethiopian Airlines have announced the renewal of their long-term Operator Agreement, which will see the flag carrier of Ethiopia continue to distribute Travelport’s Galileo products and services in the country. The exclusive five-year agreement cements the longstanding relationship between Travelport… Read the full press release

Scrapping Flight Tax Could Pay For Itself And Create 60,000 Jobs, Says Pioneer Study

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — A study commissioned by the UK’s four major airlines on the economic impact of Air Passenger Duty shows that its abolition could bring a lasting boost to the UK economy, generating a net tax gain for the Treasury and creating almost 60,000 new jobs. The study by PwC, The economic impact of Air… Read the full press release

Growth initiative to strengthen Copenhagen Airport as a hub

2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — A new growth committee gets powerful players to join forces in bolstering Copenhagen Airport for the intense international competition with other airports and regions. The airport is a driver of growth and jobs in all of Denmark and in southern Sweden, and the committee has been entrusted with the task of identifying ideas… Read the full press release

Travel Employment Rebounds In January

Washington, D.C., 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Labor Department report on January 2013 employment numbers: “The travel industry continues to drive our nation’s economic recovery, adding 2,300 jobs last month, driven primarily by increases in the amusements, gambling and recreation… Read the full press release

Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group to Convert Downtown Toronto Metropolitan Hotel to DoubleTree by Hilton Brand

TORONTO and MCLEAN, Va., 2013-02-04 — /travelprnews.com/ — Hilton Worldwide and Bayview Hospitality Group (BHG) today announced that the landmark Metropolitan Hotel Toronto, which BHG recently acquired along with the hotel’s two restaurants, will become downtown Toronto’s first DoubleTree by Hilton. BHG will continue to operate the hotel when it converts to a DoubleTree by Hilton later this… Read the full press release