SAS AB (PUBL) Annual General Meeting: Leadership Continuity and Financial Prudence

(IN SHORT) During the 2024 Annual General Meeting of SAS AB (PUBL) held on March 18, several resolutions were passed, ensuring continuity in leadership and financial responsibility. Carsten Dilling was re-elected as Chairman of the Board, alongside the re-election of key board members. The meeting approved the presented financial statements but decided against distributing dividends… Read the full press release

Hydrogen in Aviation Alliance Calls for UK Leadership in Sustainable Flight

The Hydrogen in Aviation alliance is calling for a comprehensive industrial strategy for aviation to ensure the UK is a global leader in the development of  hydrogen aviation The report sets out how to ensure the country has the right conditions for the technological development, regulation, infrastructure, financial framework and hydrogen supply that will be needed for hydrogen… Read the full press release

easyJet Commemorates Birmingham Icons: Unveiling Vibrant Airport Mural

Ozzy Osbourne, Benjamin Zephaniah and local heroes honoured in a new artwork celebrating the best of Birmingham and the West Midlands  Installation in Birmingham Airport celebrates easyJet and easyJet Holidays new base launch Local street artist Gent 48 unveils vibrant artwork capturing the culture, traditions and icons of Birmingham Ozzy Osbourne, Benjamin Zephaniah and an 11-year-old fundraising… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts Reaches 1,012 Open Hotels in Asia Pacific, Accelerating Growth Across the Region

“We’re investing in our brands, delivering great returns for our owners, and driving growth across the region” – Rajit Sukumaran, MD EAPAC (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts achieves a significant milestone with 1,012 open hotels in Asia Pacific, marking a remarkable expansion for the global hospitality company. Over the past year, IHG has welcomed… Read the full press release

Minor Hotels Achieves 20 Platinum Certifications in Sustainable Hospitality

(IN SHORT) Minor Hotels, a prominent global hotel owner and operator, attains a significant milestone with 20 of its properties earning the prestigious Green Growth 2050 Platinum Certification, showcasing the company’s steadfast dedication to sustainability and corporate responsibility. Anantara Chiang Mai Resort in Thailand marks the 20th property to achieve this accolade, joining others across… Read the full press release

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong Regains Eight Michelin Stars in Culinary Triumph

(IN SHORT) Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong celebrates its remarkable culinary success with the reinstatement of its prestigious eight Michelin stars status in the recent Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2024. Caprice shines brightly with three Michelin stars for the sixth consecutive year, while Lung King Heen and Noi elevate their status to two Michelin… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels’ Spring Promotion Offers Free Night for Eclipse Viewing

Stay twice to get a free night and witness this rare astronomical event with Choice Privileges’ spring promotion (IN SHORT) Choice Hotels International, Inc. announces its spring promotion, enticing travelers to witness the upcoming total solar eclipse on April 8 by offering a free night stay after two bookings with Choice Privileges. With over 400… Read the full press release

British Airways Unveils Heartwarming TV Ad Celebrating Life’s Journeys

British Airways is unveiling its latest TV advert, directed by Emmy award winner Miles Jay, and features music from Groove Armada’s front woman, Saint Saviour The new TV advert follows hot on the heels of British Airways’ Grand Prix at Cannes Lions for its “A British Original” campaign British Airways colleagues feature at the forefront of… Read the full press release

Belfast City Airport Earns Top Spot as UK’s Most Punctual Hub for 2023

(IN SHORT) Belfast City Airport proudly announces its recognition as the UK’s Most Punctual Airport for 2023, according to the latest data released by the Civil Aviation Authority. Analyzing both scheduled and chartered flights, the report reveals Belfast City Airport’s exceptional punctuality, surpassing 24 other UK airports surveyed. Mark Beattie, Chief Operating Officer, attributes this… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways’ Ramadan Gesture: Extra Baggage Allowance on Doha-Jeddah Flights

(IN SHORT) During the holy month of Ramadan, Qatar Airways announces a generous offer of an additional 15kg baggage allowance for passengers traveling between Doha and Jeddah, effective from March 15 to April 10, 2024. This initiative, embodying the spirit of Ramadan, aims to facilitate the journeys of pilgrims and visitors performing Umrah, allowing them… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Unveils Ambitious Plans for Innovative Growth, Including New First Class Cabin

A new era of innovative growth including exciting product reveals are in the pipeline In a major development, the GCEO said a new First Class cabin will be introduced by Qatar Airways His strategy for Qatar’s national carrier includes pioneering innovation in digital technologies, products, fleet growth and employee engagement as Qatar Airways continues its… Read the full press release

Munich Airport Emerges as Freight Transport Hub Amidst German Decline

Freight volume increases by 6.6% year on year Bavarian export industry makes use of flights Freight capacity will increase further this year (IN SHORT) Munich Airport achieved remarkable success in air freight transportation in 2023, standing out as the sole major German airport to experience growth amidst a national decline. With a 6.6% year-on-year increase,… Read the full press release

Ethiopian Airlines Receives Ethiopian Institutional Achievement Award for COVID-19 Response

(IN SHORT) Ethiopian Airlines Group has been awarded the esteemed ‘Ethiopian Institutional Achievement Award’ by the Federal Government of Ethiopia, recognizing its exceptional contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Acknowledged for maintaining vital air connectivity and facilitating global distribution of medical supplies and vaccines, the airline’s agility and resilience have been pivotal in earning this recognition…. Read the full press release

PATA Unveils Comprehensive Visitor Forecasts for Asia Pacific 2024-2026

(IN SHORT) The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) released its Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2024-2026 report, offering detailed insights into the projected growth and recovery of 39 destinations within the region. Highlighting recovery rates and trends, the report indicates a promising trajectory for international visitor arrivals (IVAs) in the Asia Pacific, with an expected increase… Read the full press release

Swissport Joins Airbus’ OpenCargoLab to Shape Future of Air Cargo Handling

(IN SHORT) Swissport International AG has become a participant in Airbus’ OpenCargoLab initiative, collaborating with industry leaders like KLM Cargo, Kuehne+Nagel, CHAMP Cargosystems, and Fraport to pioneer data-driven concepts for the future of air cargo handling. Led by Airbus, OpenCargoLab aims to harness digital innovation, including AI and sensor technologies, to enhance the efficiency of… Read the full press release

IATA and Smart Freight Centre Collaborate to Standardize Air Cargo Emissions Calculation

(IN SHORT) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Smart Freight Centre (SFC) have teamed up to enhance CO2 emissions calculations for air cargo shipments, marking a significant stride in global decarbonization efforts within the air transport sector. Through their partnership, the organizations will focus on refining the cargo component of IATA’s CO2 Connect… Read the full press release

IATA and Pharma.Aero Collaborate to Elevate CEIV Pharma Certification Standards

(IN SHORT) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Pharma.Aero have partnered to enhance IATA’s Certification for the Excellence in Pharmaceutical Handling (CEIV Pharma) program, a globally recognized mark of quality in pharmaceutical product handling. Through a two-year study involving stakeholders from certified entities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and air logistics professionals, opportunities for program improvement were… Read the full press release

IATA Launches Digitalization Leadership Charter to Drive Air Cargo Industry Innovation

(IN SHORT) The International Air Transport Association (IATA) introduces the Digitalization Leadership Charter during the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Hong Kong, with leading air cargo entities including Cathay Cargo, CHAMP Cargosystems, and Lufthansa Cargo as inaugural signatories. Aimed at accelerating the industry’s digital transformation, the charter outlines five guiding principles developed in consultation with… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways and Aer Lingus Launch Codeshare Partnership, Expanding Connectivity Across UK and Ireland

Starting 13 March 2024, the codeshare gives customers greater access to more destinations across the UK and Ireland The move further strengthens Qatar Airways’ ongoing partnership expansion with Aer Lingus’ parent company International Airlines Group (IAG) (IN SHORT) Qatar Airways and Aer Lingus are set to commence a new codeshare partnership on March 13, 2024,… Read the full press release

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Achieve IEnvA Sustainability Certification, Strengthening Hub’s Global Position

Further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as the world’s leading air cargo hub (IN SHORT) Cathay Cargo Terminal and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) have become the first cargo handling companies in Asia to achieve the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) certification. IEnvA assesses aviation stakeholders’ commitment to improving environmental and… Read the full press release

Accor Announces Share Repurchase Agreement with Jinjiang International

(IN SHORT) Accor has finalized a share purchase agreement to repurchase 7 million of its own shares from Jinjiang International, representing 2.77% of its capital, at a price per share of €39.22. This transaction, totaling €275 million, is part of Accor’s €400 million share buyback program for 2024. Following the repurchase, Jinjiang International’s stake in… Read the full press release

JW Marriott Crete Resort & Spa: A New Landmark in Greek Luxury Hospitality

JW Marriott Crete Resort & Spa will introduce the brand’s mindful ethos and serene spaces to the sought-after island destination (IN SHORT) Marriott International, Inc. has partnered with Vasilakis SA to introduce the JW Marriott brand to Greece with the upcoming JW Marriott Crete Resort & Spa, set to open in 2025. Spanning 100 acres… Read the full press release

Atwell Suites Opens First Texas Property in Austin, Bringing Unique All-Suite Accommodations to the Area

(IN SHORT) Atwell Suites, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, has announced the opening of its first Texas property in Austin, marking the brand’s third U.S. location. The 80-room Atwell Suites Austin Airport, the brand’s first conversion property, offers a new kind of all-suite accommodation designed for longer stays blending business and leisure seamlessly. Featuring… Read the full press release

Qantas Launches $2 Million Grants Program for Australian Regional Community Groups

(IN SHORT) Australia’s national carrier, Qantas, has announced the commencement of its Qantas Regional Grants program, inviting regional community groups across the country to apply for a share of its multi-million dollar grants program. With $2 million allocated for this year and a total of $10 million set aside over five years, the program aims… Read the full press release

Heathrow’s ‘Fly Up’ Breakfast Raises Awareness of Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Heathrow partners with Heston Blumenthal’s Perfectionists’ Cafe to create a special new full English Biofuel breakfast launched to increase understanding of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) SAF is single biggest driver to help Heathrow reach Net Zero by 2050 Only 14 per cent of travellers have heard of SAF Heathrow calls on government to mandate SAF… Read the full press release

AOA Unveils Exciting Agenda for Aerospace and Air Traffic Conference

(IN SHORT) The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has revealed the agenda for its upcoming Aerospace and Air Traffic Conference, scheduled for April 25, 2024, at the Renaissance Hotel London Heathrow. Sponsored by Egis, the conference promises a comprehensive exploration of crucial topics in airspace and air traffic management, featuring speakers from the Department for Transport,… Read the full press release

IHG Hotels & Resorts Partners with EnviroSpark to Expand Electric Vehicle Charging Across North Americah

Agreement supports IHG’s commitment to accelerate EV charger installation across its portfolio (IN SHORT) IHG Hotels & Resorts has announced a collaboration with EnviroSpark to provide electric vehicle chargers (EVCs) at all IHG-branded hotels in the United States and Canada. This initiative aims to meet the rising demand for EV charging infrastructure and support environmentally… Read the full press release

dnata Achieves IATA CEIV Accreditation for Lithium Battery Handling Across 11 Global Stations

(IN SHORT) dnata, a prominent global air and travel services provider, has obtained the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) accreditation for the safe handling of lithium batteries. After initiating the process in April 2023, dnata has swiftly become the first ground services provider to certify 11 of its… Read the full press release

Avani Hotels & Resorts Set to Make a Splash in The Netherlands with Avani Museum Quarter Amsterdam Opening

Avani Museum Quarter Amsterdam to Open in Q2 2024 (IN SHORT) Minor Hotels announces the debut of Avani Hotels & Resorts in the Netherlands with the opening of Avani Museum Quarter Amsterdam in the second quarter of 2024. Located in Amsterdam’s cultural hub near renowned landmarks, the rebranded 163-key hotel will offer a contemporary canal-side… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines and KDDI SmartDrone Collaborate for Post-Earthquake Damage Assessment in Noto Peninsula

(IN SHORT) Japan Airlines (JAL) and KDDI SmartDrone partnered to support post-earthquake damage assessment in the Noto Peninsula, affected by a January 2024 earthquake. Through aerial drone photography, they surveyed potential construction sites for temporary housing in Suzu City and conducted emergency bridge inspections in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The use of drones facilitated rapid… Read the full press release