UK flies holiday-makers home

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 18 October 2017: UK authorities on Monday said they had completed a programme to fly back to Britain tens of thousands of passengers stranded following the collapse of Monarch Airlines a fortnight ago.

“This has been a phenomenal challenge and one that has required the cooperation and support of many businesses, government departments and individuals,” Andrew Haines, chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority regulator, said in a statement.

The CAA said it had flown back to Britain a total of 83,875 passengers. Read more

Buyers will strip Alitalia assets

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

ROME, 18 October 2017: British budget airline easyJet and German carrier Lufthansa both said Monday they have submitted offers for parts of Italy’s ailing Alitalia.

The stricken carrier said that it had received seven binding offers in all, without providing details.

The easyJet and Lufthansa proposals will spark disappointment in Italy, which wants to sell Alitalia in one package to avoid mass job losses. Read more

Bribery probes at Airbus unfold

October 17, 2017 by  
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FRANKFURT, 17 October 2017: Airbus CEO, Tom Enders, told a German newspaper he was prepared to step down if he was “no longer part of the solution”, as the aircraft manufacturer fights off a widening corruption scandal.

“I’m not glued to my job,” Enders told the Handelsblatt financial daily in an interview to be published Monday, but insisted he currently saw no reason to step down.

The comments come as the embattled company faces bribery and graft probes in several European countries. Read more

Roiback wins World Travel Award

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, 17 October 2017: For the second year running, Roiback, a specialist in powering direct sales for hotels, won Europe’s ‘Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider ‘award at the 2017 World Travel Awards, considered the travel industry’s most prestigious awards programme.

World Travel Awards celebrated its 24th anniversary in Saint Petersburg 30 September.

Votes are made by professionals working within travel and tourism, worldwide. The vote system is also open to the public through its website but free of commercial considerations that blight many media drive award schemes. Read more

Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit. Read more

Virgin jumps in Hyperloop

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced last week it is investing in Hyperloop One in a strategic partnership aimed at establishing new passenger and cargo transport services for the superfast rail concept.

As part of the deal, Branson will join the board of the California startup, which will be renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months, according to a joint statement.

No financial details were immediately available. Read more

First flight to St Helena

October 16, 2017 by  
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JAMESTOWN, UK, 16 October 2017: The first scheduled commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet, which came from Johannesburg.

On the tarmac, some 60 incoming passengers were welcomed by the island’s smiling governor, Lisa Phillips. Read more

Bumper Summer for Helsinki events

October 12, 2017 by  
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HELSINKI, 12 October 2017: Helsinki enjoyed another busy summer hosting congresses with delegate attendance reaching 38,000 between May and September.

The events generated around EUR 50 million in tourism income for Finland’s capital city.

According to the Union of International Associations (UIA) in its June report, Helsinki became the most popular city for international association meetings in the Nordic region last year and the 15th most popular congress city in the world. Read more

NGOs slam biofuels for airlines

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BERLIN, 12 October Nearly 100 environmental and poverty fighting groups jointly released a letter Tuesday slamming a UN proposal that backs large-scale use of biofuels in commercial planes.

Extensive burning of biofuels would vastly expand the production of palm oil, which critics say drives deforestation, higher CO2 emissions and conflicts with indigenous peoples displaced from their land.

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) “vision” plan calls for 128 million tons of biofuels to be used in jet engines annually by 2040, going up to 285 million tons — half of all aviation fuel — by 2050. Read more

Air Berlin flying era ends October

October 11, 2017 by  
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FRANKFURT, 11 October 2017: Bankrupt German airline Air Berlin must ground all flights by the end of October, the firm said Monday, as talks continue with prospective buyers Lufthansa and Easyjet.

Flights “will as far as we know no longer be possible after 28 October at the latest” because of insolvency rules, chief executive Thomas Winkelmann wrote in a letter to employees.

Air Berlin triggered bankruptcy proceedings in August after losing a cash lifeline from its biggest shareholder Etihad Airways. Read more

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