Lufthansa sweetens Air Berlin bid

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 4 December 2017: German aviation giant Lufthansa has offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of bankrupt Air Berlin, the Brussels authority told AFP.

“We have received remedies” from Lufthansa concerning the case, a spokesman said.

As Europe’s highest competition authority, the Commission is examining the impact the German group’s plans would have on the continent’s aviation market. Read more

American Airlines short of pilots

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 1 December 2017: American Airlines was scrambling Wednesday to avoid thousands of cancelations over the busy holiday travel period after a scheduling glitch left many flights without pilots, the company said.

Some 15,000 flights scheduled between 17 to 31 December 17 are without pilots after a scheduling system hiccup allowed too many pilots to take time off, the American Pilots Association said, according to news reports.

The airline said it will offer pilots 150% of their hourly rate to cover affected flights and can also call on reserve pilots to prevent cancelations. Read more

Loyalty programme winners and losers

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, trends

LOS ANGELES, 30 November 2017:  Three Asian airlines made it to the top-10 list for the sheer financial weight of their loyalty programmes, when compared with 170 airlines worldwide.

Japan Airlines in 8th place, Korean Airlines in 9th and ANA in 10th were the highest placed Asian airlines on a top-10 list led by four major airlines in the US; Delta Air Lines. American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

In the middle of the table were three powerful airline groups that have single loyalty programmes, but for multiple airlines. They were led by the Air France-KLM group with its Flying Blue programme, followed by Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More and IAG (British Airways with its Avios loyalty programme. Read more

Giant tortoise welcomes tourists

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, 27 November 2017: He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see — Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world’s oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.

Aged at least 185 — though no one knows for certain — Jonathan should prepare himself for an influx of visitors now that an airport has opened on the small island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

The island’s most famous resident, Jonathan slowly roams the lush gardens of the governor’s house, eating carrots, lettuce, cucumber, apples and pears prepared in the governor’s kitchen. Read more

Airlines settle Twin Tower claim

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 24 November 2017: American Airlines and United Airlines have agreed to a USD95.1 million settlement with the developer of the World Trade Center over the September 11, 2001 attacks, ending 13 years of litigation.

Insurers will cover the payout to World Trade Center Properties, owned by developer Larry Silverstein, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

Six weeks before the attacks Silverstein signed a 99-year lease for the site, which is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Read more

Paris axes Big Wheel

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 24 November 2017: Paris councillors on Wednesday voted to axe the city’s prominent riverside Ferris wheel, the French capital’s version of the London Eye.

Run by “fairground king” Marcel Campion who has also seen his Christmas market on the Champs-Elysees scrapped because authorities deemed it too tacky, the attraction will be closed from July 2018.

City councillors voted almost unanimously against granting him a fresh licence for the “Grande Roue”, which has sat intermittently on the Place de la Concorde near the Louvre museum since 1993. Read more

Steady results for Asia Pacific hotels

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

LONDON, 23 November 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported positive results for occupancy, average daily rate and PevPAR during October, according to data from STR.

Asia-Pacific’s hotel trends saw occupancy increase by 0.7% to 71.7%, average daily rate improved 2.3% to USD104.15 and revenue per available room (RevPAR) improved 2.9% to USD74.68

Spotlighting Hong Kong’s performance, STR reported hotel occupancy during October improved 1.3% to 91.8%, ADR increased 2.6% to HKD1,395.12 and RevPAR  improved 3.9% to HKD1,281.33. Read more

Tourism lifeline for St Helena

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 23 November 2017:Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St. Helena, which lies isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time.

The aviation breakthrough promises to lift the British-run territory from obscurity and bring it within reach of international tourists.

The arrival of the first commercial flight was also a relief for islanders frustrated by a delay to the opening because of high winds. Read more

Easyjet’s annual profits slump

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 23 November 2017: EasyJet’s annual net profit slumped by almost one third on strong competition and a Brexit-fuelled slump in the pound, the British no-frills airline revealed on Tuesday.

Profit after tax slumped 30% to UKP305 million (USD404 million, 344 million euros) in the 12 months to 30 September, compared with a year earlier, EasyJet said in an earnings statement.

Heavy falls in the value of the pound made dollar-priced jet fuel more expensive. At the same time however, a relatively low oil-price environment resulted in airlines cutting ticket prices, ramping up competition across the industry. Read more

Cyprus tourism saves economy

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

NICOSIA, 22 November 2017: Cyprus has smashed its record for annual tourist arrivals with two months to spare, with the total reaching 3.4 million at the end of October, official figures showed at the weekend.

The eastern Mediterranean island has benefited from its reputation as a regional safe haven as unrest has hit the tourism sectors of its traditional competitors Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

Arrivals in the first 10 months already comfortably exceeded the record 3.18 million registered in the whole of 2016. Read more

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