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Ryanair blames stiff competition for 4th quarter loss

Budget airline Ryanair has posted a net loss of €19.6m for the last three months of 2018. The airline had cut fares in the face of what it called “excess winter capacity in Europe”. Ryanair carried more passengers and raked in more revenues compared to the same period in 2017 – there were 32.7m passengers compared with 30.4m for the same period a year earlier, as revenue rose 9% to €1.53bn. ...

Air Monitor predicts stable air fares for 2019

Competition from low-cost carriers on long-haul routes are helping to hold down rates, according to American Express Global Business Travel’s newly released Air Monitor 2019. However, the report finds there are exceptions, including growing demand on North American routes. In contrast, fares to Middle East destinations are forecast to fall from all regions, in both business and economy classes. Ov...

Asian passport power jumps to the head of the queue in 2019 

Japan entered the New Year retaining its top spot on the Henley Passport Index, due to its citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. Asian passport power is well illustrated in 2019 with Singapore and South Korea now in joint second place, with access to 189 destinations. Germany and France follow on in the new rankings, with a visa-free score of 188. The US and the U...

Queues mount at US airports as government shutdown affects air travellers

The partial US government shutdown is beginning to affect air travel, American news outlets have widely reported. Travellers have been experiencing even longer queues than normal at some US airports, seemingly caused by a shortage of security officials many of whom are staying away due to not getting paid. Aviation safety inspectors have also been reportedly staying away from their jobs. A Federal...

In pictures: IBTM World 2018

IBTM World wrapped up in Gran Via, Barcelona, at the end of 2018. The show saw more meetings than ever and destinations and venues brought colour and interaction to the show floor. A selection photographs from the event can be found below:

Milwaukee desire for streetcar to connect Wisconsin Center

Milwaukee’s city authorities are intending to extend The Hop streetcar service to the Wisconsin Center convention hall, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The plan is for the streetcar route to extend to link to the Wisconsin Center District and to Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. City officials have reportedly asked the Bucks to pay for the portion of the ex...

Scientists grounded for conference following US government shutdown

The partial shutdown of the US government has continued to affect airport services, which is now having a knock-on impact on conferences and events across the country. The 233rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society was supposed to play host to a Boeing 747 outfitted with a massive telescope – the world’s largest airborne observatory. But the plane was not able to make the journey following...

More European corporate travel buyers looking at lower budgets

Although nearly a third of European corporate travel buyers expect to have bigger corporate travel budgets in 2019, according to research by the UK Business Travel Show, the figure is down from 40% recorded last year. The poll of 134 European buyers found the number of budgets on the downturn was up from 13% last year to 15% for 2019. There is also a rise in buyers with less to spend on air travel...

Luxembourg becomes first nation to make all public transport free

Luxembourg has become the first nation which will make all public transportation free, after a new environmental initiative was announced by prime minister Xavier Bettel. Luxembourg City, the capital, suffers from extremely bad traffic congestion, as a large number of commuters enter the city – which has a tiny population of 110,000 – from outside via car. Many come from neighbouring countri...

Airbnb’s business travel trends for 2019

Airbnb has released a new report detailing business travel trends which have been on the rise in 2018, and are set to continue in 2019. One notable change that occurred in 2018 was the rise in travel to destinations in Latin America and Africa. While hubs such as London, Paris and New York remain prominent, a number of cities such as Mar Del Plata in Argentina, Guaruja in Brazil and Aguascalientes...

Philadelphia hosts largest gathering of Irish travel professionals

Philadelphia was the first ever US host city for the 2018 Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) Annual Conference. Traditionally the conference has been held exclusively in Europe, but increased airlift from Europe to Philadelphia International Airport and the targeted international strategy of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (PHLCVB) Global Tourism team, helped the city get sel...

Airbnb a hotel help rather than a hindrance?

Helder Pereira, CEO of the UK’s leading independent hotel management company, RBH doubts whether Airbnb really is a threat to hotels.   Airbnb has grown substantially in recent years and now commands an estimated 22% of the market – making it larger than any individual global hotel group, and begging the question: what exactly is the impact of Airbnb on the hotel industry? Airbnb is both disr...