Visit Austin and KLM go Dutch on air route expansion

A new non-stop service, three days a week, between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), has been announced.

New report claims European business travellers spend €504 a week

European business travellers make a significant contribution to the local economies they visit, a figure put at an average of €504 per week, according to a report by Homelike, a tech start-up specialising in accommodation booking.

Thomas Cook ceases trading with 22,000 jobs set to go

Iconic British travel operator and airline Thomas Cook Group has entered compulsory liquidation after talks with a potential buyer collapsed.

UK to review plans for HS2 rail project

The UK government is to launch a review of HS2, with a decision on whether the project will go ahead or not due by the end of 2019, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed. Phase 1 of the high-speed railway network between London and Birmingham is due to open at the end of 2026, with Phase 2, connecting to Leeds and Manchester, scheduled for completion by 2032-33. Initially it was claimed t...

RIOgaleão operational changes due to Santos Dumont runway closure 

Rio de Janeiro International Airport (GIG) in Brazil has announced that due to the flight transfers that will occur during the closure of Rio’s second airport, Santos Dumont’s main runway, all passenger pick-ups and drop-offs must be made at Terminal 1 from 05:00 to 23:00. RIOgaleão is offering free electric carts in the internal connector and shuttle-bus transfers between terminals until 21 Septe...

TCEB ‘Redefines’ its Exclusive MICE Lane Service for arrivals

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is promoting its Exclusive MICE Lane Service at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

World’s busiest day for flying?

More than 17m passengers set to fly on 9 August as the peak summer travel season for many parts of the world gets underway.

Riskline launches Female Traveller Safety Reports

Riskline has launched a new series of Female Traveller Safety Reports, which provide detailed, country-specific information for female business travellers.

Online travel booking tools not efficient enough, says report

While 92% of travel managers say they have already adopted online booking tools, there is a growing need among businesses to create a more efficient and streamlined booking process. According to “Booking Tools and Technologies: One Size Does Not Fit All”, a new global survey of corporate travel buyers from the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), underwritten by American Express Glob...

Korean Air hosts 75th IATA AGM and celebrates two anniversaries

COEX Convention Center in Seoul hosted the 75th IATA (International Air Transport Association) AGM (1-3 June), together with the World Air Transport Summit. Korean Air Chairman and CEO Walter Cho was elected as President of IATA at the AGM, which saw approximately 1,000 delegates attend. “I hope that the 75th AGM will serve as a productive forum in which we’ll be able to bring to light where the g...

Three hotel companies exceed the 500,000-room barrier in North America

Three hotel company portfolios now exceed 500,000 rooms in North America, according to census data from STR, provider of research for the global hospitality sector. Marriott International (886,308 hotel rooms), Hilton (703,238) and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (546,716) reported the largest room counts between the US, Canada and Mexico as of 28 May 2019. Using those same three countries and cut-of...

Heathrow releases imagery of planned third runway and consultation dates

Heathrow airport has released CGI imagery of what its planned expansion and third runway could look like. It has also released the date of its Airport Expansion Consultation, which will collect views and opinions from locals and the general public. These views, the airport says, will be used to guide the development of the expansion plan in the coming years. Key issues which the consultation asked...