Manchester Airport has launched its first multi-channel, multi-audience marketing campaign to showcase the breadth of destinations it offers to the USA. The #USADirect campaign will see the airport reach out to all areas of its catchment area that spans as far north as the Scottish Borders, south to the Midlands, east to Yorkshire, and west to Merseyside and North Wales.
Etihad Airways is introducing a third daily flight on the Abu Dhabi-Riyadh route, effective from the start of February. The extra services underscore the airline’s commitment to offer guests greater choice and more travel options between the capital cities of the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ryanair has announced new destinations from London Stansted airport, as well as increased frequencies on existing services. In additions Ryanair will add extra flights to 13 existing routes to Bergerac, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Carcasonne, Dinard, La Rochelle, Lamezia, Limoges, Lourdes, Marseille, Perpignan, Porto and Toulouse.
Qatar Airways has announced it will commence four times weekly, non-stop service to Las Vegas, Nevada, starting January next year. The new route will be the airline’s eleventh to the United States, connecting McCarran International Airport to Hamad International Airport in Doha, making Qatar Airways the first Gulf carrier to provide regular scheduled service to Las Vegas.
For the third consecutive year, Las Vegas continued historic visitation growth, setting a new all-time record. The city welcomed 42.9 million visitors in 2016, surpassing 2015’s record-setting 42.3 million.
The opening of international flights to Gan airport, adjacent to Addu township in the south of the Maldives, has opened a new era for the region - providing an alternative transportation offering that can save travellers valuable vacation time. In December, SriLankan Airlines started flying from Colombo to the upgraded Gan airport, formerly a UK Royal Air Force refilling base until 1976 when it became a domestic airport.
Cornwall Airport Newquay has announced another development within its route network just one week into 2017, confirming that Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, will launch a new connection to Cork. Set to commence on May 6th, the twice-weekly seasonal service will utilise the carrier’s 72-seat ATR-72, adding 35 flights to CAN’s summer schedule.
Voyageurs du Monde has made a significant strategic investment in acquiring a 60 per cent stake in Original Travel, one of the UK’s fastest growing bespoke travel companies. The acquisition follows a 12-month review of the UK market by Voyageurs du Monde, as it sought an investment opportunity to further expand its international operations into key English-speaking markets.
As a marker of its continued growth and standing within the UK travel industry, the Latin American Travel Association has appointed a chief executive in a newly created role. Tony Mason has been appointed to the role, effective January 2017, and will support the chair, Byron Shirto and the executive committee in the governance of the association.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that visitors to Chicago in 2016 reached 54.1 million – a new record and 2.9 percent increase over the previous year’s record performance. The increase of 1.5 million visitors moves the city closer to reaching the mayor’s goal of 55 million visitors.
As from March 26th, Air France customers will be able to fly off to Marrakech, Morocco, and Porto in Portugal on board three new weekly flights. The French flag-carrier will operated the departures from Paris-Charles de Gaulle by Airbus A320.
Cultural cruise line Voyages to Antiquity will offer an exciting new 2017-18 winter season featuring the Caribbean and Cuba. Cruises in the region will begin in November 2017. It will be the first time that Voyages to Antiquity has offered cruises to this area.