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June 29, 2015 - 11:45 AM ET

Travelport announced U.S. subscribers "can now search, sell and book air content for travel to and from Cuba for authorized travelers," following the relaxing of U.S. government travel restrictions. Travelport global distribution system subscribers will have to sign a contract amendment to access the air content, according to Travelport.

June 25, 2015 - 12:25 PM ET

Both Air Canada and WestJet will add low-cost service to London’s Gatwick Airport. In summer 2016, Air Canada will begin seasonal service between Toronto and Gatwick on its low-cost Rouge subsidiary, the carrier announced Thursday. WestJet previously announced Gatwick as its first transatlantic destination; flights on its wide-body Boeing 767-300 aircraft will begin from an undetermined origination in spring 2016. Air Canada also announced it will add year-round mainline service between Montreal and Lyon, France, next summer.

June 24, 2015 - 10:55 AM ET

The U.S. State Department hopes to resume visa issuances “sometime this week.” Technical problems have left it unable to process the biometric data needed to issue visas for two weeks, according to a statement. As of noon Monday, the department had reconnected posts representing half the global nonimmigrant visa volume. It is “working on this 24/7 to restore the systems to full functionality,” according to the statement. The department handles 50,000 visa applications each day and is prioritizing “urgent medical and other humanitarian cases” as it works though the backlog. Domestic and overseas passport operations are functioning, albeit with some processing delays, according to the department. American Airlines this week said it would waive change fees for customers traveling through July 5 to destinations that require U.S. visas. United Airlines and Delta Air Lines have not announced similar policies.

June 22, 2015 - 01:45 PM ET

Longtime HRG vet Stewart Harvey will join BCD Travel as president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, the travel management company announced. "Harvey will join BCD after he has fulfilled his contractual obligation to HRG," according to BCD, which declined to elaborate. He departed HRG at the end of February, taking "garden leave," a U.K phrase describing executives required to stay away from work after they resign, especially if moving to a competitor. He will report to BCD Travel CEO John Snyder, who noted in a statement that Harvey had worked with many BCD senior executives as part of the WorldTravel BTI joint venture between BCD and HRG. Harvey replaces Ilona De March, who "decided earlier this month to leave BCD after 13 years," according to the company.

June 22, 2015 - 12:35 PM ET

The Global Business Travel Association Foundation has downgraded its business travel spending forecast for Brazil. After reaching U.S. $32 billion in 2014, business travel spending there will grow only 1.8 percent this year, down from the prior GBTA projection of 4.1 percent. The revised forecast cited a lack of infrastructure improvements, a struggling domestic economy and a troubled regional economy. GBTA Brazil regional director Wellington Costa pegged the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as an economic and infrastructure boost that will improve business travel spending in 2016.

June 12, 2015 - 01:20 PM ET

The Global Business Travel Association has announced its opposition to Lufthansa Group’s plans to surcharge tickets purchased through global distribution system channels beginning Sept. 1. According to a release, GBTA views the move as a direct price increase to managed travel programs with no corresponding benefit; as additional fragmentation of existing distribution processes and unnecessarily disruptive; and as a blow to price transparency, especially if other airlines follow suit. The association called on Lufthansa to reconsider its Sept.1 deadline and “find a constructive path forward.”

June 11, 2015 - 10:35 AM ET

Carlson Wagonlit Travel acquired French corporate meetings and events agency Ormès for an undisclosed sum. "The acquisition strengthens CWT’s offer to clients by combining CWT’s large international meetings and events network with a strong local footprint," according to CWT.

June 10, 2015 - 01:35 PM ET

American Airlines and Qantas Airways will add service between the United States and Australia. AA will begin daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Sydney on Dec. 17, and Qantas will launch service between Sydney and San Francisco on Dec. 20, first on peak days and increasing to six times per week in January 2016. The carriers are joint business partners and Oneworld alliance members.

June 08, 2015 - 01:05 PM ET

Global airline passenger miles in 2015 will increase 7 percent year over year, the largest increase in five years, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' annual airline industry report, released Monday. The firm attributed the increase to “steady economic growth, higher disposable incomes in emerging markets and increased air travel in developing economies.” PwC also noted that capacity is growing at an even faster pace due to lower fuel costs, so global load factors will decrease slightly this year and passenger yield will decline 2.5 percent.

June 01, 2015 - 12:40 PM ET

International Travel Partnership named Richard Lovelock director of business travel management, a new post. Lovelock will develop sales and run account management for the global travel management company alliance, which seeks to "challenge global TMCs" in providing multinational agency services.