Etihad Airways named Adam Phillips vice president of commercial strategy and planning,
responsible for "sales and distribution strategies across the global commercial division" and increasing ancillary revenue. Phillips had been vice president of Asia/Pacific North and the Indian subcontinent for the fast-growing national airline of the United Arab Emirates, a position filled by Craig Thomas. Alan Glover shifts from his previous role of manager of corporate sales in Dublin to replace Thomas as manager of sales in Australia.
Radius Travel named partners in Nigeria and Angola.
Founded in 1985, Crested Crane Tours & Travels Nigeria Limited has offices in Lagos and Abuja. Meanwhile, Eurostral is located in Luanda, Angola, and plans to add more locations in the country during 2014, according to Radius. "We are seeing increased business travel to and from Africa, particularly to support the construction and mining industries, and so we are actively recruiting the strongest agencies in several key countries," according to a statement from Radius senior vice president of global sales and service Kieran Hartwell. The Radius network also includes travel agencies in Egypt, Kenya, South Africa and South Sudan.
BCD Travel's Advito now expects 2014 European business airfares to remain flat,
revising down its previous forecast, issued in September
, of a 1 percent year-over-year increase. The consultancy noted
"weaker than anticipated business travel demand growth in Europe."
Meanwhile, noting "low-cost carrier expansion," Advito also lowered
Asian airfare expectations, including a 1 percent increase for intercontinental
economy fares (down from a previously projected 3 percent increase), a 4
percent drop in regional business fares (deeper than the original 2 percent
decline forecast) and a 2 percent reduction in regional economy fares (down
from a forecast calling for no change). In the Middle East, owing to capacity
growth, Advito reduced intercontinental business and economy fare forecasts to
4 percent reductions from the 2 percent declines it first projected. Other
revisions include small increases in Latin American fare projections, now at 5
percent growth for regional economy fares and 4 percent for intercontinental
Zurich had the most expensive hotel rates in Europe for the three months ending Sept. 30,
based on average rates booked by customers of hotel portal HRS. The average room there cost £128.19 per night, 2.9 percent lower than the same quarter in 2012. Next most expensive was London, up 4.1 percent to £124.76. The biggest rate rise was in Copenhagen, up 9.3 percent to £116.41, while the biggest decline was Vienna, down 6.3 percent to £74.53. Despite climbing 3 percent, Prague had the lowest average rate on the list at £58.35.
Hogg Robinson Group during the six months to September 30 processed 6 percent more transactions than in the year-earlier period
while client spending increased 4 percent. That points to a reduced average transaction price, resulting in part from growth in lower-priced U.K. domestic bookings, including a significant rise in rail bookings. The largest regional improvement was in North America, where both transactions and client spending jumped 13 percent. In Europe, overall transaction volume rose 2 percent and client spending increased 6 percent, though specific market performance was mixed, including improvement in the United Kingdom, Finland and Denmark, but weaker numbers for Germany and Sweden. In Asia, transactions increased 1 percent while client spending retreated 3 percent. In spite of overall increased client activity, a continuing shift to online booking slightly pushed down HRG's six-month revenue to £168.4 million (US$271.7 million) from £168.9 million (US$272.5 million). Underlying profit remained unchanged at £22.7 million (US$36.6 million).
Miami International Airport installed 36 kiosks to expedite border entry for U.S. and Canadian citizens,
similar to technology recently launched at New York John F. Kennedy and Chicago O'Hare airports. "The kiosks scan the passenger’s passport, collect flight information and declaration data, take a photo and give the passenger a receipt," which is then presented to a Customs and Border Patrol agent upon exit, according to SITA, Miami's kiosk technology provider. SITA noted that the kiosks, located in Miami's North Terminal, could process passengers "in less than two minutes." The airport plans "to deploy additional kiosks in 2014."
Corporate travel network Travel Solutions International added partner agencies in Greece, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico and Spain
and now claims a presence in 34 countries. "We have seen considerable growth in corporate travel within each of these markets," according to a company statement. The new partners are Lionel India, IAG7 Viajes in Spain, Mexico's Travel for Winners, Synthesis Group of Greece, Tradewinds Travel in Malaysia and Kuwait's Horizon Travel. TSI noted that it selects just one "independent TMC" partner per market and aims for those partners to communicate effectively, offer premium services and provide "consolidated data to clients." The network launched in 2008 and now claims combined agency sales of more than $3 billion.
EasyJet posted a £478 million pre-tax profit for its fiscal year ending Sept. 30, up nearly 11 percent from the prior-year period.
Unit revenues rose 7
percent year over year, "driven by a benign capacity environment and
positive management action," which included the launch of allocated seating
, according to a company statement. CEO Carolyn McCall during a presentation
for investors said about a quarter of passengers have paid for allocated
seating. Meanwhile, EasyJet said it further strengthened its position among
business travelers, which represented 11 million passengers during the fiscal
year, or 19 percent of the airline's total. It also claimed to increase its "share of the business travel market by 4 percent"
in what McCall described as an overall flat market. EasyJet has made a concerted effort to attract
business travelers through new global distribution system agreements, agency
partnerships and corporate deals.