Lufthansa Airlines and Germanwings' passenger traffic declined 0.7 percent year over year in September,
according to a monthly traffic report released Friday. That contrasts with a 5.2 percent year-over-year increase for January through August. The monthly data captures not forward bookings but flown traffic by revenue seat kilometers. Lufthansa did not attribute the September decline to the surcharge on global distribution system bookings that went into effect Sept. 1 but rather to strikes at the beginning of the month and to strikes at both its Lufthansa Passenger Airlines Group and its competitors in September 2014. Leaked GDS data
and travel agency comments
pointed to GDS bookings shifting away from Lufthansa during September 2015, but the airline in late September claimed "no significant change of the overall booking situation." Traffic on other Lufthansa Group airlines—Swiss and Austrian—rose 1.4 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively, during September.
Nearly half of U.S. business travelers use extended-stay accommodations when traveling abroad,
and usage is especially prevalent among 18- to 34-year-olds, according to a survey from the Global Business Travel Association and serviced apartment purveyor WWStay. For international trips of five or more days, travelers reported 94 percent satisfaction with extended-stay hotels, 87 percent with serviced apartments and 74 percent with rentals. Airbnb recently inked
its first agreement with a serviced apartment company.
Wyndham Hotel Group has signed 10 hotel deals in India,
the company announced Tuesday. The hotels include a Howard Johnson conversion, a Ramada Plaza conversion and Ramada and Days Inn hotels. Wyndham operates 25 hotels on the Indian subcontinent and has 28 more, including the 10 just signed, in the pipeline.
The Lufthansa Group is in “advanced talks" with technology providers to "implement direct connect solutions,"
Lufthansa German Airlines chief commercial officer Jens Bischof said during an Association of Corporate Travel Executives webinar on Tuesday. Bischof did not disclose those technology partners, but Lufthansa Group airlines are among the customers of Farelogix, a distribution and merchandizing technology provider. Lufthansa Group has "invested a lot recently in allowing direct connect solutions," said Bischof, who later added: "We're also in talks with TMCs and have invited them to work together with us on these solutions, and I'm quite confident that we'll be able to achieve significant progress over the next couple of weeks and month.”
Travelport acquired TraviAustria,
a partner that provided sales, support and marketing for the global distribution system operator in Austria and that operated Central European Touristic Solutions, a tour operator booking system.