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October 09, 2015 - 01:15 PM ET

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.

October 09, 2015 - 12:00 PM ET

The largest U.S. airlines had an on-time arrival rate of 80.3 percent in August, an improvement from 77.7 percent in August 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported. Carriers canceled 1 percent of scheduled domestic flights and reported only two tarmac delays greater than three hours on domestic flights. Delta Air Lines (85.5 percent) and Alaska Airlines (82.9 percent) had the highest percentages of on-time arrivals, as well as the lowest rates of canceled flights. Spirit Airlines (63.7 percent) and JetBlue Airways (74 percent) had the lowest on-time arrival performances.

October 08, 2015 - 02:35 PM ET

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.

October 08, 2015 - 02:20 PM ET

The International Association of Conference Centres announced the election of Alex Cabañas as global president, effective immediately. Cabañas, CEO of Benchmark Hospitality International, will serve a two-year term as head of the association, which has over 350 conference and meeting venue members in 22 countries.

October 07, 2015 - 01:40 PM ET

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has signed its first four Radisson Red hotels in the Americas, in Bogota, Colombia; Cali, Colombia; Campinas, Brazil; and Minneapolis. The hotels in Bogota and Cali are expected to open during the first quarter of 2016. Carlson Rezidor also is developing hotels in Brussels, Capetown, Glasgow and the Hunnan district in Shenyang, China. It intends to open 60 Radisson Red hotels worldwide by 2020.

October 07, 2015 - 11:25 AM ET

South African car rental supplier First Car Rental has signed a multiyear, full-content global distribution agreement with Sabre, the company announced Wednesday. Content from First Car Rental’s 50 car rental branches in South Africa, including a presence at all major South African airports and business destinations—as well as operations in Malta, Mauritius, Tanzania and Turkey—now is available to the more than 425,000 agents using the Sabre platform. First Car Rental announced a full-content agreement with Travelport last month.

October 06, 2015 - 05:25 PM ET

Marcou Transportation Group, owner of the BostonCoach and Dav El brands, has acquired San Diego-based Torrey Pines Transportation. Scott Solombrino, president and CEO of Dav El and BostonCoach, said “more acquisitions are to come as we … consolidate the highly fragmented chauffeured transportation business.” Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

October 06, 2015 - 05:20 PM ET

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.

October 06, 2015 - 11:40 AM ET

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.”

October 05, 2015 - 10:45 AM ET

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.