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20 JUNE 2016
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Hilton Worldwide is entering Argentina with its mid-priced brand Hampton by Hilton after signing a franchise licence agreement with Free Way Group to build a hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche, in the Andes foothills.
Whatever you think of the EU, and regardless of the outcome of next Thursday’s referendum, some things are not going to go away. One prevailing perception is that our friends in Europe running things are failing to be careful with budgets.
The Serviced Apartment Company (SACO) has unveiled the first in a planned series of communal areas for business travellers staying at its properties around the UK. Called The Lounge, the facility has opened at SACO’s latest lifestyle aparthotel, the Cannon, on Cannon Street in central London.
At the end of June, Jonathan Hinkles will return to Loganair as managing director. An industry veteran, Hinkles joins the airline after four years at Virgin Atlantic, where he was vice-president of operations and crewing.
A “Summer Duo” fare offering two return flights from Luton to New York Newark for £1,790 has been introduced by the all-Business-Class airline La Compagnie. Bookings open tomorrow (21 June) on the company website and close on 31 July. These fares undercut the established airlines considerably.
Further improvements in baggage handling at airports are being promised after the Star Alliance chief executive board (CEB) approved a multi-million dollar investment in what it calls an “IT Hub” to speed up communications.
National flag carrier and SkyTeam member Vietnam Airlines will begin its daily non-stop service between Heathrow and Hanoi on Thursday (23 June), adding to its existing six flights a week.
The first of the new generation of ‘passenger friendly’ regional jets has arrived in Europe with CityJet of Dublin as the lead customer.
Orange has become the new symbol for KLM, which has given one of its aircraft a special paint job as a way of promoting the Netherlands overseas at various events including the 2016 Olympics.
Spanish carrier Volotea, which was founded in 2011 to serve small and mid‐sized cities around Europe, has started operations between Southampton Airport and Majorca.
The cost of expanding Thailand's six biggest airports could reach the equivalent of £3.9bn, a new estimate says. The Bangkok Post said the total cost has been inflated by the enlarged scope of work for existing projects and the inclusion of newly-planned upgrades at other airports.