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Airlines: Flexible crisis management

Due to the pandemic, many airlines are offsetting their business route losses with flights to popular coastal destinations in the sun

Airlines: Flexibel durch die Krise

Im Zuge der Pandemie kompensieren viele Airlines ihre Business-Strecken mit Flügen in beliebte Warmwasser-Ziele

Spotlight on rebuilding trust in international tourism & travel

An ITB Virtual Convention on November 19 brought together four industry thought-leaders to discuss solutions for a key issue plaguing the travel and tourism industries: trust.

Uncertainty and fear has been sending travel demand into a downward spiral. Travellers in all parts of the world are unsettled by COVID-19. The virtual convention, moderated by Lea Jordan, Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, techtalk.travel, looked at topics such as how we can still travel and where we can travel to; just how safe hygiene concepts are; and testing and quarantine policies.

Turkish Airlines wants to carry 120 million passengers by 2023

"We were able to expand our position among the most profitable airlines in a difficult market environment, as 2015 was extremely unstable politically and economically, and currency fluctuations were also major challenge," said Ilker Ayci, CEO of Turkish Airlines since last year, at a press conference at ITB Berlin.  Last year, profit exceeded the one billion dollar mark for the first time in the company's history.  The number of passengers has doubled within two years to 61.2 million, 34.2 million of which traveled on international flights.  The network currently includes 287 cities and in

Emirates with two world premieres at ITB Berlin

Emirates

The airline Emirates is featuring two world premieres at ITB Berlin. The first of these can be seen on the new, three-storey Emirates Infinity Stand and is in the form of the infinity symbol. It enables visitors to experience what the airline has on offer through virtual reality, and to identify with the brand through social media channels. As well as life-sized mock ups of first class private suites and a fully functioning model of the spa shower with underfloor heating, there is also an on-board lounge and bar from an Airbus A380.

Delta renames its classes

Delta Air Lines has reorganized its classes. On its international flights what was previously Eco Comfort is now known as Comfort Plus and passengers are provided with a blanket, headphones, an amenity kit and a seat with ten centimetres more space that reclines at a greater angle.

Wow Air introduces transatlantic flights via Iceland

At ITB Berlin 2015 the Icelandic budget carrier Wow Air announced the introduction of its new transatlantic services. From 27 March flights from Keflavik to Boston and Washington will connect with flights from London and Copenhagen, and, beginning on 4 June, with services from Berlin-Schönefeld as well. At a later date other year-round European services to Amsterdam, Dublin and Paris will also be included, according to the company’s founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen. He stated that half of the 50 million passengers who cross the Atlantic annually are obliged to change planes.

Qatar Airways expands into the hotel sector too

Qatar Airways’ expansion is not only taking place in the sky. The airline has just taken over the Sheraton Skyline Hotel at London’s Heathrow Airport, which will in future also include the word Oryx in its name, after the animal that is the group’s symbol. Negotiations are currently in progress to purchase three other hotels in North America and the United Kingdom, according to the Group Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker, speaking on Wednesday at his traditional press conference during ITB Berlin 2015.