June 2013 News Archive

GDS hotel bookings rise in May

Hotel bookings rose in May
Thursday 27th June 2013

Hotel bookings through global distribution systems (GDS) increased last month, a new report has shown.

GDS bookings increased by 2.4 per cent in May compared to the same month last year, according to the PegasusView Market Performance business intelligence report from Pegasus Solutions. Rates fell across the same period, although the drop was only marginal at 0.2 per...

New routes to emerging markets cut Gatwick losses

Gatwick airport has reduced its annual losses
Tuesday 25th June 2013

London’s second largest airport has reduced its total losses as a result of increased traffic to emerging markets.

Gatwick Airport officials have announced an increase in full-year profits of 2.5 per cent, taking the total before tax, depreciation, amortisation and interest to £227.1 million over the financial year ending in March. Revenues rose by a greater margin of 4.2...

Businesses asked to fight for A Fair Tax on Flying

Airport Passenger Duty inhibits economic growth, the lobby group claims
Friday 21st June 2013

A lobby group campaigning against the UK’s high taxes on air travel has called on global businesses to join the fight.

A Fair Tax on Flying is urging both UK-based and international firms to sign a petition urging the government to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD). When companies sign up, their location is tracked and if they are based in the UK, their names are added to a letter...

Integrated systems help tackle non-compliance

Corporate travel
Wednesday 19th June 2013

Every corporate client has different needs, and as a travel management company you know how difficult it can be to keep them happy. Although they outsource their travel management functions to you, they each have their own policy regarding how, when and why business travel should be arranged - and some have very different expectations of what constitutes a good price. Whether you deal with a...

Business visits to UK rise in 2013

London attracts particularly high numbers of business travellers
Wednesday 19th June 2013

Trips to the UK for business purposes rose in the first few months of 2013, according to official data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that seven per cent more business trips were made to the United Kingdom in the first four months of this year than over the same period in 2012.

In comparison, the number of visits made to the UK overall rose by...

IATA welcomes Single European Sky announcement

Airline tickets are the most common target of holiday booking fraud
Monday 17th June 2013

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that it welcomes the European Commission’s plans to bolster the legislative basis for a Single European Sky (SES).

SES is intended to provide a standard legal framework for aviation across the whole of the European Union. Depending on the flow of air traffic, the sky across Europe is divided into a series of blocks which...

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