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Aida Cruises unveils new Greek trips this summer

Aida Cruises will offer new cruises in Greece from May 23rd. Seven-day trips departing from Corfu and traveling through the Greek islands to Crete and Rhodes will be on offer, as well as to Katakolon (Olympia) and Piraeus (Athens). ADVERTISEMENTGuests can also enjoy the amenities on board with multiple restaurants, bars, cultural activities and sports facilities, as well as organised shore excursions to explore the ports of call. Greece is one of the most popular vacation destinations for German travellers. From May 14th, the Mediterranean country will reopen for tourism. Booking starts tomorrow, with 23 dates between May and October 24th to choose from. The Greek cruises can also be booked as 14-day trips. In addition to the new offering in Greece, AIDAperla is sailing on seven-day voyages around the Canary Islands through June. Older airBaltic slumps to huge loss for 2020 Newer WTTC unveils new accessibility guidelines for global travel Let's block ads! (Why?)

airBaltic slumps to huge loss for 2020

Financial results from airBaltic show the carrier lost a total of €265 million last year as the Covid-19 pandemic hit European travel. The Latvian airline lost €9 million in 2019. Revenue for 2020 fell 72 per cent to €143 million. Passenger numbers slumped from five million in 2019, to just 1.34 million last year. Martin Gauss, chief executive of airBaltic, said: “We saw a dramatic change last year, but airBaltic’s core vision for the future remains the same – to be the number one carrier in the Baltics, providing the best connectivity to and from the region. ADVERTISEMENT“Last year, in the wake of the crisis, we significantly reduced our cost and adjusted the business plan Destination 2025 Clean. “We took a decision to permanently phase out Q400 and Boeing 737 aircraft and became a single aircraft type operator of the Airbus A220-300 two year ahead of the original plan.” Last year the airline connected Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius on a total of 76 routes, providing much-needed essential connectivity and cargo shipments for the region. Gauss added: “We look forward to an increase in travel demand that is now slightly showing some positive signals. “We have developed several scenarios for the gradual market recovery. “Our base scenario reduction is currently in line with the industry wide projections, and we are flexible to make further adjustments whenever necessary. “To support our future return to profit, we will accept additional seven Airbus A220-300 aircraft in 2021,” Gauss concluded. Older Wizz Air adds new summer flights from Luton Newer Aida Cruises unveils new Greek trips this summer Let's block ads! (Why?)

Wizz Air adds new summer flights from Luton

Wizz Air will launch two new routes from London Luton to Antalya in Turkey and Rzeszow in Poland. From June 22nd, Wizz Air UK will operate flights twice weekly to the popular Mediterranean hotspot of Antalya, and from September 22nd, flights will commence three times a week to the historic Polish city. With the addition of these new destinations, Wizz Air will now operate a total of 74 routes from its London Luton base.ADVERTISEMENTOwain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “Although travel is currently restricted, we continue to plan for the easing of restrictions, as we remain committed to providing the UK with affordable, direct flights to exciting destinations. “Whether it is relaxing on the beautiful beaches in Antalya or discovering the historical Old Town in Rzeszow, our low-fare flights offer UK passengers even more choice when deciding on their post-lockdown holiday destination. “When the time comes, we will be ready with our industry leading health and safety measures to welcome passengers back on board our ultra-young and efficient aircraft.” Older Strong demand for Silversea departures in Greece Let's block ads! (Why?)

Strong demand for Silversea departures in Greece

Silversea Cruises has opened sales on brand-new voyages aboard Silver Moon to the eastern Mediterranean. The trips will be departing from Greece from June 18th. The cruise line unveiled a collection of nine voyages, each ten days in length, which will sail round-trip from Piraeus (Athens), taking in many of the most beautiful destinations in the country, such as Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, among others, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus. “The entire team at Silversea, our colleagues at the Royal Caribbean Group, and our loyal guests have been waiting for this incredible news for over one year. ADVERTISEMENT“We are delighted to open general sales on our new Silver Moon itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean,” says Roberto Martinoli, chief executive, Silversea Cruises. “Our guests are yearning to continue their travels, exemplified by the unprecedented demand we are currently registering. “We are excited to introduce them to our beautiful new flagship Silver Moon, as they travel deep into Greece, Israel, and Cyprus.” Full vaccinations will be mandatory for guests and crew embarking Silver Moon in Greece. “We welcome the announcement of Silversea Cruises’ restart from Greece,” added Greece minister of tourism, Harry Theoharis. “Once again, travellers will have the opportunity to discover our beautiful destinations and create memories to last a lifetime. “We fully support the recommencement of cruising, as it is a very important pillar of our tourism strategy.” Older Kenya Tourism Board takes fresh European representation Newer Wizz Air adds new summer flights from Luton Let's block ads! (Why?)

Kenya Tourism Board takes fresh European representation

As part of preparations to welcome back travellers, the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has partnered with the PC Agency to represent the board in the UK and Ireland, Germany, Italy and France. The PC Agency is a UK member of the global Travel Lifestyle Network, which includes member agencies Group Expression in France; KPRN in Germany and PR & GO UP in Italy. The organisations will team up to promote Kenya as markets open for tourists post the Covid-19 pandemic. Commenting on the partnership Kenya Tourism Board chief executive, Betty Radier, said that the collaboration would help the board to share destination material with news outlets and other platforms in the UK and other parts of Europe as well as engage the trade as Kenya continues to position itself as a key travel destination. “I welcome this partnership with The PC Agency, they have done tremendous work in showcasing and marketing destinations across the world. ADVERTISEMENT“We shall tap into their network to enable us to reach even more tourists from Europe’s top source markets as we plan for the recovery of the industry. “The tourism industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, of importance is to remain ready for visitors once travel resumes fully,” said Radier. Magical Kenya is known for its safari offering, found in over 45 national parks and game reserves across Kenya including the world famous Maasai Mara which offers the wildebeest migration spectacle. The destination is also known for its white, pristine beaches at the Kenyan coast, adventure experiences and the Magical Kenya Signature experiences which demonstrate the Magic of Kenya. A popular destination with direct British Airways and Kenya Airways flights, and indirect flights with Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines among others, about 120,000 British visitors choose to experience Kenya each year, making the UK a key source market for Kenya. The account team will be led by Katie Moine, chief operating officer at the PC Agency and Sophie Holloway, trade representation account director. Older Viking Venus delivered ahead of UK debut Newer Strong demand for Silversea departures in Greece Let's block ads! (Why?)

Viking Venus delivered ahead of UK debut

Viking has welcomed Viking Venus to its fleet. The delivery ceremony took place this morning when the ship was presented at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Ancona, Italy. Viking Venus will now make her way to the United Kingdom, where she will be officially named on May 17th by her ceremonial godmother, Anne Diamond, the British journalist and broadcaster. The ship will then sail spring and summer departures of the England’s Scenic Shores itinerary. “We are especially proud to welcome our newest ship to the fleet this year. ADVERTISEMENT“Many of us have stayed close to home for months, so this is an especially important milestone as we begin to get back out into the world again,” said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. “We look forward to celebrating the naming of Viking Venus by her esteemed godmother, Anne Diamond - and to welcoming our UK guests back on-board next month.” Today’s news follows Viking’s recent announcement that it is restarting operations with a collection of new itineraries in England, Bermuda and Iceland beginning in May. All of Viking’s new Welcome Back voyages are available exclusively for vaccinated guests, in accordance with local entry rules in many of the destinations that will welcome Viking ships. Older Delta climbs back toward profitability Newer Kenya Tourism Board takes fresh European representation Let's block ads! (Why?)

Delta climbs back toward profitability

Delta Air Lines has reported an adjusted operating revenue of $3.6 billion for the March quarter. The figure was down 65 per cent when compared to the March quarter in 2019, but marks a four-point sequential improvement from December quarter last year. Passenger revenues declined 70 per cent in the March quarter 2021 compared to March quarter 2019, on 55 per cent lower sellable capacity. Domestic passenger revenues were down 66 per cent versus March quarter 2019, but up more than five-points in comparison to the preceding quarter’s results driven by leisure demand. International passenger revenue remains limited at down 81 per cent compared to March quarter 2019, driven by continued travel restrictions.ADVERTISEMENT“A year after the onset of the pandemic, travellers are gaining confidence and beginning to reclaim their lives. “Delta is accelerating into the recovery with our brand stronger and more trusted than ever before,” said Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive officer.  “Thanks to the incredible efforts of our people, we achieved positive daily cash generation in the month of March, a remarkable accomplishment considering our middle seat block and the low level of demand for business and international travel.  “If recovery trends hold, we expect positive cash generation for the June quarter and see a path to return to profitability in the September quarter as the demand recovery progresses.” Older Emirates launches IATA Travel Pass trials Newer Viking Venus delivered ahead of UK debut Let's block ads! (Why?)

Delta climbs back toward profitability

Delta Air Lines has reported an adjusted operating revenue of $3.6 billion for the March quarter. The figure was down 65 per cent when compared to the March quarter in 2019, but marks a four-point sequential improvement from December quarter last year. Passenger revenues declined 70 per cent in the March quarter 2021 compared to March quarter 2019, on 55 per cent lower sellable capacity. Domestic passenger revenues were down 66 per cent versus March quarter 2019, but up more than five-points in comparison to the preceding quarter’s results driven by leisure demand. International passenger revenue remains limited at down 81 per cent compared to March quarter 2019, driven by continued travel restrictions.ADVERTISEMENT“A year after the onset of the pandemic, travellers are gaining confidence and beginning to reclaim their lives. “Delta is accelerating into the recovery with our brand stronger and more trusted than ever before,” said Ed Bastian, Delta chief executive officer.  “Thanks to the incredible efforts of our people, we achieved positive daily cash generation in the month of March, a remarkable accomplishment considering our middle seat block and the low level of demand for business and international travel.  “If recovery trends hold, we expect positive cash generation for the June quarter and see a path to return to profitability in the September quarter as the demand recovery progresses.” Older Emirates launches IATA Travel Pass trials Newer Viking Venus delivered ahead of UK debut Let's block ads! (Why?)

Emirates launches IATA Travel Pass trials

Emirates has become the latest airline to launch trials of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass. The mobile app is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for Covid-19 testing or vaccine information. The first passengers travelling from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 today trialled the ‘digital passport’ to verify and share their pre-travel Covid-19 test status with Emirates. The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travellers to manage Covid-19 related documentation digitally, safely and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In the future, travellers will also be able to share vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate travel.ADVERTISEMENTAdel Al Redha, Emirates chief operating officer, said: “The ability to process passengers’ Covid-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward. “We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialling this initiative in real time and soon will be launching other initiatives to further enhance our customer experience.” The trial is being carrier out on selected Emirates flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai; and will soon be expanded to include other routes. Eligible passengers are being personally invited to download the app and enrol for the digital travel pass ahead of their travels. In Dubai, Emirates has partnered with select Prime Health Care labs which are authorised to securely send test results to passengers via the app. Those travelling from the UK, can get their test done at select Screen4 labs. Older ABTA raises post-Brexit labour concerns with government Newer Delta climbs back toward profitability Let's block ads! (Why?)

airBatlic to launch Tenerife flights in September

Before the summer has begun, airBatlic is preparing for the coming autumn, with the launch of new flights to Tenerife in Spain. The Latvian airline will offer flights from Riga from September 2nd. The carrier said it has plans to operate the flights three times a week with the Airbus A220-300 aircraft. Martin Gauss, chief executive of airBaltic, said: “Tenerife is the largest and most popular destination in the Canary Islands and will be an excellent addition to our improved route map, offering another sunny, safe getaway for travellers from the Baltics. “It will be one of the longest flights on our route map.ADVERTISEMENT“We are looking forward to the upcoming summer season and we believe that the epidemiological situation will improve as the vaccination levels increase.” This summer season airBaltic will also offer new safe connections between Riga and Heraklion (Greece), Santorini (Greece), Naples (Italy) and Edinburgh (United Kingdom). Older Marella Cruises unveils UK summer sailings Newer ABTA raises post-Brexit labour concerns with government Let's block ads! (Why?)