Greek Tourism Draws Line Over Tax Increases

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Published: June 29, 2015

Alexis Kalaitzoglou makes a swift gesture to describe what he thinks about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: the Paros shopkeeper pulls his leg back and swings it forward as if to give Greece’s leader a good kicking. Kalaitzoglou is angry because his family’s shop of jams, honeys and wooden handicrafts – part of a wider tourism […]

Lufthansa Readies Compensation For Germanwings Crash

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Published: June 29, 2015

Lufthansa plans to make offers of compensation in the coming days to the families of those killed in the crash of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps in late March, a spokesman for the airline said. Lufthansa has already paid financial assistance of up to EUR€50,000 per victim in the crash, in which 150 […]

Tour Operators Evacuate Thousands From Tunisia

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Published: June 29, 2015

Tour companies were evacuating thousands of foreign visitors from Tunisia on Saturday, a day after a gunman killed 39 people at a beach hotel in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said most of the dead were British, and Britain’s foreign office said 15 Britons had been confirmed killed in […]

Armed Tunisian Police Patrol Streets Of Tourist Towns

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Published: June 29, 2015

Turkish flag in Sousse, Tunisia. Hundreds of armed police patrolled the streets of Tunisia’s beach resorts on Sunday and the government said it will deploy hundreds more inside hotels after the Islamist militant attack in Sousse that killed 39 foreigners, mostly Britons. Thousands of tourists have left Tunisia since Friday’s attack, which has shocked the […]

Asiana Faces Class Action Lawsuit For 2013 Crash

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Published: June 29, 2015

Asiana Airlines is facing a new class action lawsuit from passengers on the plane that crashed in San Francisco in 2013, seeking a combined USD$ 30 million in damages. Three teenagers from China died in the crash and more than 180 passengers out of about 300 on board the Boeing 777 sustained injuries. The lawsuit […]

TUI Offers To Fly Tourists In Tunisia Home

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Published: June 27, 2015

German tour operator TUI said it was setting up flights for tourists wishing to return from Tunisia after at least 39 people were killed in a gun attack at a beachside hotel. TUI also said that tourists who had booked Tunisian holidays for this summer could rebook or cancel the trips free of charge until […]

Ex-America West Pilots Win Ruling On Seniority

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Published: June 27, 2015

A US federal appeals court has ordered a union negotiating seniority rights of former US Airways and America West pilots to stop discriminating against America West pilots, in a decade-old dispute overhanging the 2013 merger that created American Airlines Group. By a 2-1 vote, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals instructed the US Airline […]

United To Pay USD$100 Mln For Azul Stake

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Published: June 27, 2015

United Airlines has agreed to pay USD$ 100 million for a 5 percent stake in Azul, Brazil’s third-biggest airline, as it attempts to catch up with US rivals with more established ties in South America’s biggest air travel market. Azul’s founder and chief executive, David Neeleman, who also founded JetBlue Airways, announced the deal in […]

China’s Aviation Boom Spurs Airport Building

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Published: June 27, 2015

When Mangshi opened its airport two decades ago, the small tropical city on China’s border with Myanmar was served by few airlines. China’s recent travel boom has changed that – seven carriers brought in more than 1 million visitors last year. “We had a hard time attracting airlines in the early days,” Li Ping, deputy […]

AirAsia India Puts Growth Strategy On Hold

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Published: June 26, 2015

AirAsia India has halted its expansion plans after just a year in business as it waits for a government decision on whether to change a protectionist measure regulating overseas flights. The airline, part-owned by Malaysia’s AirAsia, has carved out a 1 percent share of a market with double-digit annual growth in passenger numbers. But it […]

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