Delta, United Offering More Service to Bonaire

April 20, 2014 on 11:25 am | In Airlines, Aruba Bonaire Curacao, Beachbooker, Caribbean | Comments Off

Tourism Corporation Bonaire announces increased service to Bonaire from the U.S. Delta will add an additional weekly flight on Friday, effective August 22, 2014, providing Bonaire with a Friday-Saturday pattern for the fall and early winter. Delta will operate a 737-800 on the flight with 16 Business Class seats and 138 Coach seats. The schedule will be the same as on Saturday:

DL flight 663 departs ATL 9:45am; arrives BON 1:55pm

DL flight 662 departs BON 3:59pm; arrives ATL 7:22pm

Through a market support agreement with United, the Houston flight will continue in September, providing uninterrupted service year-round. Both flights have been added into the respective airlines’ systems.

“We are pleased that Delta sees the growth potential in expanding their service to Bonaire. Atlanta has historically been a good source market for the island, as well as an important connecting point for the southeast and the upper mid-west,’’ said Commissioner of Tourism and Economic Development, Edsel Winklaar. “This year’s agreement with United reflects the success of our pilot program last year and the private-public sector initiative it represented.”

Director of Tourism, Ethsel Pieternella, added, “This is the first significant expansion of service from a U.S. carrier since the economic crisis of 2008. We will have to increase our marketing efforts and grow our markets commensurately in order to fill the additional seats. It will be a challenge, but I have no doubt that together we are up to the task.”

Getting to Bonaire

Delta operates a weekly non-stop flight to/from Atlanta on Saturdays. Starting August 22, 2014, Delta will operate an additional non-stop flight to/from Atlanta on Fridays.

United Airlines operates weekly non-stop flights to Bonaire from Houston, TX and from Newark, NJ (the Newark flight is seasonal). The Houston flight departs on Friday afternoon, arriving Friday evening. The return flight departs on Saturday morning, arriving later that same day. The Newark flight departs on Saturday morning, arriving Saturday afternoon. The return flight departs on Saturday afternoon, arriving later that same day. (Additional flights have been added to the schedule throughout the year. Please visit for most current flight information.)

Other flights from North America generally arrive in Curacao or Aruba; Insel Air flies from Charlotte, NC and Miami, FL to Bonaire via Curacao. Flights between Bonaire, Aruba and Curacao are available on Insel Air and Divi Divi Air flies between Bonaire and Curacao.

About Bonaire

Located eighty-six miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most abundant fish population in the Caribbean. World renowned for scuba diving and snorkeling, it is also ideal for adventurers and explorers as it offers a myriad of eco-adventure activities from sea and mangrove kayaking to windsurfing or kite boarding and more. For those who want to kick back and relax, not having traffic lights on the island makes it easy to stroll into town or hop on a scooter or bike to peruse the island at their own pace. Accommodations range from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to intimate guesthouses, small inns and private villas.

For 21 consecutive years in Scuba Diving magazine’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards, Bonaire has been selected as the number one Shore Diving destination in the Caribbean/Atlantic. This year, it received 10 awards. It was also voted number one for Macro Diving and Beginner Diving in the Reader’s Choice Awards and the number one dive destination for 24/7 Diving in the Top 100 Gold List. It was ranked number one in the Caribbean in the 2013 Global Sustainable Tourist Review and scored a maximum “green” rating for the condition and maintenance of its marine life, nature, landscape and coastline. Bonaire’s Marine Park was also named one of the Caribbean’s Best Places for Snorkeling by Frommer’s. Currently, Bonaire is ranked at #5 on the list of Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Caribbean Islands.

For more information on Bonaire, contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire at 1-800 BONAIRE, email or visit Bonaire’s official web site at

Silver Airways adds more Florida flights

April 18, 2014 on 8:25 am | In Airlines, Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Orlando, The Keys | Comments Off

Silver Airways is adding more Florida flights with the start of a new daily nonstop service from Key West International Airport to Orlando.

Service will begin on June 12 and Silver will continue to offer its existing one-stop and connecting flights on the same route.

Silver also announced special introductory fares between Key West and Orlando from $99 one way including taxes and fees, available for booking until April 20.

Silver has more intra-Florida services than any other airline and operates 450 flights a week between 10 Sunshine State destinations including Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Key West.

It also has over 200 services a week between Florida and the Bahamas.

The airline recently announced it was cutting some routes from is network including Atlanta to concentrate on more profitable core markets.

Announcing the new Orlando-Key West service, Vice President of Network Planning Jamie Kogutek said: These new flights also offer even greater connectivity to and from destinations beyond Florida through our codeshare partnership with United and our many interline airline partners.”

Silver Airways also has codeshare partnerships with JetBlue, Delta and recently announced an alliance with Japan’s All Nippon Airways.

BA to fuel planes with rubbish

April 18, 2014 on 8:24 am | In Airlines, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

British Airways has joined forces with Solena Fules to build the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into airline fuel.

The Green Sky project will take place in the Thames Enterprise Park, part of the site of the former Coryton oil refinery in Thurrock, Essex.

A thousand construction workers will be hired to build the facility, which is due to be completed in 2017, creating up to 150 permanent jobs.

The airline says approximately 575,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste, normally destined for landfill or incineration, will instead be converted into 120,000 tonnes of clean burning liquid fuels using Solena’s integrated technology.

The partnership will see BA purchase all 50,000 tonnes per annum of the jet fuel produced at market competitive rates, for the next 11 years.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways’ parent company IAG, said: “The sustainable jet fuel produced each year will be enough to power our flights from London City Airport twice over with carbon savings the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road.”

Solena will use its patented high temperature plasma gasification technology to convert the waste efficiently into synthetic gas and then into liquid hydrocarbons.

New Manchester Flights Put Golfing Spotlight on Donnafugata

April 17, 2014 on 12:11 pm | In Airlines, Golf Resorts, Italy, London, United Kingdom | Comments Off

Golfers across the north-west region have the perfect reason to head to Sicily to discover the new rising star of Italian golf from this spring onwards following the launch of a new flight route from Manchester to the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Easyjet launched its new twice-weekly service from Manchester to Catania airport at the start of this month, making the five-star Donnafugata Gof Resort & Spa more accessible than ever.

Available all-year-round, the new flights are the third service that the low-cost airline will now operate into Catania – which is situated 90 minutes away from Donnafugata – with other flights already departing from Gatwick and Luton.

And with Donnafugata already served by a number of other UK services including Ryanair’s twice-weekly route from Stansted into Comiso airport, a 20-minute drive away from the deluxe resort, there has never been a better time to visit.

Latest figures revealed by the award-winning venue show that the number of golfers visiting from the UK almost quadrupled in 2013 compared to the previous year, with bookings expected to increase by at least another 50 per cent in 2014.

Donnafugata also recently opened its new Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence, the first facility of its kind in continental Europe, offering expert teaching under the guidance of the resort’s head professional Davide Terrinoni through individual and group lessons, and specially created two, three and seven-night tuition packages.

Guy Roberts, director of golf at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, said: “The UK has been one of our biggest growth markets over the last 18 months and the launch of new flights like the one from Manchester will help to increase the popularity of the resort.

“With two fantastic, and very different, championship golf courses and an array of other five-star facilities, Donnafugata has so much to offer and we’re very excited about the prospect of welcoming a new audience of golfers over the coming months.”

Opened in 2010 and the venue for the 2011 Sicilian Open less than a year later, Donnafugata’s notable recent highlights include becoming the resort was the first course in Italy to be invited to join IMG Prestige, an exclusive collection of some of the world’s most celebrated golfing venues.

Other accolades have included both its courses – the Links and the Parkland – being named in Golf World’s biennial list of the ‘Top 200 Courses in Continental Europe’ and the new ‘Top 30 Courses in Italy’ rankings released by popular website

Set in the beautiful area of Donnafugata, a natural reserve and famous tourist destination known for the imposing castle which bears the same name, the resort also boasts a number of fantastic historical cities nearby. These include Val di Noto, the heart of Sicilian baroque: Ragusa Ibla, Modica, Noto and Scicli. All of them are deemed fitting of UNESCO World Heritage status.

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa has 202 rooms, an award-winning spa and health club, swimming pools and three restaurants offering a broad selection of gastronomic delights, well accompanied by perfect Sicilian wines to enhance flavour.

For more information on Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, its range of golf packages for 2014 or to book a stay, call 00 39 0932 914 200 or visit

Westfield Travel Collection Shopping Centers

April 15, 2014 on 12:33 pm | In Airlines, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Shopping | Comments Off

Prada, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Fred Segal, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Kate Spade and more offer travelers from around the world the latest trends, the highest quality and personalized services.

LOS ANGELES—Shopping is always a memorable experience at the Westfield Travel Collection’s seven elite shopping destinations in California and Florida. The centers’ carefully curated retailer offerings feature leading luxury brands, high-end designers, and highly sought-after items from the world’s best department stores and boutiques. Contemporary collections and traditional style are set amid noteworthy architecture, art and gardens that reflect the destination and its unique lifestyle.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, shopping is the number one activity for international visitors to the United States, while Americans also rate shopping as one of their favorite things to do while on vacation. The Westfield Travel Collection’s signature shopping centers are on the must-visit list when travelers journey to two of the United States’ leading tourist destinations — sunny California and Florida. The Westfield Travel Collection includes Westfield San Francisco Centre, Valley Fair/Silicon Valley, Century City/Los Angeles, Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport/Tom Bradley International Terminal, UTC—La Jolla/San Diego, Horton Plaza/San Diego and Countryside—Clearwater/Tampa.

Fashionable men, women, teens and children will find the latest in apparel, shoes, accessories – the choices are unlimited. Prada claims an impressive 6,250 square feet at Westfield Valley Fair, where first-to-market Uniqlo—the renowned Japanese retailer, also brought the brand to the center—one of only a select few U.S. locations. REDValentino opened their only San Francisco location at San Francisco Centre, along with Burberry Brit. Only-in-Los Angeles retailers, Fred Segal and Kitson LA display items selected by jet setting celebrities and global fashionistas at Westfield at Los Angeles International Airport in the new Rodeo Drive-inspired storefronts of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Popular name brands such as Abercrombie and Fitch, Banana Republic, J.Crew, Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Guess and more attract shoppers of all ages with their contemporary styles and trendy accessories. World-renowned designers like Gucci, Valentino, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, HUGO BOSS and others top visitors’ shopping lists, especially for international travelers.

Leading department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s and Macy’s offer fashion and accessory collections for men and women by American and international designers. Personalized service is provided upon request. Professional personal shoppers find coveted merchandise on a traveler’s shopping list and provide expert advice in selecting the perfect accessory to any wardrobe. These personal shoppers are experienced in assisting the most fashionable women and men to select their attire for camera-ready occasions, galas and boardroom presentations.

Fine jewelry and classic timepieces are showcased at Tiffany & Co., Pandora, Rolex, Swarovski and Tourneau Watch Co. The latest beauty products and skin care lines are available at Aveda, Bath & Body Works, The Body Shop, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane en Provence as well as in department stores. Distinct home décor is available from Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Restoration Hardware for those who want their home to be as stylish as they are.

The latest high-technology and accessories are available from Apple at Westfield Valley Fair, Silicon Valley and Westfield UTC in San Diego. Westfield Countryside has a PeachMac Store with Apple specialists, products and complimentary training. Another option for travelers who want to see the latest from the high-tech world is at Westfield San Francisco Centre at the Microsoft Store and Bose.

Favorable exchange rates, the latest trends and styles, and customer service that is second to none are more reasons to visit one of the seven Westfield Travel Collection Centers. In fact, international travelers often arrive at the centers with an empty suitcase or buy one at Tumi, Travel Pro and other travel retailers to use during an inspired shopping experience.

Each out of market traveler who visits a Westfield Travel Collection location receives a Passport to Savings book complete with special offers and amenities. Customer Service Ambassadors are available at many centers to assist those who are in search of specific merchandise items, restaurant reservations, event and attraction information and more. Many Travel Collection centers also offer language assistance and currency exchange services.

About the Westfield Travel Collection

The Westfield Travel Collection offers visitors outstanding brand and designer shopping, café and signature dining, and seasonal entertainment experience located in a variety of key U.S. travel destinations. Specialized FIT and group programs are available upon request. The Westfield Travel Collection centers include San Francisco Centre and Valley Fair in the San Francisco Bay Area, Century City and the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Horton Plaza and UTC in San Diego and Countryside in Tampa/Clearwater, Florida.

The Westfield Group has interests in and operates one of the world’s largest shopping center portfolios. This high-quality portfolio of 90 properties in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand is valued at over $70 billion and encompasses more than 20,000 retailers across nearly 95 million square feet of retail space. During the past year, Westfield worldwide welcomed more than 1 billion customer visits and registered over $40 billion in total retail sales. In the United States, Westfield’s portfolio of 38 shopping centers includes nearly 7,000 stores across 46 million square feet of retail space in the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Washington. Operating also in eight major U.S. airports, Westfield is raising the bar on the traveler experience with developments at JFK, LAX, Newark, Houston Intercontinental and Chicago O’Hare airports.

Jetstar delivers the goods in Adelaide

April 14, 2014 on 1:37 pm | In Airlines, Australia, South Australia | Comments Off

Jetstar Airways has delivered some good news for the stricken South Australian economy by building an airbase in Adelaide.

The decision now brings Jetstar’s total Adelaide workforce to 170 following an increase of Jetstar’s services through Adelaide Airport, the ABC reported.

The new roles include 40 pilots, 5 cabin crew 85 customer service and operations roles.

Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive officer David Hall said that the Adelaide base will put the city on the map for global tourists.

“Services operating from Auckland into Adelaide and of course Adelaide up into Denpasar as well and the additional flights we’ve been able to offer underpinned by having four aircraft now based here in Adelaide means that people can travel more often to Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Hall said.

Vietnam Airlines – Baggage and New Fare Structure

April 14, 2014 on 1:27 pm | In Airlines, Asia, Vietnam | Comments Off

Effective for ticketing from 1 April 2014, the VN baggage allowance for HAN pax only, on routing SYD/MEL-x/SGN-HAN v.v will increase to 40kg for each Adult and Child (2-11 years of age). Applies to FIT gross fares only. Extra baggage allowance will quote in GDS.

All published gross fares types ex Australia to the whole network are now valid 1 year.

Discover Tahiti’s Hidden Paradises with Air Tahiti Nui Sale

April 14, 2014 on 1:24 pm | In Adventure Travel, Airlines, Beachbooker, Pacific Islands, Tahiti | Comments Off

Air Tahiti Nui is offering Australians an opportunity to experience the real Tahiti with new holiday deals to some of the most remote and unspoiled islands in French Polynesia.

On sale now, the “hidden island” deals include the untouched atolls of Rangiroa, Tikehau and Fakarava in the Tuamotus and one of the Society Islands’ best-kept secrets, Huahine.

To make it easier to access the remote islands, the deals include heavily discounted domestic airfares with savings of up to $800 per couple, a variety of accommodation options from classic overwater villas to rustic beachside bungalows in family-run pensions and some meals and tours. One exceptionally great value deal includes 10-nights of overwater luxury on two islands from less than $5000.

Air Tahiti Nui General Manager Australia New Zealand Mark Hutchinson said the airline partnered with Tahiti’s domestic carrier Air Tahiti to help bring an authentic Tahiti experience within reach of more Australians.

“Not only do these packages represent a great value way to see Tahiti, they offer the chance to get off-the-beaten-track and experience a different side to the destination that few others have seen,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“Tahiti is home to about 120 islands, each more beautiful than the next and we want to see more Australians exploring these unspoiled paradises and enjoying their own Robinson Crusoe adventure.”

Air Tahiti Nui’s hidden island deals include:

Five nights including breakfast at Relais Mahana Huahine, a half day Huahine tour and two nights’ accommodation at Hotel Tahiti Nui

Five nights including breakfast and dinner at the Maitai Rangiroa, a full day Rangiroa lagoon tour and two nights including breakfast at the Intercontinental Tahiti

Five nights including breakfast and dinner at the Pension Relais Royal Tikehau, a full day Tikehau tour and two nights’ accommodation at Hotel Tahiti Nui

Five nights including breakfast, lunch and dinner at Pension Raimati in Fakarava and two nights’ accommodation at Hotel Tahiti Nui

Five nights including breakfast at the Moorea Pearl Resort and Spa in an overwater bungalow, five nights including breakfast at the Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort and Spa in an overwater suite, a half day tour on Moorea, a full day Tikehau tour and two nights’ accommodation at Manava Suite Tahiti.

All deals include return economy flights with Air Tahiti Nui from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, two nights’ accommodation in Tahiti (pre/post flight), inter-island ferries, domestic flights and all transfers.

*Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability. Travel is valid from November 1 to December 10, 2014 and from January 10 to March 31, 2015.

UK’s best and worst airports for delays

April 14, 2014 on 9:16 am | In Airlines, London, Scotland, United Kingdom, Wales | Comments Off

ondon City is the UK’s most punctual airport while Heathrow is the place where flights are most likely to be delayed, according to latest figures from the Civil Aviation Authority.

Across all 10 airports monitored last year, 80% of flights were on time, but at London City 89% were on time and at Heathrow 24% were delayed.

The average delay across all scheduled flights monitored in the last quarter was 12 minutes, which was the same as in the previous year.

However, the on-time performance of charter flights improved by three percentage points and the average delay fell by four minutes.

In the fourth quarter of 2013, there were 324,000 scheduled and 13,000 charter passenger flights at the 10 airports, a 2.7% increase in the number of scheduled flights and a 0.7% fall in the number of charters compared with the same period of the 2012.

Iain Osborne, group director for regulatory policy at the CAA, said: “Whilst it is pleasing to see the majority of passengers arrived at their destination in good time at the end of last year, our figures show that too many people still had their flights disrupted by delays.

“We also know there were a number of cancellations during December that will have disrupted other passengers.

“Some severe weather clearly played a part in this, but there is still room for improvement. Airports, airlines and air traffic control service providers all have a role to play in delivering that improvement and it is vital they work together to make sure fewer passengers have their journeys disrupted by delays and cancellations

American Eagle to Further Separate From American Airlines

April 14, 2014 on 9:06 am | In Airlines | Comments Off

American Airlines Group subsidiary American Eagle Airlines Inc., which is about to become ‘Envoy’ later this year, is further distancing itself from the parent company.

American Eagle is moving its headquarters from seven different offices at or near American Airlines’ hub at Dallas-Fort Worth airport to two buildings in suburban Irving, Texas later this year. American Eagle expects to have more than 600 workers transfer to the new HQ in Irving by July.

Not only will that help American Eagle when it re-brands itself Envoy later this year, but it physically helps American Airlines with more office space at DFW as it begins to transition key employees from US Airways’ hub in Phoenix to Dallas. The two airlines merged last year.

American Airlines is at an impasse with American Eagle pilots, leading to some speculation that American would sell American Eagle, or that American Eagle would dismantle. American Eagle CEO Pedro Fábregas shot down both rumors at a press conference this week.

The CEO did admit, however, that American Eagle is losing 40 to 44 pilots a month and is only able to bring in about 20 at a time to replace them. Its current pilots rejected the latest contract proposal last month by an overwhelming margin when they refused a wage freeze and higher healthcare costs.

American Airlines is withholding new 76-seat jets slated for American Eagle in lieu of a new contract with those concessions.

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