• Sriwijaya Air flight lost following departure from Indonesia | News

    A Boeing 737 operated by Sriwijaya Air has gone missing shortly after take-off from Indonesian capital Jakarta. More than 50 people are believed to have been on board the passenger plane at the time of the incident. The aircraft lost contact en route to Pontianak, located in the West Kalimantan province of the country, officials said. Pictures of what seemed to be aircraft debris appeared on TV and social media, while the transport ministry said search and rescue efforts were under way. Last contact with the plane, with the call sign SJY182, was made at 14:40 local time (07:40 GMT). The usual flight time to Pontianak, situated on the west…

  • Ferran steps into role as IAG chairman | News

    International Airlines Group has confirmed that Antonio Vazquez has retired as a director of the company and chairman of the board. As previously announced, Javier Ferran has succeeded him as chairman. Ferran said: “Antonio was instrumental in the creation and development of IAG and has led the board with integrity and rigour since the group’s formation in January 2011. “He has made a huge contribution to IAG and, previously, in his role as president of Iberia. “On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Antonio for his commitment and support and wish him well in the future.” IAG is the parent company to airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Aer…

  • Slow aviation recovery comes to a standstill | News

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that the slow recovery in passenger demand came to a halt in November. A moderate return had been slowing in place since the summer travel season in the northern hemisphere came to an end. Total demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometres or RPKs) was down 70 per cent compared to November 2019, virtually unchanged from the 70 per cent year-to-year decline recorded in October. November capacity was 58 per cent below previous year levels and load factor fell 23 percentage points to 58 per cent, which was a record low for the month. International passenger demand in November was 88 per cent…

  • Holland America Line cancels all cruises until May | News

    Holland America Line is extending its pause of cruise operations for all departures until April 30th. This includes trips to Alaska, Mexico, the Pacific Coast, Caribbean and Mediterranean as well as departures from Canada and New England. The line said the decision comes as it continues to prepare plans to meet the requirements of a conditional sailing order issued by the United States Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Holland America Line said it would also cancel all Alaska cruises until mid-May, Alaska departures on three ships up to early June. Full details are cancellations include: Alaska: Eurodam and Oosterdam trips cancelled through the first week of June (roundtrip…

  • UK tour operators cancel trips until mid-February | News

    Virgin Holidays has become the latest travel firm to cancel holidays after new Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were imposed in part of the UK. The tour operator said refunds would be offered to travellers due for departure before mid-February. Rivals Tui Group, Jet2 and Thomas Cook have announced similar moves in recent days. The recently relaunched Thomas Cook said it would call customers to offer refunds or rebooking. Tui added it was “cancelling all holidays in line with international travel restrictions”. The travel giant added that customers due to depart from England, Scotland and Wales would be contacted to discuss options. The company said that customers due to travel from an…

  • Comito steps down as leader of Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association | News

    Frank Comito has stepped down as chief executive and director general of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA). During his tenure he led the association through the Covid-19 pandemic, several devastating hurricanes and numerous global challenges impacting the industry. The transition to new leadership comes at the conclusion of nearly 40 years of service to local and regional private sector organisations in the Caribbean. In a message to members, Comito, who will serve as a part-time special advisor to the organisation, said he was proud of how quickly and effectively CHTA adapted over the past ten months, working in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders to address the…