Jet Airways India ceases operations, what passengers can do now…

Jet Airways has ceased all operations, leaving thousands of travelers stranded around the world. Jet Airways was in negotiations with lenders to rescue the struggling airline, but wasn’t able to get financing to continue operations and had to shut down. While those negotiations are continuing, the likelihood of rescue is getting smaller by the day, as airports re-assign valuable landing … Continue reading

Manila’s NAIA Airport Terminal 2 Renovation

Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) long had a reputation for being one of the worst. After the new’ish international terminal 3 opened and the old international terminal 1 received some renovation work, it’s now Philippine Airline’s terminal 2 turn to get updated. While this is not the major expansion PAL announced previously, it’s a long overdue update that should … Continue reading

Accor launches two new lifestyle brands – Tribe & The House of Originals

Accor has been busy buying other hotel brands and launching their own – but there is no sign of slowing down: They just announced the launch of the midscale, design oriented brand “Tribe” and the soft collection of lifestyle luxury hotels, called “House of Originals” in cooperation with sbe, known for their experience in lifestyle properties. These two come on … Continue reading

New Istanbul Airport finally opening April 6, 2019?

The new Istanbul Airport opened on schedule on October 29, 2018 with great fanfare – but few flights! Since President Erdogan cut the ribbon, only a handful of domestic flights have been flying to test the new airport, while thousands of workers scramble to complete it! The opening has been delayed multiple times, but it looks like the opening is finally happening: … Continue reading

Best Western buys upscale and luxury World Hotels

Best Western is known for it’s US road side motels and economy and mid-scale hotels worldwide, but they have been trying to go upscale. Now, they have acquired the WorldHotels, a chain of 300 upscale and luxury hotels, based in Frannkfurt, Germany. While the focus of WorldHotels has been Europe, they have a number of high-end resort properties around the … Continue reading

Vietnam receives FAA Category 1 rating, open up the US for Vietnam Airlines

The FAA announced that Vietnam has been granted a Category 1 rating after successfully passing an audit in August 2018 to assess the countries air traffic safety. According to the FAA Audit, Vietnam meets the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for personnel licensing, operations and airworthiness. That will allow Airlines based in Vietnam to apply for permits to fly … Continue reading

Germania – another European airline is bankrupt. Competitors offer discounted flights to bring stranded passengers home

It has been a tough time for European airlines – after the bankruptcies of Air Berlin and Alitalia and the collapse of Monarch and Primera, another low-cost carrier has abruptly stopped operations, stranding thousands of passengers. German leisure airline Germania declared bankruptcy on Monday, halting all operations. Passengers who are booked on a flight as part of a tour package … Continue reading