Airlines raise fuel surcahrge
Air France and Lufthansa both announced increases in their fuel surcharge. The French national carrier has added €1 to short haul flights, €2 to medium-haul and €4 on long haul routes. The changes come into effect on July 19.
Lufthansa will add €2 to European routes and €10 to long haul routes from July 8.
Three bids to buy Malev
The Hungarian government has received three offers to buy its loss-making national airline Malev.
APV, the state's privatisation agency, declined to identify the bidders but said it would start discussions immediately with the aim of selecting a likely buyer by next month.
Equity firms increase holding in Amadeus
The equity firms and airlines buying Amadeus have increased their stake in the travel booking company to 98.7% after buying out minority shareholders.
The vast bulk of the small shareholders voted to sell their 22.6% stake in the company to WAM Acquisitions. Equity firms BC Partners and Cinven have a 5£ controlling stake in WAM.
Three airlines Air France (23%), Iberia (11.5%) and Lufthansa (11.7%) also have a stake in WAM.
Lufthansa has promoted Dr Karsten Benz to vp sales and services Europe with responsibility
For sales and airport operations throughout Europe excluding Germany.
He takes over the London-based from Ulrich Wachter who has moved to Frankfurt to take charge of the airline's cabin crew division.
New role for Brown at CWT
In addition to the shake up at Carlson Wagonlit Travel revealed exclusively by BTE last week, the company has also announced that it has given Loren Brown, its chief information officer, the added role of executive vp technology and product management.
In addition to information technology, he will now also be responsible for CWT's global product portfolio.