12 December 2022, etc.venues Monument, London
Business Travel Show Europe, presented by The BTN
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News in brief from Amadeus, easyJet, Ferrovial, Finnair, Open Skies, Portman Travel and Travelport GDS.
EU-Canada sign Open Skies agreement
Canada and the European Union have signed a transatlantic Open Skies agreement.
The transatlantic deal allows airlines from Canada and the EU states to fly freely between each others' airports.
The agreement eases restrictions on control and ownership of Canadian and EU airlines, and replaces existing agreements governing routes, prices and flight frequency.
Travelport and Portman ink long-term deal
UK-based Portman Travel has signed a long term contract with Travelport GDS, a major global distribution service provider.
The independent travel management company will continue to use Travelport's Galileo platform as its preferred global distribution service (GDS).
easyJet reports growth in April
easyJet carried 3,776,582 passengers in April, up 6.3% year-on-year.
Europe's second largest budget airline said its load factor had increase to 84.2% from 80.0% as a result.
This week easyJet reported a 2.9% increase in first quarter passenger numbers to 19.4 million year-on-year.
Ferrovial suffers third successive loss
BAA's Spanish owner Ferrovial has reported a net loss of €105.4m in the three months to March, its third successive quarterly loss.
The infrastructure company blamed the construction downturn, currency movements and heavy financial costs.
Ferrovial said one-off gains from the sale of assets and a €95m impairment charge had distorted its results when compared to 2008.
"The operating performance of the businesses was affected by general economic weakness, credit restrictions and lower industrial activity," Ferrovial said.
Revenues from BAA dropped 10%, Ferrovial said. An increase in airline tariffs failed to make up for a sharp for in passenger numbers.
Amadeus Altea to manage Finnair check-in
Finnair has announced the successful move of its entire passenger departure system to Amadeus' Altea platform.
The ‘next generation' system combines offline and online sales with departure control.
Finnair said the last phase of its move, involving 63 airports worldwide, went according to plan and with minimal disruption.
The airline is also the first to implement the Altea's self service check-in service. Passengers can now check-in by web, SMS and MMS text message as well as at a kiosk.