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World’s Largest Association of Corporate Travel Managers to Members: Authorize First and Business Travel More Often and Look for Hotels with Butler Service

The stage from which ASSCAM announced the Takë Shortcutti study's findings

Amsterdam, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced findings from a research report that delved into workplace productivity issues among business travelers.
ASSCAM is the largest association of corporate travel managers in the world.
The report recommended that its members should take the following steps to improve workplace productivity:

Authorize first- or business-class travel for flights over three …

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Begins Renovations on Event Space

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Begins Renovations on Event Space

Marriott announced that it began construction on new meeting and event space at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina.  When the project is completed in summer 2016, the hotel will have over 240,000 square feet (22,296 square meters) of event space, one of the largest spaces on the West Coast.
The property currently has 80,000 square feet (7,432 square meters) of space, including 47 meeting rooms.  The expansion will create two …

Aeromexico to Link Mexico City with Sacramento and Ontario, California

Aeromexico to Link Mexico City with Sacramento and Ontario, California

Aeromexico announced that it will begin new service from Mexico City to Ontario, California, as well as to Sacramento this April.  Service to Ontario is set to begin April 5 and will operate four times a week, with service to Sacramento scheduled to begin on April 6 and operate three times a week.
Flights to Ontario will depart Mexico City at depart at 9:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, …

DOT: 2014 Was Record Year for Travel to and Within the United States

DOT: 2014 Was Record Year for Travel to and Within the United States

The number of passengers flown by U.S. airlines and foreign airlines serving the United States soared in 2014 to an all-time high according to Department of Transportation figures just released.
The agency’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics said that the number of passengers rose by 2.5% to 848.1 million in 2014, eclipsing the previous record high of 838.4 million.  Domestic passenger traffic was up 2.6% and passengers on international flights climbed by …

American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

American Airlines Implements Banked Flight Schedule in Chicago and Dallas

American Airlines passengers at Chicago O’Hare International and Dallas/Fort Worth International airports on Sunday may have thought that the airline was giving flights away given how much busier the two airports were at certain periods of time throughout the day.
On Sunday, American implemented a major change in how it schedules flight operations at the two airports, putting banks of flights into fairly narrow time slots.
Banking flights, as it is called …

Delta to Retain Seattle-Haneda Route with Proviso, American Selected as Back-Up

Delta to Retain Seattle-Haneda Route with Proviso, American Selected as Back-Up

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Friday that Delta Air Lines would retain the slot pair that allows it to fly between Seattle and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, with the stipulation that the airline fly the route on a daily basis.
The agency also selected American Airlines as a back-up should Delta fail to provide the service as set forth  in its order.  American would use the route authority to provide …

Power Failure Hits Amsterdam, Impacts Air and Rail Travel

Power Failure Hits Amsterdam, Impacts Air and Rail Travel

The city of Amsterdam ground to a halt Friday after a massive power outage hit the capital and surrounding area.  The outage left millions of people without power in the Noord-Holland province of the Netherlands, and shut down most transportation systems there.
All inbound flights at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport were cancelled for several hours and only a small number of outbound flights were able to depart when the outage struck.  Flightstats, …