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New Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Berlin

New Crowne Plaza Hotel Opens in Berlin

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Crowne Plaza Berlin – Potsdamer Platz hotel in Germany.
The property offers 256 guestrooms, including 19 suites.  Each room has a minibar, LED TV, and coffee and tea making facilities.
The hotel provides 5,380 square feet (500 square meters) of meeting and event space, including eight function rooms and one ballroom.  A business center, spa, and fitness center are also located on the premises.
The …

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

Airlines Across the Globe Move to Require Two Crew Members at All Times Following Germanwings Crash

In the wake of Tuesday’s crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320 aircraft that is believed to have been caused by the co-pilot after he locked the captain out of the cockpit, killing 149 other passengers and crew members, numerous airlines and regulatory agencies announced plans to implement a protocol requiring two crew members to be in the cockpit at all times has come under scrutiny.
U.S. airlines follow a protocol introduced …

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

Germanwings Co-Pilot Believed to Have Deliberately Crashed Plane, Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

A French prosecutor said on Thursday that the evidence gathered so far indicates that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit and crashed the plane early Tuesday morning.
“At this moment, in light of investigation, the interpretation we can give at this time is that the co-pilot through voluntary abstention refused to open the door of the cockpit to the commander, and activated the …

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

Germanwings Plane Crashes in French Alps

A Germanwings plane en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed in southern France on Tuesday.
The aircraft, an Airbus A320 operated by Lufthansa’s Germanwings subsidiary, was carrying 150 passengers and crew members, all of whom are feared dead, French President François Hollande said.
“The conditions of the accident suggest there are no survivors,” Mr. Hollande said on television.
The agency said that the plane descended from a cruising altitude of 38,000 feet to 5,000 feet …

Lufthansa Pilots Extend Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

Lufthansa Pilots Extend Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

A day of strikes by pilots who had been slated to operate short- and medium-haul flights at Lufthansa will be followed by a strike affecting long-haul flights Thursday, and that may not be the last job action at the German flag carrier.
The job action caused Lufthansa to cancel 750 of 1,400 scheduled flights on Wednesday and the airline has already cancelled 84 of its 153 long-haul flights on Thursday.
The pilots …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for February Thanks to Rise in Domestic and Tourist Destination Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for February Thanks to Rise in Domestic and Tourist Destination Traffic

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for February 2015.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 4.6% year-over-year in large part due to an increase in domestic traffic and a rise in the number of people traveling to tourist destinations in Europe and North Africa.  The airport operator also attributed the increase in traffic to a “non-recurrence of strikes.”
Even with the increase in traffic, …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for January 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.3% year-over-year in large part thanks to an increase in intercontinental traffic.  Even with the increase in traffic, aircraft movements at the airport were down by 2.6% to 34,611 takeoffs and landings.
The airport did however report an increase in accumulated maximum takeoff weights of 2.6% to ca. 2.2 …