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Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Starwood Hotels announced the opening of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, formerly the Grand Hotel Esplanade.  The hotel, which has no connection to the pre-war Hotel Esplanade on the Potsdamer Platz, is in Berlin Mitte, not far from the Kurfürstendamm or Ku’damm, one of the city’s most fashionable shopping streets, as well as near the Potsdamer Platz and the Tiergarten park.  The hotel overlooks the Landwehrkanal that runs parallel …

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

A two-day strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the airline to cancel nearly half of its flights and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
The German flag carrier cancelled 1,350 flights on the first day of the strike, which will run through Tuesday.  It is the pilots’ ninth strike this year.
The strike began noon local time on Monday and impacts all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period …

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa pilots announced plans to go on strike Monday and Tuesday following a breakdown in talks between the airline and its pilots union last week.
The move will ground Lufthansa passenger flights on Monday, December 1, from noon local time until Tuesday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m.  The strike will impact all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period as well as all long-haul flights and cargo flights …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced results for October 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.4% year-over-year to 5.5 million passengers.  The rise occurred despite approximately 1,100 strike-related flight cancellations at the airport, which affected nearly 137,500 passengers.
The strikes did result in an overall decline in aircraft movements however, with a 1.5% drop in October 2014, for a total of 41,947 takeoffs and landings.
The …

American Airlines to Start Miami-Frankfurt Service in May

American Airlines to Start Miami-Frankfurt Service in May

American Airlines announced that next spring it will begin flights from from Miami, Florida to Frankfurt, Germany.
Last month, the airline’s CEO announced that the route would restart but didn’t provide further details.
On May 14, 2015, American will launch daily flights that depart from Miami International Airport at 2:45 p.m. local time and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 6:15 a.m. The flights will depart Frankfurt at 10:30 a.m. and arrive in …

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines to Launch Miami-Frankfurt Route in 2015

American Airlines said it will continue to expand its Miami hub, including adding a non-stop flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
The Fort Worth-based airline recently announced plans for new routes out of Miami, linking the city to Austin, Kansas City, San Antonio, and Salt Lake City.  It also recently began service between Miami and Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
Speaking in front of a group of journalists, Doug Parker, the airline’s CEO, said that American would …

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

Lufthansa pilots said Monday that they will go on strike this week, as an ongoing dispute about retirement benefits continues.
Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said that the strike, which will impact the airline’s cargo flights, will take place from 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday through 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Lufthansa pilots last planned a strike in mid-September, which was cancelled at the last minute.
Passenger flights will not be impacted …