Germany

Frankfurt Passenger Traffic Up in First Quarter

Frankfurt Passenger Traffic Up in First Quarter

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced airport performance results for the first quarter of 2014, as well as for the month of March.
Passenger traffic for the first quarter of the year was approximately 12.2 million passengers, an increase of 2% over the same quarter in 2013. Fraport also reported a 0.9% year-over-year increase in passenger traffic for March, up to 4.5 million passengers.
This growth in traffic occurred despite …

Lufthansa Pilots to Go on 3-Day Strike

Lufthansa Pilots to Go on 3-Day Strike

Lufthansa said Monday that its pilots will be staging a strike between April 2 and 4, causing most of its flights between those dates to be canceled.  An estimated 425,000 passengers and thousands of flights will be affected.
“Due to planned strike actions of the pilots union ‘Vereinigung Cockpit’ from 02.04.2014 to 04.04.2014 Lufthansa flight operations will be heavily affected,” Lufthansa said in a statement on its website.
The German flag carrier …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2014

Lobby of the Fairmont in San Francisco

On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property had been located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves eventually lapped at the hotel’s doors. The property was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.  The opening of the BMT Brighton subway line led to the closure of the hotel …

Air Berlin to Start Düsseldorf-Los Angeles Service in April

Air Berlin to Start Düsseldorf-Los Angeles Service in April

Air Berlin announced that it will begin its annual summer nonstop service between Düsseldorf and Los Angeles on April 13. The service will operate using newly refurbished Airbus A330-200 aircraft, equipped with 19 new FullFlat seats in business class.
The new business-class seats, which were developed in cooperation with Air Berlin’s partner, Etihad Airways, have a pitch of 60″ and a width of 20”. The seats can be fully reclined into …

Air China to Inaugurate Shanghai-Munich Flights in June

Air China to Inaugurate Shanghai-Munich Flights in June

Air China said Tuesday it will commence non-stop service between Shanghai and Munich, Germany on June 6.
The service will operate on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.  Flights will depart Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 1:00 a.m. local time and arrive in Munich at 7:10 a.m.  Return flights will depart Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß at 12:35 p.m. and arrive in Shanghai at 5:45 a.m. the next day.
Air China will operate …

Qatar Airways Unveils New First Class Seats

Qatar Airways Unveils New First Class Seats

Qatar Airways unveiled its new luxury Airbus A380-800 first class seats on the first day of the ITB Berlin travel fair.
The new seats are fully lie-flat, with a 90” pitch.  Each seat also has 19” screens that offer a wide variety of entertainment options.
Qatar’s A380-800s will be incorporated into the airline’s fleet in the near future.  The carrier currently has 132 aircraft in service.
The airline became a member of oneworld …

Hilton Worldwide to Reflag Munich Airport Hotel

Hilton Worldwide to Reflag Munich Airport Hotel

Hilton Worldwide announced on Friday an agreement with a subsidiary of Munich Airport to take over management of what is currently the Kempinski Munich Airport Hotel.  The 389-room hotel has a direct link to the main terminal building and will undergo significant renovations, and in 2017, construction to add an additional 160 rooms as well as meeting and event space will begin.
The current building has 389 guest rooms including 43 …