Ryanair carried 5.2m passengers in November, up 6% year-on-year and a record for the month. The figure boosted its rolling 12-month total by 2% to 81.2m, the first time it has exceeded 81m in a 12-month period. Load factor grew by one percentage point to 81% in November, and across the 12 months averaged 83%. To see the full figures click here.
Meanwhile, Aer Lingus Group reported total flown passengers, including Aer Lingus Regional, fell 5% year-on-year to 728,000: 647,000 (-4.7%) short-haul and 81,000 (-6.9%) long-haul. Mainline passenger load factor declined by 3.3pp to 73.3%, with short-haul down 1.9pp at 68.6% and long-haul down 5.7pp at 80%. To see the full figures click here.
The Pierre et Vacances Group, parent of Center Parcs Europe, narrowed its underlying net loss to €14.4m in the 12 months ended 30 September 2013 from €22.7m in the year-earlier period. Click here to see the full results.
Gatwick has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will contribute £50m of funding to kick-start the redevelopment of the airport’s rail station – The Gatwick Gateway. The announcement was made as part of the Government’s revised National Infrastructure Plan (NIP), published yesterday. Of the 35m passengers using Gatwick each year, 14m arrive or depart by rail, making it the busiest airport station in Britain. Click here for more.
Heathrow, meanwhile, welcomed the Airports Commission’s recommendation that the Government should look into a southern rail link to the airport as part of the NIP. A direct connection from the south has the potential to improve public transport journey times for millions of people living in Surrey, Hampshire and South London, ‘reinforcing the fact that Heathrow is already in the best place for the UK’s only hub airport,’ it said.
More than 2.2m guests checked into Abu Dhabi’s 148 hotels and hotel apartments in the first ten months of this year, reports the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. The UK remained the emirate’s second biggest overseas market, with 130,038 visitors during the period, up 15% year-on-year. For more figures click here.
Carnival Corporation & plc has appointed Vice Admiral William Burke to the newly created position of chief maritime officer, effective 9 December. Burke, who will report directly to chief operations officer Alan Buckelew, will have oversight of the company’s maritime operations worldwide, including quality assurance and policy, shipbuilding, ship refits and research and development. Click here for more from Carnival.
Bermuda Tourism reports third quarter visitors to the island increased by 49% year-on-year, with visitors from the UK up 20%. Air arrivals during the quarter grew by 2.4% to 82,819, with UK air bookings up 16%. Click here for more details.
This year’s annual AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) Christmas lunch, held in London on 2 December, raised £8,815 for its chosen charity, the Family Holiday Association, through a raffle and live and silent auctions. The event was sponsored by Dubai Tourism and attracted over 400 travel and tourism professionals. Click here for more details.
And finally…Turkish Airlines has released a social media advert featuring two of its global brand ambassadors, basketball legend Kobe Bryant and football superstar Lionel Messi, trying to out-do each other by taking the best selfie in destinations served by the carrier, such as Moscow’s Red Square, The Great Wall of China and the Maldives. In the ad’s final shot, Messi takes a selfie in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square, only to be photobombed by Kobe. Click here to see it.
Trade and investment deals totalling over £5.6bn and creating more than 1,500 UK jobs have been signed between British and Chinese firms during this week’s trade mission to China, led by David Cameron.
Headline deals include Jaguar Land Rover’s new £4.5bn export contract and Chang’An Automobile Co Ltd’s £60m investment in a new European research & development centre in the West Midlands, which will create 300 jobs.
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The Hertz Corporation has appointed Thomas (Tom) Kennedy as senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective 9 December.
David Rosenberg, who has been serving as interim CFO since 1 October, will assist Kennedy during a transition period, before taking on another senior role with the company.
Kennedy joins from Hilton Worldwide, where he has been executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2008.
From 2003-2007, Kennedy was executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Vanguard Car Rental Group, which owns the National Car Rental and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands, and prior to that he worked for Northwest Airlines in a number of roles, culminating in senior vice president and controller.