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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Airport Business News North America) Jan 8, 2012

American Airlines AMR bankruptcy could lead to outsourcing for American. Columnist Bill McGee says the bankruptcy filing of AMR Corp. could result in outsourcing maintenance work for American Airlines. "For years, American has been bucking an industry trend by continuing to perform nearly all aircraft maintenance in-house. But now all that could change," he writes. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines American Eagle Airlines Reports December Traffic. American Eagle reported a December traffic increase of 8.8 percent year-over-year as capacity increased 9.0 percent. December load factor was 72.2 percent, a decrease of 0.2 points compared to the same period last year. American Eagle boarded more than 1.6 million passengers in December. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines American Airlines Reports December Traffic. American Airlines reported a December load factor of 80.8 percent, an increase of 0.2 points versus the same period last year. Capacity was lower by 1.2 percent, while traffic was lower 0.9 percent year-over-year. International traffic increased 3.7 percent relative to last year as capacity increased 3.4 percent, resulting in an increase in international load factor of 0.2 points versus December of last year. Domestic load factor was 81.1 percent, an increase of 0.2 points year-over-year. Domestic capacity and traffic were lower by 4.2 and 3.9 percent year-over-year respectively. American boarded 7.0 million passengers in December. Jan 5, 2012

American Airlines, LAN Ecuador American Airlines and LAN Ecuador announce codeshare agreement. American Airlines and LAN Ecuador announced today they have received approval from the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) and Ecuadorean authorities for authorization to begin codeshare cooperation. The agreement, which will also strengthen the oneworld[umlaut] alliance, will provide customers of both airlines more choices and greater connectivity when traveling between the United States and Ecuador and across each airline's global network. Sales start today and travel begins Jan. 9. This codeshare relationship will allow American to place its code on LAN Ecuador flights, and LAN to place its code on American Airlines flights. The placement of American's code on LAN Ecuador flights will provide American's customers seamless connecting service to three new cities in Ecuador not currently served by American. At the same time, placing LAN Ecuador codes on American Airlines flights will offer LAN customers new destinations in the U.S. such as Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Houston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. American will codeshare on the following LAN Ecuador flights: International flights between: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito Domestic flights within Ecuador between the following destinations: Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Baltra Airport (GPS) Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Baltra Airport (GPS) Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) and Cuenca Airport (CUE) Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) and San Cristobal Airport (SCY) LAN Ecuador will codeshare on the following American flights: International flights between: Miami International Airport (MIA) and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo Airport (GYE) Miami International Airport (MIA) and Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) Connecting service between: Miami International Airport (MIA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) "By strengthening and broadening our relationship with oneworld partner LAN, we are able to offer our customers more travel options and are better positioned to deliver enhanced benefits across our respective networks," said Kenji Hashimoto, American's Vice President [ETH] Strategic Alliances. "This agreement will improve connectivity between the two countries with access to more destinations by providing flight connections and therefore promoting trade and tourism," said Maximiliano Naranjo, LAN Ecuador's General Manager. Additionally, members of the American Airlines AAdvantage[umlaut] program and LAN's frequent flyer program, LANPASS, will be able to earn miles on the codeshare flights, providing customers another benefit of the enhanced relationship. The two airlines are exploring other ways to augment their cooperation to provide passengers more choices and benefits when traveling throughout North and South America. Jan 5, 2012

Cape Town International Airport Positive upswing reported from Cape Town tourism. The Cape Town tourism sector is reporting a marked improvement in traffic at restaurants, shops, and attractions for the month of December, and the accommodation sector is also reporting a positive holiday upswing. Following a mid-December poll of Cape Town Tourism members, where over half of respondents expected a marginally better summer season this year (when compared with that of summer 2010-2011), tourism numbers seem to be improving beyond what was initially anticipated, and there is every indication that Cape Town has seen the start of a very positive peak season. Actual statistics across the board are not yet available, but Cape Town International Airport reported an earlier start to the season this year with a 14 percent increase in international arrivals compared with November 2010. An 11.7 percent increase was felt in regional arrivals, and a 3.6 percent increase was noticed in domestic arrivals during November 2011. January and February are traditionally peak months for international arrivals, and a steady year-on-year increase in international tourists is expected, too. Major Cape Town attractions reported a noticeable increase in international and national tourists during December, but the majority of the visitors hailed from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Eastern Cape. Last-minute bookings also picked up sharply during this time. The V&A Waterfront recorded more than 3 million visitors during December, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway saw more than 100,000 visitors throughout the past month, and the City Sightseeing Bus reported a busy festive season with their famous red top busses running at full capacity during December. Due to increased supply in the accommodation sector, some Cape Town hotels were not running at full capacity, however, many accommodation establishments on the Atlantic Seaboard, particularly in Camps Bay, as well as in the city center were booked to capacity between Christmas and New Year. Travelers visiting friends and relatives often stay with them in private accommodation [ETH] explaining the marked increase in arrivals by road. In addition, all rental cars in Cape Town were booked between December 20-31, 2011. While improvements in occupancy were shared by a...

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