Low-frills airlines in Europe currently hold 18 percent of the market share, and that could go to 32 percent in just the next few years, according to Kark Garnadt, senior vice president-Network for Lufthansa. Speaking at the 13th annual Phoenix Aviation Symposium, Garnadt said that how quickly they grow depends on the response of the legacy carriers, which have been complacent in responding to the new competition. Michael Whitacker, vice president of alliances, international and regulatory affairs for United, said airlines no longer fit neatly into buckets of domestic and international and low- cost and point-to-point carriers. Most experts agreed that global aviation would eventually evolve into a system of three global alliances with many partners, and then many smaller operators.
According to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers, record gasoline prices will not stop Americans from hitting the road this summer. The report predicts that the increase in domestic summer travel will create an increase of 5.3 percent in revenue per available room for hotels.
Honolulu media are reporting that a person suspected in a ticket scam involving Hawaiian Airlines transpacific tickets turned himself in to Honolulu police. According to reports, consumers may have lost $200,000 thus far, but that dollar figure could rise if additional victims come forward. Hawaiian Airlines had issued a warning to would-be travelers earlier this month that an individual was offering consumers five roundtrip tickets between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland for $250 each and promising a sixth ticket for free. In its warning, the airline noted that the first ticket was legitimate but the subsequent ones were not. Consumers who think they've been scammed should file a police report and call Hawaiian Airlines' customer advocate line at 808-838- 3500 to confirm ticketed reservations.
Access America, a travel insurance company, has partnered with Continental to offer trip protection to passengers whom book from Continental.com. The insurance will be available starting next month. It will offer Airline Ticket Protector, which provides trip cancellation and interruption coverage, and 24-hour global emergency assistance. A site www.etravelprotection.com/continental has been developed exclusively for Continental's customers.
A national survey conducted on behalf of Orbitz for Business by Harris Interactive reveals the majority of business travelers are equally or more cost-conscious...