Air France launches offer to fight low-cost rivals

French airline Air France this week launched an offensive to compete with low-cost carriers, offering flights from four French hubs to 58 destinations in Europe and around the Mediterranean at fares starting from €49 (RM193) for passengers who travel with carry-on baggage. “Air France aims to adapt to the changes in purchasing behaviour and the […]

EasyJet posts record profits and doubles dividend

EasyJet has registered record profits as fuller planes, benign weather and cost-conscious business travellers saw the airline’s revenues surge. Chief executive Carolyn McCall said EasyJet was in “a unique position to grow” against longer established rivals such as British Airways and that the board’s increased confidence meant that they would be paying out a higher […]

Hotelbeds Targets Growth in South America and Asia

Tui Travel’s Hotelbeds online accommodation arm expects sales to rise by a quarter this year with plans to accelerate expansion in South America and Asia. The business reported total transaction values of £844 million in 2010 and expects that to rise by 25% this year. Hotelbeds, whose clients include easyJet, Air France-KLM and Travel Republic, […]

Golden Backpack Awards UK Winners Announced

The cream of the independent travel industry has been celebrated at TNT Magazine’s Golden Backpack Awards: London. In a spectacular gala evening event at Shaka Zulu in London on Wednesday night, 19 winners were announced with awards presented by Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall. Voted by TNT readers via live and online campaigns, the accolades recognised […]