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La Palma : l’île la plus verdoyante des Canaries, visitée par 45% de Belges en plus

Le tourisme durable dans des endroits verts rencontre un succès croissant auprès des Belges. C’est également le cas à La Palma, aux Canaries. Bien que des destinations comme Tenerife et Gran Canaria soient plus connues du grand public, La Palma a enregistré la plus forte augmentation de voyageurs belges en 2019. Une telle progression s’explique par ses atouts, à savoir des paysages impressionnants, plusieurs climats, un ciel étoilé magnifique et sans pareil ainsi que les plus beaux sentiers de randonnée. Il s’agit d’une destination aux multiples facettes, où l’authenticité n’a pas encore cédé le pas au tourisme de masse. Des qualités en parfaite adéquation avec le désir croissant de tranquillité et d’espace, en harmonie avec la nature.

P&O Ferries releases first images of €260M new super-ferries designed to revolutionise transport between Britain and Europe

P&O FERRIES today releases the first official images of the €260 million new generation of super-ferries which will transform the experience of travelling between Britain and the Continent. The largest ships ever to sail between Dover and Calais, the first of the 230-metre super-ferries will be operational by 2023.

David Stretch, Managing Director – Short Routes at P&O Ferries, said: “These remarkable images provide a glimpse of the transformation which our customers will experience when they travel between Britain and Europe on the most sustainable, most reliable and most customer friendly ships ever to sail on the route. This major investment will be a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure into the 2040s and symbolises our commitment to making trade flow for our customers.”

airBaltic New Record – 5 Million Passengers in 2019

Riga. Latvian airline airBaltic in 2019has carried 5 049 317 passengers or 22% more than the year before to its network. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history.

 Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are reaching new heights and offering better connections to people travelling to and from the Baltics. In 2019, we continued our sustainable growth path and showed strong results that will help us to pave our future path, strengthening our role as the largest carrier in the region.”

“Last year we launched nine new routes, and, by adding more Airbus A220-300 to our fleet, increased the comfort and reliability of our flights. Already now majority of our passengers fly on the Airbus A220-300 aircraft,” Martin Gauss.

 In 2019, airBaltic operated a total of 62 748 flights or 12% more than in 2018. The airline’s load factor, which represents the number of passengers as a proportion of the number of available seats, was at a level of 76% in 2019.

2019 2018 Change
Number of passengers 5 049 317 4 135 711 +22%
Number of flights 62 748 56 261 +12%
Load factor 76% 75% +1%-point
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 86% 88% -2%-points
December, 2019 December, 2018 Change
Number of passengers 357 723 292 765 +20%
Number of flights 4 786 4 470 +7%
Load factor 70% 64% +6%-points
15-minute flight punctuality indicator 89% 86% +3%-points

In 2020, airBaltic continues its expansion in the Baltics and will launch 14 new routes, including four new direct destinations from Tallinn, Estonia, and five new destinations from Vilnius, Lithuania. A complete schedule of airBaltic flights and tickets for the new destinations are already available on the company’s website at www.airbaltic.com.

Holland America Line est le meilleur choix pour aller en Alaska, en 2020: la compagnie la plus primée pour cette destination propose de nouvelles aventures sur place et le plus grand nombre de croisières vers Glacier Bay

La promotion temporaire Why not now? offre des avantages supplémentaires : surclassement pour la cabine, crédit à bord, carte pour les boissons, enfants voyageant  gratuitement…

L’année 2020 sera intense pour Holland America Line, avec ses croisières en Alaska ainsi que ses voyages terrestres et maritimes, qui ont été primés. La compagnie confirme ainsi son statut de leader incontesté sur le marché des croisières en Alaska, en proposant la plus grande variété de destinations, comme la découverte de Glacier Bay, et le premier navire de la classe Pinnacle, le Koningsdam.

Grâce à la promotion ‘Why not now?’, les clients profitent de multiples avantages pour une sélection de croisières en Alaska ainsi que de voyages terrestres et maritimes: surclassement pour la cabine, crédit à bord atteignant jusqu’à
500$ par cabine, octroyé au premier et au deuxième passager de la cabine, les enfants voyagent gratuitement ou à tarif réduit, acompte de 50% en moins et 10% de réduction sur certaines excursions terrestres, pour les réservations effectuées avant le 28 février 2020. Les clients qui choisissent des suites, bénéficient d’avantages supplémentaires.

Wakala sera le nom de la nouvelle montagne russe familiale à Bellewaerde

Durant la visite du site de construction de la nouvelle attraction à Bellewaerde, le nom a été dévoilé aux fans du parc ainsi qu’à la presse qui étaient rassemblés. WAKALA sera le nom de la nouvelle montagne russe familiale ! Une référence à une ancienne légende indo-canadienne appartenant aux tribus Kwakiutl. La nouvelle attraction se trouve elle aussi, dans la zone Canada du parc. Les visiteurs pourront découvrir cette nouvelle attraction dès le printemps 2020. Pour le développement et la construction, un portefeuille de 7,5 millions d’euros a été fourni.

L’hôtel Riu Playa Park a été récompensé pour son projet durable

L’hôtel situé à Playa de Palma a obtenu le prix « Re Think » pour sa climatisation durable

  • Lola Trián, responsable de la Durabilité, s’est déplacée pour recevoir cette récompense

La chaîne RIU Hotels & Resorts a été distinguée lors de la 6e édition des Prix Re Think Hotel,organisée durant le Salon International du Tourisme (FITUR) de Madrid. Il s’agit d’une reconnaissance des meilleurs projets de durabilité et de rénovation du secteur hôtelier espagnol. L’hôtel Riu Playa Park a eu cette année la chance d’être nommé dans la catégorie « Top 10 Re Think Hôtel des projets à exécuter ».

Vinaròs Carnival

The Carnival in Vinarós is the most important in the province of Castellón and it’s experienced in the street. Twelve days before Ash Wednesday, the different events of the Carnival begin. There are lots of popular events, such as the tying of the ribbons to the standards of the parade troupes, the proclamation of the queens, two major parades held on the last weekend and different sporting, cultural, and gastronomic events. This year, the Vinaròs Carnival will be held from February 8 to 24.

San Antonio Festival (Castellon – Spain)

This festival combines the religious fervour and worship of San Antonio with the traditional pagan ritual of the winter solstice. Many municipalities in the province join this festival of fire, gastronomy and tradition in which animals always play a lead role. Two of the most interesting places for the celebration of this festival are Forcall (17 and 19 January) and Vilanova d’Alcolea (18)

Europa-Park, van postkoets tot beste park ter wereld

Europa-Park is een van de best bezochte attractieparken van Europa. In 2019 brachten ruim 5,7 miljoen gasten een bezoek. Ook steeds meer Nederlanders en Belgen weten de weg naar het Duitse attractiepark te vinden. Het park is al zes keer uitgeroepen tot beste attractiepark ter wereld en uit recent onderzoek blijkt dat 82% van de bezoekers binnen drie jaar opnieuw het park bezoekt. Wat is de sleutel tot het succes? Een kijkje achter de schermen geeft inzichten. Dat Europa-Park niet alleen een sociaal betrokken familiebedrijf is, maar ook producent van attracties en achtbanen, lijkt een belangrijke rol te spelen.

Milan Bergamo’s best-ever year

Welcoming 920,000 more passengers last year than in 2018, Milan Bergamo Airport witnessed a 7.1% growth in passenger traffic, recording a total of more than 13.8 million passengers in 2019. Launching 13 new flights, seeing five new airlines join its portfolio, and adding four brand-new destinations has resulted in the best-ever year for the Italian gateway.

“We now serve 140 destinations from Milan Bergamo, catering for the densely populated area of the Lombardy region and offering many options to both leisure and business traveller,” explains Giacomo Cattaneo, Director of Commercial Aviation, SACBO. “2019 has been a significant year for us in the growth of our carriers, not only welcoming the arrival of new airlines but also celebrating with closely-held partners marking important milestones such as Ryanair reaching 100 million passengers at Milan Bergamo since joining us in 2002,” added Cattaneo.

A considerable share of the airport’s continued growth can be attributed to the five new airlines joining Milan Bergamo’s roll call: Alitalia’s three daily flights to Rome, British Airways operating daily to London Gatwick, TUIfly’s twice-weekly link to Casablanca, Vueling launching a four times weekly Barcelona flight and Air Cairo serving Sharm el Sheikh twice-weekly. The growth of long-term carriers also considerably boosted the airport’s development, namely Air Arabia Egypt adding Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh to its network from Lombardy, Ryanair now offering 96 routes in total, while Lauda tripled operations in less than a year and now offers services to Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Vienna.

Adapting for the future by creating Bergamolynk – a self-connecting initiative which is transforming transfer traffic through the Lombardy gateway – Milan Bergamo also launched a development programme to ensure the airport is expanding with the continued growth. “By the end of April we will have doubled the number of boarding gates and baggage systems thanks to our new non-Schengen area, increased the number of retailers and opened a new lounge,” says Cattaneo. “We continue to be very competitive to attract new airlines and add new links to our network but we also work hard to ensure Milan Bergamo is future-ready, able to retain and grow with our partners and passengers.”

Maintaining its solid growth and looking at the first quarter of this new year, Milan Bergamo is already set to welcome Ryanair’s latest operation to Yerevan next week – the airport’s first connection to the Armenian capital – while March will see Vueling become a permanent member of gateway’s airline family.

New record at Brussels Airport with 26.4 million passengers in 2019 in conjunction with fewer flights

In 2019, Brussels Airport hit a new passenger traffic record with 26.4 million passengers. Cargo transport closed the year at 667 thousand tonnes, a drop of 8.8% in line with the European average. The total number of flights fell by 0.4%.

Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company: “In 2019, Brussels Airport reported a new passenger traffic record, welcoming 26.4 million passengers. The past 10 years, the number of passengers has spiralled from 17 million in 2009 to 26.4 million in 2019, but the number of flights has remained stable over this period. This shows that the growth of our business can be achieved without increasing the environmental impact by using aircraft that are not only bigger and better filled, but also significantly more environmentally friendly.”

Passengers

Last year, Brussels Airport welcomed 26,360,003 passengers, i.e. a 2.7% increase compared against 2018. This growth can be seen both in originating passengers, up 2.6%, and in transfer passengers, up 2.5%, as a result of the strengthening of Brussels Airport as a Star Alliance hub.

The national strike in February, as well as the social tension at Skeyes in the first half of the year and the bankruptcy of tour operator Thomas Cook, which led to the cancellation of many flights, particularly in October, had a limited impact on these results. The bankruptcies of WOW air and fly bmi in the first quarter also had a negative effect.

The long-haul network grew by 4.7% in 2019, thanks in particular to Ethiopian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Emirates, Air Canada, Etihad Airways and ANA. On the short and medium-haul network, Ryanair, Brussels Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, Aeroflot, Iberia, easyJet, Vueling and Finnair posted strong growth.

In December 2019, the airport welcomed 1,901,816 passengers, an increase of 5.1% compared to December 2018, among both local and transfer passengers.

Cargo

In 2019, Brussels Airport carried 667,220 tonnes in cargo, representing a 8.8% increase on 2018, in line with the European average.

Full freighter volumes, a sector that is more sensitive to market fluctuations, suffered the sharpest downturn (-15.9%). Integrator services (-6%) also reported a decrease in tonnage for the first time in several years, mainly due to the national strike in February and the situation at skeyes in the first half of 2019. Also affected, but to a lesser extent, by these events, belly cargo, decreased by 2.5%.

Also affected by the slower economic growth, trucked air cargo was down by 11.5%.

In December 2019, transported cargo volumes rose by 1.6% compared against December 2018, reaching 63,112 tonnes. This increase was mainly due to belly cargo (+3.5%) and integrator services (+7.3%).

Full freighter, which is particularly affected by fluctuations in the European market, levelled off, due to the significant peak at the end of the year, the many additional flights at Brussels Airport and the start-up of Sichuan Airlines Cargo.

Trucked cargo, also impacted by the markets, was down by 4.2%.

Air movements

In 2019, the number of movements fell by 0.4% compared with 2018. Of these, passenger flight movements remained relatively stable, while cargo flight movements decreased by 2.2%.

The average number of passengers per flight went up by 2.4%, rising from 127 in 2018 to 130 in 2019, thanks to larger and better filled aircraft.

In December, the number of air movements rose very slightly by 0.5% compared against the same period in 2018. The number of passenger flights fell by 0.7%.

Statement on Ukrainian International Airlines (PS 752)

It is an outrage that a civil aircraft—an instrument of peace—is downed even inadvertently by military action. To honor the memories of the 176 innocent souls aboard PS 752 no effort should be spared to make sure that such a tragedy is never repeated.

A through and transparent investigation is critical. Governments must review how risk assessments are made and information is shared. And the industry will do all it can to support governments, through ICAO, in the difficult work that lies ahead. Keeping flying safe is our shared top priority.

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