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Fraport Receives Climate Certification for Frankfurt Airport

FRA re-certified for 2020 under European Airport Carbon Accreditation – Exemplary CO2 reduction confirmed by independent experts

FRA/gk-rap – Fraport AG has been systematically implementing stringent climate targets since 2008, when the airport operator first defined these goals. For the eleventh consecutive year, Fraport has now received climate certification for Frankfurt Airport (FRA) under the Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACA) program. Launched by the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe, the ACA program assesses how successful airports are in decreasing their carbon footprint.

ACI Europe’s Airport Carbon Accreditation program comprises four climate certification levels for airports: Mapping, Reduction, Optimization, and Neutrality. Assessments for granting the certification are carried out by independent experts. For 2020, Fraport again achieved the “Optimization” level for Frankfurt Airport. Compared to 2001, Frankfurt Airport cut its CO2 emissions by more than 40 percent – the equivalent of some 127,000 metric tons.

During 2019, ACA-certified airports worldwide achieved total CO2 savings of over 320,000 metric tons. Fraport AG’s head of environmental management, Dr. Wolfgang Scholze, said: “In 2008, we set international standards by contributing to the development of the ACA climate protection program. In 2009, we were the first airport operator in the world to be certified.” In addition to Frankfurt, six more airports in the Fraport Group are now certified under the ACA program.

In 2018, Fraport’s carbon footprint for Frankfurt Airport amounted to 188,631 metric tons of CO2. The 2019 figure is not yet available, but it is forecast to be at around 175,000 metric tons. “We are making consistently good progress,” emphasized Dr. Scholze. Over the next ten years, Fraport intends to cut its CO2 emissions at Frankfurt Airport to 80,000 metric tons a year. The company is striving to fully reduce emissions and be CO2-free at FRA by 2050.

Steps to achieve this goal include implementing the airport’s first large-scale photovoltaic system by mid-2020 at a new cargo warehouse in FRA’s CargoCity South. More and more apron vehicles are being gradually replaced by zero-emission alternatives. Fraport is currently testing two electric buses for passenger transportation at FRA. Moreover, Fraport intends to invest in wind and solar energy. The goal is for Frankfurt Airport’s power requirements to be met almost entirely by renewable energy sources.

International Medical Travel Show Dubai 2020

On February 2, 2020 at Dubai World Trade Center, UAE an extraordinary high-end event dedicated to medical tourism will be held, – the International Medical Travel Show Dubai 2020.

The growth rate of the global medical tourism sector is currently considered to be one of the highest compared to other tourism segments. More than 50 countries claim the development of medical tourism at the level of state policy. Each of the countries can offer the most developed medical field and something unique in the healthcare system. The entire global marketing toolkit is fully involved in this sector. Medical tourism has created a new concept of modern healthcare.

IMTS. Dubai 2020 is an advanced Medical and Healthcare Travel networking platform, a unique hub aimed to develop relationships with government authorities and hospital executives, investors, healthcare authorities, buyers, insurance & travel companies, medical tourism facilitators, – professionals from all over the world. IMTS. Dubai 2020 is about to help to unleash the potential of the industry, both for service providers and service consumers of the health tourism market. 

The 10 th annual edition of MCE Central & Eastern Europe is coming soon!

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With a new decade started the new year brings the celebrative 10 th annual edition of MCE Central & Eastern Europe.The event has been moving throughout the region to highlight the MICE progress within the region, started out in 2011 in Prague and now will be held in Vienna.

Vienna is in many ways a frontrunner and an example for many other regional destinations, hence the excitement of Europe Congress hosting its tenth edition in this marvellous city. Alain Pallas, the Managing Director of Europe Congress stated: ‘We feel honoured and privileged to have been able to offer our services for this period of time to the many participants. To have been creating so many new cooperation’s benefiting the MICE industry and to have been organizing these events in so many destinations. Vienna is hosting our 10 th annual MCE Central & Eastern Europe event which promises to be very special’.

Being free from any visitors, this boutique forum will be held at the InterContinental Vienna at the famous Stadtpark. It brings together key MICE solution providers from the entire Central & Eastern European region to meet with carefully selected worldwide event buyers for effective two and a half days. Within this short period of time Europe Congress is able to connect planners with industry suppliers and to offer a clear understanding of the MICE possibilities in the host destination.

International aviation growth slowed to 4.5% in 2019

Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys

The latest data from ForwardKeys, which analyses global aviation capacity, flight searches and over 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that in 2019 growth in international air travel, as measured by passenger journeys, grew by 4.5%. That is healthily ahead of global economic growth, but it is significantly slower growth than last year, 6.0%; and it is slower than the trend over the last decade, which averages 6.8% per annum. However, the outlook for the coming three months is considerably more optimistic, with international flight bookings as at 1st January 2020 standing 8.3% ahead of where they were at the start of 2019.

Olivier Ponti, VP Insights, ForwardKeys, commented: “Usually, aviation grows around three percentage points ahead of global GDP. However, in the past year, we have seen several events which have held back growth; these include US trade disputes with Canada, China, Mexico and the EU, riots in Chile, France, Hong Kong and India, the grounding of the relatively new Boeing 737 Max aircraft, terrorism in Sri Lanka, the emergence of ‘flight shaming’ and the bankruptcy of Jet Airways.”

airBaltic to Launch New Route between Riga and Yekaterinburg

Riga. The Latvian airline airBaltic will launch a new summer seasonal route between Riga and Yekaterinburg in Russia on April 1, 2020. The new connection will offer more convenient travel options for travellers from the Baltics and Russia to airBaltic network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

Martin Gauss, CEO of airBaltic: “We are delighted to add Yekaterinburg as the 14th new destination to our summer 2020 route map. Every year more than half of all passengers from Russia are choosing Riga as transfer hub to over 70 destinations in Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East served by airBaltic. By launching flights from Riga to Yekaterinburg, we are offering one additional gateway between Europe and Russia and vice versa.”

Yekaterinburg will be the sixth destination airBaltic serves in Russia, in addition to convenient connections between Riga and Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Sochi and Kazan. The number of passengers grows each year. Thus, in 2019 airBaltic has carried by 16% more passengers than last year on Russian routes.

Brussels Airlines simplifies its loyalty offer

Miles & More to become the sole loyalty program of Brussels Airlines

To simplify its loyalty program offer, Brussels Airlines has decided to offer its customers only one attractive loyalty program, Miles & More. Consequently, the in 2015 launched program LOOP will be discontinued as from 1 February 2020. LOOP members can however still use their LOOPs for a period of 12 months, until 31 January 2021.

It has been over four years since Brussels Airlines launched LOOP, designed for Brussels Airlines customers who travel on a regular basis but don’t fly enough to receive significant benefits from traditional frequent flyer programs. However, Miles & More has extensively developed its offer in recent years and the possibilities to earn and spend miles, herewith coming very close to the customer advantages offered by LOOP. Knowing that many of the Brussels Airlines LOOP members are also member of Miles & More and looking at the developments of the Miles & More frequent traveler program, the Brussels based airline has decided to cease LOOP and to focus on the attractive program features of Miles & More instead.

Brusselse events om het jaar goed te beginnen

Ook bij de start van 2020 zijn er heel wat niet te missen evenementen in Brussel. Bezoekers uit binnen- en buitenland krijgen de eerstkomende maanden een bijzonder breed scala voorgeschoteld. Van het unieke BRAFA en het schitterende Bright Brussels tot het prestigieuze Brussels, Dance! Er is voor elk wat wils, in alle disciplines.

Dat het cultureel jaar in Brussel uitstekend startte, bewijst het enorme aanbod aan festivals en culturele activiteiten voor een breed publiek. Wie houdt van kunst, moderne dans, clubbing of strips moet zeker naar de Europese hoofdstad. Hier is een overzicht.

Nouveau record de fréquentation avec plus de 5,7 millions de visiteurs et le plus grand investissement de l’histoire de l’entreprise Mack

La série des records de fréquentation se poursuit : avec plus de 5,7 millions de visiteurs en 2019, Europa-Park a atteint le plus grand nombre de visiteurs de son histoire. À cela s’ajoutent les premiers explorateurs du nouvel univers aquatique indoor « Rulantica », ouvert fin novembre. L’année 2019 a été marquée par des investissements très élevés : l’univers aquatique « Rulantica » et l’hôtel adjacent ont coûté à eux seuls environ 180 millions d’euros. C’est le plus grand investissement jamais réalisé par la famille Mack. Le quartier scandinave, détruit en 2018 par un incendie, a également été reconstruit et accueille désormais la nouvelle attraction « Snorri Touren ». Roland Mack, propriétaire d’Europa-Park, est ravi : « Depuis son ouverture, Rulantica attire déjà de nombreux visiteurs et obtient d’excellentes notes. Nous en sommes très heureux car l’univers aquatique est un nouveau domaine d’activités pour nous. Le taux d’occupation de l’hôtel « Krønasår », ouvert depuis mai 2019, est également remarquablement bon avec plus de 90% ». Retour sur les grands événements de 2019 qui ont fait le succès d’Europa-Park.