Week in Review: Travel Industry News

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Travel News 30 May 2016

For week ending 27 May 2016.

Lots of news and updates from last week in the travel industry. Singapore Airlines will open the doors to its new Brisbane lounge next week, while Cathay Pacific announces plans to open its upgraded lounge in Hong Kong.

All this and more in our weekly news round-up brought to you by FCM Travel Solutions.  

Air New Zealand boosts Houston route

Air New Zealand plans to raise the frequency of its non-stop flights between Auckland and Houston in the USA. The seasonal increase will see two services added, raising the total from five weekly to daily between 5 December and 5 February.

Singapore Air A350-900s Johannesburg-bound

Singapore Airlines plans to operate Airbus A350 aircraft on its Singapore-Johannesburg route from 27 June. Currently the service operates on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, but the carrier has plans to raise this to daily in the future.

Hyatt House Europe debut

Hyatt Hotels is expanding into Europe. The Hyatt House Dusseldorf in Germany is scheduled to open in January next year. Located in the city’s Old Town area, it will feature 102 apartment-style suites with kitchens.

New Singapore Airlines lounge for Brisbane

Singapore Airlines plans to open its new SilverKris Lounge at Brisbane International Airport on
7 June. The new lounge features specially designed productivity pods as well asdedicated spaces tailored for different needs.

New Emirates lounge

Emirates has opened a new lounge at Cape Town International Airport. The addition brings the carriers global network of lounges to 39. The lounge caters for up to 123 guests and is open to Emirates First and Business Class customers as well as Skywards Platinum and Gold members travelling from Cape Town to Dubai. Located next to Emirates’ preferred boarding point at Gate A3, it features a business centre, wi-fi, TV area and showers.

Hong Kong Cathay Lounge revamp complete

Cathay Pacific plans to open its upgraded Pier Business Class lounge at Hong Kong International Airport in June. Occupying 3306 sqm, it is the carrier’s largest lounge, catering to up to 550 people. Located the airport’s North West concourse, it features an extensive food hall, noodle bar, office space and a relaxation room.

London Heathrow T5 Entertainment

Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five will offer passengers a new entertainment option. Travellers can access recent Hollywood releases that canbe played on iPhones or iPads by utilising the Heathrow EntertainMe kiosk. As well as movies, passengers can also view TV shows, magazines and newspapers.