November 30, 2023

News in brief: Aero, Trees4Travel, Hyatt and more

Semi-private jet service Aero has announced its winter schedules. From mid-December, Aero will fly from London Farnborough Airport to Sion and Geneva and will also resume flights from London to Nice, following a short hiatus through November. In North America, Aero will be flying to and from Los Angeles, including LAX and Van Nuys, Los Cabos, San Francisco, Aspen and Sun Valley.

Trees4Travel is branching out with Trees4Events, an event calculator to guide planners through the entire process of making any meeting or conference a carbon positive event from conception to compensation. The tool is set up as a series of choices, with every section offering carbon estimates broken down by multiple-choice responses. In addition, every choice offers tips on the impact of those choices to ensure events are not simply ‘compensated for’ but better planned from the outset to support the planet. 

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has opened Thompson Madrid, the first Thompson Hotels branded property in Spain. The 175-room hotel is housed in two historic buildings on Calle De La Montera, which connects the city’s main square, Puerta del Sol, to theatres, cinemas and boutiques in Gran Via Street. Hyatt is promising “well-appointed spaces with curated design elements and architecture evocative of Madrid’s rich heritage”.

Lufthansa Group and Amadeus are expanding their NDC partnership later this year. NDC offers from Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Eurowings Discover, including continuous pricing and a wide range of ancillary services, will be available via the Amadeus NDC-enabled interfaces – Amadeus Selling Platform Connect, Amadeus Travel API and Cytric Travel & Expense. Beyond NDC offers, travel sellers will continue having access to Lufthansa Group airlines content through existing EDIFACT technology.   

Emerald Airlines, the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus Regional, has increased capacity for this winter with new daily flights added between both Dublin and Southampton, and Dublin and Aberdeen, taking off from October 30. It said the new routes form part of its wider expansion strategy, which will come to fruition over the coming months with the delivery of five additional aircraft.