July 13, 2024

News in brief: TripStax, BCD Travel, Equinox, Finnair, GSA and Agiito

TripStax has expanded its management team with the appointment of Bruce Hanna in the newly-created role of Chief Operating Officer to underpin the next phase of its growth. Hanna’a career includes 20 years in diverse senior executive roles at Travelport, including leading Travelport’s largest market in India as President and CEO of local GDS partner Interglobe Technology Quotient. Most recently Hanna served as Regional Director EMEA at the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), and General Manager EMEA of YAPTA, a leading airfare and hotel price tracking technology provider.

BCD Travel has announced it will leverage FairFly’s technology and AI to power its Air Price Assurance (APA) solution, making it available across its entire client base. The tool predicts when fare changes will occur and automatically cancels and rebooks tickets at lower rates, generating savings up to 4.8% of overall air spend with zero disruption to the traveller. The roll-out has already started in the U.S. and additional countries will go live throughout 2022 and 2023.

Equinox Travel has appointed former TAG Director Trevor Johnson as Chief Operating Officer, reporting to joint Equinox CEOs Ian Patterson and Glen Duckworth. Johnson has 30 years’ experience in travel management for clients in live touring, film and TV production, corporate and bespoke leisure, most recently as TAG’s Managing Director for the UK Touring and Film & Media divisions.

Finnair has launched direct flights from Helsinki to Mumbai in India with services been specifically timed to allow for easy connections with its schedules from London Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh and Dublin. The route will initially operate three times a week, increasing to four times weekly in November, and will be Finnair’s second service to India, alongside New Delhi. Return flights from London to Mumbai start from £481 in Economy Class and £1,505 in Business Class.

Global Secure Accreditation (GSA) has released a simple online survey to help organisations get to grips with their obligations and responsibilities in less than five minutes after research showed more than half of travel bookers, buyers and managers know little about the new global ISO 31030 travel risk management standard. On completion of the survey, respondents will receive feedback and advice from GSA’s team of experts, so that they can begin plugging any gaps in their existing travel management policies and procedures.

Agiito has raaised over £2,000 with its first-ever Auction of Promises, helping them reach the halfway milestone in their plan to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The company auctioned off donations from Agiito employees ranging from handmade jewellery and illustrations to home-grown plants, professional coaching and personal training sessions, as well as hotel stays and train tickets donated by industry suppliers.