Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) announced Wednesday it expects a record 246.1 million passengers to travel on United States airlines this summer.
Between June 1 and August 31, A4A revealed an average of 2.68 million travelers per day will take to the skies, an increase of 3.7 percent from last year’s record 237.3 million passengers.
United is including access to the VIP terminal at Los Angeles International Airport in some business-class fares.
Access to the Private Suite will initially be available through select third parties, United said. Eventually, Private Suite access will be available for purchase on United.com as part of the fare for seats in the premium cabin on flights to and from Newark, Aspen, Hawaii, London Heathrow, Los Cabos, Melbourne, Sydney, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo Narita. United said it has negotiated a preferential rate for the service.
From the deck of the Carnival Horizon, docked at New York City’s Pier 88, Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald told CNBC that, eventually, his cruise line’s U.S. business would shy in comparison to China.
“China, someday, will be the largest cruise market in the world,” the CEO told “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer on Wednesday. “It’s in their five-year plan, so if cruising is in their five-year plan, … they’re going to make it happen.”
Passenger volume from China has been increasing sharply over the last five years, with cruise capacity increasing across all metrics, according to a 2017 report from Cruise Lines International Association and Chart Management Consultants.
South China Morning Post
At least 80 per cent of flights on Hong Kong’s flagship airline will earn more air miles from next month as the loyalty programme for Cathay Pacific looks to counter criticism that rewards for journeys with the carrier pale in comparison to competitors.
The shake-up to Asia Miles is set to offer a major boost to Cathay Pacific and sister airline Cathay Dragon as the loss-making airlines struggle to remain competitive amid stiff competition from budget carriers.
The programme, a profit-generating subsidiary of Cathay Pacific Group, will also let customers redeem fewer miles to book many flights and will place 20 per cent more seats up for grabs.