Industry News - June 2015

24 Jun 2015

Canada launches eTAs

From August, those travelling to Canada will have the option of applying for an electronic travel authorisation (eTA). The new voluntary scheme is rolling out ahead of its compulsory application in  March 2016 when all foreign visitors, except for US citizens, will need to apply for an eTA prior to arrival. A five-year eTA will cost CA$7.

Air NZ rolling out new lounges

Air New Zealand plans to roll out its new-look lounge concept to Auckland with Brisbane, Queenstown and several other regional airports across New Zealand also getting upgrades. The lounges feature a range of zones for networking, socialising or working. Barista coffee can be ordered via the Air New Zealand app and also enjoy cocktails, freshly prepared meals from the resident chef and a self-service buffet on offer.

Marriott Taipei debut

Marriott International is making its debut in Taiwan. The 320 room Taipei Marriott Hotel will open in late July and feature a choice of four restaurants as well as a fitness centre, pool and meeting and event spaces for up to 1,200 people. The hotel is conveniently located near Neihu Technology Park, Nangang Software Park and Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

Qantas revives SFO route

Qantas will relaunch its Sydney-San Francisco route after a four year hiatus. The carrier will operate six flights per week between the two cities from December 20 2015. The service will offer 58 fully-flat Skybed II business class seats, 36 premium economy seats and 270 economy seats.

United moves to Newark

United Airlines will move all its operations from New York JFK Airport to Newark Liberty Airport from 26 October 2015. The change will impact the carrier’s premium transcontinental services to San Francisco and Los Angeles.

New Holiday Inn for Montreal

InterContinental Hotels Group is opening a Holiday Inn property in Montreal. The 225-room Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Montreal Centre-Ville West will be located in the heart of the city’s business district and feature a variety of meeting spaces, a fitness centre and swimming pool as well as a restaurant. The property is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017.

LAX T5 upgrades

Delta Airlines has completed facility upgrades at Terminal 5 of Los Angeles International Airport. The revamp includes the Delta ONE at LAX private check-in lounge, an expanded and updated Sky Club, a larger ticketing area and new restaurants, shops and baggage carousels.

Emirates opens Narita lounge

Emirates has opened the first airline owned lounge in Japan. The new facility is located at Terminal 2 of Tokyo’s Narita Airport and caters for up to 174 guests and features including a business centre, showers and Wi-Fi.