Week in Review


Mexico City International Airport suspended operation for several hours on Tuesday due to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, reports Business Insider.

According to CBS Chicago, airlines began resuming flights to Puerto Rico on Friday, following Hurricane Maria’s devastation of the island.

Travel Leaders Corporate shares news of Travel Leaders Group’s acquisition of Raleigh-based TMC Travel Management Partners.

TechCrunch reports that Uber has lost its license to operate in London.

According to Bloomberg, Boeing has landed an $11 billion deal from Turkish Air, signaling the carrier’s rebound following last year’s terrorist attack in Istanbul.

TravelDailyNews International reports passengers will face new delays and cancellations during a new ATC strike in France.

According to USA TODAY, airlines charged $7.1 billion in baggage and changed reservation fees in 2016.

Mashable reports that Airbnb has added in-app restaurant reservations to its platform on its quest to take over travel.

GBTA announced a partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to deliver meeting and event focused education at GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR.

According to Skift, travel agents are increasingly using global distribution systems to book hotels.

4Hoteliers notes that the total value of hospitality projects in the UAE reached over $71 billion in September 2017.

According to Business Traveller, the FAA is using outdated information on aircraft evacuations.

Buying Business Travel reports that London has been named the most popular business travel destination.

According to Business Traveller, Heathrow Airport urges the government to scrap the Air Passenger Duty (APD) on all domestic UK flights. Newly-released research reveals that UK air passengers pay at least an extra £225 million a year in taxes on domestic flights than their European counterparts.

Air Transport World notes that Virgin Australia has begun testing a pop-up, mobile luggage check-in system. The service enables passengers to check in and drop off baggage in a remote location away from the airport.

Business Traveller reports that Qatar Airways rolled out a global chauffeur airport transfer service.

According to USA TODAY, fliers may soon board more international flights with a picture rather than a passport, thanks to biometric technology implemented by Customs and Border Protection.

Business Traveller reports that the Civil Administration of China is relaxing its restrictions on mobile device usage on flights, allowing individual airlines to determine their policies.

Skift notes that European regulators are investigating Lufthansa’s controversial travel agent surcharge.

According to USA TODAY, Frontier Airlines has been fined $1.5 million for subjecting passengers to long tarmac delays in Denver last December.

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