Caribbean Airlines To Relaunch Flights From Fort Lauderdale to Trinidad

The last month or so in the travel industry has been nothing short of a pleasant surprise.

With positive cases of COVID-19 dropping in much of the world, and more and more countries relaxing – if not outright eliminating – the strict protocols that have been in place for two years now, it has had a trickle-down effect on virtually every aspect of travel.


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That is especially true of the Caribbean, where most of the island nations are heavily reliant on tourism to sustain their respective economies.

In that regard, Caribbean Airlines this week decided to relaunch another international route.

The carrier will start up its flights from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Trinidad again beginning May 20, according to the Caribbean Journal.

“The return of service to Fort Lauderdale comes just in time to facilitate Summer travel bookings,” Caribbean Airlines said in a statement. “It also complements the airline’s current schedule to Miami and Orlando. The addition of this third Florida destination to the Caribbean Airlines network, gives customers more flexibility and a choice of convenient travel times between Florida and Trinidad.”

The nonstop flight from FLL to Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport takes about four hours. The route will operate twice weekly on Fridays and Saturdays.

It’s just another sign of travel’s comeback from the pandemic, particularly for the islands. To hear more about which countries are open and which destinations are making it easier for tourists to enter, tune into Episode 22 of Complete Caribbean: A TravelPulse Podcast with Brian Major and Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon.

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Liberty Travel Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Re-Launch of “Get Carried Away” All-In-One Packages

“After more than 18 months of border restrictions, lockdowns and various other challenges, people are yearning for a vacation that won’t include any additional stress with the booking process.” said Christina Pedroni, Senior Vice President of Liberty Travel. “For seventy years, we’ve built our business on providing our clients with peace of mind through our ease of booking, quality, and value. Never have these needs been more relevant than today.”

The pre-designed packages will be initially focused on Mexico and the Caribbean and provide greater value to customers over traditional packages with more in-destination inclusions such as activities, private transfers and added hotel amenities, at a lower price point. Each package is available for a limited time only and are expected to sell out quickly as we enter peak season winter travel.

“With 70 years of experience under its belt, Liberty Travel has evolved into a more savvy and accessible business with travel consultants that include destination experts and group travel experts.” Pedroni added. “Customers continue to demand an incredible destination, quality accommodation, and a range of activities, that can be easily planned and booked.”

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Liberty Travel continues to make travel accessible with the information, expert travel advice and great value for which it’s known. Today, we have a network of over 500 travel agents working both in-store and remotely across the country to service our customers. For seven decades Liberty Travel has remained a pillar of the travel community and provides the added confidence that the company’s team of professionals will remain a reliable resource, available to support travelers, every step of the way.

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For 70 years, Liberty Travel has been a name synonymous with travel in America, providing personalized travel planning and insight into the newest travel trends and destinations.  In 1951, Liberty Travel literally created the “one-price” vacation package by combining land and transportation to what were then some of the most popular vacation destinations, Florida and the Catskills.  From a one-desk office in Times Square, to 105 stores in 10 states, the brand has continually evolved, now sending millions of travelers to all corners of the world on trips ranging from destination weddings to family getaways, romantic escapes to reunions, and everything in between. Liberty Travel has been recognized three times by Newsweek Magazine for its industry-leading Customer Service. The brand prides itself on its people, possessing unmatched knowledge and passion, creating the perfect connection between people and place.

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Avianca to relaunch London connection in the spring | News

Avianca has confirmed the resumption of flights on the London to Bogotá route.

Daily departures will begin on March 27th next year.

The carrier said the decision to relaunch the route follows the lifting of restrictions for travellers arriving from Latin America in to the UK.

“We are pleased to resume direct flights between the United Kingdom and Colombia, offering more and better options to our customers traveling between Europe and Latin America.

“For our long-haul flights, we will maintain the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet with an executive cabin and an economy cabin,” said Catalina Nannig, Avianca vice president of sales and distribution.

In October Avianca announced the choice of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner as its definitive fleet for long-haul flights, which will provide its customers with a more comfortable travel experience for their flights to Europe and with a smaller environmental footprint.

Through Avianca’s route network, travellers from the United Kingdom can access the main destinations in Central and South America.

Currently the airline has one of the largest networks in Latin America with more than 100 routes, around 3,120 flights a week and about 470,000 weekly seats.

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Singapore Airlines to relaunch Houston service

Singapore Airlines will restart its service between Houston and Singapore via Manchester on 1 December, operating three times per week, the carrier announced. The service will bring Singapore’s flight frequencies to the US to 77 per cent of pre-Covid-19 levels. The US and UK have both been added to Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lanes, which allows fully vaccinated passengers to avoid quarantine on arrival.

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Singapore Airlines to relaunch Manchester-Houston connections | News

Three months after the airline relaunched its direct flights from Manchester to Singapore, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has confirmed the return of its non-stop Manchester-Houston service.

Departures will begin on December 1st.

The flight will operate three times weekly to and from Houston with an A350-900 aircraft and it is hoped that in time, it can gradually increase to its former schedule.

With a choice of 42 business, 24 premium economy and 187 economy class seats, passengers will enjoy comfortable journeys and attentive cabin crew service on state-of-the-art fuel-efficient aircraft.

Singapore Airlines’ history with Manchester Airport has been one of the longest on record.

The airline had been the airport’s longest serving long-haul carrier, having operated continuously since 1986, until the Covid-19 pandemic forced 98 per cent of its flights globally to be grounded in March last year.

Singapore Airlines launched its transatlantic services to Houston in 2016, during the 30th anniversary of Manchester operations.

The flight became the first transatlantic route Singapore Airlines ever operated from the UK.

In 2017, the Airline introduced the first commercial A350 flight from Manchester Airport, as the aircraft also debuted on the Singapore-Manchester-Houston route.

Mohamed Rafi Mar, general manager, UK & Ireland, Singapore Airlines, commented: “We are delighted to resume our Houston flights and offer more travel options to our passengers from the Manchester region, after relaunching our flights to Singapore in the summer.

“Singapore Airlines looks forward to welcoming our customers on board our flights, where they will continue to enjoy our thoughtfully designed cabins and award-winning service.”

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Hertz Global unveils plans to relaunch this summer | News

Hertz Global Holdings has plans to leave Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States after nearly a year.

Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Opportunities have committed to invest up to $4.2 billion to purchase up to 100 per cent, but not less than a majority, of the common stock of the fallen car rental giant.

Along with $1 billion in new funding, and a $1.5 billion revolving credit facility, it is hoped the company can emerge from restructuring in mid-summer this year.

The equity investment will take the form of a direct purchase of up to approximately $2.3 billion of common equity of reorganised Hertz, together with a commitment to backstop a rights offering for up to approximately $1.9 billion.

The next step in this process is for the bankruptcy court to approve the terms of the plan sponsors’ proposed investment, the disclosure statement and creditor solicitation materials at a hearing scheduled for April.

Paul Stone, Hertz chief executive, said: “We are excited to reach this important milestone in our restructuring process.

“Our plan of reorganisation provides us a clear path forward to completing our financial restructuring and emerging from Chapter 11 by early to mid-summer.

“The support of the plan sponsors demonstrates their confidence in Hertz’s growth potential; moreover, they bring valuable experience in the travel and leisure industry.”

Stone added: “We have been making excellent progress on our financial and operational initiatives and repositioning our business as we prepare for increased travel demand as the pandemic subsides.”

Certares and Knighthead have recently formed the CK Opportunities Fund, a co-managed vehicle specifically dedicated to investments in travel and leisure.

Knighthead is a credit-investment management firm established in 2008 with $5.5 billion of assets under management.

Certares is a private investment platform dedicated to investing in the travel, tourism and hospitality sectors with approximately $4.5 billion of assets under management.

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