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Bodies, Wreckage Spotted in Missing AirAsia Plane Search

Indonesian senior officials said on Tuesday that rescue crews have spotted bodies and debris, including suitcases and life vests, in the Karimata Strait off the coast of Borneo, in their search to locate the missing AirAsia flight carrying 162 passengers.

Missing AirAsia Plane Likely at Bottom of Sea

Indonesian rescue authorities said on Monday that the missing AirAsia plane is most likely at the bottom of the sea as the search to locate Indonesia flight QZ8501 carrying 162 passengers continues in a wider area.

IATA: Demand For Air Travel Picks-up In August

International passenger traffic rose 6.7 percent in August, with all regions showing growth over the previous year, according to the global passenger traffic results for August released recently by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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More Complaints On Greek Tourism Services This Year

Consumer complaints in regards to Greek tourism services amounted to 72 reports from 1 July-15 August 2013 compared to 56 complaints filed last year for the same period, the Consumers’ Protection Center (KEPKA) said recently.
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Kostas Tsovilis, President Hellenic Association of Airline Representatives (SAAE)

Philoxenia 2012 greeting. Despite initial predictions, Greek tourism this year weathered the storm and kept strong. However, problems did not disappear. As we all know, travel by air is the main gateway to our country and we must support and be rational to the operation of air...

Thessaloniki’s Air Route Cuts Worry Professionals

“If Thessaloniki is excluded by air travel then the city will be unable to spread its wings and attract more potential visitors, especially at a time when hopes to boost the Greek economy have turned to tourism,” the Thessaloniki Hotels Association recently said.

Airline Association Unhappy with EU-U.S. Aviation Agreement

The European Union late last month reached a agreement that gives airlines greater freedom to choose trans-Atlantic routes and potentially lead to lower fares. While details of the pact were not released as we went to press, it is intended to allow European airlines to fly from...

WTM Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Powered Flight

In what is a first for World Travel Market, the premier event for the global travel and tourism industry has joined forces with Airline Business, the industry’s leading boardroom title, to launch a high level two-day air travel conference on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11...

Electronic Booking May Soon Replace Brochures

The brochure for travel may fade from travel offices within the next decade, according to the latest trends in travel sales. Major tour operators are planning Internet websites, with videos of destinations, to eventually replace the now standard printed brochures, which have...

Astir Group Up And Running

Astir Palace Resorts at the Athens suburb of Vouliagmenis starts off the new year with grand plans for modernization and expansion. Astir's managing director and general manager, Alexios Kimisis, says the group intends to spend more than 10 billion drachmas in a 5-year plan to...