Today’s Here & There covers updates from the airline industry, hospitality industry outlook for 2013, travel industry survey results, updates on travel mobile apps and thought provoking reads like – What does it take to fly for free? Increasing demand for self-service functionality at airports.
Cambridge Consultants, UK based technology enabled product development company has developed a patent-approved device called ‘DropTag’ that monitors and alerts the parcel/baggage handling at transit. Baggage handling is a critical aspect in an airport, both for the airline company and the customer. Airlines levy a variety of fees centered around baggage. But, are the customers 100% satisfied in the way their baggages are handled?
Here & There: Etihad Sets New Record, IATA Passenger Demand Report, List of Travel Industry Survey Results
Today’s Here & There covers updates from airlines/airports, hospitality/restaurant, cruise line, some interesting and notable travel industry surveys, travel companies update, awards and recognitions and career changes in travel industry.
Airline fees are on a rise and there is no question to that. In recent years, a price increase has always been followed by another price increase and so on. The main cause of this chain reaction is ancillary fee that is added to the base price of the airline. Irrespective of whether a carrier is LCC or full-service, ancillary fee is levied by them. Nowadays, its not a question of “Who doesn’t charge ancillary fee?”, rather its a question of “Who charges lesser ancillary fee?”.
United Airlines has launched a new baggage delivery service where in United will deliver traveler’s checkedin baggages to places that are within 100 miles from the destination airport. Travelers no more have to wait in the airport to collect their bags. United has partnered with BagsVIP to offer this service.
Earlier this week, we launched a new offering in Travopia, its called Here & There, where we present tidbits of varied type of travel industry news in a single article. This article marks the launch of Here & There. In this article, we discuss about technology to monitor alcohol abuse, high-tech luggage bag, tips for small scale restaurants, hospitality industry scope for 2013, aircraft MRO market and career changes in travel industry.
In June 2012, we wrote about the possible impacts that Apple’s Passbook could create in travel industry. As soon as Apple launched Passbook app in fall 2012, travel companies (mostly tier-1 players) made their offerings ‘passbook-friendly’. Today, India based leading online travel agency Cleartrip has emerged as India’s first portal to make its offerings passbook-friendly. Effective today, customers who reserve flights, hotels and trains in Cleartrip will be able to add their bookings to Apple’s Passbook.
Losing baggage during travel (esp in Airports) is one of the most common problem a traveler faces. Baggage handling at airports have been becoming better year by year. And, this is made possible with services like AirportLostAndFound.com and SITA’s WorldTracer. AirportLostAndFound has released an infographic that brings to light some interesting information regarding baggage management. Among all, the one statistic that immediately raises the hope of a traveler is – 99% of the checked in bags were delivered on time. Infographic by AirportLostAndFound is below.
In the past five years, the Airline industry in China has been growing at an annual rate of 15% to total $90.4 billion. The china market noticed a slowdown in 2008 and 2009 due to global economic crisis, and stricter security checks due to the Beijing Olympic Games. The Chinese market has three main airlines – Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, and Hainan Airlines. But there are 40+ domestic carriers, so there exists a fierce competition among airlines in China.
In the list of Worlds Busiest Airport By Passenger Traffic, a report by Airports Council International, Indian airport (Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi) stands at number 30. Quality of Indian airports are definitely becoming better every year, few initiatives by Indian government proves this – Expansion of Bangalore Airport has already begun to meet the future needs and make it really world-class, Delhi recently opened its T3 terminal.