#FSTravelNEWS 02:04:2016

followsummer travel news for April 2, 2016

Airlines’ Fight for Cuba Flights Is Getting Dirty

The competition for the limited number of flights between the United States and Cuba has been quite heated. Theimg1 - #FSTravelNEWS 02:04:2016 DOT will be unable to give all airlines the slots they want when it doles out the 110 daily flights later this year. This is especially true for the 20 daily flights into Havana.

Most airlines will be disappointed when the Havana slots are assigned because there simply aren’t nearly enough under the current U.S.-Cuba air travel agreement to go around.

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Wow Air Moves Up Canada Launch Date

Wow Air, the airline that’s been making headlines because of its rock-bottom pricing on flights between Europe and North America, is moving up its launch dates in Canada.

Citing “overwhelming demand” the airline, which originally said it would begin flights from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport starting May 12, 2016 and from Toronto Pearson International Airport on May 20, 2016, with one-way fares starting from $99, has now said it will commence flights on May 4 and May 11 respectively.

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NewLeaf Travel Gets the Greenlight to Resume Sales

NewLeaf Travel, which began selling ultra-low cost airline tickets earlier this year only to halt sales a few days later, has received the go-ahead from the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) to resume sales.

But don’t call NewLeaf an airline. The travel company, which plans to operate its service under a charter agreement with Kelowna-based Flair Airlines, Ltd., must not “hold itself out to the public as an air carrier operating an air service” according to the new CTA ruling.

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Setting The Odds on Marriott’s Next Moves in The Starwood Merger

A Chinese consortium led by the Anbang Insurance Group is giving Marriott International a run for its money in the two potential buyers’ ongoing battle to acquire Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

The former emerged as a serious player earlier this month with a $13 billion takeover offer for Starwood that slammed the brakes on Marriott’s planned acquisition of the Stamford, Connecticut-based company. Nonetheless Marriott returned with an offer that valued Starwood at $13.6 billion and the two companies agreed to an amended merger last week.

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