FTI has doubled its offer for Montenegro in response to rising demand. The tour operator has added 18 four- and five-star hotels in three destinations, giving it seven destinations in total in the Adriatic country. “Montenegro is an important strategic destination for us where we see lots of potential,” said Sven Schikarsky, Managing Director Tour Operating Package. “Montenegro bookings have tripled since 2012 and we expect significant growth again for the coming summer season.”
Separately, FTI has extended its early booking discounts for Egypt until February 29 and its ‘no worries booking’ re-booking option until the end of March in an effort to stimulate sales for the destination.
Alltours is adding more charter flights to Majorca this spring to cope with an expected rise in demand over Easter in particular. The tour operator has six additional full charter flights with Germania from Düsseldorf between March and May. Alltours has also added several full charters to the Canary Islands in the same period.
River cruises specialist Arosa increased revenues by 15% and customer numbers by 7% to 85,000 in 2015. Cabin utilisation on the 11 vessels improved by two percentage points to over 90% last year. CEO Jörg Eichler said the success was due to the ‘premium all inclusive’ offer introduced three years ago, more city trips and a rise in the number of families with children. “We’re heading toward having more than 1,000 children on board each year. That’s an absolute first in the industry.” Arosa has already sold more than 50% of this year’s river cruises, 8% ahead of last year.
Eurowings will postpone the start of its new flights to Boston and Las Vegas from May until June while it works to stabilise its long-haul schedule following serious flight delays in recent months for diverse operational reasons. Passengers who have already booked flights on the two routes will be re-booked on to Lufthansa (to Boston) or Condor (to Las Vegas). However, the new flight to Miami will start in May as planned. Eurowings has suffered from only having two A330s for long-haul routes but the fleet will expand with a third A330 in April and a fourth one in May. In the meantime, the Eurowings flights to Dubai are being operated by a Lufthansa A340.
Condor has opened part of its winter 2016/17 flight schedule for bookings. Customers can now book flights to popular short- and long-haul destinations, including the Canary Islands, Antalya and Hurghada. Similarly, Germania is now accepting bookings for several destinations next winter, including the Canary Islands, Cyprus and Madeira.
Ryanair will launch daily flights from Hamburg to Bergamo and daily flights from Nuremberg to Bergamo and Rome next winter.