Travel News Report
Dec. 24, 2014

Why the Airbus A380 changes the game at DFW Airport
Dallas Business Journal
From Oct. 1: The days of Qantas stopping to refuel on its way from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Sydney are done. Qantas debuted the two-story Airbus A380 with much fanfare, including Hollywood actor, aviation buff and airline ambassador John Travolta. The world’s largest passenger plane replaces the Boeing 747 that Qantas had used.More

14 global trends that will define travel in 2014
From Jan. 1 2013 was a year of big stories in travel, and we brought you all of the important ones. But what will drive the world's largest industry in 2014? How will the megatrends in travel intersect with the ground realities of economies-in-upheaval and technological changes?More

Billionaire Musk chooses South Texas site for SpaceX launchpad
Austin American-Statesman and Bloomberg News via The Dallas Morning News
From Aug. 6: SpaceX has chosen a South Texas site to build its planned commercial rocket launch facility, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's office said. Texas is offering $2.3 million in incentives to SpaceX from the Enterprise fund, the governor's office said. The state is offering $13 million from the Spaceport Trust Fund to the Cameron County Spaceport Development Corp. The Spaceport Trust Fund is used to support the development of infrastructure necessary for establishing a spaceport.More

Feds publish 2015 per diem rates
Successful Meetings
From Aug. 20: Federal employees will have the same business travel budgets in 2015 as they had in 2014, according to the General Services Administration, which recently published its FY 2015 travel per diem rates for the Continental United States (CONUS).More

Love Field restrictions expire, Southwest launches new routes
Los Angeles Times
From Oct. 15: Flight restrictions imposed 35 years ago on Texas' Love Field expired recently, setting the stage for a likely airfare war between Southwest Airlines and its domestic competitors. Southwest, which is headquartered at Love Field in Dallas, is expected to benefit the most from the end of the restrictions, but other airlines have already announced new routes to the airport.More

Southwest announces first international flights
USA Today
From Jan. 29: Southwest, which grew to carry more domestic passengers than any U.S. airline, began selling tickets Monday for international flights, the start of a significant shift for the low-cost domestic carrier. Starting July 1, travelers will for the first time be able to fly Southwest to Aruba, Jamaica and the Bahamas, setting up stiff competition with larger carriers that serve those areas now, analysts say.More

Hotels prepare for highest occupancy levels in 20 years
From Aug. 27: A nightmare year of 2009, when U.S. hoteliers saw room rates and revenue plummet, now may seem like a vague, unpleasant memory as hotel occupancy in the U.S. in 2015 is forecast to reach 64.8 percent — the highest in 20 years.More

Perryman: Texas is big and has a big economy
The Monitor
From March 19: I am often asked just how important Texas is to the U.S. economy. The shortest answer is "very." So in honor of our recent Texas Independence Day, here are some key facts about the Lone Star State's contributions.More

High-speed rail proposed between US and Mexico
PBS NewsHour
From Jan. 22: High speed trains could be the future of travel across the U.S.-Mexican border. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin and Mexican officials met with Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx in Washington to discuss a possible high-speed passenger rail line between San Antonio, Texas, and Monterrey, Mexico. The project could begin in 2015, with a projected completion as early as 2018.More

Travel expert: New Southwest routes are a huge deal for North Texas
From Feb. 5: It's been almost 30 years in the making, but come October, Southwest Airlines will be able to fly nonstop anywhere in the country. That's when the Wright Amendment expires.More