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Biman suffers from accountability crisis: Menon
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Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday said Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, is rife with numerous allegations as it is suffering from both accountability and manpower crises.
He came up with the remarks while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year.
Menon, however, said steps have been taken to improve the condition of Biman Bangladesh Airlines which was turned into a public limited company during the caretaker government tenure in 2007-08.
Mentioning that Biman has been declared as an essential service sector, he said a committee has been formed by the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry to put forward suggestions to bring radical change for Biman. 
“After receiving the recommendations, those will be sent to the Prime Minister for the final approval.”
He said new aircraft have also been inducted into the Biman fleet.
Talking about the country’s tourism sector, the minister said it is now at the take-off stage.
Noting that if one foreign tourist comes to the country, it creates scope of work for 11 people, he said, “We’ve set a target to bring 10 lakh foreign tourists to the country in the coming calendar year of 2018.”
About the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, Menon, also Workers Party president, said the Finance Minister does not know what will be the impact of 15 percent VAT. “It’ll come as a blow to the middle-income people,” he said.
He also hoped that Muhith will consider the matter and the Prime Minister can interfere in it if necessary.
The minister also demanded withdrawing the additional excise duty from bank accounts.
Turning to the election-time government, he said BNP started hatching conspiracy after the announcement of the election road map by the Election Commission. “They started to say there will be no election under Sheikh Hasina. Then under which government the election will be held? Because, there’s no provision of election-time supportive government in the Constitution,” he said.
Observing that the election should be held under Sheikh Hasina, Menon said, “If BNP skips the polls, it’ll be their mistake. It’ll turn into a party like Muslim League. It’s evident before our eyes,” he said.

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Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon on Wednesday said Biman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, is rife with numerous allegations as it is suffering from both accountability and manpower crises.
He came up with the remarks while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for 2017-18 fiscal year.
Menon, however, said steps have been taken to improve the condition of Biman Bangladesh Airlines which was turned into a public limited company during the caretaker government tenure in 2007-08.
Mentioning that Biman has been declared as an essential service sector, he said a committee has been formed by the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry to put forward suggestions to bring radical change for Biman. 
“After receiving the recommendations, those will be sent to the Prime Minister for the final approval.”
He said new aircraft have also been inducted into the Biman fleet.
Talking about the country’s tourism sector, the minister said it is now at the take-off stage.
Noting that if one foreign tourist comes to the country, it creates scope of work for 11 people, he said, “We’ve set a target to bring 10 lakh foreign tourists to the country in the coming calendar year of 2018.”
About the proposed budget for the next fiscal year, Menon, also Workers Party president, said the Finance Minister does not know what will be the impact of 15 percent VAT. “It’ll come as a blow to the middle-income people,” he said.
He also hoped that Muhith will consider the matter and the Prime Minister can interfere in it if necessary.
The minister also demanded withdrawing the additional excise duty from bank accounts.
Turning to the election-time government, he said BNP started hatching conspiracy after the announcement of the election road map by the Election Commission. “They started to say there will be no election under Sheikh Hasina. Then under which government the election will be held? Because, there’s no provision of election-time supportive government in the Constitution,” he said.
Observing that the election should be held under Sheikh Hasina, Menon said, “If BNP skips the polls, it’ll be their mistake. It’ll turn into a party like Muslim League. It’s evident before our eyes,” he said.

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Palladium Hotels & Resorts rebranding The Royal Suites

Aviation Correspondent
 
Adults-only premium properties being renovated, renamed TRS Hotels.
Palladium Hotels & Resorts  in Madrid  is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts known as The Royal Suites by Palladium to TRS Hotels. The rebrand includes a fresh and elegant look on property as well as an updated marketing campaign & logo. TRS Hotels will become independent of Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts while remaining true to the mission of offering the best adults-only luxury experience and personalized service at the current properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as the new Costa Mujeres property set to open in fall of 2018.
TRS Hotels revamp will include an increase in staff and an in-depth training program along with upscale amenities like guestrooms with swim-up rooms, dinner-and-a-show-themed restaurants and world-class beach clubs to highlight this elevated concept. The evolved TRS Hotels brand is designed for those looking for the ultimate adults-only experience and customized service and attention from all levels of staff.
“As the adults-only market in the Caribbean and Mexico continues to grow and expand, Palladium Hotels & Resorts looks to differentiate itself by evolving its adults-only brand, TRS Hotels,” said Jacques De Paep, Palladium Hotel Group Commercial Director for North America.
In addition to the rebranding, TRS Yucatan in Riviera Maya will be undergoing various upgrades and renovations from July 1 until November 15. These upgrades include completely renovated guestrooms, swim-up rooms, additional exclusive a la carte restaurants, a new infinity pool, and integration of the entire room stock of the former Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa along with a Signature Beach Club. TRS Turquesa in Punta Cana will also be undergoing changes with the addition of a signature Beach Club, which is scheduled to open by December 1.
Along with attention to upscale amenities, luxury hospitality and desirable offerings like accommodating beach clubs, the redesigned brand boasts an ultimately guest centered experience where every service is designed specifically to fulfill each individual guest’s needs. As Palladium Hotels & Resorts continues to evolve, TRS Hotels drives to keep ultimate guest satisfaction at the forefront of this initiative.
TRS Yucatan and TRS Turquesa will begin their rebranding online in July featuring a simple and refined logo to represent the new and improved adults-only hideaways. On property rebranding will be completed by late Fall 2017.

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Adults-only premium properties being renovated, renamed TRS Hotels.
Palladium Hotels & Resorts  in Madrid  is rebranding its adults-only luxury resorts known as The Royal Suites by Palladium to TRS Hotels. The rebrand includes a fresh and elegant look on property as well as an updated marketing campaign & logo. TRS Hotels will become independent of Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts while remaining true to the mission of offering the best adults-only luxury experience and personalized service at the current properties in the Dominican Republic and Mexico as well as the new Costa Mujeres property set to open in fall of 2018.
TRS Hotels revamp will include an increase in staff and an in-depth training program along with upscale amenities like guestrooms with swim-up rooms, dinner-and-a-show-themed restaurants and world-class beach clubs to highlight this elevated concept. The evolved TRS Hotels brand is designed for those looking for the ultimate adults-only experience and customized service and attention from all levels of staff.
“As the adults-only market in the Caribbean and Mexico continues to grow and expand, Palladium Hotels & Resorts looks to differentiate itself by evolving its adults-only brand, TRS Hotels,” said Jacques De Paep, Palladium Hotel Group Commercial Director for North America.
In addition to the rebranding, TRS Yucatan in Riviera Maya will be undergoing various upgrades and renovations from July 1 until November 15. These upgrades include completely renovated guestrooms, swim-up rooms, additional exclusive a la carte restaurants, a new infinity pool, and integration of the entire room stock of the former Grand Palladium Riviera Resort & Spa along with a Signature Beach Club. TRS Turquesa in Punta Cana will also be undergoing changes with the addition of a signature Beach Club, which is scheduled to open by December 1.
Along with attention to upscale amenities, luxury hospitality and desirable offerings like accommodating beach clubs, the redesigned brand boasts an ultimately guest centered experience where every service is designed specifically to fulfill each individual guest’s needs. As Palladium Hotels & Resorts continues to evolve, TRS Hotels drives to keep ultimate guest satisfaction at the forefront of this initiative.
TRS Yucatan and TRS Turquesa will begin their rebranding online in July featuring a simple and refined logo to represent the new and improved adults-only hideaways. On property rebranding will be completed by late Fall 2017.

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The Nirvana Moments in Mountains

Medhavi Davda
 
Ex-Techie, with 9.5 years of experience in Software Development, I had started my career as a software engineer at TCS, eventually also working with Infosys and IBM. With my corporate career, I constantly worked on taking my passions to next level to quench the hunger to travel and explore within me. High-Altitude Trekking, Solo Backpacking, Advanced Adventure SCUBA Diver certification. Following my diploma in Kathhak, I got myself trained in various dance forms like Tango, Bachata, Salsa, Waltz, Jazz, Cha Cha Cha over the years and held on to the title of Corporate Badminton Champion of Pune for 5 years.
I’ve been carrying passion for sports and adventure since my early years; been a national level Badminton player, had my first encounter with Himalayas at the age of 16, during a high-altitude trek and since then “I left my heart in the Himalayas”.
I found my “Nirvana Moments” in the mountains. Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand, Chadar Frozen River Trek in Ladakh, Kashmir Great Lakes, solo trek to Markha Valley in Ladakh, Stok Kangri, Auden’s Col, Kalindi Khal in Gangotri National Park, Garuda Peak in Nandadevi National Park, Annapurna Region Trek, Everest Base Camp – I started scaling heights with each successive adventure. I always found reasons to run away to the Himalayas, even if it was to catch a glimpse of snow-clad mountains on a weekend. The more I trekked through these beautiful, snow-clad, tough mountains, the more I got away from modern materialism. I no longer have the desire to own a fleet of cars, and I’m detached with the idea of stocking exclusive brands in my wardrobe. Trekking changed my attitude towards life and I learnt that happiness comes from doing things that you love, and not from owning things. Now, I religiously follow this learning. I have made it a point to give away things that I don’t need. I have stopped buying things I don’t need. I’m far from become eco-friendly but I’m making strides in that direction.
While traveling, I also discovered my AQUADDICTION. I got myself certified as an Advanced Adventure SCUBA Diver and I explored the underwater life in Lakshadweep, Havelock in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gili Islands in Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
In 2015, I was working irregular hours, spending maddening hours on calls resolving technical issues, and ordering unhealthy food. My healthy lifestyle which has been a corner stone of my existence since ever took a massive beating. Something inside me clicked and I utilised all of my pending leaves to celebrate my Birthday in the Andaman Islands, dived with sharks, returned to my desk and submitted my resignation. I then went on a backpacking and diving trip to South-East Asia (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) for 5 weeks.
On my return, I donated most of the things I owned in Pune, packed only the basics in my car and drove all the way to Himachal Pradesh. My only possessions are - my car, my trekking and snorkelling gears, my badminton kit, basic electronics, few clothes and toiletries. I am living minimalistic and it feels liberating to me. I love the freedom of living a location-independent life.
I lived in Kangra, Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu regions of Himachal Pradesh in past 1 year. I’m currently living in Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
Travel has fascinated me since childhood. I have traveled extensively in India and havestarted exploring international destinations. My idea of travel is backpacking in some remote location, away from the cities and crowd, be disconnected from the internet and mobile devices, be away from the luxuries and live the way the locals do. Or go trekking to witness the pure, pristine and serene beauty of a place.
I’m in a quest to make a living out of my passions, lead a healthy lifestyle, not settle anywhere, and experience life in different places across the globe.
I share my travel stories and adventures on my blog: RavenousLegs - www.ravenouslegs.com
I was never dying to finish high school, I was dying to be a Badminton Champ
I was never dying to finish college, I was dying to experience extreme adventures
I was never dying to work with IT, I was dying to dance my soul out
I was never dying to get promotions, I was dying to be an accomplished person
I am not dying to get married, I’m dying to experience life in different parts of the world
I’m dying to live every moment!!
When I die, I don’t want to realise that I forgot to live.
—medhavida@gmail.com

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Medhavi Davda
 
Ex-Techie, with 9.5 years of experience in Software Development, I had started my career as a software engineer at TCS, eventually also working with Infosys and IBM. With my corporate career, I constantly worked on taking my passions to next level to quench the hunger to travel and explore within me. High-Altitude Trekking, Solo Backpacking, Advanced Adventure SCUBA Diver certification. Following my diploma in Kathhak, I got myself trained in various dance forms like Tango, Bachata, Salsa, Waltz, Jazz, Cha Cha Cha over the years and held on to the title of Corporate Badminton Champion of Pune for 5 years.
I’ve been carrying passion for sports and adventure since my early years; been a national level Badminton player, had my first encounter with Himalayas at the age of 16, during a high-altitude trek and since then “I left my heart in the Himalayas”.
I found my “Nirvana Moments” in the mountains. Roopkund Trek in Uttarakhand, Chadar Frozen River Trek in Ladakh, Kashmir Great Lakes, solo trek to Markha Valley in Ladakh, Stok Kangri, Auden’s Col, Kalindi Khal in Gangotri National Park, Garuda Peak in Nandadevi National Park, Annapurna Region Trek, Everest Base Camp – I started scaling heights with each successive adventure. I always found reasons to run away to the Himalayas, even if it was to catch a glimpse of snow-clad mountains on a weekend. The more I trekked through these beautiful, snow-clad, tough mountains, the more I got away from modern materialism. I no longer have the desire to own a fleet of cars, and I’m detached with the idea of stocking exclusive brands in my wardrobe. Trekking changed my attitude towards life and I learnt that happiness comes from doing things that you love, and not from owning things. Now, I religiously follow this learning. I have made it a point to give away things that I don’t need. I have stopped buying things I don’t need. I’m far from become eco-friendly but I’m making strides in that direction.
While traveling, I also discovered my AQUADDICTION. I got myself certified as an Advanced Adventure SCUBA Diver and I explored the underwater life in Lakshadweep, Havelock in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gili Islands in Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia.
In 2015, I was working irregular hours, spending maddening hours on calls resolving technical issues, and ordering unhealthy food. My healthy lifestyle which has been a corner stone of my existence since ever took a massive beating. Something inside me clicked and I utilised all of my pending leaves to celebrate my Birthday in the Andaman Islands, dived with sharks, returned to my desk and submitted my resignation. I then went on a backpacking and diving trip to South-East Asia (Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia) for 5 weeks.
On my return, I donated most of the things I owned in Pune, packed only the basics in my car and drove all the way to Himachal Pradesh. My only possessions are - my car, my trekking and snorkelling gears, my badminton kit, basic electronics, few clothes and toiletries. I am living minimalistic and it feels liberating to me. I love the freedom of living a location-independent life.
I lived in Kangra, Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu regions of Himachal Pradesh in past 1 year. I’m currently living in Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
Travel has fascinated me since childhood. I have traveled extensively in India and havestarted exploring international destinations. My idea of travel is backpacking in some remote location, away from the cities and crowd, be disconnected from the internet and mobile devices, be away from the luxuries and live the way the locals do. Or go trekking to witness the pure, pristine and serene beauty of a place.
I’m in a quest to make a living out of my passions, lead a healthy lifestyle, not settle anywhere, and experience life in different places across the globe.
I share my travel stories and adventures on my blog: RavenousLegs - www.ravenouslegs.com
I was never dying to finish high school, I was dying to be a Badminton Champ
I was never dying to finish college, I was dying to experience extreme adventures
I was never dying to work with IT, I was dying to dance my soul out
I was never dying to get promotions, I was dying to be an accomplished person
I am not dying to get married, I’m dying to experience life in different parts of the world
I’m dying to live every moment!!
When I die, I don’t want to realise that I forgot to live.
—medhavida@gmail.com

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Shortage of pilots could hinder airlines’ growth globally

Aviation Report
 
The worldwide commercial aviation industry will need an extra 255,000 pilots by 2027 to sustain its rapid growth and is not moving fast enough to fill the positions, according to a 10-year forecast published by training company CAE Inc. 
More than half of the required pilots have not yet begun training, the report adds, storing up potential problems as the industry braces for an increase in passenger air traffic that is expected to double the size of the commercial air transport industry in the next 20 years.
“Rapid fleet expansion and high pilot retirement rates create a further need to develop 180,000 first officers into new airline captains, more than in any previous decade,” said the report by CAE, which trains pilots for airlines around the world.
“The shortage of pilots is a problem today. There’s demand today, so people need to start building a strategy with us or other professional academies to be able to build that pipeline,” Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President for civil aviation training solutions told journalists at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday.
Rival L3 also operates pilot training academies. To meet demand, Leontidis said CAE would seek to grow its own training academy business, rather than make acquisitions.
Pilot unions in the United States have said low wages and limited benefits for entry-level positions are deterring a new generation of potential aviators from pursuing the career.
In the United States, training requirements also are a hurdle for many would-be pilots.
The United States is the only country to require co-pilots to have at least 1,500 flight hours unless they have experience flying planes in the military or are graduates of certain specialized programmes.
According to the U.N.’s aviation agency, which sets global standards typically adopted by regulators from its 191-member countries, it takes a minimum of about 250 hours to obtain a commercial pilot licence for work as a co-pilot. 
By contrast, 1,500 hours is the minimum required to become a captain under norms set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. agency that supports the development of global aviation.
While the US Federal Aviation Administration previously had followed ICAO norms, the 1,500-hour requirement for co-pilots was imposed following the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, a regional jet, in 2009, that killed 50 people.
The 1,500-hour mandate is supported by pilots’ unions as a way to improve air safety. However, regional airlines and some aviation experts say the tougher standard does not make flying any safer and has exacerbated the pilot shortage by making the training process longer and more costly.

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The worldwide commercial aviation industry will need an extra 255,000 pilots by 2027 to sustain its rapid growth and is not moving fast enough to fill the positions, according to a 10-year forecast published by training company CAE Inc. 
More than half of the required pilots have not yet begun training, the report adds, storing up potential problems as the industry braces for an increase in passenger air traffic that is expected to double the size of the commercial air transport industry in the next 20 years.
“Rapid fleet expansion and high pilot retirement rates create a further need to develop 180,000 first officers into new airline captains, more than in any previous decade,” said the report by CAE, which trains pilots for airlines around the world.
“The shortage of pilots is a problem today. There’s demand today, so people need to start building a strategy with us or other professional academies to be able to build that pipeline,” Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President for civil aviation training solutions told journalists at the Paris Airshow on Tuesday.
Rival L3 also operates pilot training academies. To meet demand, Leontidis said CAE would seek to grow its own training academy business, rather than make acquisitions.
Pilot unions in the United States have said low wages and limited benefits for entry-level positions are deterring a new generation of potential aviators from pursuing the career.
In the United States, training requirements also are a hurdle for many would-be pilots.
The United States is the only country to require co-pilots to have at least 1,500 flight hours unless they have experience flying planes in the military or are graduates of certain specialized programmes.
According to the U.N.’s aviation agency, which sets global standards typically adopted by regulators from its 191-member countries, it takes a minimum of about 250 hours to obtain a commercial pilot licence for work as a co-pilot. 
By contrast, 1,500 hours is the minimum required to become a captain under norms set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the U.N. agency that supports the development of global aviation.
While the US Federal Aviation Administration previously had followed ICAO norms, the 1,500-hour requirement for co-pilots was imposed following the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, a regional jet, in 2009, that killed 50 people.
The 1,500-hour mandate is supported by pilots’ unions as a way to improve air safety. However, regional airlines and some aviation experts say the tougher standard does not make flying any safer and has exacerbated the pilot shortage by making the training process longer and more costly.

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Norwegian’s nonstop transatlantic service from the Hudson Valley to Edinburgh

Aviation Reporter
 
Norwegian launched its first nonstop transatlantic flight from Stewart International Airport to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. This is the first of five routes that will operate from the airport. The airline’s other routes to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway will launch in July.
Stewart International Airport will also be the home of Norwegian’s newest crew base – its third in the United States. The airline will station two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 30 pilots and flight attendants at the Orange County airport to accommodate the new service offering, with plans to hire additional crew later in the year.
“Four years ago, Norwegian’s low-cost long-haul flights revolutionized transatlantic travel, and we are pleased to pave the way once more with our long-anticipated service from Stewart International Airport to several destinations in Europe,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Serving two destinations from New York allows us to reinforce our commitment to U.S. growth by bringing more tourists to the region and creating even more American jobs.”
“Today’s inaugural Norwegian flight signifies the launch of a new era that will be transformative for Stewart International Airport and the Mid-Hudson Valley region in terms of jobs, tourism, and economic development,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “The airport’s connection to new international destinations offers exciting opportunities for our customers and growth for the airport and the region.”
As the second-largest employer in the Hudson Valley region, Stewart International Airport employs approximately 2,700 people and generates $450 million in annual economic activity. With this new air service, the estimated total economic impact is expected to result in the creation of an estimated 230 jobs per year, $13 million in total wages and $36 million in overall economic activity. 
“Tourism is integral to New York State’s economy, supporting more than 900,000 jobs and generating billions in spending each year, and we are excited to welcome Norwegian and its many international travelers to Stewart Airport,” Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Tourism, Empire State Development, said. “I would encourage visitors to explore all that’s unique to New York State: our world-class parks, museums and historic attractions, and experience the fine restaurants and craft beverage destinations in the picturesque Hudson Valley and throughout Upstate New York.”
“Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport and digital channels, giving it a louder voice within key markets. The United States is our biggest international market, and last year we saw an 18 percent increase in the number of visitors from North America along with a 40 percent increase in spend,” Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said. “Not only is it exciting to see Norwegian add direct flights between three new destinations in the US and Edinburgh, but these low-cost transatlantic fares also come at a time when the exchange rate is already making Scotland a very appealing destination and this will undoubtedly generate a great deal more interest among US travelers.”
“Just in time for Edinburgh’s famed festival season, we are delighted to be working with Norwegian and VisitScotland to introduce new direct flights from the U.S. into Scotland’s capital. Edinburgh’s legendary festivals are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year so these new route launches couldn’t come at a better time and give more Americans the chance to experience all the special events taking place this summer,” said Paul Gauger, Executive Vice President, Americas for VisitBritain. He added, “Scotland is an extremely popular destination for Americans and Edinburgh is the perfect home base to explore Scotland’s bustling cities – including Glasgow which is less than an hour away – and its breath-taking highlands and islands.”
Overall, Norwegian now offers 52 transatlantic flights from 13 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 58 routes out of the United States.

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Norwegian launched its first nonstop transatlantic flight from Stewart International Airport to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. This is the first of five routes that will operate from the airport. The airline’s other routes to Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway will launch in July.
Stewart International Airport will also be the home of Norwegian’s newest crew base – its third in the United States. The airline will station two Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and 30 pilots and flight attendants at the Orange County airport to accommodate the new service offering, with plans to hire additional crew later in the year.
“Four years ago, Norwegian’s low-cost long-haul flights revolutionized transatlantic travel, and we are pleased to pave the way once more with our long-anticipated service from Stewart International Airport to several destinations in Europe,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer. “Serving two destinations from New York allows us to reinforce our commitment to U.S. growth by bringing more tourists to the region and creating even more American jobs.”
“Today’s inaugural Norwegian flight signifies the launch of a new era that will be transformative for Stewart International Airport and the Mid-Hudson Valley region in terms of jobs, tourism, and economic development,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “The airport’s connection to new international destinations offers exciting opportunities for our customers and growth for the airport and the region.”
As the second-largest employer in the Hudson Valley region, Stewart International Airport employs approximately 2,700 people and generates $450 million in annual economic activity. With this new air service, the estimated total economic impact is expected to result in the creation of an estimated 230 jobs per year, $13 million in total wages and $36 million in overall economic activity. 
“Tourism is integral to New York State’s economy, supporting more than 900,000 jobs and generating billions in spending each year, and we are excited to welcome Norwegian and its many international travelers to Stewart Airport,” Gavin Landry, Executive Director of Tourism, Empire State Development, said. “I would encourage visitors to explore all that’s unique to New York State: our world-class parks, museums and historic attractions, and experience the fine restaurants and craft beverage destinations in the picturesque Hudson Valley and throughout Upstate New York.”
“Scotland is more connected than ever before through transport and digital channels, giving it a louder voice within key markets. The United States is our biggest international market, and last year we saw an 18 percent increase in the number of visitors from North America along with a 40 percent increase in spend,” Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said. “Not only is it exciting to see Norwegian add direct flights between three new destinations in the US and Edinburgh, but these low-cost transatlantic fares also come at a time when the exchange rate is already making Scotland a very appealing destination and this will undoubtedly generate a great deal more interest among US travelers.”
“Just in time for Edinburgh’s famed festival season, we are delighted to be working with Norwegian and VisitScotland to introduce new direct flights from the U.S. into Scotland’s capital. Edinburgh’s legendary festivals are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year so these new route launches couldn’t come at a better time and give more Americans the chance to experience all the special events taking place this summer,” said Paul Gauger, Executive Vice President, Americas for VisitBritain. He added, “Scotland is an extremely popular destination for Americans and Edinburgh is the perfect home base to explore Scotland’s bustling cities – including Glasgow which is less than an hour away – and its breath-taking highlands and islands.”
Overall, Norwegian now offers 52 transatlantic flights from 13 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 58 routes out of the United States.

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