Travel News: May 8, 2019

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United Airlines Is About To Make It A Lot Easier To Get To The Amalfi Coast

Good news for anyone who loves the Amalfi Coast but doesn’t love the thought of the transfers or driving time often needed to get there—United Airlines launches daily, nonstop (seasonal) service from New York/Newark to Naples, Italy, on May 22. Running through Oct. 26, 2019, it will be the only nonstop service between the United States and Naples. “Our network planning teams are always searching for new destinations that broaden our offerings,” Jonathan Guerin, a spokesperson for United, commented in an email. “Naples is a natural extension to our existing service to Italy and we are hopeful our customers will take advantage of this new access point to southern Italy.” (United also flies to Rome, Milan and Venice from the U.S.)


Princess Cruises Activating MedallionClass Vacations on Six More Ships in 2020

Princess Cruises today announced the expansion of its MedallionClass Vacations to six additional ships in 2020 – Ruby Princess (January 27), Grand Princess (March 29), Enchanted Princess (June 15),

Emerald Princess (August 16), Coral Princess (October 16), and Island Princess (December 20) – bringing the enhanced and personalized cruise vacation experience to Australia, New Zealand and a World Cruise for the first time.


Lufthansa looks to buy Condor Airlines
Travel Weekly

Lufthansa Group is making a nonbinding offer to acquire Thomas Cook’s German airline, Condor, the airline group announced.

The offer also includes an option to buy Thomas Cook’s other airlines, though Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said it’s unlikely any single airline group could acquire all the company’s airlines, due to antitrust regulations, Reuters  reported.


Google Expands Power Over Local Discovery and Travel Tools

Google Maps is an integral part of travel for many of its users, and a variety of new features are likely to make Google’s other services just as important.

The lines between Google Maps and the company’s other services are blurring rapidly, as Skift explored last month. Mapping, voice commands, navigation, augmented reality, and booking options have become more versatile, and travelers will have access to more ways to book trips and explore destinations.

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