Brussels Airlines will add five new European destinations and will schedule extra flights to eight existing European destinations for its summer 2016 operating season.

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The carrier’s existing shareholders and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Alitalia’s new 49 per cent shareholder, announced on January 20 that the Italian carrier would adopt new network, fleet, cost-management, airline partnership and customer-service strategies. It is also adopting a new look.

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In addition, United Airlines will offer a second daily non-stop flight between Washington Dulles International Airport and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for the 2015 summer season.

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Air Canada will launch year-round mainline service to Amsterdam from Toronto next June to expand its international network. Additions to the airline’s summer 2015 network also include new Air Canada rouge seasonal service from Montréal to Venice and between Vancouver and Osaka.

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Air Dolomiti, an Italian regional airline owned by Lufthansa Group, will soon sign its first three codeshare agreements outside the close relationship it has with Lufthansa German Airlines.

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This spring Air Canada’s leisure-carrier subsidiary, Air Canada rouge, is taking over eight routes previously operated by Air Canada from Toronto and Montreal to Cuba, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Barbados, Haiti, Cancun and Tampa.

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The Air Canada group of carriers is expanding its international services to Europe from Toronto, Montréal, Vancouver and Calgary in its summer 2014 Europe schedule.

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In addition to the 14 routes which Air Canada’s new leisure-airline brand will serve from July 1, Air Canada rouge will add seasonal flights operating from October through March to another 13 sunspot destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida and Southwestern U.S. for “snowbird” winter-season leisure travelers.

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British Airways has unveiled a raft of new domestic and international flights for its winter 2012 schedule, which begins on October 28. UK regions will see more BA services as a result of parent company International Airlines Group’s purchase of BMI earlier this year.

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This summer US Airways is offering daily, seasonal service to Barcelona, Athens, Glasgow, Venice and Lisbon from its hub at Philadelphia. The carrier will also add daily, seasonal service from US Airways’ hub at Charlotte Douglas International Airport to Dublin, Madrid and Rome.

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BA CityFlyer’s latest Embraer 190 will be used for new year-round flights from London City Airport to Venice beginning in September and to increase service frequency by one flight a day to the key business destinations of Frankfurt and Glasgow.

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New for the winter schedule, as a continuation of Monarch Airlines’ 2012 summer program, are the Italian destinations of Venice, Verona, Milan and Rome. The airline will now operate year-round services to the four Italian cities.

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For travelers who want European vacation ideas for the fall, Austrian Airlines Vacation Center is promoting ‘City Steal’ vacation packages which are available for travel between August 28 and October 31.

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According to the company, its scenic-tour seaplane flights over Venice and its lagoon begin 100 years after the first seaplane flight in Italy, a flight which it says took place over Venice.

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Finnair is adding two new destinations and is converting three leisure charter routes to scheduled services with its summer timetable, which begins on March 27.

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Scandinavian Airlines is expanding its route network in 2011 with two new long-haul routes, Newark-Oslo and Copenhagen-Shanghai. The airline is also adding more intra-Europe routes and service frequencies.

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JDB Fine Hotels & Resorts’ ‘SmartStart: One Night Free’ offer provides an additional night free for clients pre-paying for two or three nights at more than 60 participating hotels in Italy, Spain, Ireland, France and Mexico.

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Each book lets users play the storyline, from location to location, across five Italian cities – Venice, Florence, Verona, Milan and Rome – interweaving the fictional and the factual to create a new high-tech adventure in city sightseeing and touring.

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