What else is going on in the world of travel tech? A round-up of other stories from across the industry.
- The majority of second homeowners based in the UK are considering selling up and shipping out, according to a study by HomeAway. The survey of 500 property owners found that almost two-thirds (65%) would like to sell or are thinking of offloading their property. Six out of ten said the value of their property had "nose-dived" since it was purchased. The vast majority of owners bought their second homes in the past six years after the jump in house prices at home, giving many owners spare equity.
- All change at the top at eRevMax, with existing executives Sascha Hausmann and Lars Hahn handing over the reins to Michael McCartan who becomes CEO after 18 months as chief operating officer. McCartan was previously vice president of product management at Pegasus Solutions. Hausmann will remain as an advisor on the board of directors.
- Major upgrade to an important part of air traffic control in Spanish airspace after Entidad Pública Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea (AENA) selected SITA to overhaul the air-to-ground radio network. The agreement covers the upgrade of 27 VHF ground stations and the creation of 11 new bases. SITA is currently the supplier to a number of European ATC centres, including the UK, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
- Connecticut authorities dropped a case against aviation blogger Steven Frischling on now-unproven larceny and forgery charges. The case revolved around Frischling's work for in 2011 the KLM blog and his role in carrying out the project allegedly on behalf of the Innovation Analysis Group, which triggered the investigation. State authorities disposed of the case on March 9 and there was no settlement. Frischling, who pens the Flying With Fish blog on aviation issues says the "allegations against me were baseless and unfounded. At this time, I am happy this unfortunate turn of events has come to a close. The legal system ultimately worked the way it is supposed to and common sense prevailed". Addison Schonland of Innovation Analysis Group expressed disappointment in the outcome.