Flight Schedule Updates
|Air Canada||Suspending all flights from February 8 due to new travel restrictions.|
|Air Canada Rouge||Flights from Toronto to Bermuda suspended until at least April 12.|
|Air Transat||Suspending all flights from Toronto between January 28 – April 30.|
|Alaska Airlines||Adding new Southern California routes including daily nonstop between Los Angeles and Austin on March 18, as well as non-stop service between Los Angeles and JFK April 4.|
|American Airlines||Resuming flights between Washington DC and Birmingham from February 11.
Offering daily service from JFK to both Tel Aviv and Athens beginning May 6 and June 2.
|Delta||Resuming flights between New York City and Sao Paulo.|
|Frontier Airlines||Returning to Delaware’s New Castle Airport on February 11.|
|Hawaiian Airlines||Restarting twice-weekly nonstop service between Honolulu and Boston, as well as three-time weekly service between Hawaii and New York in December, 2020.
Cutting services to Kauai as island re-imposes quarantine for all inbound passengers.
|JetBlue||Temporarily suspending flights to Baltimore/Washington, Burbank, Ontario, CA and San Jose, CA until June.|
|LATAM||Planning to resume routes from Sao Paulo to Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Miami in June. Expecting an increase to 13 additional international destinations in July.||Read More|
|Porter Airlines (Canada)||Extending flight suspension until March 29.|
|Southwest||Commencing service in Chicago O’Hare on February 14, 2021 with 20 daily departures.
Resuming flights between Charleston and Denver effective March 11.
Adding service to Santa Barbara and Fresno Yosemite International airports in the 2nd quarter of 2021.
|Spirit|| Resuming flights from Charleston’s Yeager Airport to Orlando February 11.
Resuming flights in April to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Houston-Intercontinental, TX; Kansas City, MO; Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
|United Airlines||Temporarily suspending flights from Pennsylvania’s Erie International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International.
Temporarily suspending Newark and Washington/Dulles flights to Hawaii in February.
|WestJet||Suspending service to four communities due to low demand, including flights to St. Johns from Halifax, and service to London, Ontario from Toronto. Additional suspensions include its Link Service from Calgary to Lloydminster and Medicine Hat.|
|Air Serbia||Resuming scheduled flights from Belgrade to Moscow on November 9.|
|Alitalia Airlines||Expanding international flights out of Rome and Milan in September, with flights to New York in October.||Read More|
|Air France – KLM||Adding second Paris-Shanghai flight, and Amsterdam-Shanghai service starting week of July 20.||Read More|
|British Airways||Canceling all flights between London and Johannesburg until April 16.
Discontinuing direct flights between London and Buenos Aires from April 2021, adding stop over in San Paulo, Brazil before continuing to London.
|EasyJet||Cutting its routes to 10% of 2019 levels through March.|
|Finnair||Plans to restart flights to Ireland and the U.K. starting January 25.|
|Jet2||Suspending all flights until March 25.|
|KLM||Halting all 270 long-haul flights entering Netherlands from January 22.
Halting four routes from U.K. regions to Amsterdam from November 16 until mid-February.
|Lufthansa||Resuming flights between Frankfurt and Tel Aviv starting February 22.|
|Ryanair||Canceling flights between Belfast and London Stansted until the end of March.|
|SAS||Gradually resuming flights in June, increasing capacity from 15 to 30 aircraft and resuming 16 new routes from Copenhagen to Germany, Belgium, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Lithuania, Spain, France, Greece and Croatia.||Read More|
|Swiss International Air Lines||Cutting Geneva flights for all of February.|
|Virgin Aatlantic||Resuming flights between Cape Town and London beginning December 21.|
|Air India||Flights suspended to Hong Kong from Mumbai effective November 10.||Read More|
|Air New Zealand||Resuming flights to Narita, Tokyo starting June 25.||Read More|
|All Nippon Airways||Planning to cut international flights by 50% from March 28 – October 30.|
|Japan Airlines||Resuming non-stop flights between Tokyo and San Diego on March 2.|
|Jetstar Asia||Resuming daily flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta from December 15.||Read More|
|Korean Air||Resumes flights on 19 international routes from June 1, including Washington DC, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur||Read More|
|Malaysia Airlines||Increasing the frequency of domestic flights beginning in June and will resume some international flights in July as other countries begin to lift border restrictions.||Read More|
|Qantas||Suspending flights between Australia and U.S. through October 2021.|
|Singapore Airlines||Resuming flights between Singapore and Munich commencing January 20.||Read More|
|Vietnam Airlines||Expects to resume international flights in July.||Read More|
|Virgin Australia||Canceling all short-haul international flights.|
|Middle East & Africa|
|El Al||Extends suspension of most flights until end of February.|
|Emirates Airlines||Suspending flights to Melbourne through March 26, and extends suspension of flights to/from South Africa from Nigeria until March 10.
Planning to resume passenger flights to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney in April.
|Etihad Airways||Suspending all flights to the U.K. until further notice|
|Kenya Airways||Suspending flights to Paris, Amsterdam through end of February, and also reducing flights from Nairobi to New York due to low demand.|
|Middle East Airlines||Suspending all flights to Saudi Arabia.|
|Qatar Airways||Resuming flights to Atlanta from June 1, as well as increase flights to Houston, Chicago, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco and Seattle.|
|South African Airways (SAA)||Suspending all international flights up to August 31.||Read More|
TSA outlines new expectations in cooperation with CDC guidelines for airport screening processes including:
- 1. Increasing distance and visual reminders of spacing, staggering security lanes
- 2. Recommending wallets, and other accessories to be stored in carry on luggage rather than on person
- 3. Allowing liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 oz to be permitted in carry-on bags until further notice; potential carry-on search to validate the product and size during screening is likely
For further details, click here. (February 25, 2021)
- Delta Air Lines is offering partnership for at-home Covid-19 testing before the trip, and kits to take with you. Read More. (Januray 28, 2021)
- Delta Air Lines is offering international Covid-tested trial flights, removing the need to quarantine:
- Delta expects to reach breakeven point by the spring with corporate travel recovery following. Read More. (January 14, 2021)
- Delta permanently waives international change fees, excluding Basic Economy fares. Read More. (December 10, 2020)
- Delta pilots union reach agreement to avoid furloughs through January, 2022. Read More. (October 29, 2020)
- United will commence volunteer contact tracing details upon check in. Read More. (December 16, 2020)
- United extends corporate contracts expiring throughout 2021, and is considering extensions on contracts expiring in the first quarter of 2022. Read More. (December 16, 2020)
- United eliminates change fees, but only for those flights originating out of the United States. Although they are currently waiving change fees for their Basic Economy tickets through March 31, these will be subject to change fees in the future. Read More. (December 10, 2020)
- American/JetBlue code sharing to begin next week. Read More. (February 18, 2021)
- JetBlue eliminates change fees permanently for most travelers, with exception of Blue Basic fares. Read More. (February 18, 2021)
- Emirates announces surcharges for GDS Content commencing in July. Read More. (February 18, 2021)
- VeriFly mobile health passport now being used by American Airlines, British Airways and Alaska Airlines. Read More. (February 03, 2021)
- JetBlue revamps the Mint experience with new suites for transatlantic flights. Read More. (February 02, 2021)
- American Airlines cancels 230 flights due to FAA grounding regional carrier PSA Airlines over inspection issue.
- Aeromexico reaches agreement with two of the largest labs (Lapi/Chopo) in Mexico to offer discounted pricing and facilities to all customers flyingMX-US on Aeromexico and Delta Airlines.
- TAP Air Portugal cuts flights for rest of February.
- Norwegian Air to close long-haul operation, focusing on European service.
- Lufthansa to require medical-grade masks on flights to Germany effective February 1. Read More. (January 22, 2021)
- Airlines Earnings Call Summaries:
- JetBlue and American Airlines move ahead with strategic alliance following agreement with DOT. Read More. (January 12, 2021)
- JAL (Japan Airlines) will provide free insurance that covers costs for travelers who test positive for Covid-19 while traveling up to $180,000 for travel between December 23 – June 30, 2021. Read More. (December 11, 2020)
- Airline Requirements to Board: easy to view chart of which airlines are requiring masks for crew and passengers along with cleaning updates. Read More. (January 10, 2021)
- Southwest Airlines extends credits for unused tickets through September 2022, as well as updates loyalty programs. Read More. (September 08, 2020)
- Quantas to cut nearly all international flights until March 2021. Read More. (July 14, 2020)
International Civil Aviation Association (ICAO)’s interactive application provides a regional view of increase/decrease of aircraft departures over a 7 day period. Further detail by airport anywhere in the world to ensure clear guidance on airport closures or restrictions. Read More. (February 25, 2021)
U.S. Travel Ban previously imposed by the Trump administration has been lifted for several Muslim-majority countries. Read More. (January 21, 2021)
IATA’s Travel Pass digital health passport will be used by both Emirates and Etihad to receive passengers’ Covid test results and verify they are eligible to travel. Read More. (January 19, 2021)
CDC (U.S.) expands entry rules in the U.S. for incoming passengers over the age of 2 to provide written negative test result taken within 3 days of flight departure.. Read More. (January 12, 2021)
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)
- GBTA announces newly appointed Executive Director – Suzanne Neufang. Read More. (February 18, 2021)
- GBTA reports additional 21% of travel to resume in 2021 with full recovery beyond 2019 levels by 2025. Read More.(February 03, 2021)
- GBTA Survey: Buyers project 2021 travel budgets half of 2019 Levels. Read More. (January 27, 2021)
- US Senate confirms Buttigieg as Transportation Secretary. Read More. (February 02, 2021)
- TripIt launches Covid-19 infection rates and travel guidelines on their travel app. Read More. (February 02, 2021)
- US Airline executives push back on considerations for requirements of testing on domestic flights. Read More. (January 29, 2021)
- U.S. states are beginning to ease restrictions due to hopeful signs on pandemic. Read More. (January 29, 2021)
- USTA (U.S. Travel Association) has been working with the new Biden administration to include policies and incentives to jump start travel and boost America’s economy. Read More. (January 27, 2021)
- Canadian Government Halts all flights to Mexican destinations until April 30.
- Department of Transportation (DOT) increases traveler compensation for denied boarding and mishandled baggage. Read More. (January 14, 2021)
- Hotel Cleaning procedures: Comprehensive listing by chain to assist you in planning for return to travel. Read More. (February 25, 2021)
- IHG to enhance meetings program with Hybrid capabilities. Read More. (February 18, 2021)
- Accor launches Global Rollout of Digital Room Keys. Read More. (February 04, 2021)
- Hilton to launch global hybrid event program – EventReady. Read More. (January 11, 2021)
- Marriott adds optional Covid-19 testing to meetings protocols including pre-trip tests, onsite testing and daily temperature checks and mobile app health screening. Read More. (December 17, 2020)
- Choice Hotels extends the elite-status qualification reductions for its loyalty program for 2022 status. Read More. (December 17, 2020)
- Accord to take full ownership of remaining luxury and lifestyle SBE Hospitality Group Shares. Read More. (December 17, 2020)
- Hilton sees uptick in corporate transient and meeting demand. Read More. (October 27, 2020)
- Hilton extends loyalty program status through 2021. Read More. (October 27, 2020)
- Wyndham Hotels offer new mobile app for contactless check-in, with new features and expanded properties by year-end. Read More. (September 24, 2020)
- Hospitality Globally puts emphasis on cleanliness and health. Read More. (September 24, 2020)
- IHG enhances meeting and cleanliness policies. Read More. (September 02, 2020)
- CBRE Research survey state 81% of respondents are more comfortable staying in hotels that have implemented enhanced protocols. Read More. (September 01, 2020)
- American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) survey state 81% of respondents are more comfortable staying in hotels that have implemented enhanced protocols. Read More. (August 20, 2020)
- U.S. Hotel Demand expected to recover to pre-Covid levels by 2023, while rev per available room forecasted for 2024. Read More. (August 13, 2020)
Ground Transportation Readiness
• Rental Car cleaning processes and loyalty status extensions: As more business travelers look to rental cars for regional travel, we have provided updates to the major rental car COVID 19 sites:
• Uber and Lyft gain approval from California voters to designate drivers as contractors, not employees. Read More.(November 04, 2020)
• Uber for Business adds two new commuting solutions. Read More. (September 23, 2020)
Recent Shifts in State and Country Re-Entry Requirements
Global Entry Regulations Map: Interactive map outlining entry requirements by country. View Map.
- Canada: Borders closed to U.S. through December 21 except for essential travel. The Canadian Government has announced new COVID-19 rules for visitors entering the country after December 21st. Read More.
- United States imposes entry restrictions on non-U.S. citizens traveling from the European Schengen region, U.K., Republic of Ireland, Brazil and South Africa.
- Argentina extends border closure until February 28 impacting significant shifts in international flight availability based upon government restrictions. Carriers include Aerolineas Argentinas, KLM, and Air France.
- Bolivia extends bans on flights from Europe until March 15.
- Costa Rica reopens borders to international flights in hopes to benefit from thigh tourism season. All inbound travelers must complete Health Pass prior to arrival. Read More.
- Chile opens main border crossing to foreign visitors with negative Covid test and proof of insurance.
- Colombia restricting flights to/from Brazil.
- Mexico: Land borders remain closed through November 21, while air travel is available without quarantine restrictions.
- Peru suspending flights from Europe through January 21.
- Venezuela: Resuming international flights to Turkey, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Iron. Domestic flights throughout Venezuela will remain restricted.
- Austria bans flights from Brazil from January 25, and extends suspension of flights from South Africa and U.K. until February 8.
- Belgium government advises travel ban to/from Belgium January 27 – March 1 except for essential reasons.
- Bulgaria: Requiring all incoming travelers take Covid-19 test.
- Denmark extends ban on incoming flights from the United Arab Emirates.
- Cyprus introduces new Covid-19 lockdown from Jan 10 – 31.
- England returns to full Covid-19 lockdown.
- Finland closes border to arrivals from European countries, including Nordic neighbors through February 25.
- France borders will close to travelers outside European Union starting January 31.
- Germany bans travel from Brazil, Europe and South Africa.
- Greece extends restrictions on international flights until Jan 21.
- Hungary lifts ban on U.K. effective Jan 6.
- Ireland is requiring hotel quarantine in mid-February for travelers from Brazil, South Africa and other high risk regions.
- Italy extends state of emergency until the end of April, with nonessential travel between regions to February 15.
- Lithuania extends ban on non-essential travel until February 28.
- Netherlands extends Covid-19 lockdown until at least March 2.
- Norway closes all borders to non-essential visitors.
- Poland reopening hotels as government relaxes Covid-19 restrictions.
- Portugal extends full lockdown until mid February; bans all flights to/from U.K. starting January 23, and Brazil from January 29 – February 14.
- Russia extends ban on flights to/from U.K. until March 16.
- Spain restricts arrivals from Brazil and South Africa until February 17.
- Switzerland requires 10-day quarantine from Ireland, United States, Britain, South Africa and Sweden.
- Sweden requiring foreign visitors entering the country to present negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of departure.
- U.K. adds 10 day mandatory hotel quarantine for incoming travelers from South America, Southern Africa and Portugal.
- Wales extends lockdown for three weeks.
Middle East & Africa
- Georgia government to lift restrictions on international flights from February 2021.
- Israel extends closure of its airports and land borders for 14 more days through March 6.
- Iran extends ban on travelers to/from U.K. through March 10.
- Kuwait government bans entry for non-citizens for two weeks from February 7.
- Lesotho government closes airspace for all but essential flights for two weeks in wake of lock-down.
- Lebanon government will impose full lockdown until February 1.
- Nigeria requiring negative COVID-19 test for all incoming travelers.
- Saudi Arabia extends ban on travel, reopening of ports not expected until after May 17.
- South Africa extends suspension of direct flights from U.K. until February 11.
- Turkey temporarily suspends flights from Brazil.
- Tunisia imposes national lockdown from January 14.
- United Arab Emirates bans travelers from South Africa from entry commencing 23 January, and effective January 31 requires all incoming passengers to Dubai to have a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of time of departure.
- Australia states international borders to remain closed for ‘some time’. Read More.
- Egypt air space opens to Qatar following end of Doha dispute.
- Indonesia bans all incoming international flights through February 8.
- India extends restrictions on flights between India and U.K. until February 14.
- Malaysia government extends Covid-19 lockdown until February 18.
- Myanmar military suspends all flights until April 30.
- Nepal air borders reopen, while land borders remain closed.
- Philippines extends travel ban to over 30 countries through the end of January. Read More.
- Singapore suspends essential business travel arrangement with Germany, Malaysia and South Korea starting February 1.
- Sri Lanka lifts travel ban on visitors from the U.K.
- Tahiti: French Polynesian authorities suspend travel to Tahiti until further notice.
- Vietnam limiting international flights until mid-February.
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