Flight Schedule Updates
|Air Canada||Lowering Q3 capacity plans amid Canadian travel restrictions.||Read More|
|American Airlines||Cutting nearly 50% of its routes in December, equivalent to nearly 100,000 flights due to low demand.||Read More|
|Delta||Further delaying relaunch of flights between U.S. and South Africa through January 2021.||Read More|
|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.||Read More|
|JetBlue||Ending Long Beach service in October, shifting to LAX||Read More|
|LATAM||Plans 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)||Not expected to resume flights until October 7.|
|Southwest||Commencing service in Chicago O’Hare on February 14, 2021 with 20 daily departures.||Read More|
|Spirit||Resuming Orlando service to destinations including Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador|
|United Airlines||Planning to increase non-stop routes to 7 Florida cities commencing November 6th. Routes originating in Boston, Cleveland and New York’s LaGuardia Airport will travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa. In December, service will be added from Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio, to both Tampa and Fort Myers.||Read More|
|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||Reducing U.K. flight schedules in November after government puts further restrictions on travel.||Read More|
|EasyJet||Reducing U.K. flight schedules in November after government puts further restrictions on travel.||Read More|
|KLM||Halting four routes from U.K. regions to Amsterdam from November 16th until mid-February.||Read More|
|Lufthansa||Restarting flights between Germany and the Maldives.|
|Ryanair||Further reducing flight routes in October by another 20%, which brings its lift down to 40% of 2019 levels.||Read More|
|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|
|Virgin Aatlantic||Reducing U.K. flight schedules in November after government puts further restrictions on travel.|
|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|
|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||to restart non-stop San Francisco service in December.||Read More|
|Vietnam Airlines||Expects to resume international flights in July.||Read More|
|Middle East & Africa|
|Emirates Airlines||Offering flights to Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe commencing October 1st.|
|Qatar Airways||Resuming service to Miami November 14, including weekly flights to Chicago and New York’s JFK.||Read More|
|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. (November 02, 2020)
• Delta pilots union reach agreement to avoid furloughs through January, 2022. Read More. (October 29, 2020)
• United Airlines commences free Covid rapid testing November 16 – Dec 11 for passengers on UA Flight 14 from Newark to London. Scheduled appointment required. Read More. (October 29, 2020)
• Delta installs anti-bacterial LED lighting in lavatories on 757-200 fleet in November through early 2021. Read More. (October 29, 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. (October 22, 2020)
• Delta extends loyalty benefits further into 2021. Read More. (September 22, 2020)
• United Airlines plans to use new antimicrobial product on entire fleet by end of year. Read More. (September 16, 2020)
• Abbott announces $5 COVID test with results in 15 minutes to be widely distributed by October 1st. Read More. (August 26, 2020)
• MIT Professor advises reduced risk of catching Covid-19 while in flight. Read More.(August 08, 2020)
• Keeping your Phone Clean: How to maintain cleanliness with phones while on the road. Read More.(May 15, 2020)
• International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) 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. (November 09, 2020)
• State of the Industry:Business Travel News 2020 reports on key topics that impact travel rebound. Read More.(November 06, 2020)
• IATA: Global air traffic down 72.8% year-over-year. Read More. (November 05, 2020)
• IATA forecasts 2021 Global airline revenue to decline 46% from 2019. Read More. (October 27, 2020)
• Harvard Study: Low inflight Covid-19 transmission among masked, distant passengers, with filtration systems removing 99% of particles containing the virus. Read More. (October 27, 2020)
• Argentina to open its borders November 2. (October 27, 2020)
• Catalonia, home to the city of Barcelona, announce 15-day ban on entering and exiting territory effective October 29. (October 27, 2020)
• Singapore lifts border restrictions for visitors from China and Australia. (October 27, 2020)
• GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) survey finds that two-thirds of companies plan to return to in-person meetings in 2021. Read More. (September 24, 2020)
• IATA calls for universal COVID testing over quarantines. Read More. (September 23, 2020)
• United Arab Emirates will resume issuing visas to foreign visitors to all seven of its regions.
• Southwest Airlines extends credits for unused tickets through September 2022, as well as updates loyalty programs. Read More. (September 08, 2020)
• UA, Delta, AA and Alaska all announce removal of Change Fees, either for the foreseeable future or permanently. For a comprehensive overview of the major international carrier’s change fee and cancellation policies: Read More. (September 02, 2020)
• GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) outlines steps to help manage your employees – and clients – through the pandemic. Read More. (September 01, 2020)
• Small Meetings Survey: According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 business travelers are ‘very comfortable’ in attending meetings with less than 50 attendees. Read More. (August 31, 2020)
• Malaysian Government to refuse entry to long-term immigration pass holders from countries reporting more than 150K covid-19 cases, which includes the US.
• 38% of Meeting Planners expect to resume in person meetings in Q2 2021. Read More. (August 28, 2020)
• U.K. and U.S. Reviewing Options for a Travel Bubble to increase international travel availability, removing quarantine exemptions from certain low infected locations. Read More. (August 28, 2020)
• Majority of Business Travelers Ready to Travel: Recent global survey of Business Travelers stated majority of travelers are ready to travel pending 10 Safety Measures, including the expected sanitization, social distancing and mandatory face masks, but also includes contactless services and fully flexible or refundable tickets. Read More. (August 26, 2020)
• Lufthansa Group is removing rebooking fees through December 2020. Read More. (August 26, 2020)
• IATA Health & Safety Checklist sets recommended standard for airlines to self-assess their response to COVID-19. Read More. (August 18, 2020)
• GBTA (Global Business Travel Association) survey identifies 26% of domestic business travel scheduled to return in Q4, while 93% of international remains halted. Read More. (August 13, 2020)
• U.S. State Department lifts international travel warning due to COVID. Read More. (August 05, 2020)
• Quantas to cut nearly all international flights until March 2021. Read More. (July 14, 2020)
•Hotel Cleaning procedures: Comprehensive listing by chain to assist you in planning for return to travel. Read More. (November 09, 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)
• American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) releases new guidelines for hotel guests: Read More. (July 16, 2020)
• Hilton unveils “EventReady with CleanStay’ – global cleanliness and customers service program for its meetings and events: Read More. (July 13, 2020)
• Choice Hotels tightens cancellation policy for bookings made on or after July 10 for certain arrivals: Read More. (July 10, 2020)
• Marriott reopens all hotels in China, and extending flexible reservations beyond July 5, to include 24 hour cancellation without penalty through 30 Sept.
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 US through December 21 except for essential travel. Government announces new COVID-19 rules for visitors entering the country after December 21st. Read More.
- United States: State by State listing of all travel advisories can be found Here.
- New York changes its policy on self-quarantine to allow for negative Covid tests within 3 days of arrival, with a 3 day self-quarantine. On the 4th day, travelers need to retest locally in New York. This does not apply to neighboring states. Read More.
- JetBlue adds free self-testing kits at New York’s JFK airport Terminal 5, with results sent within 48 hours. Read More.
- Washington DC adds 14 day self-quarantine for travelers arriving from California, Oregon and New Jersey. Read More.
- Mexico: Land borders remain closed through November 21, while air travel is available without quarantine restrictions.
- 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 continues to be a Level 3 Travel Advisory discouraging Americans from traveling to the country. Chile is commencing a phased transition away from curfews by region. Read More.
- Venezuela: Resuming international flights to Turkey, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Iron. Domestic flights throughout Venezuela will remain restricted.
- UK: Lockdown – Flights still allowed to land, but in very limited capacity. What the lockdown means for international and travel within the UK from Nov 5 through December 2. Read More.
- Belgium: National lockdown. Non-essential business are closed, and all work must be done from home with schools shut down through November 15. Read More.
- France: Travel outside of Europe is not allowed through December 1st. External EU borders are closed and obligatory Covid tests are required for all arrivals. Read More.
- Germany: Partial lockdown through December 1. Hotels closing to tourists as well as bars with restaurants for take out only. Indoor gatherings limited to 10 people
- Greece: Partial lock down for restaurants only offering take-out, but all other non essential businesses are closed, and university classes only online.
- Italy: No mandatory country curfew is in place, but all public schools, gyms and movie theatres are closed completely with bars and restaurants closing at 6 p.m. through November 24.
- Spain: Issued State of Emergency with regional restrictions on travel. Madrid restricting any inbound travel. Nightly curfew for 15 days from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m. with no more than 6 people gathering in one place. Read More.
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