Covid: Airline industry travel pass ready within weeks

The International Air Transport Association is expecting its digital Covid Travel Pass to be ready within a number of weeks.   The new digital pass will be an app that verifies that a passenger has had the Covid-19 tests or vaccines required to enter a country. It will also verify where the passengers had the vaccine administered and that it carried out by an approved authority. Vinoop Goel, IATA’s regional director of airports and external relations has said that "The key issue is one of confidence. Passengers need to be confident that the testing they've taken is accurate and will allow them to enter the country. And the governments need to have the confidence that the tests that the passengers claim to have been one which is accurate and meets their conditions." IATA said the Travel Pass is designed in a modular way so it can work with other digital solutions that are under trial around the world. The App will be available on iOS and Android, it is expected to be free to passengers. Singapore Airlines was the first airline to start trials of the travel pass in December. Source  https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56165563 https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/covid-19-news/

By |February 25th, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Peach Aviation introducing free Covid-19 testing

Peach Aviation is introducing free Covid-19 testing for domestic passengers departing Tokyo and Osaka from February 21 to March 31. Travellers departing from Osaka Kansai and Tokyo Narita airports on the Japanese low-cost carrier will be eligible to redeem a saliva-based PCR test kit. Requests must be made at least ten days before departure and no later than March 21, reported the Mainichi. The PCR test will need to be sent and received by biotech company SS Dnaform at least three days prior to departure.  Travellers will then be notified of their results by email, with the option of flight changes or credit if the test comes back positive, according to Peach Aviation’s Japanese website. “We’d like to guarantee that our flights are safe and strive to revitalise regional economies,” a Peach Aviation spokesperson told The Mainichi. The new offering comes as daily Covid-19 cases in the world’s third largest economy fall below one thousand cases for the first time since November, reported the Japan Times.  Domestic carriers significantly scaled back flights during the last surge. Earlier, flag carrier Japan Airlines announced it would operate 52 per cent of its normal domestic schedule this month. Meanwhile, All Nippon Airways, the country’s largest airline, said it would fly just 55 per cent of its normal schedule, according to analytics company CAPA Centre for Aviation. flypeach.comTags: ANA, Japan Airlines, Peach https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2021/02/16/peach-aviation-rolls-out-free-covid-19-testing/

By |February 25th, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

British Airways partners with Dettol

British Airways has partnered with the creators of hygiene brand Dettol as part of its “ongoing commitment to keep staff and customers safe”. The airline is collaborating with Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of Dettol, to provide a range of its cleaning products to customers from March 2021. The updated cleaning protocols are supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The Dettol products will be used both in the air and on the ground. At Heathrow Terminal 5, for instance, there will be hand sanitiser stations positioned at all check-in desks, self-service bag drop, lounges and departure gates – the current sanitisation stations will be replaced with Dettol products. Additionally, Dettol antibacterial wipes, cleaners and sprays will be used to keep surfaces clean at the airport and in British Airways’ lounges. Passengers will also be given a packet containing an antibacterial wipe as they board the aircraft. The Dettol products are proven to kill 99.9 per cent of bacteria and coronavirus according to The American Journal of Infection Control.  Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer, said: “As we look forward to welcoming our customers back on board, we are proud to announce our partnership with Dettol, a trusted and well-known disinfection brand. At the start of the pandemic, we introduced a number of protective measures at each step of the customer journey, and we think our partnership with Dettol is a great addition.” Rahul Kadyan Executive Vice President of Global Business Solutions for Reckitt Benckiser (RB) added: “Our collaboration with British Airways is exciting, since we both share the same objective to help protect travellers. This is an ideal partnership for RB, and Dettol, to help drive high standards in hygiene and [...]

By |February 17th, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Another Covid-19 casualty as Namibia’s national carrier ceases operations

Air Namibia has become the latest casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic, with all flights grounded and future bookings suspended. The state-owned flag carrier confirmed the move in a Facebook post, directing affected customers to email refunds@airnamibia.aero or callcentre@airnamibia.aero for more information. Windhoek-based Air Namibia began life as South West Air Transport back in 1946, and in recent years operated a fleet of Airbus A319 and A330s, as well as Embraer ERJ 135ER regional jets. Business Traveller reviewed the carrier’s business class service on the long-since-terminated Gatwick-Windhoek route back in 2007. There are no direct, nonstop flights between the UK and Namibia, and the country is currently on the government’s list of banned destinations aimed at stopping the spread of the South African variant of Covid-19. https://www.businesstraveller.com/business-travel/2021/02/15/namibias-national-carrier-ceases-operations/

By |February 15th, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

‘Big three’ Chinese carriers predict 30 billion yuan loss in 2020

Air China, China Eastern, and China Southern predict they will collectively lose more than 30 billion yuan (US$4.65 billion) in 2020. The state-owned carriers, known as China’s ‘big three’, blamed the loss on low market demand and a significant fall in willingness to travel, according to the Global Times.  The announcement comes in spite of strong domestic demand across the world’s second largest economy in the second half of 2020. Although slightly hampered by outbreaks towards the end of the year, Chinese domestic travel has for the most part recorded levels not seen since pre-pandemic days. On the other hand, international traffic to China has fallen more than 80 per cent due to strict government controls, reported the Global Times. Flag carrier Air China expects a net loss of 13.5-15.5 billion yuan for 2020, compared to a net profit of 6.41 billion yuan the year before. China Eastern predicts a net loss of 9.8-12.5 billion yuan, compared to a 3.19 billion yuan profit in 2019.  Meanwhile, China Southern, the country’s largest carrier, estimates a net loss of 7.91-10.86 billion yuan, compared to 2.65 billion yuan profit in 2019. The three carriers’ fortunes are unlikely to turn anytime soon as local governments impose further domestic restrictions ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. The period is typically the country’s peak travel season. The state-owned carriers, known as China’s ‘big three’, blamed the loss on low market demand and a significant fall in willingness to travel, according to the Global Times.  The announcement comes in spite of strong domestic demand across the world’s second largest economy in the second half of 2020. Although slightly hampered by outbreaks towards the end of the year, Chinese domestic travel has for the most part recorded levels not seen since pre-pandemic [...]

By |February 2nd, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

All regular Passenger services at Air Transat have been suspended until the end of April, this follows the introduction of new arrivals rules by the Canadian government.

Air Transat has suspended all regular passenger services until the end of April, following new arrivals rules introduced by the Canadian government. From February 3 all international flights must arrive into Canada through just four airports – Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Calgary International Airport, and Vancouver International Airport. In addition to this a new hotel quarantine requirement for all travellers arriving into the country is set to come into force “As soon as possible in the coming weeks”. Arriving passengers (with a few limited exceptions) will have to quarantine in government-approved hotels for three nights, at their own cost. In a statement Air Transat said: “We’re receiving a high volume of questions and calls about this announcement and its impact on our operations. We know that it’s causing a great deal of concern among our customers currently at destination or who planned to travel in the coming weeks, and we’d like to assure them that we’re doing everything we can to ensure that this situation beyond our control has the least impact possible on them. That includes making sure that we have a sufficient number of repatriation flights and available seats to return all our customers back home as soon as possible.” The Canadian government has also suspended all flights to and from Mexico and Caribbean countries until April 30, effective from January 31. All passengers arriving into the country must show negative pre-departure Covid-19 test results – a rule that is also being extended to arrivals by land (with limited exemptions for example for commercial truckers). For its part Air Canada has suspended flights to the Caribbean and Mexico “at the request of, and to support Government of Canada Covid-19 mitigation [...]

By |February 1st, 2021|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Irish Government considering new Aviation support

News that the Irish Government is considering support for “some” international air routes which sounds comforting, but the plan unlocks a possible minefield. One question would be, does it comply with EU state aid.Other governments have lent airlines cash, secured deficits, or even accepted equity, but not pledged support for distinctive passages. Then we have the question of which routes the Government should back? Tánaiste Leo Varadkar had said that he was more worried about the future of some significant long-haul routes. He felt that numerous shorter services, specifically those between here and London, could rebound quickly.Does this now mean that the Irish Government are thinking that the aid could be selective? If so this sounds a lot like our government instead of telling people not to fly to red countries instead, they will be telling airlines where it would like them to fly, should they want support.If they are to limit any available aid to long-haul flights were does that leave the short-haul Airlines? Sourcehttps://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/state-subsidies-for-some-international-air-a-routes-potential-minefield-1.4372795

By |October 6th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Pledges from the Taoiseach to support Airlines and Airports

Micheál Martin has vowed strategic support will be provided for airports and airlines once the EU 'traffic light' travel system for the Covid-19 pandemic is operational.The Taoiseach acknowledged serious concerns from both Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan over the impact the ongoing virus crisis was having on key regional airports such as Cork, Shannon and Ireland West-Knock.Airports have seen passenger numbers slashed by up to 95pc and the number of routes halved.Both Aer Lingus and Ryanair have warned they face closing their winter hubs at Cork and Shannon such is the scale of the crisis facing the global aviation sector.Ireland West-Knock said its passenger numbers would drop back this year to levels not seen since 2001 and warned urgent support by the Government was needed.The Taoiseach dismissed any suggestion the Government would allow strategic regional connectivity to be lost."Firstly, I will say that Covid-19 has been devastating for the travel industry and the aviation sector," he said."There is no doubt about that. Irrespective of regulations and guidance, people have not been travelling at all in the same numbers as they were last year or in the pre-Covid era."The Government has to help and support the aviation sector. There has been engagement between the ministers and the sector. We are conscious of that - we are a country that trades globally. We need international connectivity both in terms of indigenous companies and multinationals."Our companies export a lot and connectivity is key."However, Mr Martin said the Government must wait until EU member states know precisely what was possible in terms of aviation support measures."We are positively engaging with the European Commission's proposed 'traffic light' system in terms of travel and that, hopefully by mid-October, [...]

By |September 29th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Virgin Australia enters voluntary administration

21 April 2020:  Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (ASX: VAH) (Virgin Australia Group or Group) has entered voluntary administration to recapitalise the business and help ensure it emerges in a stronger financial position on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. The Group’s Board of Directors has appointed Vaughan Strawbridge, John Greig, Sal Algeri and Richard Hughes of Deloitte as voluntary administrators of the company and a number of its subsidiaries. Velocity Frequent Flyer, while owned by the Group, is a separate company and is not in administration. The decision comes as the Group has continued to seek financial assistance from several parties, including State and Federal Governments, to help it through the unprecedented crisis, however, is yet to secure the required support. Virgin Australia will continue to operate its scheduled international and domestic flights which are helping to transport essential workers, maintain important freight corridors, and return Australians home. The administrators will be supported by the Group’s current management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Paul Scurrah, and will work closely with team members, suppliers, and partners throughout the process. Administrator, Vaughan Strawbridge, said: “Our intention is to undertake a process to restructure and re-finance the business and bring it out of administration as soon as possible. “We are committed to working with Paul and the Virgin Australia team and are progressing well on some immediate steps. We have commenced a process of seeking interest from parties for participation in the recapitalisation of the business and its future, and there have been several expressions of interest so far,” said Mr Strawbridge. Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer, Paul Scurrah, said: “Our decision today is about securing the future of the Virgin Australia Group and emerging [...]

By |April 22nd, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Etihad and Emirates lead the way in pre-flight testing of COVID-19

Gulf carrier says it is the first to conduct rapid blood tests Wed, Apr 15, 2020, 15:30 Emirates has started testing passengers for COVID-19 before flying out of Dubai, in an effort to contain the spread of the pandemic. Passengers on Wednesday’s flight to Tunisia underwent a blood test before departing Dubai, according to the statement sent by the airline. Results were available within 10 minutes. The Gulf carrier said it was the first to conduct the rapid blood tests. It plans to extend the procedure to other flights, according to chief operating officer Adel Al Redha. The move will provide immediate confirmation for passengers travelling to countries that require Covid-19 test certificates, he said. Self-service Etihad Airways, another major airline in the United Arab Emirates, plans to deploy new touchless self-service devices at its hub airport in Abu Dhabi to identify travellers with medical conditions, including the early stages of coronavirus. The tests may offer one way to get travellers back in the air with some measure of peace-of-mind. Airlines across the globe have had to halt flights and ground their fleets due to restrictions and a lack of demand while countries try to contain the coronavirus pandemic. https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/emirates-using-10-minute-covid-19-blood-test-before-passengers-depart-1.4229627

By |April 16th, 2020|Uncategorised|0 Comments