IATA and the Universal Postal Union call on governments for more support on air capacity for postal services

Geneva/Berne, Switzerland, 2020-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA), and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) warned that air capacity for postal services is insufficient and urged governments to do more to support the movement of mail by air during the COVID-19 crisis. Owing to the drastic 95% reduction in passenger… Read the full press release

Spirit Airlines to require team members and guests to wear appropriate face masks

MIRAMAR, Fla., 2020-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) today (May 03, 2020 ) announced its newest safety measure to protect Team Members and Guests against COVID-19. Effective May 11, all Guests will be required to wear appropriate masks or face coverings over the nose and mouth to better align with the CDC… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines announces mandatory use of face masks for guests and employees

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — To align with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and to keep employees and guests safe, face masks will be mandatory for guests starting May 11 and for Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees who cannot maintain six feet of social distance from guests or co-workers, starting May 4…. Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines’ new GDS capabilities Makes Business Travel Easier

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-May-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced today (May 4, 2020) it now takes corporate travel bookings through industry-standard business travel booking systems. All of Southwest’s everyday low fares along with industry-standard booking, ticketing, and functionality with business relevant content are available in Travelport’s Apollo and Worldpsan Global Distribution… Read the full press release

Bombardier expects 11,000 employees to return-to-work over the next few weeks

Return-to-work actions in full compliance with the strictest health and safety measures and guidelines Will utilize the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program for the benefit of employees in Canada Montréal, Canada, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today (April 28, 2020) announced that it has begun the process of recalling most… Read the full press release

ANA increases cargo capacity using passenger cabin to carry vital medical supplies

First Japanese airline to transport cargo in the passenger cabin. Using passenger seats and overhead compartments mean about 1.4 times* more cargo capacity to transport medical supplies. Tokyo, Japan, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA) announced it is the first Japanese airline to carry vital medical supplies (i.e. masks, hazmat suits… Read the full press release

EVA Air: Infinity MileageLands members to enjoy extended membership tier, electronic upgrade certificates and Award Miles validity

Luzhu District, Taiwan, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — EVA Air is aware of that this pandemic has affected members’ traveling deeply, to express our thankfulness to members’ long-term support and loyalty, and to assure our members can enjoy every benefits and privileges of their current card status when it is time to fly again,… Read the full press release

NBAA Calls for FCC Commitment to Safe, Intelligent Transportation Systems

Washington, DC, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — NBAA is urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to continue its 20-year commitment to dedicated short-range communications (DRSC) by maintaining the 5.9 GHz band for intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and ensuring that emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems and urban and advanced air mobility are guaranteed uninterrupted… Read the full press release

NBAA welcomed FAA’s approval on regulatory changes to pilot medical certifications, training proficiency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington, DC, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) today (April 29, 2020) welcomed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval on regulatory changes to pilot medical certifications, training proficiency and a host of other pressing requirements for business aviation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. NBAA has continually advocated for the accommodations to… Read the full press release

ERA pleads for urgent and swift help to save Europe’s regional airlines

Surrey, UK, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — In an open letter to all European institutions and member states, European Regions Airline Association (ERA) pleads for urgent and swift help to save Europe’s regional airlines and to avoid the total collapse of the sector. ERA has written to all European institutions and member states urging… Read the full press release

WFS cargo provides fast PPE shipments to front-line doctors and nurses in Copenhagen

PARIS, FRANCE, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Denmark’s efforts to control the spread of coronavirus have been significantly aided by the rapid supply of medical equipment to Danish hospitals from around the world, with Worldwide Flight Services’ (WFS) cargo handling team in Copenhagen at the forefront of the response to help move PPE shipments… Read the full press release

COVID-19: WFS cargo transports medical equipment and other vital supplies

PARIS, FRANCE, 2020-May-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Despite the closure of Paris Orly Airport to all but essential flights in support of the country’s Covid-19 response programme, the local WFS cargo handling team are continuing to provide a fast and professional response for all shipments of medical equipment and other vital supplies. Since the… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines to provide more personal space between passengers on domestic flights

Tokyo, Japan, 2020-Apr-30 — /Travel PR News/ — In order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus and to maintain a safe and secure environment, the JAL Group has reduced scheduled services, while adopting a wide range of actions to provide customers peace of mind during air travel. As part of these measures, Japan… Read the full press release

COVID-19: SAS to reduce the size of its future workforce

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2020-Apr-30 — /Travel PR News/ — As a result of COVID-19, demand is expected to be significantly affected during the remainder of 2020 and it will take some years before demand returns to the levels experienced before the outbreak. Consequently, SAS needs to adapt the business to a lower demand environment. As a consequence, SAS will initiate… Read the full press release

Alaska Air Cargo to use passenger jets as cargo-only flights to carry essential goods

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Apr-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Air Cargo announced it will fly passenger jets as cargo-only flights to carry essential goods like mail, medical equipment, e-commerce packages and food throughout its domestic network. Filling the passenger cabin with cargo will backfill the loss in capacity across the continental United States and Hawaii… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Icelandair Group announces reduction in the number of employees and changes to its organizational structure

Reykjavik, Iceland, 2020-Apr-30 — /Travel PR News/ — The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe impact on the aviation and travel industries with continued uncertainty for the unforeseeable future. To respond to the situation, Icelandair Group is taking extensive measures to get the Company through an extended period of minimum operations, including a considerable reduction… Read the full press release

Leipzig/Halle Airport welcomed the world’s largest aircraft transporting more than 10.3 million face masks

Schkeuditz, Germany, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Permanent corona crisis operations are causing the aviation giant to now fly to Central Germany. The Antonov 225 Mriya, the world’s largest aircraft, landed at Leipzig/Halle Airport on Monday morning. German Defence Minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Götz Ahmelmann, CEO of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, welcomed the crew after… Read the full press release

Fiji Link will reinstate domestic services over the next week

Nadi, Fiji, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Fiji Link, Fiji Airways’ subsidiary will reinstate its domestic services over the next week. The reinstatement follows the lifting of inter-island travel restrictions. The airline will restore services between Nadi and Suva to Taveuni and Savusavu with three flights a week, while Kadavu, Vanuabalavu, Cicia, Koro and… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Boeing transported 1.5 million medical-grade face masks bound for healthcare professionals

Partnered with Prisma Health, Atlas Air and Discommon Founder Neil Ferrier to bring 1.5 million medical face masks to healthcare professionals in South Carolina Additional airlift transport missions with the Boeing Dreamlifter and ecoDemonstrator are planned in the future CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] today (Apr. 26, 2020) completed… Read the full press release

COVID-19: the Dutch government announces support for the KLM Group

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis on the entire airline sector, and consequently KLM, is unprecedented. Since the start of this crisis, numerous steps have been taken to tackle the situation head on and to preserve cash. On 9 April, Air France-KLM made it known that… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Ethiopian Airlines completed the flight and delivery of Jack Ma’s 2nd Round Donation to Africa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — Ethiopian Airlines completed the flight and delivery of the second round shipments of life saving medical supplies to fight COVID-19 donated by Jack Ma to all African countries. Ethiopian Airlines expresses its complements and the highest appreciation to the Jack Ma Foundation, our Prime Minister H.E…. Read the full press release

Sebastian Mikosz to join IATA as Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that Sebastian Mikosz will join IATA as the Association’s Senior Vice President for Member and External Relations, effective 1 June 2020. Most recently, Mikosz was Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways (2017-2019), during which time he served on… Read the full press release

British Airways increases number of cargo-only flights from China to the UK

21 British Airways flights a week from China to London now operating, up from 13 this time last week Flights will be used to carry up to 770 tonnes of cargo for the NHS including PPE Cargo shipped in joint effort between British Airways, IAG Cargo, the UK Government and the British Embassy in Beijing… Read the full press release

Emirates will operate from Dubai to: Frankfurt, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Lagos, London Heathrow, Madrid, Manila, Tunis

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates plans to operate passenger services to Frankfurt (25, 27, 29 April), Jakarta (26 April), Johannesburg (25 April), Lagos (26 April), London Heathrow (23, 24, 26, 28, 30 April), Madrid (29 April), Manila (24, 28, 30 April), and Tunis (30 April). These services will facilitate residents and… Read the full press release

flydubai pays tribute to frontline workers with a new video

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Dubai-based airline flydubai today (April 23, 2020) launched a video as a tribute to the frontline workers, its passengers across its network and the residents of the UAE for the role they are playing during these unprecedented times. The video features content created by flydubai staff members… Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo deployed a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to transport 50 tonnes of fresh hazelnut paste from Istanbul to Melbourne

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Everyday, around the clock and across the globe, staff from Emirates SkyCargo are working hard to ensure that essential supplies are being flown to those who need them the most. So when the call came to deliver a special kind of essential commodity, the air cargo carrier… Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo to support Australian government’s initiative to facilitate exports of Australian produce

Air cargo carrier to participate in Australian government’s mechanism to support exports of Australian produce Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, will be working with the Australian government to facilitate exports of Australian produce to overseas markets including the Middle East. The air cargo carrier will… Read the full press release

IATA reveals evidence of the risk to jobs from the mounting financial crisis threatening European airlines

Geneva , Switzerland, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released further evidence of the risk to jobs from the mounting financial crisis threatening European airlines, and called for urgent government action to preserve air services. IATA’s analysis shows that the potential revenue loss by European carriers in 2020 has grown… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines Foundation awards $315,000 LIFT grants in response to support families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The Alaska Airlines Foundation is awarding $315,000 to 23 nonprofits in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. These LIFT grants, the first round of 2020, are in response to urgent needs of food insecurity, shelter, remote educational support and other needs of families caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “COVID-19 has had a profound… Read the full press release

Allegiant Travel Company to receive $171.9 million in emergency relief under the CARES Act

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, 2020-Apr-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Allegiant Travel Company(NASDAQ: ALGT) announced today (April 21, 2020) an agreement with the U.S. Department of the Treasury to receive $171.9 million in emergency relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The Payroll Support Program (PSP) funds are targeted to support team… Read the full press release