“Freeze or Fry” Challenge Highlights Need to ACT NOW on Climate Crisis

Travel & Tourism urged to help save the planet. Brussels, Belgium, 2021-Jan-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Geoffrey Lipman, President of SUNx Malta, greets the start of Joe Biden’s Presidency with a challenge for us all to act now to take advantage of new US leadership to help redress the devastating impact of climate change…. Read the full press release

Hong Kong International Airport launches COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers

HONG KONG, CHINA, 2020-Dec-10 — /Travel PR News/ — To facilitate the need of COVID-19 test result for travel purpose, COVID-19 testing services for departure passengers will be available at two non-restricted area locations of Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) starting 8 December. The specimens will be tested by HKSAR Government recognised local COVID-19 nucleic… Read the full press release

UNWTO announces 26 new signatories for the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The Global Tourism Plastics Initiative has welcomed 26 new signatories, including businesses and organizations from every part of the global tourism value chain. Led by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the Initiative unites… Read the full press release

Emirates completes refund requests caused by pandemic-related travel disruption

AED 6.3 billion returned to customers, 1.7 million refunds requests received Dubai, UAE, 2020-Nov-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Delivering on its customer promise, Emirates has completed an intensive programme to clear its backlog of refund requests which was caused by pandemic-related travel disruption. Over the seven-month period starting April, Emirates received, validated and processed… Read the full press release

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® launch optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial

London, UK, 2020-Nov-19 — /Travel PR News/ — American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial Tuesday, 17 November2020: American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® have launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected flights from the United States (US) to London Heathrow (LHR), in a combined effort to scientifically demonstrate… Read the full press release

ACI welcomes updated ICAO guidance addressing COVID-19 impact on air travel

Further global push for testing to replace quarantine needed Montreal, Canada, 2020-Nov-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World has today (10 November 2020) welcomed the updated guidance for states in addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on air travel, published by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). As parts of… Read the full press release

JAL and ANA announce new accessibility guideline for customers requesting special assistance

Tokyo, Japan, 2020-Oct-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA), under the direct supervision of The Nippon Care-Fit Education Institute, today (Oct 26,2020) announced  a new accessibility guideline for customers requesting special assistance at the airport and during flight and airline employees to ensure a safe and accessible journey… Read the full press release

All Nippon Airways temporarily changes flight frequency to select cities due to the widespread impact of COVID-19

Services for Narita = Qingdao and Narita = Guangzhou routes will be resumed, with ANA offering one round trip per week until the end of November. Hanoi – Narita flight will increase from two flights per week to five flights per week. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2020-Oct-21 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA) will… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways’ robust monitoring, detection and hygiene programme resulted in more than 99.988% of passengers travelling COVID-19-free on board

Since February 2020, just 582 positive cases have been reported across more than 4.6 million passenger flown sectors operated by Qatar Airways The airline reports extremely low numbers of cases on board with more than 37,000 COVID-19-free flights since February 2020 Less than 0.002% of operating cabin crew have been affected by COVID-19, with no… Read the full press release

Emirates to support campaign educating about human trafficking

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates is proud to support It’s a Penalty’s campaign’s newest global film “What is Human Trafficking?” launched in collaboration with actor Liam Neeson. The short film is designed to educate the world about the misconceptions and the reality of human trafficking and exploitation happening globally. By airing this special message on… Read the full press release

ACI and IATA to governments: coordinated approach to testing can help safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity

Direct financial assistance and coordinated global action on testing needed  Montreal and Geneva, 2020-Oct-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reinforced the urgent call for governments to use testing as a means to safely re-open borders and re-establish global connectivity and to prevent the… Read the full press release

Finavia introduces new stricter COVID-19 guidelines

Starting from Thursday, 13 October 2020, Finavia will require all passengers and other visitors to Finavia airports to wear a face mask for the entire time they are at the airport. Vantaa, Finland, 2020-Oct-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Finavia issued a recommendation on the use of face masks five months ago, on 12 May… Read the full press release

Stanford Medicine to provide medical advice and protocol recommendations to guide Southwest Airlines’ ongoing and future efforts during the pandemic

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-Oct-13 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) is working with the Stanford University School of Medicine to review the carrier’s multi-layered approach to supporting the well-being of Customers and Employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Southwest Promise encompasses the changes the airline has made to its around-the-clock operations, cleaning procedures, and physical-distancing… Read the full press release

Oakland International Airport to offer free, rapid-result COVID-19 tests

Expansion of program planned for Hawaii travelers beginning Oct. 15 Oakland, Calif., 2020-Oct-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Oakland International Airport (OAK) said today (Sept. 29, 2020) it would begin to offer free, rapid-result COVID-19 tests to employees and the public beginning Oct. 6. The Airport said it’s working with CityHealth Urgent Care to make… Read the full press release

IATA: The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travelers before departure

Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Sep-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity. IATA will work through the International Civil… Read the full press release

Recognized medical and scientific experts recommend 74 steps for cruise operators to follow in order to mitigate COVID-19 risks

Healthy Sail Panel recommends 74 detailed steps to safeguard the health of guests, crew and communities MIAMI, FL, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — New recommendations from a panel of globally recognized medical and scientific experts say that by relentlessly focusing on prevention and other measures – including the testing of guests and crew members… Read the full press release

Headcount reduction at Ferenc Liszt International Airport becomes inevitable

Budapest, Hungary, 2020-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The travel restrictions introduced on account of the coronavirus pandemic continue to exert drastic impacts on passenger traffic at Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The expected annual passenger figure has decreased to the level seen 17 years ago, and the airport operator expects a traffic shortfall of around… Read the full press release

Metrolink pledges to take the necessary steps to keep riders and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19

Los Angeles, CA, 2020-Sep-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Metrolink, Southern California’s passenger train service, today (September 9, 2020) joined more than 100 transportation agencies from across the nation in a pledge to take the necessary steps to keep riders and employees safe from the spread of COVID-19. A part of the American Public Transportation… Read the full press release

WTTC research: £60 million a day being lost to the UK economy due to collapse of international travel during 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A staggering £22 billion looks set to be lost from the UK economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travellers and tourists are staying away from the UK in droves because of continuing uncertainty around… Read the full press release

WTTC research: €131.2 million a day being lost to the French economy due to collapse of international travel during 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A staggering €48 billion looks set to be lost from the French economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the massive decline in the… Read the full press release

WTTC research: €104.1 million a day being lost to the German economy due to collapse of international travel in 2020

London, UK, 2020-Aug-28 — /Travel PR News/ — A devastating €38 billion looks set to be lost from the German economy due to the collapse of international travel during 2020, according to latest research conducted by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, says the… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways honours obligations to passengers — paid out over USD $1.2 billion in refunds throughout the COVID-19 crisis

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the airline has offered unrivalled flexibility and reliability to customers that need to change their travel plans In addition to honouring refunds, the airline’s two year ticket validity, flexible change policies, and travel vouchers have proved popular with passengers Doha, Qatar, 2020-Aug-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways has paid… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport’s international terminal to be separated into two zones to protect the health and safety of passengers

Auckland, New Zealand, 2020-Aug-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Auckland Airport’s international terminal will be separated into two zones as part of a plan to protect the health and safety of people flying to and from countries with which New Zealand has formed a safe travel bubble. In anticipation of a safe air corridor being… Read the full press release

IATA calls for harmonized biosafety measures for passengers across the Middle East as aviation restarts

Amman, Jordan, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — IATA has called on governments in the Middle East to harmonize biosafety measures for passengers across the region as aviation restarts. A global framework for restarting aviation while protecting public health has been agreed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and published in the Take-Off  guidance. However, inconsistent… Read the full press release

New study: Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite Covid-19 pandemic

Berlin, Germany, 2020-Jul-31 — /Travel PR News/ — ITB Berlin is to publish a special study by IPK on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel behaviour – Germans’ interest in travel abroad remains high despite no vaccine being available – Car journeys and holidays close to nature are regarded as very safe… Read the full press release

Hyatt hotels in the U.S. and Canada to require face coverings within indoor public areas

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jul-22 — /Travel PR News/ — At Hyatt, the safety and security of our colleagues and guests is always a top priority. Guided by our purpose – to care for people so they can be their best – and following medical expert guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, beginning Monday, July 27,… Read the full press release

Heathrow kicked off a number of pioneering technologies to provide long-lasting protection from COVID-19

Heathrow rolls out raft of anti-viral measures at key touchpoints to protect passengers, reducing the risk of transmission when travelling Some of the measures being rolled out include UV cleaning robots, anti-viral disinfecting wraps and sealants and 100 hygiene-technicians The airport has conducted an overhaul of the entire passenger journey setting out plans for more… Read the full press release

PATA announces the launch of expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center

BANGKOK, THAILAND, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is excited to announce the launch of the expanded and revamped PATA Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to aid in the rapid, robust and responsible renewal of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. The updated resource was created with the support of the Asian Development… Read the full press release

dnata launches innovative new products and services and donates high-nutrition meals amid COVID-19 challenges

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata has continued to deliver reliable and safe air services and taken on new roles to support and create value for airline customers and local communities amid COVID-19 challenges. Cooperating closely with government authorities, customers and suppliers, the company’s dedicated teams have worked around the clock to… Read the full press release

Swissport to receive approximately $170 million under Federal CARES Act

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2020-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Swissport North America Inc. and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have signed an agreement under the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The agreement provides Swissport with approximately 170 million US dollars of additional funds for payroll support during the disruption that the… Read the full press release