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

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

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

The Tourism Authority of Thailand announces number of new COVID-19 cases in Thailand continued to show a downward trend

TAT would like to remind all of you to stay safe through this difficult time, prepare for the time when travel and tourism returns, and we can all enjoy the amazing Thai travel experiences with our beloved family and friends. Bangkok, Thailand, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like… Read the full press release

IATA again calls for government relief measures as COVID-19 Impact Deepens in MENA

Amman, Jordan, 2020-Apr-24 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) renewed its call for government relief measures as the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in MENA deepen. The region’s airlines could lose $24 billion of passenger revenue compared to 2019. That is $5 billion more than was expected at the beginning… 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

City of Chicago and DCASE announce cancellation of events and festivals due to the COVID-19 crisis

Chicago, IL, 2020-Apr-23 — /Travel PR News/ — With regret, the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today (April 21, 2020) announced the cancellation of four beloved annual events and what would have been a new citywide celebration of music. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Chicago Memorial Day Parade… Read the full press release

Austrian Airlines Presents Plan for a New Start After the Coronavirus Crisis

Demand development: Significantly dampened demand expected in the medium term, pre-crisis level not expected again for several years Fleet: new start planned with around 80% of the previous capacity VIENNA, Austria, 2020-Apr-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Flight operations of Austrian Airlines have been temporarily at a standstill since March 18, 2020 as a consequence… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Rosewood Hotel Group launches relief initiative to support affected associates and communities

Riviera Maya, Mexico, 2020-Apr-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Rosewood Hotel Group today (April 21, 2020) announces the launch of Rosewood Raise, a comprehensive relief initiative developed in support of the Group’s associates who have been impacted by the COVID-19, as well as the communities in which the Group operates. Rooted on the foundation of… Read the full press release

Worldwide Flight Services supports significant increase in freighter charter services and cargo-only flights

Paris, France, 2020-Apr-23 — /Travel PR News/ — As market leader for the refueling of freighters in Hong Kong, Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) is playing an even more vital role since the outbreak of coronavirus, using all of its expertise to support the significant increase in the number of freighter charter services and cargo-only flights… Read the full press release

IHG Army Hotels committed to deliver the best care and true hospitality to military members, their families and communities

Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG® Army Hotels, a portfolio of hotels which serves thousands of guests every day on forty military installations in the United States and Puerto Rico, continues to fulfill its mission to serve communities and military families during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to caring for active… Read the full press release

Marriott International to roll out enhanced technology to meet the new health and safety challenges presented by the current pandemic environment

Company to roll out enhanced technology to help counter virus spread; new multi-pronged platform details increased safety measures for guests and associates BETHESDA, MD, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), which for 92 years has been recognized as a hospitality leader for its commitment to quality, exacting standards, and rigorous training,… Read the full press release

Emirates ensures the health and safety of its employees and customers with extra precautionary measures at the airport and on board

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates is stepping up precautionary measures at the airport and on board to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers. All cabin crew, boarding agents and ground staff in direct contact with passengers will now don personal protective equipment (PPE) which includes a protective… Read the full press release

Auckland Airport’s key infrastructure projects nearing completion

Auckland, New Zealand, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Planning for the pavement replacement works in the touchdown zone at the eastern end of Auckland Airport’s runway is well advanced, with preparation of the safe operational plan for construction nearing completion. Design and procurement work have been underway for some time, but André Lovatt, General… Read the full press release

Covid-19: British Airways flies thousands of UK nationals stranded in India back to the UK

LONDON, UK, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — British Airways is flying thousands of UK nationals who have been stranded in India as a result of the Covid-19 crisis back to the UK this week. The airline has already flown back thousands of travellers as part of 65 rescue flights which have either operated or… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines to receive disbursement of funds included in the Payroll Support Program under the CARES Act

DALLAS, TEXAS, 2020-Apr-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines today (Apr 20, 2020) finalized terms with the United States Department of Treasury regarding the acceptance and disbursement of funds included in the Payroll Support Program under the CARES Act. As part of the agreement, Southwest will receive more than $3.2 billion in disbursements over… Read the full press release

Front-line workers praised for keeping Oakland International Airport functional during the subsequent pandemic

Shelter-in-place shifts focus to essential operations amid travel declines Oakland, CA, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — At Oakland International Airport, runways and taxiways are open and in active use. Terminals are operational, and air cargo activity has increased with new goods movement demands. Travel that is deemed “non-essential” is legal but is discouraged as… Read the full press release

Boeing completes its first COVID-19 transport mission to bring PPE to healthcare professionals in the U.S.

Partnered with FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen to bring personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare professionals in the U.S. Deployed 737-700 from corporate fleet to transport 540,000 face masks to New Hampshire Additional airlift transport missions with the Boeing Dreamlifter and ecoDemonstrator are planned in the future CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing… Read the full press release

London City Airport pledged to donate £50,000 to support foodbanks across East London

LONDON, UK, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — As the UK goes into its fourth week of lockdown, today (16th April 2020) London City Airport pledged to donate £50,000 to help nine foodbanks across Newham, Greenwich, Tower Hamlets & Barking & Dagenham. In 2019, the airport, which is based in the London Borough of Newham,… Read the full press release

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility to open at Bristol Airport

A drive-through coronavirus testing facility is to open at Bristol Airport as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to increase testing for thousands more NHS and other key workers. LONDON, UK, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The site sits alongside a rapidly expanding network of testing sites being set up around the UK, and… Read the full press release

The Heathrow Community Trust grants £95k in rapid emergency funding for local community groups responding to COVID-19

£95,000 in rapid emergency COVID-19 funding is set to be released by the Heathrow Community Trust (HCT), an independent charity funded by Heathrow Airport and supported by its colleagues and partners Funding has been released from HCT reserves to help keep vital community services running, including food banks and support services for the isolated and… Read the full press release

IHG® announces global partnerships to support food banks and other food provision charities during the Covid-19 crisis

IHG’s True Hospitality for Good programme will support food bank and food provision charities across 70 countries Denham, United Kingdom, 2020-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world’s leading hotel companies, has today (17 APRIL 2020) announced global partnerships to support food banks and other food provision charities in… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid tests for passengers

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Apr-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates in coordination with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) will be introducing additional precautions. Passengers on today’s flight to Tunisia were all tested for COVID-19 before departing from Dubai. Emirates is the first airline to conduct on-site rapid COVID-19 tests for passengers. The quick blood test was conducted… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Choice Hotels joins Serta in providing bed donations to help address shortages at hospitals and medical facilities

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2020-Apr-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is teaming up with Serta, Inc., the nation’s leading mattress brand, to contribute to its “Stay Home, Send Beds” initiative, which is providing bed donations to help address nationwide shortages at hospitals and temporary medical facilities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic…. Read the full press release

COVID-19: Hyatt launches the Hyatt Care Fund to support colleagues with financial needs

Program supports colleagues with pressing financial needs due to COVID-19 CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Apr-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the hospitality industry around the world, leading to temporary leaves or significantly reduced work schedules for many members of the global Hyatt family. In a focused effort to help the colleagues who… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announce participation in the Payroll Support Program under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Apr-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air agreed to general terms today (April 14, 2020) with the U.S. Treasury regarding their participation in the Payroll Support Program (PSP) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The airlines are currently working through the detailed agreements necessary before… Read the full press release