Finnair to offer PCR testing expanding its COVID-19 testing service

Vantaa, Finland, 2021-Sep-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Finnair expands its corona testing service and will also offer PCR testing at a price of 99 euros. A negative corona test certificate is a prerequisite for entry in several countries, especially if the passenger has not been fully vaccinated. Finnair has previously introduced rapid antigen testing… Read the full press release

Gatwick Airport to subsidise ExpressTest operated on-site COVID-19 screening centres

London, UK, 2021-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport is supporting Britain’s return to travel by offering passengers significantly cheaper PCR tests, after announcing it would subsidise its on-site COVID-19 screening centres, operated by ExpressTest. Two centres currently operate from Gatwick; a drive-in option located within the airport’s Perimeter Road South (RH6 0PQ) car… Read the full press release

AHLA survey: Nearly 70 percents of U.S. leisure travelers likely to travel less amid rising COVID-19 cases

42% Likely to Cancel Existing Trips Without Rescheduling WASHINGTON DC, USA, 2021-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — U.S. leisure travelers plan to significantly pare back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases, with 69% planning to take fewer trips, 55% planning to postpone existing travel plans, and 42% likely to cancel existing plans without rescheduling, according… Read the full press release

Tourism Industry Aotearoa: wage subsidy remains available while any part of New Zealand is in COVID-19 Alert Level 3 or 4

Wellington, New Zealand, 2021-Sep-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Tourism operators and their staff around the country will be relieved by today’s  (7 September 2021) confirmation that the wage subsidy remains available to them, according to Tourism Industry Aotearoa. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this morning that the wage subsidy is still available nationwide, while… Read the full press release

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok supports setting up of field beds for COVID-19 patients’ at Wat Borom Niwat School

Bangkok, Thailand, 2021-Jul-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok Managing Director Richard Schestak, supported by members of the hotel’s management team, presented 100 discarded duvets to Ms Masawan Pinsuwan, Director of Pathumwan District Office, and Mr Prachuab Noiarmat, Chief of Environment and Sanitation Section. The donation is to support the setting up… Read the full press release

KLM: all necessary COVID-19 travel documents can be checked in advance with the airline’s new service COVID-19 check | Upload@Home

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2021-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — KLM customers travelling to a selected number of destinations can now have the necessary COVID-19 travel documents checked in advance. KLM’s COVID-19 check | Upload@Home is a new service that allows customers to travel well-prepared and smoothly. KLM understands that travelling with all the COVID-19-related requirements can… Read the full press release

Convenient COVID-19 testing service now available at Bristol Airport

London, UK, 2021-Jul-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Katalyst Laboratories has partnered with Nuffield Health and Bristol Airport to offer a convenient COVID-19 testing service located at the airport. All tests are analysed at the on-site laboratory run by Nuffield Health with tests provided by Katalyst Laboratories, a government authorised distributor of SARS-CoV-2 rapid testing… Read the full press release

Finnair to discontinue COVID-19 certificates requirements for passengers flying to Finland

Finnair has informed it will be discontinuing requirements for COVID-19 certificates for passengers that are flying to Finland staring July 12th. Vantaa, Finland, 2021-Jul-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Finnair states in its press release on July 7th, that the airline will no longer require COVID-19 certificates from passengers flying to Finland. Before, Finnair has… Read the full press release

150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines flown on Emirates aircraft

Dubai, UAE, 2021-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — July 6, 1885 was a historic date for modern medicine and treatment. This was the day when Louis Pasteur administered the first attenuated vaccine to a human patient. Over the next 135 years, the development of vaccines for various diseases grew by leaps and bounds. Most recently,… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways the first airline to trial COVID-19 vaccine authentication through IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ Mobile App

Expanded trial will enable travellers to Doha to share their Qatar issued vaccination certificate via their mobile with the airline and authorities in a more safe, seamless and secure way Trial will be rolled out in phases, beginning with cabin crew travelling from Kuwait, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris  and Sydney DOHA, Qatar, 2021-Jul-06 —… Read the full press release

flydubai partners with Alhosn to provide passengers with digital verification of COVID-19 medical records

Dubai, UAE, 2021-Jun-18 — /Travel PR News/ — flydubai, the Dubai-based airline, has announced that it has partnered with Alhosn, the official UAE app for contact tracing and health testing related to COVID-19, to provide passengers with digital verification of COVID-19 medical records while travelling from the UAE. flydubai becomes the first airline to partner… Read the full press release

British Airways provides customers access to discounted Covid-19 PCR tests in the comfort of their own home

British Airways adds Wren Healthcare to list of Covid-19 discounted testing providers for customers on ba.com, offering at home tests administered by a specialist Airline’s customers have access to Covid-19 tests through a wide range of providers starting from £33 for antigen and £40.41 for PCR Customers can select from different test types to suit needs… Read the full press release

New study: comprehensive Covid-19 testing programme can help re-open international travel, safely

London, UK, 2021-May-21 — /Travel PR News/ — The results of a joint testing trial conducted by American Airlines, British Airways and the oneworld Alliance shows that a comprehensive Covid-19 testing programme can help re-open international travel, safely. This is underpinned by analysis from researchers at the University of Oxford, who studied data on how passengers evaluate risk… Read the full press release

British Airways the first airline to trial 25 second Covid-19 test

British Airways is the first airline in the world to conduct a trial of an ultra-rapid Covid-19 antigen test that display results within 25 seconds Highly intelligent saliva test can detect symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals with SARS-CoV-2, including variants Trial will initially be conducted by inviting flight and cabin crew members to take the test,… Read the full press release

Hyatt Hotels launch more than 160 Hyatt Loves Local collaborations to help revitalize communities recovering from COVID-19 pandemic

Building on the success of Hyatt’s global initiative in 2020, Hyatt hotels are teaming up with even more minority and female-owned businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to strengthen communities in which they operate in CHICAGO, IL, 2021-May-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announces today (May 10, 2021) Hyatt hotels across… Read the full press release

Emirates supports India in its fight to control COVID-19 situation by launching humanitarian airbridge

Emirates will offer cargo capacity free of charge to NGOs, to ship relief items on all its flights from Dubai to nine cities in India Airbridge initiative is a major boost from Emirates, supporting the various relief efforts undertaken by the humanitarian community In co-ordination with the International Humanitarian City (IHC), first flights carrying WHO… Read the full press release

British Airways delivers emergency aid to Delhi to support COVID-19 relief efforts in India

British Airways, supported by its sister company IAG Cargo, flew 27 tonnes of medical aid to Delhi on Wednesday May 5, 2021   1,349 items of aid departed on an aircraft specially chartered by British Airways and supported by volunteers from the airline to ensure life-saving supplies reach the country urgently  British Airways Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle said the airline has offered the free support as it “stands with its friends… Read the full press release

Travel Oregon’s Competitive & Recovery Grant Program awards $2.4 million to projects to support and prepare communities for COVID-19 safe travel

Portland, ORE., 2021-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — The Oregon Tourism Commission, dba Travel Oregon has awarded $2,408,264.67 through its Competitive & Recovery Grant Program to support economic recovery by investing in projects that enhance and expand the visitor experience and prepare communities and visitors for COVID-19 safe travel. For this grant cycle, Travel Oregon… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways supports COVID-19 relief efforts in India

300 tonnes of aid from around the world departed in a three-aircraft cargo convoy from Doha to India, as part of the freight carrier’s WeQare initiative Doha, Qatar, 2021-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Three Qatar Airways Cargo Boeing 777 freighters departed to India today (03 May 2021), carrying approximately 300 tonnes of medical supplies… Read the full press release

Emirates and the Dubai Health Authority implement digital verification of COVID-19 medical records for UAE based travellers

Emirates customers can enjoy paperless document verification right from the start of their journey The pioneering move will significantly ease travel procedures, reduce wait times and lead to enhanced efficiency and convenience for travellers The integration makes Dubai one of the first cities in the world to implement full digital verification of traveller medical records related… Read the full press release

Fiji Airways Certified with the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating

Nadi, Fiji, 2021-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Fiji Airways has been Certified with the highest level 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, becoming one of just six airlines worldwide to currently achieve this top recognition. The SKYTRAX COVID-19 Airline Safety Accreditation is regarded as a global benchmark for evaluating COVID-19 safe travel. The COVID-19 Safety… Read the full press release

IIATA to incorporate Unilabs’ worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Unilabs, the leading European diagnostic services provider, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines, have signed an agreement to incorporate Unilabs’ worldwide Covid-19 testing network into IATA Travel Pass. The agreement will make Unilabs one of the first major lab groups… Read the full press release

Belfast City Airport opens new Covid-19 testing facility

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2021-Apr-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Belfast City Airport has today (19 Apr 2021) opened a new Covid-19 testing facility with leading global diagnostics company, Randox. The test centre, purpose-built by leading Belfast building firm H&J Martin, offers quick and affordable PCR and antigen (lateral flow) tests, with its opening coinciding with… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific Cargo announces milestone of shipping 15 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world

Airline passes landmark figure with flights to Hong Kong and beyond Hong Kong, China, 2021-Apr-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific Cargo has passed the milestone of shipping 15 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world. The landmark figure includes vaccines that have been imported for use in Cathay Pacific’s home hub of Hong Kong, as… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways operates the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight

QR6421 will be operated by the airline’s sustainable A350-1000, and will carry only vaccinated crew and passengers on board, with passengers also serviced by fully vaccinated staff at check-in Qatar Airways and Hamad International Airport have lead the industry during the pandemic, being the first global airline and first and only airport in the Middle… Read the full press release

Oman Air extends complimentary COVID-19 coverage until 31 December 2021

Muscat, Oman, 2021-Apr-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has extended its complimentary COVID-19 coverage until 31 December 2021. The complimentary coverage is for expenses incurred by medical treatment or quarantine related to the COVID-19 virus, and applies to tickets issued for travel after 1 October 2020… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines earns Diamond Certification for APEX’s Inaugural COVID-19 Health Safety Audit for Airlines

Inaugural COVID-19 Health Safety Audit for Airlines Tokyo, Japan, 2021-Mar-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first airline in Japan to successfully receive Diamond Certification for providing the highest levels of safety measures throughout the travel experience. The inaugural audit was conducted by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) and SimpliFlying,… Read the full press release

Japan Airlines certified earns 5-Star Skytrax COVID-19 Rating

Tokyo, Japan, 2021-Mar-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Japan Airlines (JAL) has been certified by Skytrax with a 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, becoming one of the few airlines worldwide to achieve the accolade. The Skytrax COVID-19 Rating is a trusted assessment and certification of airline health and safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic that… Read the full press release

Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports introduces new rapid COVID-19 testing facilities

Aberdeen, UK, 2021-Mar-24 — /Travel PR News/ — New rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have been introduced at Aberdeen International and Glasgow airports. The terminal-based facilities offer both PCR and antigen testing for passengers currently travelling for essential purposes during lockdown. AGS Airports Ltd has introduced the new testing facilities in its Scottish airports in partnership… Read the full press release

Scoot trials new digital initiatives to offer one-stop solution for COVID-19 pre-departure tests and verification

Scoot gets onboard Singapore Airlines’ pilot trials for one-stop pre-departure testing solution and digital verification process at check-ins Initiatives simplify customer’s overall travel experience in new normal and enhance integrity of health status verification process Trials to be expanded to other destinations in Scoot network if successful Singapore, 2021-Mar-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Two… Read the full press release