Zurich Airport expands coronavirus testing capacity

Opfikon, Switzerland, 2021-Jan-08 — /Travel PR News/ — As of tomorrow (Thursday), coronavirus testing capacity at the Zurich Airport testing centre is to be expanded through the addition of provider Ender Diagnostics. The COVID tests offered by this service will be carried out via saliva samples rather than nasal swabs. Test results will be available… Read the full press release

Checkport Schweiz AG to operate PCR testing facility at Zurich Airport

Starting tomorrow, 7 January 2021, Swissport subsidiary Checkport Schweiz AG will be operating a PCR testing facility at Zurich Airport. The novelty: Enders Diagnostics’ PCR tests are carried out by saliva sample and not by nasal swab and the test result is available within only 5 hours, instead of 24 to 48 hours as with… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport’s epidemiological measures earns ACI accreditation

Budapest, Hungary, 2021-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Airport Council International (ACI) has reviewed Budapest Airport’s epidemiological measures, and officially declared Ferenc Liszt International Airport as accredited in the program established by the council, aimed at restarting aviation. This means that the airport operator continuously safeguards the health of those at the airport, based on… Read the full press release

Edmonton International Airport installs new Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks

Automated Passport Control kiosks in United States Customs and Border Protection area. Edmonton, AB, 2020-Dec-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Passenger health and safety continues to be the top priority for Edmonton International Airport and new machines being installed are using the power of UV-C light to help reduce COVID-19 risks in travel. Edmonton International… Read the full press release

Emirates resumes Iconic A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa services after thorough health and safety review

Iconic A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa services re-open after a thorough health and safety review Dubai, UAE, 2020-Oct-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates is rolling out a redesigned onboard experience. The celebrated A380 Onboard Lounge and Shower Spa have resumed operations with the introduction of additional health and safety measures. The airline has… 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

Alaska Airlines introduces a more convenient and touch-free experience for guests

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Aug-27 — /Travel PR News/ — With hygiene and safety concerns top of mind, Alaska Airlines is making it easier for guests to travel touch-free. Through improved technology and innovation, Alaska is creating more convenience and less contact among guests and employees during travel. Over the coming weeks, new touch-free options for Alaska guests and employees will… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines announces partnership with leading personal care brand EO

Partnership expands Alaska’s Next-Level Care commitment to health and wellness SEATTLE, WASHINGTON DC, 2020-Aug-25 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines today (Aug. 20, 2020) announced a partnership with leading personal care brand EO, extending Alaska’s Next-Level Care commitment to health and safety and taking self-care to new heights. Starting Aug. 21, guests on all Alaska flights will be offered… Read the full press release

All Hyatt hotels in the Americas to require face coverings within indoor public areas

CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Aug-11 — /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, all Hyatt hotels in… 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

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

Emirates resumes flights to Tehran, Guangzhou, Addis Ababa and Oslo

Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates has announced it will resume flights to Tehran (from 17 July), Guangzhou (from 25 July), Addis Ababa (from 1 August), and Oslo (from 4 August), expanding connectivity for customers with these latest cities rejoining its network across the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, and Europe. This… Read the full press release

dnata USA earns IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration

Orlando, USA, 2020-Jul-15 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s leading air services providers, has marked an important milestone in its ongoing commitment to safety and security in the USA. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded dnata USA the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) Registration, following the successful completion… Read the full press release

dnata’s baggage technology and logistics company DUBZ launches COVID-19 testing

Innovative home check-in services ensure safe and hassle-free travel experience Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — DUBZ, dnata’s leading baggage technology and logistics company, further enhanced its offering to help travellers in Dubai enjoy a safe, seamless and worry-free travel experience. In addition to its innovative home check-in services, the company now also… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line collaborate to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards

“Healthy Sail Panel” comprises top experts in public health, infectious disease, biosecurity, hospitality and maritime operations MIAMI, FL, 2020-Jul-07 — /Travel PR News/ — Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL)  and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: NCLH) announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards in response to the global COVID-19… Read the full press release

Star Alliance and its member airlines unite around common standards and planning tools

Alliance member airlines unite around common standards and planning tools Frankfurt, Germany, 2020-Jul-02 — /Travel PR News/ — To support efforts in restoring public confidence in air travel, Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance, and its member airlines have been working on a series of measures to ensure health & hygiene safety of… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines flight attendants to issue a final notice to guest who refuses to wear a mask

Guests who refuse to wear face coverings on flights could have future travel suspended SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Jul-02 — /Travel PR News/ — For the safety and health of everyone on board its flights, Alaska Airlines announced today (June 30, 2020) that its flight attendants will be able to issue a final notice to any guest… Read the full press release

dnata implements various measures to ensure safety and wellbeing of passengers and employees

Air services provider implements various measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of passengers and staff in Dubai Dubai, UAE, 2020-Jun-26 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s leading air services providers, has taken several measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees and passengers and provide travellers with confidence and peace… Read the full press release

Bahrain International Airport rolls out additional health and safety measures to protect passengers and staff

Muharraq, Bahrain, 2020-Jun-26 — /Travel PR News/ — In line with Bahrain Civil Aviation Affairs Advisory Circular, the Kingdom’s aviation regulator, Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is rolling out additional health and safety measures to protect the wellbeing of passengers and staff at the terminal, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced. The CAA guidelines are in line… Read the full press release

London City Airport welcomes KLM’s resumption of services to Amsterdam Schiphol

LONDON, UK, 2020-Jun-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, KLM has been adapting its network and flight schedule in line with travel restrictions and demand. From 13th July 2020, KLM is set to resume operations between London City Airport and Amsterdam Schiphol. Linking Central London to the capital city… Read the full press release

UNWTO emphasizes need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted

Madrid, Spain, 2020-Jun-24 — /Travel PR News/ — As tourism slowly restarts in an increasing number of countries, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released new data measuring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector. UNWTO emphasizes the need for responsibility, safety and security as restrictions on travel are lifted. The Organization also reiterates the… Read the full press release

SITA: Technology is key to help airports and airlines safely resume operations

Flexible border solutions and low-touch experiences to aid compliance and confidence in travel Geneva, Switzerland, 2020-Jun-12 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the technology provider for the air transport industry, today (11 June 2020) sheds new light on how technology is helping airports and airlines safely resume operations and help implement new hygiene measures to… Read the full press release

COVID-19: Gatwick launches range of measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff

Passenger and staff wellbeing and safety remains top priority at Gatwick as everyone travelling through the airport is required to wear a face covering within the terminals  Hand sanitiser stations, protective screens, regular deep cleaning and social distancing measures in place throughout the airport From 15 June operating hours will increase to 06:00-22:00 and North… Read the full press release

Alaska Airlines enhances safety and well-being of guests and employees thru expanded Next-Level Care

New flyer health agreement to be required at check-in starting June 30; middle seats blocked and capped cabin seating extended through July 31 SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2020-Jun-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Alaska Airlines today (June 9, 2020) expanded Next-Level Care, the culmination of nearly 100 different measures put in place to enhance the safety and… Read the full press release

Hyatt extends change and cancellation policy

Extending change and cancellation policy for stays through July 31, 2021 CHICAGO, IL, 2020-Jun-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Guided by its purpose to care for people so they can be their best, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today (June 3, 2020) announced an extension to its cancellation policy that will provide further flexibility as… Read the full press release

Sheremetyevo International Airport starts coronavirus testing for passengers, guests and employees

Moscow, Russia, 2020-Jun-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Sheremetyevo International Airport has arranged for passengers, guests and employees of third-party organizations to be tested for the coronavirus infection. Testing is taking place currently at the health center at Terminal B and will be available at the health center of Terminal C after the resumption of… Read the full press release

EASA welcomes first aviation companies to its charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2020-Jun-05 — /Travel PR News/ — The first aviation companies have signed up to the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) charter for the return to normal operations under COVID-19, pledging to work with their national authorities to put measures in place to support health safety – and to report back on their… Read the full press release

Reagan National and Dulles International airports to require protective face coverings

Washington DC, USA, 2020-May-29 — /Travel PR News/ — In accordance with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s mandate that protective face coverings be worn in indoor public spaces, face coverings will be required for everyone at Reagan National and Dulles International airports beginning Friday, May 29, 2020. All passengers and visitors should wear face coverings inside… Read the full press release