Lufthansa Group Airlines welcomes end of U.S. 20-month travel ban for EU travelers

Smooth entry to the U.S. possible for fully vaccinated EU travelers Lufthansa Group already offers 17 destinations with around 200 weekly connections Jump in bookings by 40 percent Cologne, Germany, 2021-Sep-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Good news for customers of Lufthansa Group Airlines: U.S. authorities have ended the 20-month travel ban for passengers from… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus welcomes United States lifting of travel ban of European citizens

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Sep-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Aer Lingus welcomes the positive announcement today (20 September 2021) from the United States that the ban on entry of European citizens into the USA is to be lifted in November. Aer Lingus is greatly looking forward to welcoming passengers back on board, reuniting family and friends,… Read the full press release

KLM to restrict unvaccinated crew flying to destinations requiring obligatory vaccination to enter

Amstelveen, Netherlands, 2021-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Starting 14 September, KLM is requesting that all KLM flight personnel who are not vaccinated against Covid-19 and who cannot, therefore, meet the entry requirements set by certain countries, report their vaccination status to KLM Health Services. KLM Health Services will register this as a travel restriction,… Read the full press release

Asian tourism leaders: the right policy measures and strong coordination can allow destinations to start safely welcoming back international visitors

Tourism leaders from across Asia and the Pacific have met to plan the sector’s restart and recovery even as borders remain closed throughout the region. Madrid, Spain, 2021-Sep-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The 33rd Joint meeting of the World Tourism Organization’s Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and its Commission for South Asia (14 September 2021) came… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus launches new tool to remove confusion regarding travel restrictions and entry requirements

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Aug-26 — /Travel PR News/ — With consumer confidence in travel slowly returning, Aer Lingus has introduced a new digital Travel Support Tool designed to remove confusion regarding travel restrictions and entry requirements for all Aer Lingus destinations. The interactive tool on aerlingus.com, powered by Sherpa, allows Aer Lingus customers to search destinations and retrieve up-to-date… Read the full press release

Emirates scales up its operations as travel restrictions continue to ease

Airline to operate 73 weekly flights to four gateways in the UK by mid-October with recent placement of UAE on amber list London Heathrow operations restored to six daily flights by October Restoration and scaling-up of operations across 29 cities on close to 270 flights in line with demand, another milestone in airline’s recovery DUBAI, UAE, 2021-Aug-12… Read the full press release

Emirates updates free baggage policy in all its African destinations

Dubai, UAE, 2021-Aug-06 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates customers flying to and from any of the airline’s destinations in Africa can now pack in more into their trips. Effective 9 August 2021, customers travelling in First and Business class on any Africa route can check in up to 64kgs of free baggage (two pieces… Read the full press release

IATA welcomes Canadian government to further ease border restrictions

Montreal, Canada, 2021-Jul-20 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomes today’s (19 July 2021) decision by the government of Canada to further ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated* passengers. Eligible US citizens and permanent US residents arriving from the US will be permitted to enter Canada as of 9 August and… 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

Austrian Airlines expects further growth in bookings following eased travel regulations and rising vaccination rates

CCO Michael Trestl: “Eased travel regulations and rising vaccination rates have quadrupled our bookings” Greece, Spain and Italy among the most popular destinations Austrian Airlines continues to offer full flexibility in rebooking and security Vienna, Austria, 2021-Jun-09 — /Travel PR News/ — With a rising vaccination rate and easings of entry regulations in many European… Read the full press release

SJC to welcome back passengers for Memorial Day Weekend

Increased passenger traffic forecast for this holiday weekend and beyond San José, Calif., 2021-May-27 — /Travel PR News/ — As passenger traffic at Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) continues to soar into Memorial Day Weekend, the Airport continues to welcome back passengers with numerous health and safety measures deployed throughout its terminals. During the… Read the full press release

KAYAK releases its ‘Return to Travel’ Hacker Guide

Dust off and spice up your out-of-office response with KAYAK’s personalized & punny out-of-office generator STAMFORD, Conn, 2021-May-12 — /Travel PR News/ — Summer travel searches are heating up, with searches up as much as 70 percent month over month (as of the last seven days). As pent-up demand for travel takes flight, KAYAK is releasing… Read the full press release

Regent Seven Seas Cruises announces Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the UK beginning September 2021

Originally Planned European Sailings Anticipated to Go Ahead withFirst Voyage Around the UK Multi-Layered SailSAFE™ Health & Safety Program Implemented to Guide Restart MIAMI, FL, 2021-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Regent Seven Seas Cruises® today (April 28, 2021) announced its return to sailing with Seven Seas Splendor cruising from the UK beginning September 2021. The voyage will mark… Read the full press release

InsureMyTrip Identifies the Countries with the Best (and Worst) Remote Working Visas

Rhode Island, RI, 2021-Apr-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The COVID-19 pandemic forced many traditional office workers to relocate to their home offices, and over the past year many have adjusted to this new method of working remotely. To aid the transition to a more remote workforce moving forward, several businesses announced remote work would… Read the full press release

IATA welcomes comments of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on US-EU travel

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is encouraged by comments of Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission (EC), that the EU will grant unrestricted access to vaccinated travelers from the US. “This is a step in the right direction. It gives hope to people… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus urges Government to facilitate the implementation of Ireland’s Aviation Restart Plan 2021

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Apr-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Aer Lingus has called on the government to facilitate the implementation of a plan to restart Ireland’s aviation industry after more than a year on near dormancy due to the pandemic. The Irish airline has urged the government to put into effect the findings of the Aviation… Read the full press release

IATA calls on UK government to accelerate efforts to digitalize system used to manage passengers test and vaccine certificates

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that lengthy UK Border checks could pose a major risk for a recovery in international travel. As part of its preparations for re-opening the UK to international travel from 17 May, IATA called on the UK government to accelerate… Read the full press release

MGTO opens application for “Stay, Dine and See Macao” project

Macao, China, 2021-Apr-15 — /Travel PR News/ — The project titled “Stay, Dine and See Macao” is rolled out from April to December 2021. Starting from 10:00 tomorrow morning (15 April), interested residents can sign up at travel agencies under the umbrella of the project which not only covers a range of local tours but… Read the full press release

Royal Caribbean thoughtful return to sailing continues with science-backed protocols, including vaccines

MIAMI, FL, 2021-Apr-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Royal Caribbean Group (NYSE: RCL) announced today (April 8, 2021) that it is extending the suspension of some sailings, including all sailings from the United States until June 30, while continuing its measured return to service with more sailings scheduled from different regions around the world. “Safety… Read the full press release

SFO expands plastic-free policy to prohibit sale of any beverages in plastic bottles

Sodas, teas, juices must be sold in recyclable aluminum, glass or BPI-certified compostable bottles SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) announced the expansion of its industry-leading plastic-free policy to prohibit the sale of any beverages in plastic bottles. In August 2019, SFO became the first airport… Read the full press release

ACI World releases new guidance to help airports restart and recovery from COVID-19

New information on COVID-19 testing facilities and vaccine distribution included Montreal, Canada, 2021-Mar-17 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports Council International (ACI) World has today (March 16, 2021) published new guidance for airports to help them prepare for restart and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their operations. As the trajectory of… Read the full press release

UNWTO releases Travel Restrictions Report

Madrid, Spain, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — One in three destinations worldwide are now completely closed to international tourism. According to the latest data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the emergence of new variants of the COVID-19 virus has prompted many governments to reverse efforts to ease restrictions on travel, with total closures… Read the full press release

EASA releases guidance to help aviation operators and authorities manage drone incidents near airport

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published guidance to help aviation operators and national authorities manage drone incidents near airports, a response to a number of recent events which have disrupted Europe’s air traffic at considerable expense to aviation operators, bringing inconvenience for passengers and posing… Read the full press release

Shufti Pro Launches Digital COVID Pass for the Revival of Travel and Tourism

LONDON, UK, 2021-Feb-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Shufti Pro, an AI-powered identity verification service provider aids the travel and tourism industry by launching Digital COVID Pass for accurate COVID-PCR test verification. The travel and tourism industry has drastically fallen with the spread of the virus. New travel restrictions around the world have made matters… Read the full press release

Aer Lingus extends flexible booking policy until 30th September 2021

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Jan-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Aer Lingus has today (12th January 2021) announced that it will extend its flexible booking policy until 30th September 2021 to afford customers the confidence to book a summer holiday in the knowledge that they can change their travel plans at no extra cost. The airline’s Book with… Read the full press release

Alaska updates policy on service animals onboard

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2021-Jan-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Following recent changes to U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) rules, Alaska Airlines will no longer accept emotional support animals on its flights. Effective Jan. 11, 2021, Alaska will only transport service dogs, which are specially trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability…. Read the full press release

EASA releases Proposed Airworthiness Directive for Boeing 737 MAX

COLOGNE, GERMANY, 2020-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) published a Proposed Airworthiness Directive (PAD) concerning the Boeing 737 MAX for public consultation, signalling its intention to approve the aircraft to return to Europe’s skies within a matter of weeks. The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded by EASA on March… 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

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