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

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva launches Check-up with CENAS Sleep Clinic accommodation package

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-May-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental, Geneva has launched a new accommodation package: Check-up with CENAS Sleep Clinic in collaboration with Switzerland’s first private medical sleep clinic, CENAS. Geneva is renowned as one of the cities offering the highest quality of life, with a picturesque city centre that is beautifully set within the spectacular Swiss… Read the full press release

Deutsche Hospitality takes comprehensive hygiene concept to a new level with introduction of Luca app and nano coatings in hotels

Luca app/nano coating in hotels/vaccination programme for staff Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2021-May-04 — /Travel PR News/ — Deutsche Hospitality is taking its comprehensive hygiene concept to a new level in order to allow safe travel in coronavirus-affected times. Guest registration using the Luca app will be introduced, and special nano coatings will be applied… 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

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

Ryanair launches two new initiatives to protect customers from Online Travel Agents

Dublin, Ireland, 2021-Apr-27 — /Travel PR News/ — Ryanair, Europe’s no.1 airline, has today Apr 26th launched the Price Checker tool and Verified Seal, two new initiatives on the Ryanair website/app to protect customers against Online Travel Agent’s (OTA’s) who may be overcharging customers, providing incorrect customer details and preventing Ryanair from dealing directly with passengers. The ‘Price Checker’ tool will allow… 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

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

Qatar Airways further advancing its hygiene measures on board with the latest version of Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System

The award-winning airline continues to ensure its passengers can expect the highest levels of safety and hygiene throughout their journey DOHA, Qatar, 2021-Apr-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways becomes the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures on board. The latest version of… 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

Oman Air Holidays earns Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council

Muscat, Oman, 2021-Apr-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Oman Air, the national airline of the Sultanate of Oman, is pleased to announce that Oman Air Holidays has received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp is the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp for… 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

IATA welcomes Singapore’s acceptance of IATA Travel Pass

Geneva, Switzerland, 2021-Apr-07 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed Singapore’s acceptance of pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results on the IATA Travel Pass. From 1 May 2021, passengers traveling to Singapore will be able to use IATA Travel Pass to share their pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test results upon check-in with… 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

Japan Airlines to trial digital health credential apps: CommonPass, VeriFLY, and IATA Travel Pass

JAL will begin independent trials with three industry leading health credential apps in an aim to implement standardized digital health checks on the carrier`s international flights CommonPass trials to be conducted on JAL`s Haneda – Honolulu route on April 2 and on its Narita – Singapore route on April 5 JAL is fast-tracking trials to… Read the full press release

Belfast City Airport announces onsite covid testing centre in partnership with Randox

Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2021-Apr-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Belfast City Airport has announced an onsite covid testing centre in partnership with leading global diagnostics firm, Randox, in preparation for the return of its international flights in the coming months. The centre will offer both PCR tests and antigen (lateral flow) tests and will give… Read the full press release

Emirates to operate a special flight carrying only fully vaccinated crew and passengers onboard

A380 flight to carry fully vaccinated crew and passengers onboard Flyers to experience Emirates’ newest A380 cabins and latest on-ground technologies that enable a smooth and speedy journey through the airport Proceeds from the flight to be donated to the Emirates Airline Foundation Dubai, UAE, 2021-Mar-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates is showcasing the… 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

Europe’s aviation sector welcomes proposal by the European Commission for Digital Green Certificate system

Brussels, Belgium, 2021-Mar-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Europe’s aviation sector welcomed today’s (17 March 2021) proposal by the European Commission for a Digital Green Certificate system. This proposal requires EU States to issue common, inter-operable and mutually-recognized certificates for COVID-19 vaccination, testing and recovery status that will facilitate free movement during the COVID pandemic and… Read the full press release

Cathay Pacific welcomes the introduction of digital health platforms

Another trial completed on a Hong Kong-Los Angeles flight Hong Kong, China, 2021-Mar-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Cathay Pacific strongly supports the introduction of digital health platforms that securely validate compliance with the health-related entry requirements set by different governments, including negative COVID-19 tests and vaccination, enabling travellers to go overseas with reassurance and… Read the full press release

XpresCheck™ COVID-19 testing facilities opens at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport

Pre-security locations allow access to all passengers, regardless of airline Washington DC, USA, 2021-Mar-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, in conjunction with XpresSpa Group, Inc., a health and wellness company, announced Monday the opening of two XpresCheck™ COVID-19 testing facilities located at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport. This… Read the full press release

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

In March, ANA will continue to offer one daily round trip on the Tokyo Narita = Manila route until March 31. During April ANA will offer two additional flights on the Tokyo Haneda = Bangkok route while also offering two additional round trips between Tokyo Narita = Mumbai on an interim basis. From April 19,… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways trials the new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app

From 11 March, passengers planning on travelling on the airline’s Doha to Istanbul route will begin trialling the digital platform offering a more safe, secure and contactless experience for travellers. In close collaboration with IATA, Travel Pass is the latest example of the award-winning carrier’s commitment to supporting the recovery of international travel DOHA, Qatar,… Read the full press release

Hyatt to explore new mobile health passport for the hospitality VeriFLY + Stay

Exploration of new solution marks Hyatt’s latest effort to prioritize wellbeing and peace of mind for colleagues and meeting attendees CHICAGO, IL, 2021-Mar-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today (March 9, 2021) announced plans to explore VeriFLY + Stay, a mobile health passport for the hospitality industry using the VeriFLY… Read the full press release

Budapest Airport joins IATA CEIV Pharma program

Budapest, Hungary, 2021-Mar-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Budapest Airport is introducing a quality assurance system encompassing all phases of pharmaceutical transportation in Hungary, with the management of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The aim of the project, launched together with freight forwarder, transporter and ground handling companies, is to ensure that medical supplies… Read the full press release