Analysis for The Americas

The CEO perspective – airline bosses open up on COVID, the recovery, and the future of air travel

15 September, 2021

Across 2021, airline CEOs from all parts of the world have spoken openly at the monthly CAPA Live virtual summit about air travel, the coronavirus crisis and the path to recovery. To say 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for these professionals is a major understatement and each shares the journey for their respective airlines through one of the biggest crises to hit the world.

Less than a one in a million risk – testing ‘significantly mitigates the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission during airline travel’

14 September, 2021

Real-world data from nearly 10,000 air travellers has provided further backing to pre-flight testing as a key part of the air travel recovery process at time that more countries are starting to consider revised travel requirements. The research from US major Delta Air Lines suggests that the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while travelling if all passengers have tested negative 72 hours in advance of your flight is less than 0.1%.

Corporate responsibility initiative for hotel sourcing from American Express Global Business Travel and Cvent highlights increased DE&I focus within business travel and meetings sectors

7 September, 2021

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) travel and transient sourcing technology provider, Cvent, have created a new set of sourcing questions to help drive corporate responsibility within the business travel and meetings sector. The new questions aim to standardise and increase the availability of sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) data shared by hotels and other venues.

Clearing the next hurdle – two in three US business travellers plan to reduce trips amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country

3 September, 2021

As confidence was truly building across the US and business travels rising, new research for the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows that US business travellers are scaling back travel plans amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country.

Charting the trends – ‘no vaccine, no entry!’ This may not yet be widespread, but a growing number are now backing calls for vaccine passports

2 September, 2021

The potential to impose vaccine passports on international arrivals or even to access bars or restaurants will not please everybody, but it is a key part of the arsenal on offer to governments to combat COVID-19 spread. Canada, for example, has restricted arrivals to fully vaccinated American citizens and permanent residents as part of its phased reopening. Others have adopted similar requirements.

Uncertainty and continued COVID transmission continues to cloud travel recovery – airlines report uptick in booking cancellations as Delta variant hurts sentiment

31 August, 2021

Since the mutation was first identified there were concerns from the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant that it was more infectious and potentially more deadly than previous forms. With enough data now available research now confirms this, albeit vaccinations are proving a strong weapon in limiting the efficacy of the strain’s attack.

Weakening of China domestic market ‘poses a risk’ to travel recovery, but US domestic bookings are now near to pre-pandemic levels

24 August, 2021

The strong forecast sentiment for travel has translated into the return of traffic, in domestic markets at least, where the removal of restrictions has permitted mobility. There are even positive signs on the return of business travel with the slow removal of international restrictions now also allowing foreign visits. While the majority of these remain for leisure purposes there is increasing evidence that business travel rates are on the rise.

Confidence about travel plans is growing, but rise of COVID-19 variants is pushing back travel restart dates in some regions

23 August, 2021

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has reported confidence among its clients about travel plans is growing, but the rise of COVID-19 variants is pushing back travel restart dates in some regions. The findings of its Jun-2021 Travel Client Check-In Survey showed very positively that almost all intend to return to travel before the end of the year, but that is more likely now to take place in 4Q 2021.

Improvement in the COVID situation and reopening of offices will 'spur corporate travel’s return', but most business leaders still have 'no specific targets'

4 August, 2021

Corporate travel is expected to pick up significantly in the United States in the second half of 2021, but will still sit well below pre-pandemic levels with total spend in 4Q 2021 projected to reach somewhere between 25% and 35% of 2019 levels and a third of companies remaining below 25% of 2019 spend at the end of the current calendar year.

The CEO perspective – airline bosses open up on COVID, the recovery, and the future of air travel

4 August, 2021

Across 2021, airline CEOs from all parts of the world have spoken openly at the monthly CAPA Live virtual summit about air travel, the coronavirus crisis and the path to recovery. To say 2020 and 2021 have been a challenge for these professionals is a major understatement and each shares the journey for their respective airlines through one of the biggest crises to hit the world.

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