Fiji Airways commences Nadi-Vancouver service

28 November, 2022

Fiji Airways commenced (25-Nov-2022) twice weekly Nadi-Vancouver service on 25-Nov-2022, using A330-200 aircraft equipped with 273 seats. Vancouver International Airport stated the year round service is expected to generate CAD12.2 million (USD9.08 million) in tourism dollars and an additional 86 jobs at the airport and British Columbia's hotel, restaurants and tourist attractions. According to OAG, Fiji Airways is the sole scheduled operator of the route. [more - original PR]

DRV: 97% of German business travellers undeterred by COVID-19 spikes

25 November, 2022

German Travel Association (DRV), via its 'Chefsache Business Travel 2022' report, stated (24-Nov-2022) only 3% of German business travellers would cancel business travel appointments due to an upcoming spike in COVID-19 infections. Respondents indicated however, that they are open to any form of support for safe travel, whether from their own company or from other sources, with 55% stating they would like detailed information about changes in entry and exit regulations. DRV highlighted companies have improved their risk management, with 72% supporting employees with professional risk management, "​​significantly more" than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 19% of these companies established functions for risk management measures following the outbreak of COVID-19, and 16% after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. [more - original PR - German]

Brazil reinstates mask wearing requirements for airports and aircraft

25 November, 2022

Brazil's National Health Surveillance Agency announced (23-Nov-2022) the reinstatement of mandatory mask wearing requirements at airports and on aircraft, effective 25-Nov-2022. The measure is due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. [more - original PR]

SAS to launch Copenhagen-New York JFK service from Feb-2023

24 November, 2022

SAS announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to launch five times weekly Copenhagen-New York JFK service on 09-Feb-2023. The carrier will operate into terminal 7 at New York JFK, and plans to increase the frequency to daily during summer 2023. SAS currently operates Copenhagen-New York Newark service, and will offer nine services from Copenhagen to the US and Canada in 2023. EVP and CCO network and revenue management Erik Westman commented: "The US is a strategic market for SAS, and we will continue to develop new routes and destinations whenever the right opportunity presents itself". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Danish]

Malaysia Airlines to suspend Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane service from 27-Mar-2023

24 November, 2022

Malaysia Airlines announced (24-Nov-2022) plans to suspend Kuala Lumpur-Brisbane service from 27-Mar-2023 as part of a "route rationalisation exercise". The carrier added customers travelling to Brisbane can leverage on its codeshare and oneworld partner, Qantas Airways, and connect from Sydney and Melbourne to Brisbane after the suspension of the nonstop flight. Operations on nonstop flights between Kuala Lumpur to Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne will continue without change, providing up to 43 nonstop services per week between Australia and Malaysia. Group CEO Izham Ismail stated: "After a thorough business review, we have made a difficult decision to suspend our operations into Brisbane to ensure we operate and utilise our fleet at an optimum level, as well as maximising revenue on every route we fly to". Mr Izham added forward booking to the other Australian cities is "very encouraging", with strong demand up to and beyond 1Q2023, with forward bookings "significantly" ahead of the same period in 2019. To date, the carrier has deployed capacities at 76% year-to-date, and anticipates ending 2022 with 82% capacity of pre-pandemic level networkwide. Excluding the suspension of Brisbane, Malaysia Airlines' Australia network will be at 98% capacity of pre-pandemic levels by Mar-2023. [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport handles 3.7m pax in Oct-2022

24 November, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (23-Nov-2022) the following traffic Oct-2022:

  • Passengers: 3.7 million, -35% compared to Oct-2019;
  • Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, -11%;
  • Aircraft movements: 21,800, -32%.

VDR receives BMWK funding for sustainable business travel project

24 November, 2022

Germany's Association of German Travel Management (VDR) received (22-Nov-2022) funding from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) for its pilot study aiming to reduce the CO2 share of business travel.  VDR aims to develop an end-to-end process covering aspects including avoidance, intelligent booking, transparent billing, compensation of CO2 emissions, sustainable purchasing and communication with the process stakeholders. The project is being carried out in partnership with Intelligent Business Concepts (IBC), with a pilot project planned for the beginning of 2023. [more - original PR - German]

Corporate Travel Management ESG & sustainability head: Cost equation changing due to ESG goals

23 November, 2022

Corporate Travel Management ESG and sustainability global head John Nicholls, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (23-Nov-2022) "the cost equation is going out the window". Mr Nicholls said it is no longer about cost if clients want to make a difference. Mr Nicholls added the way of moving forward is having a multi methodology tool.

Qantas Airways: COVID-19 changed interactions with customers

23 November, 2022

Qantas Airways executive manager global sales & distribution Igor Kwiatkowski, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (22-Nov-2022) "Predicting what will happen in the future is extremely hard", adding during the COVID-19 pandemic the carrier had to "hunker down and change the way we interact with our customers". Mr Kwiatkowski said: "There's a lot of empathy that came through during COVID as we were all dealing with the same thing, which rarely happens". He noted mental health became a "real topic of conversation", leading to a "genuine engagement in people's wellbeing". 

CAPA: Global capacity at 90m seats

23 November, 2022

CAPA - Centre for Aviation head of research Simon Elsegood, speaking at the CTC Australasia Corporate Travel Summit & Sustainability Awards, stated (22-Nov-2022) global capacity is currently at 90 million seats, noting airline schedules have "stabilised". Mr Elsegood said the outlook is for capacity growth to resume during 1Q2023, heading towards 100 million seats. He noted airlines are displaying capacity discipline. 

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