Southwest Airlines CEO Bob Jordan stated (28-Apr-2022) the carrier is experiencing strong leisure travel bookings for spring and summer 2022, as well as improved business travel revenue, across its network. Mr Jordan added Southwest expects Apr-2022 business travel revenue to be down 30% from Apr-2019 levels, with continued sequential improvement through May/Jun-2022. The carrier's published schedules for 2Q2022 include additional short haul frequencies in business markets to support the anticipated increase and are expected to result in a 5% reduction in average stage length quarter-to-quarter. [more - original PR]
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GOL reported (28-Apr-2022) net revenue from passenger transportation of BRL3 billion (USD607.37 million) in 1Q2022, compared to BRL1.4 billion (USD283.44 million) in 1Q2019. Mar-2022 sales exceeded Mar-2019 levels by 60%, boosted by a 63% increase in corporate segment sales and an increase in combined business and leisure travel. The figure was enhanced by an adjustment in ticket prices, driven by higher jet fuel prices. The company increased capacity by 14.7% sequentially over the period, with COO Celso Ferrer stating: "We strongly believe that this new network, carefully studied in recent months and being implemented as we speak, will position us to support ongoing demand growth - particularly in the corporate segment". [more - original PR]
JetBlue Airways president and chief operating officer Joanna Geraghty, via the carrier's 1Q2022 earnings call, reported (26-Apr-2022) business travel bookings for 1Q2022 recovered to 75% of 1Q2019 levels. Ms Geraghty stated the airline expects "a continued acceleration" throughout 2Q2022 and beyond, driven by an enhanced network resulting from the carrier's Northeast Alliance with American Airlines.
Air Canada EVP and chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette, via the carrier's 1Q2022 earnings call, reported (26-Apr-2022) 1Q2022 business travel was down 50% from 1Q2019 levels. Ms Guillemette added business travel levels are expected to increase by 10pp in 2Q2022, to -40% from pre-pandemic levels.
United Airlines announced (26-Apr-2022) plans to launch the following services:
- Washington DC-Amman: Three times weekly from 05-May-2022;
- New York Newark-Ponta Delgada: Three times weekly from 13-May-2022;
- New York Newark-Bergen: Three times weekly from 20-May-2022;
- New York Newark-Palma de Mallorca: Three times weekly from 02-Jun-2022;
- New York Newark-Tenerife: Three times weekly from 09-Jun-2022.
United Airlines is set to be the sole scheduled operator on each route. The carrier is scheduled to launch/resume a total of 30 trans-Atlantic services for summer 2022, increasing its trans-Atlantic network to 125% of 2019 levels. [more - original PR]
United Airlines and Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (25-Apr-2022) the following expansion to their codeshare agreement from 26-Apr-2022:
- United customers will be able to connect to Bandar Seri Begawan, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Bali, Jakarta, Surabaya, Perth and Male with Singapore Airlines;
- SIA customers may connect on United's flights out of Los Angeles to Austin, Baltimore, Boise, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Reno and Sacramento. This complements existing connections available on United's network from Houston to Atlanta, Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando and Tampa. [more - original PR]
Korean Air is scheduled to resume three times weekly Seoul Incheon-Las Vegas service, effective 10-Jul-2022 to 29-Oct-2022, according to a 22-Apr-2022 GDS display. The airline will operate the service with A330-200 equipment. The carrier last operated the service prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Airlines CEO Robert Isom, via the carrier's 1Q2022 earnings call, stated (21-Apr-2022) business travel demand has recovered by 80% from pre-COVID-19 levels, with corporate travel revenue 50% recovered. Mr Isom said corporate travel bookings are the highest they've been since the onset of COVID-19, adding the carrier expects the trend to continue "as more companies reopen their offices".
Jamaica's Airports Authority announced (21-Apr-2022) the removal of negative COVID-19 testing requirements for all incoming passengers. Travellers were previously required to present a negative test from within three days of departure. [more - original PR]
Singapore Changi Airport, via its official website, reported (21-Apr-2022) the following traffic highlights for Mar-2022:
- Passengers: 1.1 million, -30.9% compared to Mar-2020;
- Cargo: 152,000 tonnes, +2.0%;
- Aircraft movements: 13,200, -18.5%.