News for The Americas

Delta Air Lines confirms terminal migration, new Delta Sky Club at Chicago O'Hare Intl Airport

11 October, 2022

Delta Air Lines confirmed (11-Oct-2022) plans to relocate operations from Terminal 2 to Terminal 5 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport from 12-Oct-2022. The carrier's new check-in lobby will feature new kiosks and self-service bag drops. The terminal migration enables Delta to operate from the same terminal as its SkyTeam and joint venture partners, eliminating the need for international passengers to transfer terminals and re-enter security. The carrier invested USD50 million into the newly refurbished terminal, which will also house a new 22,000sqft Delta Sky Club with a seating capacity of 400 guests. [more - original PR]

Zamibia Tourism Agency waives tourist visa requirements for selected countries

10 October, 2022

Zamibia Tourism Agency, via its official Facebook account, announced (01-Oct-2022) tourist visa requirements were waived for Australia, Canada, China, European Union, Gulf States, Japan, Norway, South Korea, UK and US, effective 01-Oct-2022.

LATAM Airlines Brasil to launch Sao Paulo-Johannesburg service in Jul-2023

9 October, 2022

LATAM Airlines Brasil announced (08-Oct-2022) plans to launch three times weekly Sao Paulo-Johannesburg service in Jul-2023. The service will be operated with 300 seat (30 premium business and 270 economy) Boeing 787-9 aircraft. [more - original PR - Portuguese]

United Airlines to resume San Francisco-Hong Kong service from 04-Jan-2023

6 October, 2022

United Airlines scheduled to resume twice daily San Francisco-Hong Kong service from 04-Jan-2023, according to OAG. The service will be operated using Boeing 777 equipment. The carrier last operated the service in Jul-2020. Cathay Pacific is also scheduled to operate the route.

CAPA publishes 2022 megatrends report ahead of World Aviation Summit

4 October, 2022

CAPA - Centre for Aviation published (Oct-2022) a report entitled: 'The new shape of the aviation industry - CAPA's 2022 megatrends', addressing the biggest trends that faced the aviation industry in 2022 and the influence of these trends on future strategies. These megatrends will be the focus for the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Gibraltar on 01/02-Dec-2022. At the event, hosted by Gibraltar's Government, global airline leaders will share insights and perspectives on the changes in the aviation sector over the last year, how the industry has adapted and development targets for the future. Topics will include rising costs, environmental sustainability, operational issues, the paths of international recovery, government ownership, digital transformation, partnerships and alliances. [more - CAPA Report] [more - CAPA Events]

Air New Zealand amends baggage for Australia-Auckland-New York service

3 October, 2022

Air New Zealand announced (03-Oct-2022) for services from Australia, via Auckland, to New York, effective for sales from 06-Oct-2022, an allowance of one checked in bag of up to 23kgs will be available for all economy passengers. There is no change to the baggage allowance for premium economy and Business Premier passengers. [more - original PR]

American Airlines CEO: Business travel pessimists are "wrong, wrong, wrong"

29 September, 2022

American Airlines CEO Robert Isom stated (27-Sep-2022) claims that business travel will not return post-pandemic are "wrong, wrong, wrong". US Travel Association forecasts a strong business travel comeback in 2H2022/1H2023. [more - original PR]

Amadeus: Modernising business travel 'will yield tens of billions in economic value'

28 September, 2022

Amadeus reported (27-Sep-2022) modernising business travel "will yield tens of billions in economic value", according to a study commissioned by the company. Amadeus commissioned the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) to model the economic benefits should the industry apply the latest digital spend management technology. Based on research with corporate travel and finance teams from large companies in the US, UK, France and Germany, Amadeus stated CEBR's work highlights the economic opportunities of digitally transforming travel and expense. According to the study, end-to-end digital spend management delivers economic benefits in the following areas:

  • Productivity improvements for travellers, managers and finance teams from digitalising expenses save 147 minutes per expense claim, equating to 188,000 full time equivalent employees and USD20.6 billion in gross economic value across the four economies;
  • Direct travel spend efficiencies result in savings of USD31.4 billion or 8.2% of direct travel spend made by large companies across the four markets. Savings are achieved through reductions in fraud and error and more consistent application of company travel policies;
  • End-to-end digital spend management enables travellers to be provided with a virtual card containing a pre-agreed budget for the trip. Travellers no longer need to submit expense reports and finance teams also gain efficiencies in accounting, auditing, reimbursement, control, budgeting, forecasting and international VAT reclaim. [more - original PR]

Chilean Government to remove mask wearing requirement on domestic services

23 September, 2022

LATAM Airlines Chile, via its official Twitter account, announced (22-Sep-2022) Chile's Government plans to remove mask wearing requirements for passengers on domestic services, effective 01-Oct-2022. International passengers will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test to enter the country.

GBTA: 54% of survey respondents say business travel rebounding faster than expected

23 September, 2022

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) surveyed (21-Sep-2022) travel and procurement leaders from Europe and North America, finding 54% say business travel has rebounded faster than expected, while 77% report they are spending more time troubleshooting traveller issues. Highlights include:

  • 67% believe that once all their offices are open, hybrid work scenarios will dominate. Only 9% anticipate that all their colleagues will return to the office full time;
  • 40% report that their companies have reduced their office space;
  • 39% say their company is hiring more remote workers than they did prior to the pandemic;
  • Almost four of five travel managers responding (79%) say remote working policies boost employee morale, while 72% believe these policies help with talent recruitment;
  • 17% say the procurement and management of co-working spaces is fully-managed;
  • 44% "don't know" how their company procures co-working spaces;
  • More than seven in ten (71%) say they would gain from having the consolidated data from hotel, meeting and co-working bookings, with 67% noting it would be easier for employees to use validated corporate payment tools via a singular booking source;
  • Nearly three-quarters (74%) say it would be easier for employees to book both hotels and co-working spaces at the same time in the same shopping/booking technology.

74% of survey respondents were from the US and Canada. [more - original PR]

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