News for The Americas

United Airlines and Singapore Airlines expand codeshare agreement

26 April, 2022

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 to resume Seoul-Las Vegas service from Jul-2022

25 April, 2022

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: Business travel demand leading recovery at 80% of pre-pandemic levels

22 April, 2022

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 removes negative COVID-19 test requirement for incoming travellers

22 April, 2022

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 pax down 31% to 1.1m in Mar-2022, compared to Mar-2020

22 April, 2022

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%.

United Airlines CCO: Trans-Atlantic traffic leading business travel recovery, Latin America follows

22 April, 2022

United Airlines EVP and chief commercial officer Andrew Nocella, via the carrier's 1Q2022 earnings call, stated (21-Apr-2022) the carrier expects its trans-Atlantic traffic to increase by 25% in summer 2022 compared to 2019 levels. Mr Nocella added trans-Atlantic business traffic revenue is expected to reach at least 100% of 2019 levels, with trans-Atlantic corporate business bookings having "largely returned to normal", as well as Latin American traffic. However, Mr Nocella noted the carrier has not seen a meaningful business travel recovery in Asia.

Victoria's Government amends inbound international coronavirus restrictions

20 April, 2022

Victoria's Minister for Health, Ambulance Services and Equality Martin Foley stated (20-Apr-2022) from 23:59 on 22-Apr-2022, international travellers who are symptom free will be recommended but not required to get a coronavirus PCR or rapid test on arrival, and unvaccinated travellers will no longer complete seven days' quarantine. Pre-departure tests for unvaccinated air crew will also be lifted. Face coverings will still be required on public transport and at airports, excluding airport workers who aren't public facing. [more - original PR]

Milan Airports summer 2022 schedule to feature 156 destinations

20 April, 2022

Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate Airport operator SEA SpA announced (19-Apr-2022) its summer 2022 schedule will feature 156 destinations in 70 countries, representing 75% of its 2019 portfolio. Seats offered will exceed 2019 levels, and are "well above" the European average. Regional highlights include:

  • Americas;
    • New carriers including ITA Airways, Neos and La Compagnie;
    • New destinations including Chicago and Montreal;
    • Seven carriers serving New York;
    • Four times weekly service to Sao Paulo, operated by LATAM Airlines Brasil;
  • Middle East, Africa and Asia;
    • New five times weekly service to Bahrain, operated by Gulf Air;
    • Seven destinations in the Middle East;
    • Services to Addis Ababa and Dakar;
    • Seven times weekly service to Singapore, operated by Singapore Airlines;
  • Europe;
    • New destinations including Izmir, Skiathos, Thessaloniki, Split, Lampedusa, Hamburg and Palma de Mallorca;
    • New carriers including Volotea, Wizz Air and Air Dolomiti. [more - original PR]

CLEAR deploys biometric expedited security lanes at Palm Springs International Airport

19 April, 2022

CLEAR deployed (14-Apr-2022) its biometric expedited security lanes at Palm Springs International Airport, the company's seventh airport in California and 42nd in the US. The lanes are expected to create approximately 17 new jobs at the airport and generate USD1.7 million in local economic activity. [more - original PR]

Air New Zealand resumes service to San Francisco

19 April, 2022

Air New Zealand resumed (14-Apr-2022) service to San Francisco on 14-Apr-2022, and plans to resume service to Honolulu on 04-Jul-2022 and to Houston on 07-Jul-2022. The service to San Francisco will initially operate three times weekly with Boeing 787-9 equipment. The Boeing 787-9 that will service these routes offers more premium seats than other 787-9s in the airline's fleet. [more - original PR]

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