CTM (Corporate Travel Management) GM, Victoria and Tasmania Susan Connor, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (13-Sep-2022) customers are "wanting to have as much information at their fingertips as they can" to be able to make informed decisions. Ms Connor highlighted this includes information about the destination they are travelling to, including COVID-19 protocols, border closures, vaccination requirements and destination information.
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CAPA - Centre for Aviation head of research Simon Elsegood, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (13-Sep-2022) business travel is a "really nuanced discussion", which needs to be broken down via reason and geography of travel. There is a structural move away from air travel, however the reasons to travel remain relevant, noting face to face connections with individuals are "more important". Internal business travel will be reduced and replaced via telecommunications and other forms of communication. Some smaller "quick trips" have been consolidated into larger, longer, or multistage trips. Mr Elsegood said on a geographical basis, business travel outlook is varied. Mr Elsegood noted business benefitted from the cost savings of reducing air travel.
Air New Zealand announced (12-Sep-2022) face coverings will no longer be required on any Air New Zealand operated service from 23:59 on 12-Sep-2022, following the New Zealand Government's amended legislation. This will include all services where a mandate does not exist, however, will still be required on some international services, depending on the individual jurisdiction the flight is arriving in. In addition, vaccination mandates for entry into New Zealand will be removed. International arrivals will continue to receive complimentary rapid antigen tests at the airport, and travellers are encouraged to test on days 0/1 and 5/6. [more - original PR]
Air New Zealand stated (12-Sep-2022) the following amendments will apply to year-round fares from Australia to New Zealand, for sales effective from 13-Sep-2022.
- Year round economy, premium economy, and business premier fares to New Zealand have been increased, except for fares ex Perth;
- Amendments to current 'Q' surcharges for travel between Dec-2022 and Jan-2023;
- Amendments to the current 'Q" surcharge travel period in Apr-2023. [more - original PR]
Partnership Travel Consulting regional director Australia Virginia Fitzpatrick, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (13-Sep-2022) the emergence of Regional Express (Rex) is a "really good news story coming out of COVID".
Partnership Travel Consulting regional director Australia Virginia Fitzpatrick, speaking at the CAPA Australia Pacific Aviation Summit, stated (13-Sep-2022) recent resourcing and response issues in the travel industry have been as much an issue for travel management companies and hotels as for airlines. Ms Fitzpatrick said the hotel sector has responded better with communications, support and the "positivity of the messaging about the value of the hotel industry".
New Zealand's Government removed (12-Sep-2022) the 'COVID-19 Protection Framework', also known as the traffic light system, from 23:59 on 12-Sep-2022. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated: "You will no longer be required by Government to wear a mask anywhere, except in healthcare settings like hospitals, GPs and aged residential care facilities… All remaining Government vaccine mandates will end in two weeks on 26-Sep-2022. It will now be an employer's discretion as to whether they require their workforce to be vaccinated". Ms Ardern added: "Vaccination requirements for all travellers arriving into New Zealand including air crew also ends, and the requirement to test on day 0/1 and 5/6 will now just be encouraged". [more - original PR]
Cook Islands Government stated (09-Sep-2022) effective from 00:01 06-Sep-2022, the entry criteria specified in the notice dated 29-Jul-2022 as relates to coronavirus vaccination requirements have been removed and no longer apply for travel and entry to the Cook Islands by aircraft and sea vessel. [more - original PR]
Velocity Frequent Flyer, via its official LinkedIn account, stated (07-Sep-2022) Air Canada's Maple Leaf Lounges are now accessible to Velocity Gold and Platinum members holding a same day ticket on Air Canada marketed and operated flights.
Australia's Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Catherine King stated (08-Sep-2022) the requirement to wear a mask on international aeronautical services to Australia have been removed from 00:01 on 09-Sep-2022. This is based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer and is consistent with the decision of National Cabinet on 31-Aug-2022 on domestic flights. Ms King stated: "We encourage travellers to consider wearing a mask to reduce their personal risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19", adding "Travellers should also be aware that airlines and countries they are travelling through may have different requirements". [more - original PR]