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Qantas Airways expands Qantas Distribution Platform

21 June, 2022

Qantas Airways expanded (21-Jun-2022) global access to the Qantas Distribution Platform with the addition of nine countries across Europe, Asia and the Pacific, enabling more agents to access Qantas' retailing technology. [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways to return to Terminal 4, reopen lounge at London Heathrow Airport

20 June, 2022

Etihad Airways announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to return to Terminal 4 at London Heathrow Airport from 22-Jun-2022, upon the terminal reopening. The carrier temporarily operated from Terminals 2 and 3 during the pandemic. The Etihad Lounge is also scheduled to reopen for the carrier's first and business class passengers and Etihad Guest platinum and gold members. [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines to resume Minneapolis-Seoul service from 02-Oct-2022

20 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines announced (17-Jun-2022) plans to resume three times weekly Minneapolis-Seoul Incheon service using A350-900 equipment from 02-Oct-2022. The carrier also plans to increase frequency to daily from 29-Oct-2022. The resumption represents full restoration of the carrier's South Korean network to pre-pandemic levels. Delta Air Lines VP Asia Pacific Matteo Curcio stated: "As travel restrictions ease, international and business travel is expected to drive the next leg of Delta's recovery. Recent demand has been strong in Asian markets, particularly in Korea, as they have rolled back COVID-era travel restrictions. Full restoration of the airline's Korean network is a positive indicator of what's to come for the rest of the Asia region". [more - original PR]

Qantas Airways seeking corporate customer input on SAF offset programme extension

20 June, 2022

Qantas Airways commenced (19-Jun-2022) discussions with major corporate customers about their interest in accessing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) offsets for their organisations' aeronautical activities. The input will inform the design of a programme that could also be extended to individuals in an expansion of Qantas' existing offsetting programme. The new programme is expected to launch later in 2022. [more - original PR]

CarbonClick and Locomote enter agreement for sustainable business travel

17 June, 2022

CarbonClick and Locomote entered (08-Jun-2022) a partnership to provide a new way for businesses to manage their sustainability when travelling. The partnership enables Locomote customers to offset the carbon impact of their flights by contributing to a selection of verified projects. The carbon offsetting projects support reforestation, biodiversity and the development of clean energy. [more - original PR]

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport sets limit on maximum number of daily travellers

17 June, 2022

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport established (16-Jun-2022) a limit on the maximum daily passengers for summer 2022 due to labour shortages affecting the number of security employees, calculating it will be able to handle up to 67,500 daily passengers in Jul-2022 and up to 72,500 in Aug-2022. The airport's outlook for Jul-2022 indicates an average of 13,500 excess seats daily, relative to security capacity. The Schiphol slot coordinator has been informed of the airport's capacity between 07-Jul-2022 and 31-Jul-2022 and will discuss passenger reductions with all carriers. A decision regarding the period commencing 31-Jul-2022 will be made in two weeks, based on expected airport capacity. CEO Dick Benschop added: "Setting a limit now means that the large majority of travellers will be able to travel from Schiphol in a safe and responsible way". [more - original PR]

Delta Air Lines launches A321neo operations

17 June, 2022

Delta Air Lines deployed (16-Jun-2022) its first A321neo aircraft into commercial operation on Boston-San Francisco service. The carrier's 194 seat A321neos are powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines and will be deployed primarily across Delta's domestic US network. Delta Air Lines has signed purchase agreements for 155 A321neos, with deliveries scheduled through to 2027. [more - original PR]

Air Canada CCO forecasts 'meaningful' return of corporate travel by Sep-2022

16 June, 2022

Air Canada CCO Lucie Guillemette stated the carrier forecasts a "meaningful" return of corporate travel by the beginning of Sep-2022 (Travel Week, 15-Jun-2022). Ms Guillemette noted the return won't be at 100% of pre-pandemic levels, however business travel is expected to increase in the lead up to Labor Day.

AirAsia X to operate services to London, Dubai and Istanbul in 2022

16 June, 2022

AirAsia X announced (15-Jun-2022) plans to resume Kuala Lumpur-London service and launch services to Dubai and Istanbul in 2022. The carrier also operates from Kuala Lumpur to Delhi, Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo Haneda, Sapporo and Osaka. AirAsia X CEO Benyamin Ismail stated: "As our services grow, we will continue to bring our fleet of aircraft out of hibernation and, we can look forward to gradually bringing our valued pilots and cabin crew who were on furlough back". He added the carrier is confident of returning to pre-COVID-19 capacity on some routes within the next 12 months. [more - original PR]

New Zealand's Government amends coronavirus travel restrictions

16 June, 2022

New Zealand's Minister for COVID-19 Response Ayesha Verrall stated (15-Jun-2022) travellers to New Zealand will no longer need a coronavirus pre-departure test from 23:59 on 20-Jun-2022. Ms Verrall stated: "We had intended to remove the requirement for travellers to have a pre-departure test by 31 July. But with cases continuing to decline despite over 387,000 arrivals since borders reopened there is evidence this measure can now be lifted". Ms Verrall added: "In order to understand what new strains of COVID are arriving at the border travellers will still be required to self-test on Day 0/1 and again on Day 5/6. If the result of either test is positive, they must then get a PCR test". Additionally, from 23:29 on 20-Jun-2022 passengers transiting through New Zealand will no longer need to be vaccinated, nor be required to complete a New Zealand Traveller Declaration. Ms Verral stated: "Travellers with COVID-19 like symptoms (e.g. Hayfever) will also be able to choose between showing a negative COVID test, or a certificate from a health professional stating that they are unlikely to have COVID-19 before travelling". The maximum penalty for reaching the Air Border Order's vaccination requirement will also be reduced from NZD4000 (USD2516) to NZD1000 (USD629). [more - original PR]

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