Industry News 24.01.22


Covid travel tests to be axed in England for double vaccinated

People arriving in England from abroad will no longer have to take Covid tests if they have been fully vaccinated, the Prime Minister has confirmed. Boris Johnson said the further relaxation of the travel rules was designed to show that the country was open to travellers and business. He did not confirm when the rules would go but the Transport Secretary is set to make a statement later on Monday.

Vaccinated travellers currently need to do a test within two days of arriving. Read full story here

Mobile firms agree another 5G delay at US airports
US mobile networks AT&T and Verizon have agreed to postpone the rollout of their new 5G service at some airports.  The C-band service, which offers faster speeds and broader coverage, was due to be turned on this week.  But airlines in the US have pushed to delay the start, warning that the signals could interfere with aeroplane navigation systems.  However, carriers including Emirates are set to resume B777 operations to and from key US airports following this delayed rollout.

Etihad expands its green loyalty programme to corporate customers
Etihad has expanded its green loyalty programme to corporate customers with the launch of ‘Corporate Conscious Choices by Etihad’.  The programme allows organisations to offset corporate travel, invest in Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and promote sustainable activities. The programme – called ‘Corporate Conscious Choices’, has been designed for organisations which are “committed to reducing emissions and operating sustainably, with rewards and incentives designed to proactively support pro-environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives and employee behaviour.  For more information on Etihad’s sustainability programme, click here

WHO tweaks virus travel recommendations
The World Health Organisation’s Emergency Committee on coronavirus has tweaked recommendations to governments following a meeting earlier this week.  The committee modified its recommendation on international traffic bans saying to lift or ease them. The recommendation went on to say that travel measures should be “based on risk assessments and avoid placing the financial burden on international travellers.”

See you at the Dubai Expo – Emirates
Emirates recently launched their advertisement showcasing their sponsorship of the Dubai Expo by painting an A380 in the livery of the Expo and promoting it from the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – watch the advert here and even more interesting is this short video on the making of the advert – click here.

Travel news as a glance:

  • Virgin Atlantic reopens Heathrow Revivals lounge
  • Bristol airport begins £2.6 million departure lounge upgrade
  • Qantas prepares to restart Perth-London nonstop service from 27 March 2022
  • London City expects to operate more than three quarters of 2019 routes this year
  • GBTA poll reveals optimism despite Omicron, revealing that about 75 per cent of travel managers believe business travel volume will be “much or somewhat higher” this year
  • Swiss boosts cabin comfort on short-haul routes


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