Industry News 25.04.22


Home Office warns of up to ten-week wait for British passports
The UK Government is advising people to allow up to ten weeks for the processing of British passport applications, with demand currently at “an all time high”.

The home office also warned that “While there are urgent services for people who need their passport more quickly, appointment availability is limited”. For more information, click here

Updates to British Airways Face Covering Policy
• Customers will no longer be mandated to wear a mask at our airports in England and Scotland.
• Customers travelling on BA-operated flights will only be required to wear a mask on board if the destination they are flying to or from requires this. You can view a list of destinations on
• Depending on the destination and local requirements, customers may be required to wear a mask to disembark the aircraft and in the arrival terminal.

Where BA have been unable to clarify the local restrictions and because restrictions can change quickly, they will still require customers to wear face coverings, and will ask that customers continue to carry masks with them for the duration of their journey.

For destinations where BA have established that the wearing of a face covering is not mandated, customers are able to make a personal choice and BA kindly request everyone to respect each other’s preferences

Entry requirements for Spain
Spain is open to fully vaccinated passengers, and they do not have to undergo quarantine and do not have to present a negative COVID-19 test result. If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since receiving the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, the traveller must show proof of having received a booster shot. The booster shot certificate is valid since the day it was administered. Spain is open to many non-fully vaccinated travellers. All passengers must comply with certain requirements related to COVID-19 test and forms.  For more information click here.

US will not enforce travel mask mandate after legal defeat
The Biden administration will no longer enforce a US mask mandate on public transportation, after a federal judge in Florida on Monday ruled that the 14-month-old directive was unlawful, overturning a key White House effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As a result of a court order, effective as of 18 April 2022, CDC’s 29 January 2021 Order requiring masks on public transportation conveyances and at transportation hubs is no longer in effect. Therefore, CDC will not enforce the Order. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time. This page will be updated soon to provide additional information about recommendations.  For more information, click here.

New Zealand and Singapore sign Sustainable Aviation Arrangement
The governments of New Zealand and Singapore have signed a bilateral arrangement for cooperation in sustainable aviation, as both countries move towards low carbon economies.

The agreement covers fours areas for cooperation:

  • Policy and regulation:
  • Industry development:
  • Future infrastructure planning and provisions:
  • Workforce transformation

Travel news as a glance:

  • Cathay Pacific launches Asia’s first major corporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) programme
  • Air Canada to resume Manchester-Toronto route from 1 June
  • Edinburgh airport’s solar farm set for completion in March 2023
  • Thai Airways restores first class
  • IHG unveils IHG One Rewards loyalty programme
  • Air France launches CO2 emissions reduction strategy – ‘Air France ACT’
  • Jurys Inn brand to disappear as the properties rebrand as Leonardo Hotels


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