The increasing number of remote workers who choose to travel to another country has created a niche in the travel industry that hotels and travel advisors are making the most of. WiFi Tribe grew out of Diego Bejarano Gerke's desire to connect with digital nomads who love to travel and says travel advisors should know that logistics is a priority for these travelers.
Air Canada will begin offering refunds to passengers who decided not to fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic or whose flights were canceled. In addition, "in cases where a customer's flight is canceled or rescheduled by more than three hours, we will now offer all customers the choice of receiving a refund, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus," said Lucie Guillemette, chief commercial officer.
France is an on the verge of banning some short domestic flights that can be taken by train in less than two-and-a-half hours. The measure, which must be approved by the Senate, is an effort to reduce airline emissions.
Republican senators from Florida and Alaska have introduced the CRUISE Act, which would revoke the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no sail" order that has shut down the cruise industry. They said the CDC's order is negatively affecting a large sector of the tourism industry and hundreds of thousands of workers.
A new CDC report concluding that blocking middle seats on aircraft could reduce coronavirus transmission did not consider safety measures such as mandatory face coverings, prompting ventilation expert Joseph Allen of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to say he is perplexed by the analysis excluding masking's impact because it's "the single most effective measure at reducing emissions of respiratory aerosols." A spokesperson for Airlines for America said, "Multiple scientific studies confirm that the layers of protection significantly reduce risk, and research continues to demonstrate that the risk of transmission onboard aircraft is very low." Importantly, the report, which was grounded in pre-pandemic data, did not assess transmission but rather exposure to a surrogate virus, not Covid-19.
Delta Air Lines will bring back snack and beverage service April 14, with canned cocktails as well as soft drinks and juices. In announcing the change, which will also offer premium passengers hot meals on longer flights, Delta reminded passengers to replace face coverings between sips and chews.
In separate interviews, Rick Elieson, president of American's AAdvantage program, and Elliott Pesut, director of marketing at Alaska Airlines, discuss winning passengers' loyalty by protecting their perks and health during unusual times and finding ways to engage them even when they are not traveling. Elieson noted that current efforts increasingly focus on making American's partnership with Alaska Airlines "seamless."
With government restrictions unchanging, Air Canada will continue its suspension of flights to Mexico and the Caribbean through May. The airline will continue operating some flights to Mexico City, Barbados and Jamaica to carry cargo and bring home foreign workers and Canadians.
In addition to its arrangements with airlines, Hawaii has reached agreements with airports in Ontario, Calif., and Taiwan that allow passengers to avoid quarantine with approved COVID-19 tests. "The trusted testing partner designation is a proverbial shot in arm for Ontario as we continue our steady recovery from the downturn in air travel resulting from the pandemic," Ontario City Councilman Jim Bowman said.
Alaska Airlines has signed an agreement with SkyNRG Americas to support the company's production of sustainable aviation fuel. The airline is "an ideal partner not only to support SAF demand but also to help drive necessary policy changes that will encourage development of the SAF industry across the Pacific Northwest and the nation as a whole," SkyNRG Americas CEO John Plaza said.
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