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Business travel rebounds, hotelier confidence rises

Large-scale business travel still cannot match its performance in 2019. Business travel is finally returning for the nation’s largest hotel operators, and this resurgence, combined with the increase in leisure travel, gives these operators enough confidence to rapidly expand their portfolios through acquisitions and developments. Leisure travel started its return earlier as people eager to […]

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75% of Travel Managers in Europe expect business travel volume in 2022 to exceed 2019 levels according to new Cvent report

LONDON – Cventa leading technology provider for meetings, events, travel and hospitality, has released the latest installment of the Cvent Travel Managers Report: Europe Edition, which provides detailed information on current business travel trends and activity. The report reveals significant levels of optimism among business travel managers. Three-quarters (75%) of respondents expect their organization’s travel […]

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Ryanair strengthens operations in Venice with 20 new routes

Budget airline Ryanair will boost operations at Venice Marco Polo Airport for the upcoming winter season with plans to add a fourth aircraft and introduce 20 new routes, the airline announced this month. The move represents an additional US$100 million investment in the carrier’s Venice base, which was established in October 2021, bringing the total […]

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Southwest Eliminates Flight Credit Expiration Dates

Southwest Airlines has waived the expiration date on all Southwest flight credits, the carrier announced Thursday. The change applies to all flight credits not expired or created on or after July 28, 2022. Previously, flight credits would have expired 12 months from the date of purchase. “It’s an industry-leading theft credit policy,” Southwest CEO Bob […]

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EasyJet adds 14 new routes from Lisbon for the winter

EasyJet is expanding its operations from Lisbon this winter after being awarded 18 new daily slots at the city’s airport by the European Commission. The airline will base three additional Airbus A321neos at Lisbon Airport, bringing its total number of Portugal-based aircraft to 19, and enabling it to launch 14 new routes from Lisbon, as […]

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InterContinental opens a new hotel in Bucharest

IHG Hotels & Resorts will open a new InterContinental property in the Romanian capital Bucharest in January 2023. The opening will mark a rapid return of the InterContinental brand to Romania after the end of the management contract to manage its former property in Bucharest in December 2021 and the hotel was renamed Grand Hotel […]

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Covid has accelerated the adoption of innovative technologies for business travel

Thanks to new advances in artificial intelligence, the future of transport will be increasingly automated and sustainable, according to Euromonitor’s Future of Travel 2040 report. But at the same time, with Covid dramatically accelerating the adoption of a host of new digital and online technologies, forward-looking industry innovations are not limited to smarter experiences alone. […]

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Virgin Atlantic unveils Retreat Suite and new upper class seats

Virgin Atlantic has launched its most spacious seat in airline history, the Retreat Suite, by unveiling the latest iteration of its Upper Class cabin. The new products will appear on the airline’s Airbus A330-900neo, the first of which will take delivery from Virgin this fall and will be rolled out on services to Boston. With […]

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Wizz Air will reduce its summer capacity

Fast-growing low-cost airline Wizz Air has become the latest European carrier to cut its summer schedule to avoid further cancellations. The Hungary-based airline said it was reducing its summer capacity previously scheduled for the high season by 5% to “reduce the impact of ongoing external disruptions”. Wizz, which has already exceeded its pre-Covid seating capacity, […]

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Construction industry leads as business travel remains strong: OYO survey

Business travel to India has surged since January 2022 as industries picked up after a nearly two-year lull, the survey by hospitality startup OYO said on Thursday. “In the business travel category, the top three constituents are corporate employees at 29%, small business owners at 17.7%, and government employees at 12.3%,” […]

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Swiss adds Zurich-Bristol route for winter 2022/23

Swiss is adding a new flight between Zurich and Bristol in the UK as part of its 2022/23 winter schedule. The Lufthansa Group-owned carrier said it will offer 93 destinations from its Zurich and Geneva hubs this winter, with overall capacity reaching 80% of the airline’s 2019 levels. Swiss’s Zurich-Bristol service will be launched from […]

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Yes, you can avoid the business travel miseries of 2022

For better or for worse, I’m back on the business travel route. And, my friends, let me tell you, it’s miserable out there these days. Here are some problems that my friends and I have encountered – and what you can do to avoid them. First, remember that COVID-19 continues to be an issue. At […]

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business travel ‘shows great signs of recovery’ – Business Traveler

Air France released a series of statistics on the increase in travel demand, including positive trends for business travel, luxury destinations and the carrier’s premium economy product. The airline said business travel was “gradually returning to pre-Covid levels”, with demand up 318% year-to-date and peaking on April 6. Air France also reported a 74% increase […]

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ITA Airways participates in the Business Travel Show Europe in London |

More than 90 weekly round trips between London and Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate Andrew Bunn is the new UK Country Manager ROME, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ITA Airways will be attending the Business Travel Show Europe on June 29-30. The event will take place at the ExCel exhibition center in London, UK, […]

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ITA Airways participates in the Business Travel Show Europe

More than 90 weekly round trips between London and Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate Andrew Bunn is the new UK Country Manager ROME, June 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ITA Airways will be attending the Business Travel Show Europe on June 29-30. The event will take place at the ExCel exhibition center in London, UK […]

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Carriers are cutting schedules to improve operations and adapt to demand

United Airlines announced Thursday that it is cutting 50 daily domestic departures from its schedule at Newark Liberty International Airport beginning July 1, the carrier confirmed. Departures make up about 12% of the airline’s Newark schedule. The carrier has requested a waiver from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to temporarily adjust its schedule for the […]

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The future of domestic business travel looks brighter

LONDON, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 2021 has proven to be a tough year for international business travel. The sector has seen a year-on-year decline in travel from 2020. At the start of the pandemic, many experts predicted that international business travel would begin to recover in 2021. However, business travel has proved to […]

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Uniglobe Travel | European Business Travel News

COMPANY PROFILE Key people Gary Charlwood, Founder, President and CEOMartin Charlwood, President and Chief Operating OfficerAmanda J Close, Vice President, Global OperationsTracy Bartram, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial OfficerPatrick Hooft, Regional President, British Isles and EMEARichard Moore, Vice President British Isles and EMEA Number of offices/locations worldwide Offices in 60 countries on six continents, […]

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Business Travel Management | European Business Travel News

COMPANY PROFILE Key people Debbie Carling, CEO EuropeCarla Beaton, Chief Financial Officer EuropeBrian Sheerin, CTO EuropeKaren Janssen, CIO EuropeMallory Gérard, Managing Director France Main sectors of activity Professional services, public sector, retail, sport, ERM, finance, energy, technology, retail, entertainment, law, pharmaceuticals, media Other services MICE, VIP trips, visas and passports, out of hours, sports trips […]

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Top 10 destinations for business travel in 2022 revealed – London Business News

With the pandemic forcing many Britons to adapt to working remotely, office spaces are once again welcoming their employees and colleagues are once again collaborating in person. Now that travel restrictions have also been lifted, there is now nothing stopping employees from traveling abroad for business purposes, from all business conferences and client meetings to […]

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Working with airlines | Business Travel News

Download chapter After the omicron variant of Covid-19 put the travel resumption on hold from late 2021, business travel has rebounded strongly since mid-February and into the spring. Airlines reported a recovery in business travel in March – whether measured by demand or revenue – of 50% to 80% compared to 2019. Gross revenues for […]

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Working with Chauffeur-Driven Suppliers

Download chapter Demand for chauffeured cars has returned to 2019 levels, according to the National Limousine Association, but travel managers whose programs depend on these suppliers or transportation service providers should prepare for a sticker shock. The average cost of trips in the industry is higher than it was before the pandemic, according to the […]

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How long will it take for business travel to return to normal

IIf you’re a former jet-setter who hasn’t been on a business trip in years, hang in there. Business travel plummeted in 2020 and 2021, and it still hasn’t returned. According to an April report by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, or AHLA, conducted with the hotel analytics group Kalibri Labs, business travel revenue in […]

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US drops inbound testing requirement

The United States will end its negative Covid-19 testing requirements for inbound passengers this weekend. The obligation for all incoming travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test carried out on the day of travel will be lifted this Sunday. The move comes after a strong push from the travel industry to end the requirement. US […]

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Trip.com sees strongest business travel growth in China’s second cities

Skift grip When it comes to China’s future business travel hotspots, there are plenty of gems to emerge in a new report released this week by Trip.Biz, the business travel division of Trip.com. It offers agencies real insight into the minds of business travellers, as well as growth opportunities in a country poised to rebound […]

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Key Considerations for Employers When Planning Staff Business Travel

Many companies will have seen a significant increase in international business travel now that COVID-19 restrictions have been removed in the UK and eased globally. Although the Brexit transition period ended on December 31, 2020, many UK employers may have had fewer employees traveling overseas on business than would otherwise have been the case. Therefore, […]

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British Airways expands US routes for summer

British Airways will operate direct flights between 26 US cities and London this summer, the carrier has announced. Service began June 3 between London Heathrow and Portland, Oregon and Pittsburgh, and service to San Jose, California is scheduled to resume June 13. The carrier also launched a new daily daytime flight from Newark to London […]

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Business travel is back, but a return to pre-pandemic levels remains a long way off

Long after the second anniversary of the pandemic, business travel is showing its first significant signs of recovery. As this recovery gathers pace, a new landscape has formed with the presence of traditional and new forms of business travel. In this new landscape, however, consumer sentiment towards business travel remains mixed, along with a significant […]

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“Business travel has experienced a strong comeback”

NEW DELHI : The strong rebound in domestic travel and tourism after the lifting of covid-related restrictions is here to stay, said Madhavan Menon, chairman and managing director of Thomas Cook India, a travel services company. In an interview, Menon said business and leisure travel had returned to near pre-covid levels or exceeded them, with […]

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Norse Atlantic will fly between London and New York

New low-cost airline Norse Atlantic Airways will launch daily service between London Gatwick and New York JFK in August, with tickets now on sale. The first flight from London Gatwick will be on August 12, 2022, with fares from £255 return. The daily service will depart London at 1:00 p.m. and arrive in New York […]

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Study: Small U.S. Cities See Largest Airfare Increases

Secondary and tertiary markets are seeing the largest year-over-year increases in average airfares in the United States, according to a report released this week by CheapAir.com. The company assessed 128 million airline tickets in April to cities across the United States, it notes in the report. Depending on the destination, fare increases ranged from 14% […]

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Frankfurt Airport sees significant improvement in business travel

Frankfurt’s German airport operator Fraport has seen a recovery in business travel to Germany’s main hub, while continuing to see a recovery in passenger traffic. In this regard, Fraport CEO Stefan Schulte said he has an optimistic view of the coming months for Frankfurt as well as its other airports, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com. The group operates […]

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TMCs driven by the revival of business travel

TMCs continue to follow the recovery path, with travel advisors reporting a strong recovery in business travel and group bookings, while ATPI Group reported a sharp increase in profits for fiscal 2021. Travel advisers said they achieved business travel sales of £4.5million in one week this month. It was only the second time in 2022 […]

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Frankfurt Airport is experiencing a ‘revival’ in business travel

Frankfurt airport operator Fraport has seen a ‘recovery’ in business travel at the main German hub as the recovery in passenger traffic continues. Stefan Schulte, CEO of Fraport, told the group’s virtual annual general meeting on Tuesday (24 May) that he had an “optimistic outlook” for the coming months for Frankfurt and its other airports. […]

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Flight bookings for leisure and business travel surpass 2019 levels

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, leisure and business flights around the world reached levels not seen since 2019. That’s according to the Mastercard Economics Institute’s third annual travel report, “Travel 2022: Trends & Transitions,” released yesterday. After analyzing 37 global markets, the report found cross-border travel reached pre-pandemic levels in […]

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Intention to travel to the Middle East remains strong: report

Intention to travel to the Middle East both domestically and overseas is strong, with business travel tending to be half as popular, BVA BDRC, an international consumer and business consultancy, said in a new report. Middle Eastern baby boomers dominate the region’s domestic leisure market, having made more than 12 trips in the past two […]

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16 tips for international business travel

Finding the best international travel tips can be difficult, especially when it comes to international travel. But knowing what to prepare for before and during travel is an essential part of business travel safety, especially for newcomers to business travel. So, we are going to go over some important international travel tips to keep in […]

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IHG plans to expand into Northern Europe

IHG Hotels & Resorts plans to expand its presence in Northern Europe through an expanded partnership with hotel operator Tristar GmbH. This expanded agreement between the companies will see the opening of 60 hotels in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Italy by 2035. Tristar GmbH specializes in the operation of branded hotels in German-speaking DACH […]

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Business travel in San José is slower than in other cities

Business travel is down in the United States due to COVID-19, but San Jose is suffering more than other major cities. Business leaders laid out the city’s predicament at a press conference Thursday at the San Jose Chamber of Commerce. According to a report by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), hotel business travel […]

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Quadruple passengers of the Lufthansa Group in the first quarter

Lufthansa Group saw air passenger numbers in the first quarter more than quadruple compared to the same period in 2021, leading the company to increase capacity towards the end of the quarter, Lufthansa said in an earnings report. of the first quarter on Thursday. Passenger numbers increased to more than 13 million in the quarter […]

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Travelodge sees recovery in business travel

British budget hotel brand Travelodge expects to see a continued increase in demand from business travelers in 2022 after a rapid recovery from the severe blow caused by the Omicron variant of Covid-19. Travelodge said January sales were affected by the Omicron outbreak and the government’s work-from-home guidelines, which were in place in the UK […]

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Baird sees a recovery in business travel at the end of the year

Georgijevic/E+ via Getty Images Business travel has been a persistent pain point for hotels and airlines throughout the pandemic. However, Baird now bets the tide is starting to reverse as travel emerges from a long COVID-induced winter. “Major technology and financial services companies have begun their return to office processes, which bodes well for the […]

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Business travel returns, rental car supply still lacking

A car rental industry executive said there was a return to business travel, but companies are facing a lack of vehicles. During an interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer Hertz chief executive Stephen Scherr said business travel was on an “uptrend” and international visitors would return to the United States as new coronavirus-related travel restrictions are […]

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Southwest withdraws from leisure destinations to refocus on business travel

Skift grip Recently retired Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly has already predicted that 20% of the business travel market may never return after the pandemic. But it is certain that this prognosis could turn out to be too pessimistic. The carrier is seeing a faster return of road warriors than it might have expected. Madhu […]

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Five places where business travel has changed after the pandemic

Canada Ranked ninth in overall business bookings for this year, Canada has seen more remote workers at its resort destinations and longer business stays, according to rental property managers. While much of this has been driven so far by Canadian citizens taking advantage of remote work (more than It is said that 27% of employed […]

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UAE travel bookings see 195% increase for Eid break

The volume of local and international travel bookings for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr break is up 195% year-on-year so far in 2022 compared to the same holiday period in 2021, dnata Travel said, UAE’s oldest travel provider. This year, the number of international travel bookings for the first Eid holiday, scheduled for early May, has […]

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United establishes its biggest ever transatlantic expansion

Betting on a solid summer, United Airlines has launched the biggest transatlantic expansion in the company’s history, the carrier announced on Tuesday. In total, the company will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights until the beginning of June. This includes five new nonstop flights to destinations such as Amman, Jordan; Bergen, Norway; Azores, Portugal; Palma […]

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Report: Hotels Expected to End 2022 with $20 Billion Drop in Business Travel Revenue; leisure travel rebounds

According to a new report published by the American Hotel and Lodging Association, U.S. hotel business travel revenue is expected to be 23% below pre-COVID-19 levels in 2022, ending the year down more than $20 billion from last year. 2019. It comes after hotels lost an estimated $108 billion in business travel revenue in 2020 […]

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BTA reveals dip in business travel during Easter holiday

The Business Travel Association (BTA) today revealed that in the first week of April 2022, domestic and international business travel declined compared to the previous week. Data from Travelogix shows travel has slowed due to reduced opening hours for the Easter holiday. International and domestic business travel in the first week of April was down […]

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BA and Virgin Atlantic fall mask rule for US flights

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have removed the requirement to wear masks on flights to the United States. The two UK-based carriers responded to a US judge on Monday (April 18) by overturning the federal requirement that travelers wear masks on commercial planes and at airports. Following the decision, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) […]

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Norse Atlantic will lease four Dreamliners from Air Europa

New transatlantic carrier Norse Atlantic Airways is subletting four Dreamliner aircraft from Air Europa because they are not needed in its “start-up phase”. Norse Atlantic, which still plans to start services this summer, said the two Boeing 787-8s and two Boeing 787-9s would be leased from Spanish company Air Europa for 18 months. Bjorn Tore […]

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Hotel bookings are on track for a faster recovery in 2022

Hotel bookings are expected to return to pre-pandemic levels faster than expected, according to the latest data from hotel technology specialist HotelHub. HotelHub, which provides technology to TMCs and their enterprise customers, said global hotel transactions reached 87% of 2019 volumes in March, up from just 45% in January when the Omicron variant suppressed travel […]

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High Demand Tests Ground Transportation Supply

Whether for security reasons aimed at limiting potential exposure to Covid-19, or due to desires for sustainability, the demand for ground transportation options for business travel continues to grow. But the environment has changed since March 2020. It has been well known that car rental companies, after decimating their fleets with heavy sales in the […]

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Confidence rises as global travel resumes

United States requires all non-US citizens to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before entering, and all arrivals – including vaccinated US citizens – must have proof of a negative test one day prior to departure or proof of have recovered from Covid within 90 days. Groups such as GBTA and travel management company CWT have […]

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Dubai leads the world in business travel resumption

Dubai overtook London to become the top destination for global business travel this year, with the United Arab Emirates seeing the strongest travel recovery of any country, according to data from travel technology firm Travelport. Travelport figures show bookings to Dubai in 2022 outperforming its 2019 performance by 14%, with the UK delivering the most […]

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JetBlue makes competing bid to acquire Spirit

JetBlue has submitted a competing bid to Spirit Airlines’ board of directors hoping to steer the ultra-low-cost carrier away from its merger deal with Frontier Airlines. Under its proposal, JetBlue would acquire Spirit for $3.6 billion, or $33 per share in cash, which it said was a 50% premium to Spirit’s April 4 closing share […]

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Global business travel is resuming and expected to fully recover by 2024

As the world opens up and the economic recovery gathers pace, business travel should soon take off. The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel and meetings trade association in Washington DC – in its annual outlook said that despite recovery setbacks in 2021, a year-on-year increase another 38% is expected […]

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States sue US over keeping mask mandate

Twenty-one states led by Florida filed a lawsuit this week in U.S. District Court against multiple U.S. agencies to overturn the federal mask mandate that has been in effect at airports, airplanes and all public transportation since January. 2021, when the Biden administration implemented the mandate as an official federal settlement. The US Centers for […]

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Business travel is improving and expected to fully recover in the new fiscal year

NEW DELHI : As domestic business travel gains momentum in March, Indian hotels and tour operators are hoping to see growth in the first and second quarters of the coming fiscal year. Companies like Flight Center Travel Group, Thomas Cook and hotel companies like Sarovar Hotels and Lemon Tree Hotels expect a full rebound by […]

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British Airways resumes European flights from Gatwick

British Airways has resumed short-haul international services from London Gatwick Airport after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. BA’s first European service from Gatwick departed for Larnaca in Cyprus on Tuesday March 29. The carrier’s short-haul international flights from Gatwick were suspended in 2020, with some routes moved to Heathrow as passenger numbers dwindled. […]

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Finnair adds service between Helsinki and Mumbai for summer 2022

Finnair is adding a new route from Helsinki to Mumbai in India, but has to cancel some flights to Asia due to the closure of Russian airspace to EU-based airlines. The carrier is to offer more than 300 daily flights in its 2022 summer schedule, including five destinations in North America and eight routes to […]

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KLM is approaching 2019 capacity levels for European and US routes

KLM expects its European capacity this summer to “nearly match” its 2019 schedule, while flights to the United States will return to pre-pandemic levels. The Dutch carrier said it will serve 167 destinations during the summer season from March 27 to October 29, including 96 routes in Europe and 71 intercontinental destinations. KLM said its […]

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A $792 billion global business travel opportunity by 2026

SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New market research published by Global Industry Analysts Inc., (GIA), the leading market research firm, today released its report titled “Business Travel – Global Market Trajectory and Analysis”. The report presents new insights into the opportunities and challenges in a significantly transformed post COVID-19 market. A $792 Billion […]

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Business travel now accounts for nearly half of the City of London’s traffic – Business Traveler

London City has released encouraging traffic figures as it continues to rebuild following the easing of Covid-19 travel restrictions. The airport recorded its fourth busiest consecutive week since the start of the pandemic, with passenger numbers in March expected to increase by 40% in February. LCY also said it had reached pre-pandemic levels of 2019 […]

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Norse Atlantic Airways wins slots at Gatwick Airport

Start-up Norse Atlantic Airways has secured slots at Britain’s Gatwick Airport as it prepares to launch long-haul flights. Norse Atlantic has been awarded two pairs of six-week slots at London Airport, with plans to launch services in the summer of 2022. Although no route has yet been announced by the airline . Bjorn Tore Larsen, […]

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Business Travel Market Trends by 2026 with Major Key Players – Frenchway Travel, Booking.com, Exclusive France Tours, VoyagePrivé and FCM France

This global Business travel market is an attempt to analyze the global opportunities in the field of the global industry, its current capabilities and the potential of selected countries and regions in the market. The report to businesses and companies provides a better understanding of their ability to invest in the market. The report provides […]

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Commerce Department Pledges to Support Return of Business Travel : Business Traveler USA

At a roundtable with industry leaders, the department vowed to “bring all the tools to the table” to overcome obstacles The US Department of Commerce has pledged to bring “all tools to the table” to allow normal business travel to resume, both domestically and from abroad. Addressing a roundtable of 11 travel industry leaders, Don […]

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BTA reveals strongest week for business travel recovery since March 2020

The Business Travel Association (BTA) today revealed the strongest recovery in business travel since March 2020 compared to the same week in 2019. Data from Travelogix shows that traveler confidence has returned, as evidenced by a 403.13% increase in new business travel bookings compared to the same week in 2021. Weekly domestic business travel saw […]

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Finnair will fly to Shanghai and Seoul avoiding Russian airspace

Finnair has announced plans to continue flights from Helsinki to Shanghai and Seoul despite the closure of Russian airspace to EU-based airlines. Russia banned carriers from 36 countries, including all 27 EU countries, from using its airspace last month in response to the EU’s decision to ban Russian airlines following the invasion of Ukraine. Finnair […]

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Bringing together – a case study

THE Swiss bank UBS has a very mature travel program with online booking in place for almost 15 years. Kevin Carr, the bank’s corporate travel manager, said the company introduced a new online booking tool five years ago, with Amadeus’ Cytric. With the implementation, UBS moved away from different tools in different regions. “Before the […]

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TravelPerk Launches New Platform to Measure Travel-Related Emissions

TravelPerk has launched a new platform to give travel managers the tools to measure their organization’s carbon footprint and create strategies to reduce emissions. Europe-based TMC has launched the GreenPerk API, which will provide travel management platforms with data and analytics on an organization’s carbon footprint across different types of travel services, including flights, rail […]

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Travel advisors energized by the influx of new customers

Travel Counselors saw corporate bookings for February approach pre-pandemic levels. Work-from-home specialist TMC said business travel sales hit 92% of 2019 levels during the month, with 90% of its business-focused agents making a sale in the past week. Travel Counselors added that its combined corporate bookings for January and February reached £18million, or 82% of […]

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Business travel community assesses Ukraine’s early impact

The business travel community is assessing the early impact of the war in Ukraine, with airlines and travel agencies monitoring the situation closely. Data from flight intelligence firm Cirium revealed that 212 flights have been canceled to and from Ukraine since February 18, with a total of 1,792 flights flown during the same period. Additional […]

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Virgin Atlantic will resume remaining service in the United States

Virgin Atlantic will resume flights between London Heathrow and Seattle and Washington, DC in the first week of March, completing its “full list” of US destinations, the carrier announced Thursday. Additionally, the airline will increase frequency on some other US routes. The carrier cited “renewed customer confidence” and a 50% increase in bookings year-on-year. “Following […]

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Air Canada will add North American and global routes

Air Canada will add four new routes to the United States and three domestic routes from three Canadian hubs for the summer season, the carrier announced Tuesday. It will also restore 41 North American roads. With these new and restored routes, Air Canada will serve 51 Canadian airports and 46 US airports this summer. New […]

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LCC plans based on Anchorage Transpacific Service

Plans are underway for a new low-cost carrier to connect US and Asian cities via Anchorage, Alaska. Northern Pacific Airways, which has taken delivery of two Boeing 757-200s, is awaiting approval from the US Department of Transportation and hopes to launch its first commercial flight “with 2022 on the horizon”, CEO Rob McKinney told BTN […]

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IATA data reveals recovery momentum

The International Air Transport Association has revealed data on the dynamics of air travel recovery. The organization reported an 11 percentage point increase in international tickets sold in recent weeks compared to sales in 2019. Tickets sold for the period around the first week of February were at 49% of the same period in 2019. […]

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Ryanair adds planes and routes to Edinburgh

Ryanair plans to base two more aircraft at Edinburgh Airport this summer, bringing the total to 10. The Irish low-cost carrier said the move represented an additional investment of $200 million as well as its biggest program at the airport to date. Ryanair will operate 65 routes from Edinburgh with eight new destinations including Bari, […]

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Aeromexico to restore London-Mexico City flights in April

Aeromexico is to resume flights between Heathrow and Mexico City from April 1 as Covid-19 travel restrictions continue to be eased. The Mexican carrier plans to operate five weekly flights on the route between the British capital and Mexico City, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Aeromexico said the restoration of the London route means it will […]

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International demand for travel to Southeast Asia soars

International travel demand to Asia-Pacific is growing rapidly according to data from Skyscanner Travel Insight. The company said the boost followed the easing of border restrictions in the region. Skyscanner said international bookings in January to destinations including Thailand and Singapore showed signs of pent-up demand. He added that demand to Australia is also high […]

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Gatwick will reopen the south terminal in March

London Gatwick Airport plans to reopen its south terminal in March after closing nearly two years ago. The airport anticipates strong demand for the summer and beyond with the return of international travel. He announced the news on the same day that testing requirements for travelers arriving in the UK have been relaxed, with pre- […]

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Visit Alexandria Forecasts Hotel Tourism Rebound, Business Travel Still Years Behind | ALXnow

Alexandria hotels are still suffering, but there may be signs of relief on the horizon. The continued beating of the hospitality industry by Covid has been one of the main talking points of the budget so far: especially because city leaders say it could lead to increased fiscal pressure on residents of the city. Visit […]

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Frontier agrees to buy Spirit in $2.9 billion deal

In a deal that would unite two of the largest low-cost carriers in the United States, Frontier Airlines on Monday announced an agreement to buy Spirit Airlines for about $2.9 billion in cash and stock. The boards of each airline, both public, unanimously approved the proposed deal, the carriers said. Spirit shareholders would receive just […]

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Loganair will introduce Aberdeen-Oslo flights in June 2022

British regional carrier Loganair is to introduce a new route linking Aberdeen with the Norwegian capital Oslo. The Scottish airline, which celebrated its 60and anniversary last week, will launch the Aberdeen-Oslo service on June 13, with up to six weekly flights from Sunday to Friday using 49-seat Embraer 145 aircraft. Loganair is the largest carrier […]

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Calm momentum fuels business travel: IHG Hotels & Resorts looks to 2022 – 2022 – News and media – Newsroom

Despite concerns over continued uncertainty and a perceived lack of appetite for business travel, the second half of 2021 proved those predictions weren’t entirely true, and momentum is strong heading into 2022. “While we continue to monitor the impact of the recent variant on travel, we are generally optimistic about the industry rebound,” said Derek […]

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BA and Loganair extend codeshare agreement for UK flights

British Airways and Loganair have further expanded their codeshare agreement to cover more flights across the UK. The agreement between the two carriers will give BA customers access to a further 18 Loganair domestic routes, bringing the total available via codeshare to 38. Additions include the Scottish carrier’s routes from Aberdeen to Belfast City, Birmingham, […]

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Germany adds 12 countries to ‘high risk’ Covid list

Germany has added 12 other countries and regions to its list of “high risk” areas due to the spread of Covid-19, including Singapore, Oman, Pakistan and Ukraine. The full list of countries that were moved to the high-risk category from Germany on Sunday January 30 are as follows: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cuba, New Caledonia (French overseas […]

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Sustainable travel becomes a mandate

Johnny Thorsen, Vice President Strategy and Partnerships, Spotnana We have reached the end of another crazy year in both the calendar and the travel industry. So it’s time for me to write and share the next chapter of my “green travel odyssey”, and there’s no doubt that 2021 has been the most exciting year in […]

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Wizz Air expects Omicron’s “impact” to continue through March

European airline Wizz Air expects Covid-19 travel restrictions to continue “to have an impact” on its recovery from the pandemic until spring. The Hungary-based budget carrier, which made an offer to buy easyJet last year, posted an operating loss of 213.6 million euros for the last three months of 2021, despite Wizz’s capacity exceeding the […]

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Inflation and business travel demand dampen impact of rising hotel rates

Strong demand from leisure travelers has given hoteliers more pricing power in this economic recovery than they had in previous cycles, but there are some wrinkles to the higher rates, according to Jan Freitag, director national hotel analyst for CoStar Group. “This recovery is fascinating because of the rebound in room rates,” he said. “Traditionally, […]

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United Airlines reports ‘substantial’ decline in business travel

United Airlines said it met its fourth-quarter financial targets despite challenges with Omicron. The carrier said it kicked off 2022 with a reduced schedule, but forward bookings for spring travel are strong. Corporate bookings are another matter. Business traffic is “substantially down”, although it had “quite improved” in the fourth quarter of last year. Andrew […]

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Ryanair increases its schedules from Dublin airport

Ryanair is increasing its investment in Dublin Airport by adding a third aircraft to the base later this year. The carrier says the move represents an investment of $100 million and will create 30 jobs at the airport. She adds that the investment is a direct result of the traffic restoration program run by the […]

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Vueling opens new destinations from Gatwick

Vueling is expanding its operations at Gatwick Airport, including the addition of five new routes. The carrier, which is owned by parent company BA IAG, plans to base two aircraft at Gatwick and is adding a twice-daily service to Malaga, four-times-a-week services to Menorca and La Coruña and three-times-a-week services to Seville. and Granada. The […]

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Virgin Atlantic signs codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines

Virgin Atlantic has announced a codeshare deal with LATAM Airlines including transatlantic flights between London and Brazil. The agreement means that LATAM’s flights from Heathrow to Sao Paulo can be booked through Virgin Atlantic, as well as connecting flights to 12 airports in Brazil, including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Brasilia. LATAM passengers arriving at […]

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Norse Atlantic Airways gets US approval for transatlantic flights

New transatlantic long-haul carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has moved closer to starting operations after receiving flight approval from the US Department of Transportation. The airline plans to start operating services from the Norwegian capital Oslo to US cities, followed by transatlantic routes from other European cities such as London and Paris. The airline has already […]

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Emerald Airlines expands at Belfast City Airport

Emerald Airlines is expanding to Belfast City Airport to provide more choice for travelers to the region. The carrier, which is the exclusive operator of Aer Lingus’ regional route network, plans to operate “high frequency routes” from the airport to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Leeds Bradford and Manchester. The new routes are part of a long-term […]

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Omicron Postpones First Quarter Corporate Event Plans

Free tests, vaccines, reminders and prominent health policies may ease some of the anxiety over corporate meetings and events, but a surge in early 2022 feels like a postponed dream for businesses that are counting on a strong return to in-person events in the first quarter. A Global Business Travel Association survey conducted in early […]

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Carriers cut winter schedules after holiday cancellations

The flight cancellations that have plagued the airline industry over the recent Christmas and New Year holidays have diminished but not completely diminished. On Jan. 10, 903 US-related flights — within, to or from the United States — were canceled, according to flight tracker FlightAware. On January 11, 738 were canceled. Around 5 p.m., 529 […]

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How Dubai is helping boost the business travel recovery

A report commissioned by the World Travel & Tourism Council shows the Middle East will lead the resumption of business travel with a 49% return to pre-Covid levels by 2022. Expo 2020 Dubai Already an established center of commerce, Dubai is seeing an increase in business travel due to Expo 2020 Dubai. Since the first […]