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Business Travel News : June 2020

It is recommended that travellers contact airlines directly in regards to their routes, flight updates and availability.  For a comprehensive list of airlines and their current flight updates please view COVID-19 Travel Updates.

Airlines/Airports.

Thailand will lift the ban on some international flights on 1 July

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand announced that Thailand is lifting the ban on international flights on 1 July under some conditions. Permit for passenger aircraft will be given by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand for flying over, flying into or out of, and taking off or landing at an international airport in the Kingdom only if the passengers or persons on board are in the certain categories. News Source: Thailand Business News

Taiwan Taoyuan Airport opens for transit passengers

Taiwan has lifted the transit ban at Taoyuan International Airport. Transit passengers are now allowed at the airport. In order to minimize the risk of infection posed by transit passengers, related restrictions will be put into place. Flights from or to China will not be allowed to transit through the airport. Passengers are required to fly with the same airline throughout their transit journey. They can only fly with China Airlines, Eva Air and Cathay Pacific and will have to leave Taiwan within eight hours.  News Source: Taiwan CDC

Virgin Atlantic to announce its return to 17 additional destinations

Virgin Atlantic has announced its plan to resume flights to 17 additional destinations from August. Following the airline’s announcement that services from London are expected to resume from 20th July onwards, the airline has unveiled more detailed plans that will see passenger flying restart to more destinations from August including Shanghai, Mumbai, Delhi, Tel Aviv, San Francisco and Boston. News Source: Virgin Atlantic

Air China publishes international schedule for July

From July, Air China will be operating a total of 24 international routes per week, including 19 routes through Beijing, three Shanghai routes, and two Chengdu routes. The specific services include flights from Beijing to Bangkok, Dubai, Maila, London, Vancouver and Los Angeles, from Shanghai to Toyko and from Chengdu to Singapore.  News Source: Air China

Qatar Airways global network increases to more than 270 weekly flights to over 45 destinations

Qatar Airways is operating over 270 weekly flights to more than 45 destinations. The airline’s gradual rebuilding of its network continues with flights resuming in the past week to the following destinations: Budapest, Dar es Salaam, Dhaka, Istanbul and New York. It is also increasing frequencies of their flights to multiple cities including Singapore, Jakarta, Rome and Dublin. News Source: Qatar Airways

Delta to resume flights between U.S. and China 

Delta Air Lines will re-start service between Seattle and Shanghai-Pudong via Seoul-Incheon on June 25, operating twice per week. From July and beyond, it will operate once-weekly flights from Seattle and Detroit via Incheon. Delta is the first U.S. airline to re-connect the U.S. and China since the temporary suspension in February due to the outbreak of COVID-19. News Source: Delta Air Lines

Emirates adds 10 new cities for travellers, offers connections through Dubai for 40 cities

Emirates will offer scheduled flights in 10 more cities including Colombo from 20 June, Sialkot 24 June, Istanbul from 25 June; Auckland, Beirut, Brussels, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from 1 July and Barcelona and Washington DC from 15 July. In addition, it will also add flights to the following cities in July: London Heathrow, Manchester, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich, Madrid, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong as announced before. This will take the total number of Emirates destinations on offer for travellers to 40.  News Source: Emirates

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir transit flights through Changi Airport

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir customers are now able to transit through Singapore Changi Airport from selected cities in Australia and New Zealand, to any destination in the SIA Group network currently operated by SIA, SilkAir or Scoot, with effect from 11 June 2020. These transit flights are only for outbound journeys from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney in Australia, as well as Auckland and Christchurch in New Zealand.  News Source: Singapore Airlines

Japan Airlines to increase international flights in July

Japan Airlines announced revisions to its flight frequency plans for July 2020. Although entry restrictions continue to be implemented in various countries, the carrier has decided to operate scheduled flights to selected international destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia to support customers planning to return to Japan and for those planning to travel for business and personal reasons. News Source: Japan Airlines

Malaysia Airlines increases domestic and reinstates international connectivity

Malaysia Airlines has increased its domestic and international connectivity beginning June and July respectively, to facilitate essential travels locally and as other countries begin to lift border restrictions. The airline will adjust its network capacity from time to time to ensure passenger demands are met, prior to normalizing the schedule in October for both domestic and international destinations. Passengers are however, reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys with travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries.  News Source: Malaysia Airlines

Emirates offers flights for passengers to 29 cities and resumes transits through its Dubai hub

From 15th June, Emirates will offer passenger services to 16 more cities on its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. With travel restrictions remaining in place in most countries, customers are reminded to check entry and exit requirements before their journeys. Flights to the following cities will be available for booking: Bahrain, Manchester, Zurich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, New York JFK, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Hong Kong, Perth and Brisbane. News Source: Emirates

Qatar Airways network expands to over 40 destinations

Qatar Airways gradual rebuilding of its network continues with Bangkok, Barcelona, Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Singapore and Vienna resuming flights, growing the airline’s global network to over 170 weekly flights to more than 40 destinations. The airline also announced the upcoming resumption of flights to Berlin, Dar es Salaam, New York, Tunis and Venice while also increasing services to Dublin, Milan and Rome to daily flights. News Source: Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic has announced its plan to restart passenger flying

As countries around the world start to relax travel restrictions, Virgin Atlantic will resume some routes including services from London Heathrow to Orlando, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New York JFK and Los Angeles from 20th and 21st July 2020. The airline is also steadily increasing passenger flying throughout the second half of 2020, with a further, gradual recovery through 2021 in line with customer demand. News Source: Virgin Atlantic

Lufthansa to significantly expand flight schedule until September

Lufthansa will be flying more than 100 times a week to destinations in North America via its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in autumn. Around 90 flights a week are planned to Asia, over 20 to the Middle East and over 25 to Africa. In Africa, for example, there will again be flights to Windhoek and Nairobi, in the Middle East to Beirut and Riyadh, in North America to Houston, Boston and Vancouver, in Asia to Hong Kong and Singapore.  News Source: Lufthansa

Etihad Airways to offer special transfer flights connecting key cities on its global network

Effective 10 June, Etihad Airways will link 20 cities in Europe, Asia and Australia via Abu Dhabi. The new transfer services will make it possible for those travelling on the airline’s current network of special flights to connect easily through the UAE capital onwards to key global destinations. Easy transfer connections via Abu Dhabi will now be available from Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo to major cities across Europe including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, London, Madrid and Paris. News Source: Etihad

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir reinstate flights for some destinations in June and July

Singapore Airlines and SilkAir are increasing the number of destinations that will be covered by their passenger network, as well as the frequencies on some existing services, in June and July 2020. Reinstated scheduled services include flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney and Tokyo. Please find the full flight schedules on Singapore Airlines’ website. All flights are subject to regulatory approvals.  News Source: Singapore Airlines

Hotels.

CitizenM launches new safety standards and contactless stays across all hotels

CitizenM is upgrading to a minimal-fuss contactless experience. Using a mobile device, guests can experience fully contactless check-in, open their rooms or create a keycard. Once a guest checks in, they can use their phone to open their room, order food and beverages, control the in-room experience, then check-out when they’ve finished their stay. With the app and contactless experience, citizenM guests now have extra confidence in their wellbeing during their stay.  News Source: CitizenM