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November 11, 2021

Industry News – Click on the title to read the full article. Many of the sources below require a free registration to gain access to the article. If a paid registration is required, the individual source will be noted.

Airlines

Delta Air Lines Plans Transatlantic Service Expansion (Source: Simple Flying)
Delta Air Lines is planning a significant transatlantic expansion in the spring and summer of 2022, resuming some pre-pandemic routes and adding new ones. Most of the new European flights will take off from New York and Boston.

American Unveils New Fare Class With Free Changes, Extra Legroom (Source: The Points Guy)
American Airlines is offering a new “Main Select” fare with free same-day flight changes and complimentary access to extra legroom on certain high-frequency business routes.

How Airlines Are Moving Toward Net-Zero Travel (Source: Reuters)
The airline industry is investing in carbon capture technology and supporting efforts to increase production of sustainable aviation fuel made from renewable sources, such as plants or used cooking oil. But the most important element in the industry’s efforts to achieve zero-emissions air travel is sustainable aviation fuel.

General Interest

Over 200K Passengers Arrived on Reopening Day (Source: The New York Times)
Federal officials report that 206,990 international passengers landed at US airports on Nov. 8, the first day that vaccinated foreign travelers from 33 countries were allowed to enter. On a typical pre-pandemic day in 2019, 371,912 air passengers would have entered the country.

Bans on Unvaccinated Employee Travel Are Here.  Now What? (Source: Business Travel News)
U.S. companies of all sizes in recent months have wrestled with developing policies governing their employees’ return to their offices and normal work procedures. JP Morgan Chase & Co. made headlines this month after the company specified in a memo that unvaccinated employees would be banned from business travel. Other companies are laying out the similar rules, but it’s up to travel managers to make it happen.

Security

TSA Cares Offers Option For People With Disabilities (Source: Hawaii Public Radio)
Despite sensitivity training, people with disabilities say Transportation Security Administration employees often embarrass and make demands that put them at risk. The agency now offers a TSA Cares program that allows people with issues to call in advance to arrange an escort through security.

Hotels

A New European Hotel Chain Makes Its Debut (Source: Travel Weekly)
The new British hotel chain Quartz Inn Hotels & Resorts was unveiled at the WTM trade show in London on Nov. 3. The chain is made up of independent and sustainable hotels, owned and operated by their owners, according to managing director Ignacio Merino.

Airports

Main Construction Finished on Seattle Airport Project (Source: The Seattle Times)
Roughly four years of major construction concluded last week on the North Satellite Modernization Project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington. The estimated $710 million renovation has introduced seismic upgrades, eight new gates and 12 remodeled gates, with about $21 million of recycled construction materials used.

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