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October 26, 2020

Business Travel News for the Week: October 26

The travel industry is no longer adapting to a global pandemic, but rather adapting and innovating for a future that is safer and more sustainable as business travel rapidly returns to pre-pandemic levels in markets around the world. Both suppliers and corporations who rely on corporate travel to grow have internalized the lessons of the past several months. Instead of ignoring the importance and necessity of in-person connections, they’re working together to ensure a day in the near future where everyone feels safe boarding a flight with the most up-to-date procedures and practices in place. We’ve finally turned a corner on our collective challenge and the future looks brighter than ever.

As you chart a path to return to business travel, we encourage you to continue to reference our free-to-the-public TripActions Business Travel Recovery™ Tool and our COVID-19 Report in the TripActions Travel Manager Dashboard. These will help you assess the safety of travel, understand any associated government regulations, and use other pertinent real-time data to guide your policy decisions.

You can also explore the most pressing industry topics on the TripActions Community, which offers valuable insight from travel managers, finance leaders, HR professionals, and others.

Now, let’s dive into what’s happening across the industry today. You can check out past weekly news roundups here.

COVID 'Test-and-Release' System for Airlines 'in Place by December' [The Guardian]

A ‘test-and-release system’ to cut the quarantine period for international arrivals to the UK should be in place by December 1, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said. The system would require a single coronavirus test to be taken about a week after arrival and paid for privately.

Speaking to the aviation industry Airlines 2050 summit, Shapps said the government travel taskforce has “worked extensively with health experts and the private testing sector on the practicalities” in addition to discussing possible pre-departure test and isolation schemes with partner countries.

What Can Other Countries Learn from China’s Travel Recovery Path? [Skift]

Demand for domestic travel is approaching pre-pandemic levels in China, according to research done by Skift and McKinsey & Company. Their teams worked together to offer insights on what lessons other markets, individual global travel and tourism companies, and the industry as a whole might take from China’s recovery.

American Airlines Expects to Remain Half Its Pre-Pandemic Size Through Year’s End [Skift]

The world’s largest airline will be half the size it was through the end of this year. But CEO Doug Parker thinks its strong flight network to Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America makes American uniquely poised to recover faster.

Singapore, Germany to Start Green Lane for Business Travel [Bloomberg]

Singapore and Germany have agreed to start a reciprocal green lane allowing travel for business or official reasons, the latest step by governments to open borders largely sealed by the coronavirus. The agreement could serve as a model for future ones between Singapore and other countries in Europe.

Microsoft Wants to Cut Down Pollution from its Business Travel [The Verge]

Microsoft announced a new effort today to reduce pollution coming from some of its employees’ flights. It plans to buy credits for sustainable aviation fuel to cover travel on the commercial flight routes most frequented by its employees during business trips. An upside to the recent pause on corporate travel has been the opportunity to reassess how we approach frequent air travel and take steps such as carbon offsetting so that travel returns more sustainably for the future.

Emirates Prepares To Distribute The COVID-19 Vaccine [Simple Flying]

While Emirates is preparing vaccine distribution for the cargo division of the airline, the preparation and operations experience will be critical when the vaccine is ready for passengers. Other airlines can learn from Emirates as they also prepare for safe air travel.

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