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  • Global aviation fleet begins long-haul back to operation

    Cirium tracking data has provided further tentative evidence that the global passenger jet fleet may have passed the nadir of scheduled flight activity in recent days. Wednesday, April 29th marked the second consecutive day of increases in active aircraft, cycles and flight hours using the ‘seventh day prior’ metric (i.e. by comparison with the same day the week before). Tracked flight cycles for passenger jet aircraft globally increased by approximately seven for April 29th, following another increase of approximately four…

  • Hotel chains including Marriott, Hilton ramp up cleaning standards to calm travellers

    Two of the biggest international hotel chains, as well as home-sharing companies like Airbnb, are boosting their cleaning efforts with an eye to changing traveller preferences in the wake of COVID-19. Hilton is teaming up with RB – which makes Lysol and Dettol disinfectants – and the Mayo Clinic to develop new cleaning procedures that will be in place by June. The news follows Marriott’s announcement last week that it’s creating a cleanliness council to develop new standards. The company…

  • WestJet saves 1,000 pilot jobs through ALPA agreements

    Today, WestJet announced it has reached an agreement with the Airline Pilot Association (ALPA), to save more than 1,000 pilot jobs at WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The airline had previously confirmed that 1,700 pilots across WestJet, WestJet Encore and Swoop had received layoff notifications, effective either May 1 or June 1, 2020. “I’m pleased that ALPA and WestJet, through robust negotiations and collaboration have come together to minimize the impact of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic on our pilot groups,” said Jeff Martin, WestJet Executive Vice-President, and Chief Operating Officer. “We thank ALPA for the joint effort in working with…

  • Hilton Launches “CleanStay” Program With Lysol and Mayo Clinic

    Hilton is taking major steps to make sure the public is confident about staying in their hotels. The company on Monday announced a new program to deliver an industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection in Hilton properties around the world. In a first for the hospitality business, Hilton will collaborate with RB, maker of Lysol and Dettol, and consult with Mayo Clinic to develop elevated processes and Team Member training to help Hilton guests enjoy an even cleaner and safer…

  • Air Canada to halt all remaining U.S. flights effective April 26

    MONTREAL — Air Canada’s last flights between Canada and the U.S. will operate April 26 now that the two countries have agreed to extend the border closing for at least another 30 days. Air Canada says its U.S. flights could resume May 22, but notes that date is subject to any further government restrictions in an ever-evolving situation. Air Canada had already vastly reduced its route network, to the U.S. and also internationally amid border closures and travel restrictions due…

  • WestJet removing 4,000 flights weekly from its domestic schedule

    CALGARY — As the coronavirus crisis continues to ravage the airline industry, WestJet has released new details about its domestic flight schedule, announcing it will remove some 4,000 flights weekly, or 600 flights daily, from May 5 through June 4. WestJet says some city pairings have been temporarily removed in the new schedule. However the airline says it will continue to serve the 38 Canadian airports to which it currently operates, making sure that passengers with essential travel requirements can…

  • WestJet to lay off 3,000 more employees as demand for service craters

    The airline said it is currently seeing less than five per cent of its ‘pre-COVID-19 guest loads’ Calgary-based WestJet says a further 3,000 of its workers will be laid off in early May as demand for flights craters amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Ed Sims, the company’s president and CEO, said the airline is currently seeing less than five per cent the number of passengers it was seeing before the coronavirus pandemic hit. “The reality of this crisis continues to require WestJet…

  • ‘It’s bad’: COVID-19 pandemic hits Ottawa-Gatineau hotel sector

    OTTAWA — Hotels that remain open in Ottawa and across Canada are operating at five per cent capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s bad,” said Steve Ball, president of the Ottawa-Gatineau Hotel Association, during an interview with News Talk 580 CFRA’s “Ottawa at Work with Leslie Roberts.” “Hotels, not just in Ottawa but across the country, are operating under five per cent for the most part. When you close borders and you eliminate travel, obviously your hotel sector is going…

  • COVID-19 Hits Travel Search Hard

    In a newly released study, trends data provider, SEMrush has analyzed the impact of COVID-19 on online behaviour to reveal that travel sectors and travel companies have been hit the hardest. According to SEMrush data, Google search volumes for the major global airlines fell significantly between January and March 2020 as the outbreak spread and flights were grounded. Branded searches within the overall industry average declined 16.2% from January to February, followed by an additional decrease of 6.7% between February…

  • Air Canada Preparing for Relaunch, But Many Questions Remain

    Canada’s largest airline is carefully plotting what a return to travel may look like. But it’s far from easy. Lisa Pierce, Managing Director, Canada and USA Sales for Air Canada, took part in a TravelPulse Canada 1 on 1 Facebook Live Chat on Tuesday and talked about the difficulties of running an international airline in such a turbulent time, as well as chargeback, travel vouchers and the travel trade in general. “We absolutely have to look to the future,” she told TravelPulse…

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