This week, we bring you the Airline's response to a potential requirement for testing on domestic flights, new restrictions in Canada, and our top 5 airline updates for the week! We have our office open 24/7 so if there are any questions or thoughts we can help with feel free to give us a call

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U.S Airline Execs Against Domestic Travel Testing 

     U.S. Airline Executives feel that domestic travel testing requirements would be difficult to implement and unnecessary.  Following the recent implementation of international covid testing requirements for inbound travelers to the U.S., a CDC representative recently commented that the Biden Administration was “actively looking” into extending the requirement to domestic travel.   Several airline executives have since spoken out against this suggestion.  

     American Airlines Chairman and CEO, Doug Parker, commented that he supports international testing because it helps more people to become comfortable with traveling again, but suggests that requiring domestic travel testing, would be a challenge to implement. JetBlue COO, Joanna Geraghty, echoed this sentiment and also expressed concern that the requirement could overburden testing labs across the country that are already stressed to process results in a timely manner.  


     “Frankly, we’re concerned that it would actually reduce the ability of some people who legitimately need to get tested for health reasons to get tested.”

                                  – Joanna Geraghty, COO JetBlue Airlines
 


     Many also feel that the testing for domestic travel is largely unnecessary given recent studies revealing low risk of transmission on U.S. aircrafts.  One study conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Aviation Public Health Initiative, found that airline filtration systems are able to remove more than 99 percent of particles containing the virus from the air.  The high air exchange and filtration on an aircraft is unmatched to anywhere indoors, and may even provide more protection than a hospital isolation room.  
 

Click here to read more from Business Travel News

Canada Bans Flights to Mexico and Caribbean 

 

     Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, recently announced that the country’s major airlines have agreed to immediately halt operations to Mexico and the Caribbean until April 30th, 2021.  This news comes as the U.S. has now discovered three variants of the coronavirus.  The restrictions are being implemented in an effort to minimize the spread of the new strains.  In addition to banning travel to these areas, Canada is now introducing new testing and quarantine measures for incoming travelers.  Travelers coming into “The Great White North” will now be required to test upon arrival in addition to the pre-departure testing requirement that is already in place.  While the traveler waits for a result, they must quarantine in a government-approved hotel at their own cost for up to 3 days.  When presented with a negative result, the traveler may complete the remainder of their 14-day quarantine at home, while those with positive results will be mandated to quarantine in a government facility to be monitored for any of the variants of the virus.  

Click here to read more from BBC

Airline Updates

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“Mint-Fresh” New Product from JetBlue

 JetBlue Airways will soon debut their long-anticipated business-class on flights to Europe and within the U.S..  On the Airline’s new fleet of A320-series aircrafts, Mint Suites will include 17-inch displays, plenty of storage areas, wireless charging, and a sliding door, among other features.  In the bulkhead row, Mint Studios will also include a belted side seat for guests and views from two windows.  In lie-flat, the seats will be the largest by surface area of any other U.S. Airline.

 

The Best and Worst Airlines of 2020

 

Southwest Airlines came out as the top performer on the Wall Street Journal’s 2020 edition of the Middle Seat Scorecard, while American Airlines landed in last place.  

 

 
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Delta Provides At-Home Test Kits

 

Delta Airlines will soon provide at-home covid test kits for purchase on their websites to help travelers meet requirements for international travel.  

 

AA Biggest Airline of 2020

 

With 91.8 billion passenger miles flown in 2020, American Airlines was once again the largest U.S. carrier for the year.  

 

 

 
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Southwest Adds 4 New Routes

 
 

The nation’s largest low-cost carrier will soon introduce new routes to Miami, Maui, Long Beach and Sarasota with introductory fares as low as $99. 

 

 

Now Open in Travel

Now Open for U.S. Travelers:
  • Turks & CaicosOpen to Canadians and Americans with restrictions.
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Need to find a testing center before your next trip?

National Travel is closely monitoring the ever-changing testing requirements and restrictions for destinations all over the world.  We are pleased to assist our clients in finding their closest testing site and staying up to date on the latest travel requirements for their next trip.  Currently, testing is only required for international travel, but for our travelers’ safety and convenience, we are able to provide information on the closest testing facilities for a number of different tests, including Rapid Molecular, PCR, and Antigen testing.

Your safety and peace of mind while traveling is so important to us.  National Travel will continue to empower our clients with information and resources to help you feel as safe as possible when you travel with us.
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