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MAY ’22 BUSINESS TRAVEL UPDATE

FLY MAY ’22 | A MONTHLY CHECK-IN FOR BUSINESS TRAVELLERS

Summer is fast approaching, and the warm weather ahead brings more than sunshine: lifted mask mandates, new seating classes, and busier airports are all a sign that normalcy is returning. As you consider your upcoming travel, please keep my contact information close at hand. As the flights get fuller and the lines longer, I will be here to proactively protect your business travel plans and help you navigate your upcoming needs. Continue reading to enjoy this month’s business travel topics.

INTRODUCING SWISS PREMIUM ECONOMY | EXPERIENCE SUPERIOR COMFORT, VALUE AND AMENITIES

SWISS, the Airline of Switzerland, and member of the Lufthansa Group, is now offering SWISS Premium Economy on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft intercontinental flights between Zurich and Miami, San Francisco and São Paulo. Further SWISS destinations served with Boeing 777-300ER will then gradually be added starting end of May. As a guest of the new seating class, you can check two free pieces of baggage of 23 kg each, enjoy the benefits of the SWISS business lounges at a reduced rate, download two eJournals titles, and access the SWISS Arrival Lounge at a discounted price. Onboard, you will enjoy a refreshing elderberry welcome drink and a sustainably sourced amenity kit.

Delight your taste buds with your choice of three hot entrées served on fine china—one inspired by the award-winning SWISS Taste of Switzerland concept and another created by Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant—and paired with complimentary alcoholic beverages. The seats offer superior comfort with 39 inches of legroom and an innovative design for deeper reclining, allowing you to enjoy excellent entertainment with your 15.6-inch touchscreen and noise cancellation headphones. Watch a video introduction, and reach out to ask me about booking SWISS Premium Economy for your next long business trip.

EU TO DROP MASK REQUIREMENT FOR AIRPORTS AND FLIGHTS IN EUROPE | AS OF THIS WEEK, MASKS NO LONGER NEEDED TO FLY

Last month, a US judge blocked the Biden Administration’s extension of the mask mandate, allowing air travellers to fly mask-free for the first time since 2020—and Europe is next to follow suit.

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From this week, passengers will no longer be required to wear face masks in airports or on flights in Europe. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recommend that vulnerable passengers continue to wear a face mask and state that rules for masks will “continue to vary by airline beyond that date”. While you still must keep in mind the requirements of the State or region you are visiting (and I am happy to help sort this for you), it is such a relief to have one less consideration when travelling for business.

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GLOBAL AIRLINE CAPACITY BACK TO 83% OF PRE-COVID SEATS | THE RETURN OF THE BUSINESS TRAVEL INDUSTRY IS IN SIGHT

Depending on who you asked over the past few years, the possibility of the business travel industry returning in full either seemed brutally dismal or quite optimistic.

Today, I’m happy to share that aviation data firm OAG revealed that capacity has already climbed to 83 per cent of 2019 levels during early May. The UK is experiencing the largest increase globally, with Southern European countries such as Spain and Turkey closing in quickly on their pre-COVID capacity levels. As these stats reflect trips with mostly low-cost carriers, it’s worth mentioning that I am a sincere advocate for better, more meaningful travel experiences (especially those like SWISS Premium Economy, mentioned above), and can help guide you toward the best airline experience for your business travel needs.

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STUDY IDENTIFIES THE COMPANIES BEST TACKLING AIR TRAVEL EMISSIONS | WHO IS IS LEADING IN REDUCING THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

A new study by campaign group Transport & Environment has identified the companies it says are taking the most significant steps towards reducing their carbon emissions from corporate air travel.

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Scores were weighted on companies reporting on set goals related to their air travel emissions (as opposed to general business travel emissions), and T&E is calling all corporations to set targets of at least a 50 per cent reduction of 2019 levels by 2025 or sooner. What does this mean for the individual business traveller and their organization? In short, it’s about travelling smarter—and doing our collective part to compensate for carbon emissions. Have you heard of any interesting initiatives? Feel free to share!

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For a tailored business travel experience, plan your upcoming trip with us today. With over 25 years of experience in luxury travel, we offer our clients insights and personally curated itineraries that take the stress out of travel, allowing more time to decompress and discover and explore your chosen destination while you’re on the road.