COVID-19 Weekly Recap: August 29 – September 4

COVID-19 Weekly Recap: August 29 – September 4

COVID-19 Weekly Recap: August 29 – September 4 

This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves.

Airline Weekly: Air Travel Demand Shows Slight Improvement in July: Global Trade Group – 2 September, 2020 

July air travel demand showed some improvement over June, but it’s hardly time to pop the champagne. Demand remains historically low, down 80 percent compared with 2019, but up from June, when demand was down 87 percent compared year-over-year. 

CNA: China will gradually resume direct international flights to Beijing – 2 September, 2020 

China’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday; September 2 that it will resume direct flights to Beijing from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Canada from Sep 3. In March, Chinese authorities ordered all international flights to Beijing to be diverted to other airports as their first port of entry, as the capital stepped up measures to battle imported infections.

OAG: OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Thirty-Three Summer Continues to Slip Away – 1 September, 2020 

With the possibility of increasing travel lockdowns, airlines seeking rights issues, airline CEO’s returning to investors for “fireside chats”, Government support programs expiring, inter 2021/21 slot usage issues and of course nervous consumer demand the next six-weeks will probably shape the next twelve months capacity plans for many airlines. OAG points out that some 600,000 seats have been removed by airlines in the last seven days. 

IATA: IATA Calls for Borders to Open and Continued Relief Measures  – 1 September, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is calling on governments to work together to urgently find ways to re-establish global connectivity by re-opening borders and to continue with relief measures to sustain airlines during the COVID-19 crisis. IATA calls for governments to grasp the seriousness of the crisis facing the airline industry and its consequences for their citizens; and IATA urges governments to focus their attention on three key issues. 

ICAO: ICAO, UPU, urge national commitments and support for postal, air cargo, and express mail operators – 1 September, 2020 

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) released a joint statement today encouraging national governments to support their designated postal operators, air cargo carriers, and express mail operators through financial aid and operational flexibility. 

UNWTO: COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism  – 28 August, 2020

The United Nations Secretary-General launched the Policy Brief “COVID-19 and Transforming Tourism”, which UNWTO assumed the lead role in producing. This landmark report makes clear what is at stake – the threat of losing tens of millions of direct tourism jobs, the loss of opportunities for those vulnerable populations and communities who stand to benefit most from tourism, and the real risk of losing vital resources for safeguarding natural and cultural heritage across the world.

ACI: ACI World data shows COVID-19’s dramatic effect on international air traffic – 28 August, 2020 

Airports Council International (ACI) World data has revealed that the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continued in June with global passenger traffic declining by -85.6% year-over-year. Global passenger traffic continued to decline, falling by another six percentage points compared to the prior month to -58.5% for the first six months of 2020. The 12-month rolling average for the global industry continued to move further into negative territories and was recorded at -27.3% by the end of June.

Sojern: COVID-19: Using Facebook and Instagram to Fuel Recovery [Webinar] #64 – 27 August, 2020 

Travelers are still seeking experiences. They’re getting to know their local surroundings through staycations, capitalizing on the opportunity to check out drive markets, and trying things in their respective regions they may not have tried otherwise while international travel remains on hold for most. These travelers are looking for inspiration on Facebook and Instagram, and with over 2 billion active users, getting your brand on these platforms is a sure way to get in front of travelers looking to book. 

Skift: Corporate Travel, Private Equity and Lots of Messiness Down Under in Oz 27 August, 2020 

Fulfilling pledges to revitalize its business travel offering could help Virgin Australia bounce back, but it may be exiting bankruptcy with a tarnished reputation.

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