COVID-19 Weekly Recap: October 1 – 8

COVID-19 Weekly Recap: October 1 – 8

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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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.

UNWTO: UNWTO and IATA  Sign Agreement to Restore Confidence in International Aviation – 6 October, 2020 

Ahead of the G20 summit of the world’s largest economies, which includes a dedicated tourism segment, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), as the two parties work together to restart global tourism. Highlighting UNWTO’s unique status as a bridge between the UN system and the private sector, the new agreement will focus on enhancing consumer confidence in travel and placing sustainability at the centre of recovery and future growth.

OAG: OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Thirty-Eight 32,000 Professionals Furloughed As Capacity Stabilises – 5 October, 2020 

In the week that some 32,000 aviation professionals’ careers were placed at risk in the United States as the CARES Act expires, it feels like a really flat week for what is a great industry. It seems that this week’s capacity data reflects what is probably one of the most depressing weeks of the Covid-19 crisis; we knew those furloughs were coming but just hoped that they could be avoided, perhaps they still can.

BBC: Coronavirus: ‘World’s Best Airport’ Warns of Prolonged Crisis – 5 October, 2020 

Singapore’s Changi Airport has warned of a “daunting period” ahead as the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic shows no signs of abating. The Asian transit hub has been voted world’s best airport for the eighth consecutive year. Changi has suspended operations in two terminals as flights have dropped to the lowest levels in its history.

Channel News Asai: Airbus executive says aviation outlook worse than expected – 4 October, 2020 

The outlook for the aviation industry has deteriorated again due to rising coronavirus infections and renewed travel restrictions, Airbus chief operating officer Michael Schoellhorn was quoted as saying on Saturday. With air travel at a fraction of normal levels due to restrictions and travellers’ fears related to the pandemic, airlines have slowed deliveries of new aircraft.

WTTC: IOSH and WTTC release guidelines for safe return to work – 30 September, 2020 

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), signed a memorandum of collaboration on 30th September, 2020, to help ensure the protection of both employees in Travel & Tourism and travellers. As part of the collaboration, IOSH and WTTC, which represents the Travel & Tourism private sector globally, have released a number of guides to enable businesses within the Travel & Tourism sector to work safely. 

Sojern: COVID-19: Insights on Travel Impact, Europe #71 – 30 September, 2020 

Across the region governments are carefully monitoring the increases and decreases in COVID-19 infection rates, and taking action accordingly. Examples of recent changes in restrictions and lockdown measures across European countries include a reduction in the number of people allowed to socialise together, implementation of earlier closing times for bars, restaurants, and businesses, the reinforcement of wearing face masks on public transport, and compulsory tests at airports for arrivals from high-risk countries. Failure to follow the relevant government guidelines for each respective country can result in fines. 

OAG: Transatlantic Turmoil Potential US$10 Billion Risk Looming – 29 September, 2020 

The transatlantic for many airlines is a very lucrative source of revenue and with the IATA Winter Season now four weeks away we’ve looked at the typical revenue generated across the season. However, since Covid-19 was already bugging demand in January we’ve used Winter 2018/19 as a reference point.

Skift: It’s Time to Rethink Travel’s Global Leadership — Starting With WTTC  – 28 September, 2020

Forced by the pandemic, the travel industry is at an inflection point. After a decade-long bender of growth, it’s facing multiple crises and an uncertain future. Can the organization that’s tasked with representing the global commercial travel industry adapt to the new challenge?

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