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 The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date.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 To Harness The Power of A.I To Link Tourism Workers with Jobs – 1 October, 2020
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is to work with California-based Eightfold.ai to help connect tourism job seekers with employers and so drive the global recovery of the sector.
The Straits Times: AirAsia to Shut Down Japanese Operations, Nikkei Reports – 1 October, 2020
AirAsia Group is closing down its operations in Japan as it grapples with coronavirus-related restrictions on global travel, the Nikkei reported on Thursday (Oct 10, citing an unidentified person close to the low-cost airline.
This is the week when the one billion mark occurred; since the 20th January we have now seen over one billion fewer scheduled seats planned than last year; a sobering thought on a Sunday afternoon. However, taking the glass half full perspective capacity actually increased this week by some 1.6 million seats as we rocketed back up to 58.5 million, a 2.8% increase on the previous weeks level.
ACI: The Seven Pillars of An Airport Survival Strategy During and Post COVID-19 – 24 September, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 brings new challenges for airports. Global passenger traffic started collapsing. By year-end, it is expected that traffic might still be down 50% or more depending how soon passengers want to fly again and how the virus is contained.
Airline Weekly: Lufthansa Forecasts Slower Recovery – 21 September, 2020
Lufthansa previously had announced that it could cut as many as 22,000 jobs. The company now says that number is likely to be revised up, particularly among its flight crew. The carrier said it will begin talks with its unions about new reductions in force. Management ranks are expected to be cut by 20%.
OAG: OAG Coronavirus Update – Week Thirty-Six When Everyone Went Nowhere – 21 September, 2020
In the week that Qantas introduced flights to nowhere that sold out in ten minutes it is perhaps no surprise that scheduled airline capacity also went nowhere significant in the last week. Although we have slipped below the 57 million weekly seat market to 56.9 million, week on week capacity is only down by some 98,000 seats which seems like a small victory given that this is the seventh consecutive week of declines. Maybe there is a future in flying to nowhere.
ACI: How Airports Can Leverage Their Data and Overcome COVID-19 – 18 September, 2020
COVID-19 and its severe effect on aviation has highlighted a need for airports to be more agile when planning operations. Optimized utilization of existing data will become the foundation of COVID-19 recovery. Airports will need to adopt a data-driven approach to operations ensuring compliance with guidelines and the need for physical-distancing, while simultaneously adapting to an evolving demand of the use of infrastructure.
Sojern: COVID-19: Insights on Travel Impact, APAC #69 – 17 September, 2020
Towards the end of the year when the holiday season begins (60 – 90 days), Sojern reported that there’s an increase in domestic travel within Indonesia. There is a 79% increase in intent to travel to Bandung, the capital of West Java, and a 44% increase to travel to Yogyakarta (colloquially called “Jogja”), which is known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage.
Copenhagen Optimization: Better Airports and Social Distancing: Enabling Airports to Accurately Plan for Social Distancing
Social distancing has proven to effectively limit the spread of COVID-19. For airports, this means operational plans must allow for social distancing. This will significantly limit the utilization of the terminal space as well as the available terminal infrastructure.