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Business Travel News : January 2021

It is recommended that travellers contact airlines directly in regards to their routes, flight updates and availability.  For a comprehensive list of airlines and their current flight updates please view COVID-19 Travel Updates.


Marriott Plans to Open Nearly 100 Properties in Asia-Pacific in 2021

Marriott has announced to open 100 properties in Asia Pacific in 2021. With Greater China leading the global recovery to date, the company expects to open its JW Marriott Shanghai Fengxian in spring 2021. More openings to come in China, Japan, South Korea, Melbourne and more. News Source: Marriot

Airlines / Airports

Qatar Airways Aims to be the First Middle East Airline to Trial the IATA Travel Pass 

Qatar Airways will launch the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), from March 2021. The first phase of trials will be rolled out on the airline’s Doha to Istanbul route, enabling passengers to receive COVID-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey. News Source: Qatar

United Airlines Launches Industry-Exclusive Technology to Ease the Burden of COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

United Airlines launches the “Travel-Ready Center” – a new, digital solution where customers can review COVID-19 entry requirements, find local testing options and upload any required testing and vaccination records for domestic and international travel, all in one place. The airline will be adding more innovative, industry-first features to the Travel-Ready Center platform to make navigating evolving entry requirements even easier. News Source: United Airlines

Emirates and Etihad Airways Launch IATA Travel Pass

Emirates and Etihad Airways both become one of the first airlines globally to launch the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, an app that will help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. News Source: Etihad Airways, Emirates

Singapore Airlines To Pilot One-Stop Online Solution For Covid-19 Pre-departure Testing

Singapore Airlines, recently awarded the Diamond rating in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit of global airlines, is launching a new portal service for travellers to book their pre-departure Covid-19 tests and receive their results on a one-stop online portal. The service is available to Singapore Airlines and SilkAir passengers departing from Singapore, Jakarta and Medan. News Source: Singapore Airlines

Cathay Pacific Resuming Flights to London Heathrow

Cathay Pacific will resume flight services from Hong Kong to London Heathrow (LHR) from 12 January in order to assist customers needing to travel to the UK. Flights of CX251 are intended to operate to London Heathrow on 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21 and 24 January. While all flights departing from the UK to Hong Kong will continue to be suspended until 25 January in view of the HKSAR Government’s entry restrictions. News Source: Cathay Pacific