Travel Industry News 6 June 2022

Italy drops travel restrictions

Italy has removed all entry restrictions this week (from 1 June) after the Italian ministry of health announced that all travellers, regardless of country of origin or departure, will no longer be required to show a vaccination, recovery or test certificate upon arrival.  Italy eased its mask mandate in May, however FFP2 masks are still required on public transport, including flights.

Germany, meanwhile, has temporarily eased its ‘3G rule’ announcing that it would be suspended from 1 June until the end of August. The 3G rule requires travellers to present a valid vaccination, recovery, or test certificate.

Qatar Airways to return to Heathrow T4 on 14 June

Qatar Airways has confirmed that it will resume operations at Heathrow Terminal 4 this month.  In a short statement the carrier said that its flight QR11 will be the first to arrive into T4 when the terminal reopens on 14 June.  Qatar Airways temporarily switched from Heathrow T4 to T2 following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, before subsequently joining its Oneworld partner British Airways in T5 in July 2020.

KLM unveils Premium Comfort

KLM has revealed details of its much-awaited premium economy class which it brands as Premium Comfort.  It is expected Premium Comfort will appear from July. North America will be the first destination to see the new seating.  There will be between 21 and 28 seats depending on aircraft type.

Emirates full Premium Economy Experience

Emirates new cabin class Premium Economy is open for sale for travel from 1 August 2022. Premium Economy offers luxurious seats, more legroom and signature experience.

This new cabin class will be introduced to customers travelling on A380 routes such as London (EK001 / EK002 / EK003 / EK004), Paris (EK075 / EK076), Sydney (EK412 / EK413) from 1 August 2022 and Christchurch (EK412 / EK413) from December of the same year.

Travel news as a glance:

·        Virgin Atlantic goes double-daily to Delhi

·        New Qantas self-service kiosks “four times quicker” than existing machines

·        Swiss adds pre-selection meal service for long-haul business class customers

·        Jetblue delays two Boston-London services owing to late delivery of aircraft from manufacturer Airbus.

·        Singapore Airlines increases flights to London and Manchester

·        British Airways franchisee Comair suspends all flights

·        Hyatt to open first hotel in Scotland (Edinburgh in 2025)