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WTTC Calls for "Air Corridors" Between Key Global Cities to Restore Business Travel

The restoration of "air corridors" between the world’s top financial centers is vital to reviving international business travel and help kickstart the global economic recovery, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). It is crucial that international business travel resumes, following its near collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic, it adds.

American, Delta Follow United, Get Rid of Change Fees

United Airlines is permanently getting rid of change fees all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately, it announced over the weekend. Now, American Airlines and Delta are following suit, the airlines announced individually on Monday.

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United Airlines Announces it Has Permanently Eliminated Change Fees

United Airlines announced over the weekend that it is permanently getting rid of change fees on all standard Economy and Premium cabin tickets for travel within the U.S., effective immediately. And, starting on January 1, 2021, any United customer can fly standby for free on a flight departing the day of their travel regardless of the type of ticket or class of service, a first among U.S.

Three U.S. Airports Achieve GBAC STAR Accreditation

Three U.S. airports have received GBAC STAR facility accreditation from The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA. They are: Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport (the first airport in the world to earn the accreditation), Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, FL, and John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus, OH.

Los Cabos Airport Become Second Worldwide to Earn ACI Airport Health Accreditation

Airports Council International (ACI) World and ACI Latin America and Caribbean (ACI-LAC) have announced that Los Cabos International Airport is the second in the world and the first in Latin American and the Caribbean to be accredited in the ACI Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) program.

Passengers Can Now Text Cleaning and Safety Questions Directly to United Airlines

United Airlines has launched a new chat—the United Automated Assistant—to give customers a contactless option to receive immediate access to information about cleaning and safety procedures put in place due to COVID-19. Customers can text "Clean" to FLYUA (35982) and get answers to questions about masks, boarding procedures, touchless check-in options and more, without having to call, search online or wait in a line for an answer.

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American Express Global Business Travel Unveils Travel Briefing Platform

American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) has launched Travel Vitals, a travel briefing platform that gives travelers and travel managers a single source for all the information they need before, during and after a business trip. Data is aggregated from hundreds of sources, allowing users to search travel guidelines by destination, airline, airport, hotel chain, train operator and ground transportation provider.

Major U.S. Airlines Announce Health Acknowledgment Requirement

This week, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced that its member carriers are voluntarily implementing temporary health acknowledgment policies and procedures for passenger travel as an additional level of mitigation to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Health acknowledgments are another important way passengers can "fly smart" and do their part to help prevent the spread.