Lawyers Travel's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of January's Top 5 (most clicked by Lawyers Travel's clients) e-newsletter stories.
The partial government shutdown has begun hurting business travel, and insiders expect the impact to grow if the impasse continues, reports Skift. According to a poll conducted by the Global Business Travel Association, nearly half of respondents said they had dealt with canceled bookings and concern from travelers about airline delays and cancellations. Airport security delays had hit 45 percent of respondents, while nearly 40 percent reported canceled meetings or business opportunities in the U.S. as well as greater uncertainty about the economy. Two-thirds of respondents said they expect a negative impact if the shutdown stretches past the end of the week. To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines is adding two new destinations from Raleigh/Durham (RDU) in North Carolina, which has become a "focus city" for the carrier, reports USA Today. The new routes to Pittsburgh and New Orleans will begin June 8th and give Delta a total of 29 nonstop destinations from the airport. The RDU-Pittsburgh flights will be daily, with one daily round-trip; however, the RDU-New Orleans flights will operate only on Saturdays and Sundays. Delta is also nearing its launch of another new option from RDU; three daily round-trip flights to Chicago O'Hare starting April 1st. To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines' highly anticipated Airbus A220 debut, planned for the end of January, is in jeopardy because of the partial government shutdown, reports USA Today. Delta CEO Ed Bastian said Delta's Airbus A220 start date is "likely to be pushed back,'' as the shutdown has delayed the Federal Aviation Administration certification Delta needs to begin flying paying passengers on new aircraft. Bastian also said Delta does not anticipate having to cancel any flights or routes if there's a delay. Instead, Delta can keep flying other planes on the routes where it expected to add the A220. To read more, click here.
In 2018, airlines from around the world introduced new long-haul routes made possible by the next generation of aircraft and which focus on passenger comfort and health, reports Forbes. Among the longest of these new routes is Newark to Singapore, which tops the list for longest non-stop flights available in 2019 at nearly 19 hours and a distance of over 9,500 miles. Coming in as the second longest flight is Auckland to Doha at just under 18 hours and over 9,032 miles, while Perth to London is the third longest, topping out at 17 hours, 25 minutes and covering 9,009 miles. To read more, click here.
Amtrak is spending billions of dollars on new stations and faster tracks along the Northeast U.S. corridor, the nation's busiest train route, reports Skift. Roughly $3.4 billion in improvements are underway to bring faster, more reliable service to the Northeast corridor, yet the region's biggest and most important infrastructure project remains unfunded. Amtrak needs at least $37 billion for improvements from New York to Washington, D.C., with the bulk of it being used to replace a bridge, build a second tunnel linking New Jersey to Manhattan and overhaul an older, existing tunnel. To read more, click here.