JULY 27, 2022

More than 1,000 Lufthansa flights have been canceled this week due to strike action, with more than 130,000 passengers impacted, reports CNN. The German flag carrier announced yesterday it would cancel the flights due to a ground staff strike by trade union Ver.di. The airline stated the strike would have "a massive operational impact in the middle of the peak travel season [and they had to] cancel almost the entire flight schedule at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for Wednesday.” The cancellations included international flights from Bangkok, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, New Delhi, New York, and Singapore; Lufthansa said they are trying to rebook travelers on the best alternative routes possible. Roughly 20,000 workers have been asked to participate in the strike, which started at 3:45 a.m. local time (9:45 p.m. ET) on Wednesday and is scheduled to end at 6:00 a.m. local time (midnight ET) on Thursday.

United Airlines' CEO Scott Kirby has stated that travelers shouldn't expect air travel to normalize for at least a year, reports Travel + Leisure. In a recent interview, Kirby said that airline industry infrastructure challenges have forced United, and other airlines, to cut back on capacity. While United has hired more staff, those cuts mean they will not be fully utilized: “All the costs are still there because we're prepared to be a much bigger airline — we have the people to be a much bigger airline — but we're going to be a smaller airline till the system can support it.” While flight delays have plagued the industry, the acting head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said things are improving, with the 10 major US carriers canceling 2% of scheduled domestic flights in May, down from 2.8% in April. Kirby further noted that, since the airline cut capacity at its Newark hub, the FAA has worked with the carrier and staffing on “the air traffic control desk [is] better.” Kirby expects the industry to normalize next summer.

The U.S. Travel Association (U.S. Travel) has announced the launch of its new Sustainable Travel Coalition, reports Travel Pulse. The coalition aims to align the travel, transportation, and technology sectors to develop a more sustainable future; it has launched with roughly 60 member organizations and will serve as an advisory body to inform U.S. Travel on a variety of sustainability issues. U.S. Travel announced several goals that will inform the coalition’s policy priorities, including spotlighting industry progress, amplifying industry goals and commitments, identifying proactive policies, and highlighting the importance of sustainability. U.S. Travel Executive Vice President Emerson Barnes stated, “As technology advances and consumers demand more sustainable travel options, the work of this coalition will ensure that the U.S. travel industry can meet the needs of an evolving market while also protecting our planet’s natural resources.”

Delta Air Lines has installed a flight information board in the Detroit airport that uses futuristic technology to simultaneously show multiple travelers’ personalized flight information, reports Business Insider. The board shows each traveler their gate number, departure time, which direction their gate is in and the time it will take to reach it. Up to 100 individuals can use the screen at the same time and each person will see something different. After going through security, passengers can choose to opt-in at the “Parallel Reality Experience” kiosk by scanning their boarding pass or using Delta's digital ID facial-recognition system. Greg Forbes, Delta's managing director of airport experience, stated, “A relationship is created between your identity and your position, so that the motion camera follows your shape […] As you move through the viewing space, your location is tracked, and your message follows you.” While the technology is currently only available in the Detroit airport, Delta envisions more widespread expansion in the future.

The Airports Council International (ACI) trade association has announced that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has regained the top slot as the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic in 2021, reports Business Travel News. The Atlanta airport handled 75.7 million passengers last year, up 76.4 percent from 42.9 million in 2020. Last year’s top slot went to China’s Guangzhou airport, which dropped to the eighth busiest amid COVID-19 lockdowns. Eight of the top 10 busiest airports are located in US cities: Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando. ACI director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira stated, “2021 represents the beginning of the aviation industry’s recovery […] While some of the perennial busiest airport leaders have re-joined upper ranks, other regions struggle to recover, leading to new entrants in the top 20.”
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The Peninsula New York, the iconic Fifth Avenue property that has epitomized elegant luxury for decades, welcomed back its devoted patrons to its award-winning Spa and also recently launched its brand-wide Wellness program. ‘Life Lived Best’ will provide guests at all properties with unprecedented opportunities to pursue their fitness, mindfulness, and nutritional goals – and to access those opportunities whenever they wish through a dedicated Wellness Portal and 24-hour Wellness Concierge service. The program includes in-room video fitness tutorials and guided audio meditations, schedules and bookings for in-person exercise and mindfulness classes, plant-based cooking classes, spa treatments, and wellness-themed events, and Naturally Peninsula menu choices.