While “a crisis like no other” (in the words of the International Monetary Fund) rages, it is important to identify and highlight the sectors of the aviation, tourism and travel retail business that are beginning more rapidly to recover.
In this column, we bring you regular updates about how airports, airlines, travel retailers and brands are investing in that recovery, and how various stakeholders are shaping up for the new normal. Please send your contributions to Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com.
Kenya Airways is resuming international flight operations from 1 August, restarting services on key routes across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and India.
The airline has also introduced a number of enhanced safety and hygiene measures onboard its fleet and in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. This includes temperature checks, mandatory face mask wearing, enhanced onboard services, pre-packed meals, and the use of PPEs by cabin crew.
Singapore Airlines and SilkAir have increased the frequency of selected services in their combined passenger network for August and September. The carriers will reinstate flights to Cebu, Milan, Phnom Penh and Taipei. As a result, the group’s passenger capacity in August and September will reach around 7% of its pre-crisis levels.
In a further boost to intra-regional travel in the Middle East, Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will resume direct flights to and from Kuwait Airport from 1 August.
Italian winery and distillery Bottega has reopened its Prosecco Bar at Rome Fiumicino Airport. As reported, the Terminal 3 space enjoyed record sales soon after its unveiling last year.
Bottega Prosecco bars at Milan Malpensa Airport and Belluno railway station resumed operations in June, along with those on the Viking Group’s Cinderella and Amorealla ships, which operate in the Baltic Sea.