ANA extends sustainable fuel initiative to corporates

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is extending its Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) initiative to include business travel.

The SAF Flight Initiative, which launched in October 2021, aims to expand the use of SAF and reduce business travel-related emissions.

At launch the scheme was only open to the cargo sector but the carrier is widening it to include corporate customers and offering certification on carbon emission reduction for those that enroll in it.

Shinichi Inoue, executive vice president, sales & marketing, ANA, said: “Since the launch of the SAF Flight Initiative for the cargo sector in October last year, the response we received was much bigger than we expected, both in Japan and overseas. With the urgent need to address climate change, I believe the environmental awareness in the corporate world will continue to expand this year as well.”

Other airlines have been unveiling sustainability initiatives in recent weeks with Air France-KLM announcing the addition of a SAF surcharge to bookings while JetBlue unveiled a sustainability programme for corporates. 

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FDA extends expiration window for COVID-19 travel tests

FDA extends expiration window for COVID-19 travel tests

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Delta Extends Flight Credit Expiration Date by One Year

Delta Air Lines customers with flight credits on the books from the airline now will have until Dec. 31, 2023, to rebook their ticket for travel through 2024, according to the carrier. The extension is effective immediately. Customers with e-credit documents should see the new expiration date soon if it hasn’t already been updated, according to Delta. 

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Delta Extends Life of Expiring Travel Vouchers From Pandemic | Business News

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it will extend through 2023 the window for customers to rebook credits earned when they purchased but then canceled flights during the pandemic.

Before the announcement, Delta flight credits were set to expire at the end of 2022. The new date will also apply to all tickets bought in 2022. Customers will be able to use the credits throughout 2024 if the trip is booked by Dec. 31, 2023, the airline said.

The move was not immediately matched by American Airlines or United Airlines, where credits are set to expire March 31 and Dec. 31, respectively.

Passengers are entitled to refunds under federal law if the airline cancels their flight. But if the passenger cancels, airlines generally provide only some form of credit or voucher, typically with a one-year expiration.

Refunds have become a major source of airline consumer complaints to the U.S. Transportation Department. Congress is considering legislation that would require airlines to cover lodging, meals and other costs that consumers incur when airlines cancel their flight.

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Delta extends life of expiring travel vouchers from pandemic – Boston News, Weather, Sports

ATLANTA (AP) — Delta Air Lines says customers will get an extra year to use travel vouchers that they received after canceling a flight during the pandemic.

Atlanta-based Delta said Wednesday those vouchers will now extend through the end of 2023.

Delta says that new date will also apply to any tickets bought in 2022.

The move was not immediately matched by American Airlines or United Airlines, which have quicker deadlines for their travel credits.

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Hilton Permanently Extends Points-Expiration Policy

Hilton Hotels Corp. permanently has extended its Hilton Honors points-expiration policy to 24 months from the date of last activity from 15 months, the company announced. In September, Hilton had paused point expiration until Dec. 31, 2022, and extended Honors status through March 31, 2023. 

Marriott International’s Bonvoy and Hyatt Hotels Corp.’s World of Hyatt loyalty programs each also allow for 24 months of inactivity before points expire, while IHG Hotels & Resorts’ IHG Rewards program points expire after 12 months of inactivity, and Best Western Rewards points never expire, according to the companies’ websites.

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Covid live: Israel extends travel ban over Omicron; German parliament debates healthcare vaccine mandate | World news

Ghana will vaccinate returning citizens and residents against Covid upon arrival at the airport from next Monday if they have not already received shots, its health service said, amid concerns over low take-up of vaccinations.

All Ghanaians leaving the country will also be required to show proof of vaccination, the health service director general Patrick Kuma-Aboagye said in a statement, citing as reasons a rise in Covid cases and detection of the Omicron variant.

Ghana has so far administered vaccines to cover roughly 5.7% of its population of 30 million, data compiled by Reuters showed. Its newly announced vaccination requirements are among the strictest in Africa, where vaccine uptake has been slow due to lack of supply and logistical challenges.

“The current increase in cases, together with the detection of the Omicron variant among international arrivals and the expected increase during the festive season, calls for urgent actions to prevent a major surge in Covid-19 cases in Ghana,” Kuma-Aboagye said in his statement, released late on Thursday.

Ghana is holding a vaccination drive this month, and from 22 January the vaccine will become mandatory for targeted groups including government employees, health workers and students.

From January proof of vaccination will also be needed to access night clubs, beaches, sports stadiums and restaurants.

Over the last two weeks, Covid cases recorded at the Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra accounted for about 60% of total infections in the country, said Kuma-Aboagye.

Data from the airport showed that people who tested positive were three times more likely to be unvaccinated, he added.

And among 34 cases where Omicron was detected, 75% of those people were unvaccinated.

Ghana’s health service has recorded 131,246 Covid cases and 1,228 deaths since the pandemic began.

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CDC Extends Conditional Sail Order for Cruise Ships Into 2022

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Singapore extends vaccinated travel lane scheme to 8 more countries

Singapore will be extending its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to eight more countries from October 19, allowing travellers who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 to enter the city-state without having to serve quarantine, media reports quoting the civil aviation authority said on Saturday.

Fully vaccinated travellers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States will be able to enter Singapore under this arrangement from October 19, Channel News Asia reported, citing the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

This expansion is being conducted in a “cautious and step-by-step manner” to help “reclaim and rebuild” Singapore’s status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity, the CAAS said.

“The vaccinated travel lanes would restore two-way quarantine-free travel between Singapore and the eight newly announced countries,” Transport Minister S Iswaran said during a press conference on Saturday.

This comes after the “experience and confidence gained” from the first two vaccinated travel lanes with Brunei and Germany, which were opened last month, the CAAS added.

On Friday, Singapore had announced another VTL with South Korea, starting November 15.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong ruled out a complete lockdown, even as Singapore reported 3,590 infections on Friday, including 765 in migrant worker dormitories as well as six deaths.

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