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Marianne Varkiani
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Week in Review

Thai-based hospitality group Minor Hotels has purchased an additional stock in NH Hotels, increasing its holding to 94%, Business Traveller reports. The purchase will enable Minor Hotels to expand in Europe, while also allowing NH Hotels to put down roots in Asia.

Icelandair has signed an agreement to buy budget airline WOW Air for nearly $18 million USD (approximately €15.9 million), Buying Business Travel notes.

According to France24, Airbnb is being sued by French hoteliers for unfair competition. The main trade group for French hotels, The Union of Trades and Industries of the Hotel Industry (UMIH) accuses the home-sharing company of “knowingly violating” certain imposed rules.

What will the election mean for business travel? Regardless of who wins or loses, a change in committee leadership means a change in governing philosophies, ultimately affecting our industry. Here are the main travel-related committees to keep an eye on.  

Birmingham Airport has unveiled a £500m master plan to increase capacity and improve the traveler experience, Buying Business Travel notes. The investment aligns with the airport’s desire to grow traffic by 40% (to 18 million passengers annually) by 2033.

Over the next 20 years, China will account for approximately 19% of the world’s aircraft demand, Business Traveller reports. According to Airbus’ Global Market Forecast, the country is projected to require nearly 7,400 new passenger and freighter aircraft.

Star Alliance is putting virtual reality technology to the test in select lounges, Business Traveller writes. Travelers flying through CDG in Paris and FCO in Rome can try out the virtual reality systems, which may eventually be offered on planes and across lounges globally.

The TSA will begin testing new technology that can screen multiple passengers from up to 25 feet away, Los Angeles Times reports. If the terahertz screening devices pass the initial tests at a TSA facility, they may be further tested at U.S. airports.  

According to IATA’s latest 20-Year Air Passenger Forecast, air traffic could double to 8.2 billion travelers in 2037. The forecast also outlines China, the United States, India, Indonesia and Thailand as the fastest growing aviation markets.

A no-deal Brexit would result in 5 million fewer outbound trips made globally by 2022, Travel Weekly reports. These findings come from a new study by Euromonitor International. They also claim Spain will see the brunt of this, since UK travelers account for nearly 21% of inbound revenues in the country.

Following in Lyft’s footsteps, ride-sharing company Uber has launched a Ride Pass subscription option in select cities, Business Traveller notes.

Chicago’s O’Hare Airport received a new 2.5 million square-foot parking and car rental facility on Wednesday, ABC7 reports. The $242 million facility features 13 car rental agencies, 12 electronic charging stations and “innovative parking guidance technology”.


Week in Review

On Monday morning, a Lion Air plane carrying 189 people crashed into the Java Sea near Jakarta, Indonesia, Express reports. Since then, investigators have found the plane’s landing gear, black box, and part of the aircraft, CNN notes. Officials are still trying to determine what went wrong leading up to the crash.

According to the NZ Herald, Brazilian airline Gol is ditching middle seats in premium economy on its new Boeing 737s, which will be used for non-stop flights from Brazil to the United States.

Citizens from the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan will be able to use automatic ePassport gates at the UK border starting in 2019, Buying Business Travel notes. Travelers must have passports with the biometric symbol on the cover in order to qualify.

Air France is preparing to launch a new platform that enables travelers to resell their non-refundable tickets, Lonely Planet writes.

In acquisition news, Travel Weekly reports that Fattal Hotel Group has acquired the 173-room Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton for £29 million.

Also on the acquisition front, Hyatt is planning on formally closing its acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality within the next two to three weeks, Skift writes.

Business travelers say loyalty matters in the hotel booking process, HospitalityNet writes. According to new research, nine in 10 business travelers view rewards points and perks as a motivating factor in selecting a hotel. The research also reveals that travelers are willing to share their information for a more personalized experience.

According to Skift, the Italian government is renewing attempts to sell bankrupt Alitalia. The flagship carrier has attracted bids from Delta and EasyJet, and it’s possible the airline will gain multiple owners.

Emirates is launching the world’s first biometric path at DXB, which will allow travelers check in, go through immigration, enter lounges and board flights simply by walking through the airport, Business Traveler reports.

Fees and surcharges at U.S. hotels are expected to hit an all-time high of $2.93 billion this year, marking an 8.5% increase from $2.7 billion in 2017, Business Traveler notes.

According to USA TODAY, Southwest Airlines will begin offering free in-flight movies for passengers to watch on their mobile devices.

Los Angeles has approved a $2 billion contract for a consolidated car rental facility near LAX, Los Angeles Business Journal reports. The project is expected to be completed in 2023.


GBTA Research and Professional Development Update

Are Business Travel Programs Barring Basic Economy?

According to new research, business travel programs are not on board with basic economy fares. These fares were introduced by many airlines last year and are typically cheaper than standard airfare, but come with restrictions. The report, put out by GBTA in partnership with Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC), revealed that 63 percent of travel programs never allow basic economy, and even more (79 percent) configure their booking tool to hide basic economy fares when travelers are not authorized. Delve into additional research findings.  

 

GBTA Announces Formation of WINiT Strategic Advisory Board

In early October, GBTA announced the formation of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board, which will provide strategic guidance and direction for the future of WINiT as a GBTA Board of Directors initiative. GBTA announced its acquisition of WINiT in August at GBTA Convention 2018 in San Diego. More details on this acquisition and initiative can be found here.

 

Mobile Payments among Travel Buyers and Suppliers Still in Early Adoption Phase

New research by GBTA, in partnership with U.S. Bank, reveals that mobile payments among travel buyers and suppliers are still in the early adoption phase. While most travel buyers and suppliers are familiar with mobile wallet and contactless payment solutions, 49 percent of travel buyers are still unclear on the benefits. Learn more about this new research.

 

GBTA & ITM Announce Long-Term Joint Venture

During GBTA Convention 2018, GBTA and The Institute of Travel Management (ITM), the leading managed business travel association in the UK and Ireland, announced the creation of a new London-based event for the managed travel and meetings sector. The new joint venture will kick off with an event, focused on Strategic Meetings Management, that will take place in London on 31 January 2019. Find out more about this partnership.

 

83 Percent of Female Business Travelers Report Safety Concern or Incident in Past Year

A recent study, conducted in partnership with AIG Travel, revealed that more than 8 in 10, or 83 percent, of women have experienced one or more safety-related concerns or incidents while traveling for business in the past year. The report delves into various precautions that female business travelers take due to safety concerns, highlights gaps in managed travel programs, and more. Read on for more statistics on female business traveler safety.

 

Business Travelers Say Loyalty Matters in Hotel Booking

According to new research by GBTA, in partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts, 82 percent of business travelers say loyalty programs matter when making a decision to book a hotel. Additionally, a vast majority (84 percent) of business travelers feel having a personalized guest experience is important. Learn more about trends in hotel personalization and loyalty programs.

 

Upcoming Events

October 30: GBTA Canada Market Call – Canadian Cannabis Legalization and Its Business Travel Implications 

November 6: Benchmark Your Air Travel Policy – Findings from GBTA ARC Research 

November 14: New GBTA Research – Simple Meetings by the Numbers – A Huge Process and Savings Opportunity 

November 26-27: Advanced Principles of Business Travel Management™ 

See More Upcoming Events

 

 

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Corporate travel bookings start-up TravelPerk has raised $44 million in funding for its consumer-like business travel site, Reuters reports.

Japan plans on launching an electronic visa system for tourists in order to reach its goal of 60 million annual foreign visitors by 2030, Business Traveller notes. The country has also relaxed its visa requirements to increase inbound tourists.

According to Auto Rental News, Lyft is launching a subscription service. For $299 a month, customers can take 30 rides worth up to $15 each.  

Scotland’s Edinburgh Airport was named “airport of the year” at the National Transport Awards in London, TravelDailyNews International notes.

According to new GBTA research out yesterday, 83% of women have experienced at least one (if not more) safety-related incident while traveling for business over the past year.

Cypriot carrier Cobalt Air, which initially launched in 2016, has ceased operations indefinitely, Business Traveller writes.

London’s Gatwick Airport will begin using its emergency runway as a second runway in order to deal with its growing traffic, Airport-Technology.com reports.  

According to Buying Business Travel, Europcar launched a new website for corporate customers.

Hotel-Online.com shares tips on how hotels can compete in the sharing-economy provider landscape.

After filing for bankruptcy last year, USA TODAY reports the Italian populist government will relaunch Alitalia with plans to take a 15% share.

According to Buying Business Travel, Laterooms Business launched a new meetings booking platform that enables business travelers to book and manage both their accommodations and meetings spaces.  


Newsletter: GBTA Brasil Outubro 2018

Conferência da GBTA no Rio de Janeiro apresentou as novas tendências e inovações no mercado corporativo

A sexta edição da Conferência GBTA Rio de Janeiro, realizada esta semana (dia 17) no Prodigy Santos Dumont, serviu para solidificar o evento no calendário oficial de eventos daquela cidade. Com um conteúdo acadêmico de tendências e inovações no mercado de viagens corporativas apresentado por lideres da indústria, o evento brindou os participantes com temas de agrado geral, que marcam a nova linha de conteúdo da GBTA, a nível global.

Fabio Camargo, diretor Brasil, da Delta Airlines abriu o evento falando sobre os mercados latino-americano e global sob a perspectiva de uma cia. aérea americana. Em seguida, Wellington Costa, diretor regional da GBTA Brasil, moderou o painel “Velozes e Furiosas, as Tendências em Mobilidade Corporativa”, tendo como panelistas Fernando Cavalheiro, diretor da CEP Transportes, Robson Oliveira, gerente estratégico para a América Latina e Caribe, da Enterprise e Marcelo Godoy, gerente comercial da Triple M/Logicpax, trazendo respostas para os desafios que atingem os transportes terrestres nas grandes cidades brasileiras.  

Debora Verencio e Cristhiane Gadelha, gerentes da CIBT Visas, deram continuidade a programação abordando o tema de segurança de dados. Após o almoço, Roland de Bonadona, CEO da Bonadona Consulting, moderou o painel “O Futuro da Hospitalidade”, tendo como panelistas, Cesar Nunes, diretor de marketing e vendas da Atrio Hoteis e Diego Garcia, diretor de Marketing e vendas da Nobile Hoteis. Ricardo Mader, CEO da Jones LaSalle Lang, deu continuidade apresentando a “Hotelaria Brasileira em Números 2018”, relatório finalizado recentemente em conjunto com o FOHB.

O evento, também, teve como ponto alto as duas sessões de exposição, pela manhã e pela tarde, apresentando mais de 20 dos principais “players” da indústria de viagens corporativas, para os quase 200 participantes. Gabriel Barreiros, COO da Argo Solutions e Clarissa Costa, responsável pela gestão financeira e controle orçamentário, da Estácio, explanaram sobre “expense management”, durante quase uma hora.
Finalizando o evento, Debora Rocha, gerente de segurança regional, Brasil, da ISOS International, concluiu falando sobre “Duty of Care”.

 

Extensão da viagem de negócios para tempo de ócio ou bleisure é maior entre millenials

Em estudo conduzido pela GBTA, em parceria com Hilton Hotels & Resorts e baseado em uma enquete feita com 675 travel managers norte-americanos sobre suas experiências em “viagens de bleisure” (a extensão de viagens de trabalho para ócio), mostrou que os millenials (48%) fazem viagens deste tipo mais que os da Gen-X (33%) e os Baby Boomers (23%).

No passado ano, a razão mais comum para não estender as viagens de negócio para ócio era a falta de tempo (58%). Razões menos comuns foram: políticas de empresa (18%), lugares não desejáveis (17%) e custos (14%).

No ano passado, a Fundação GBTA lançou um relatório que constatou que 36% dos viageiros de negócios dos Estados Unidos realizaram bleisure em ao menos uma viagem. Esta prática permanece como um tema relevante e reflete o crescimento de travel managers millenials.

Também reflete um aumento no investimento das companhias no bem-estar dos seus colaboradores, as quais além das facilidades como academias, áreas de recreio e jogos, também oferecem em alguns casos mais tempo livre; contexto no qual os colaboradores podem ter mais flexibilidade para fazer viagens de bleisure. 

Um estudo lançado no ano passado feito pelo CWT Institute encontrou que os travel managers jóvens, com idades entre os 20 e 25 anos, fazem viagens de bleisure duas vezes mais que a taxa global.

Membros da GBTA podem ver o estudo completo aqui. (https://hub.gbta.org/groups/reviews/item/20/11/2483)

 

GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Anual Global Report e Forecast 2018 mostra crescimento em viagens de negócios a nível global e latino-americano

O gasto em viagens de negócio totalizou $1.33 bilhões em 2017. Isto inclui viagens individuais e em grupo, reuniões de negócios, serviço ao cliente, desenvolvimento profissional, reuniões internas de empresas e controle de qualidade e operações.

A atividade medida inclui também gastos reembolsáveis e não reembolsáveis por parte de travel managers em bens e serviços como hotéis, transporte aéreo e terrestre, restaurantes e entretenimento.

O crescimento global em viagens de negócio ultrapassou em 5.8% os níveis de 2016, o que poderia significar o final da era da incerteza nas viagens coorporativas globais, que permitiu somente um crescimento moderado de 3%-5% anualmente desde o ano 2012, devido a múltiplos fatores que desafiaram a economia mundial.

Isto coincide com a expansão da economia global até meados de 2016 com a participação chave de economias desenvolvidas e emergentes. Em efeito, o gasto em 15 dos principais 20 mercados para viagens de negócio no mundo cresceu além das tendências em 2017, ultrapassando a média global dos cinco anos prévios.

No caso da América Latina, o ramo de viagens de negócios se recuperou em 2017 ganhando 11% para contabilizar $51 mil milhões. Isto seguiu uma queda de 8% em 2016. O mercado dominante é o brasileiro. O mercado de viagens de negócio do Brasil se recuperou novamente no ano passado, aumentando em 12.7%.

Os travel managers do Brasil gastaram aproximadamente $30.7 mil milhões em 2017, com a décima posição mais alta no mundo. Outros mercados de viagens de negócio chave na América Latina também contribuíram positivamente ao crescimento regional em 2017 com Argentina, Colômbia e Chile obtendo 11.4%, 7.1% e 8.4%, respectivamente.

O 2018 GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Anual Global Report and Forecast é um estudo completo sobre o gasto de viagens coporativas, que cobre 73 países. Membros de GBTA podem ver o estudo completo aqui (https://hub.gbta.org/groups/reviews/item/20/11/2645).

 

Barceló Hotel Group aposta a hotéis urbanos


Grupo Barceló, depois da sua fundação em Maiorca, Espanha em 1931, deixou de ser uma companhia familiar de transporte para converter-se em um dos grupos turísticos mais importantes da Espanha e do mundo, por meio de sua divisão hoteleira e de viagens, com uma planilha de mais de 23.000 pessoas.

Em 2006, o grupo entrou no top 30 das cadeias hoteleiras a nível mundial e em 2007, a revista Hotel & Motel Management colocou a Barceló Hotels & Resorts no posto 28 do mundo por número de quartos. Em 2016, Barceló Hotel Group lançou sua nova estratégia múlti marca com um desenvolvimento importante na internacionalização do grupo. Sob esses novos padrões, a companhia diversifica seu portfólio de hotéis para oferecer melhores e mais específicos serviços a cada cliente segundo suas necessidades.

Isto inclui América Latina, onde os hotéis urbanos são um foco primordial para a companhia hoteleira, como o foi a aquisição do Barceló México Reforma, seu primeiro hotel na capital mexicana e um dos hotéis urbanos mais emblemáticos do Passeio da Reforma, com um total de 505 quartos e uma oferta de 26 salas de reuniões até para 800 pessoas, entre outros serviços. Também têm uma forte presença em Puebla e Querétaro, cidades de grande importância para a economia do país. Atualmente, o grupo possui 247 hotéis com mais de 54.000 quartos em 22 países.


Week in Review

After causing destruction in Cuba, Hurricane Michael was upgraded to a Category 4 storm before hitting the Southeast U.S., Buying Business Travel reports. According to CNBC, over 300 flights were cancelled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Thursday.

Meetings & Conventions recently revealed their fourth annual list of the top 25 women in the meetings industry. The list included GBTA President Christle Johnson, ITM Chair Karen Hutchings and WINiT founder Michelle “Mick” Lee.

British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Finnair, and the carriers of the LATAM group will participate in NDC exchange, a platform that “bridges the gap between IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) and traditional distribution methods,” Buying Business Travel reports.

Hyatt announced its plans to acquire Two Roads Hospitality for a base purchase price of $480 million, Business Traveller writes. Through the acquisition, Hyatt will be adding 23 new markets to its presence.

According to Hotelmarketing’com, acquisitions will continue to occur in the hotel sector, but they will become more targeted.  

Hertz announced Tracy Gehlan as its new chief operations officer for its international division, TravelDailyNews International notes.

This week, we announced the formation of the WINiT Strategic Advisory Board to provide direction for the future of WINiT. We announced our acquisition of WINiT this summer at our annual Convention.

According to USA TODAY, New York’s JFK Airport is set to get two new terminals in a $13 billion transformation. The seven-year construction project is expected to begin in 2020.
IHG announced plans to remove plastic straws from its 5,400+ hotels by the end of 2019, TravelDailyNews International reports. The hotel group has already removed plastic straws from nearly 1,000 hotels.

For this week’s podcast, ECPAT-USA Director Michelle Guelbart shares ways the travel industry can help put an end to child trafficking, including specific tips for travel buyers and suppliers.

According to Travel + Leisure, IATA recently revealed what airline passengers really want based on results from its annual global passenger survey. The survey also found that passengers are less willing to share personal data than a year ago.

Skift reports Microsoft will invest an unspecified amount in ride-hailing platform Grab, which operates in Southeast Asia.


Week in Review

Another Friday, another Week in Review post to keep you updated on the latest business travel news.

According to Buying Business Travel, a new app for disabled train passengers is currently in development. The app will track passengers throughout their journey, making it easy for staff to know when and where to meet them for assistance. Currently, passengers must book assistance, and staff are given a print-out of requests every morning.  

A new survey reveals 77% of airports and 71% of airlines are either researching biometrics or planning to implement programs to identify travelers using facial recognition or other biometric means, Business Traveller reports.

The United States and Australia will launch a pilot program that allows Australian citizens to apply for Global Entry, Big Island Now writes. The Global Entry program allows for expedited customs clearance for pre-screened travelers.

In other airport news, Milan Linate Airport will close for three months next summer due to runway and terminal building renovations, Business Traveller writes.

The same source notes that Austria’s Salzburg Airport will also close in 2019 in order to refurbish its 60-year-old runway. The airport will close from April 24 to May 28.

According to The Washington Post, the Senate on Wednesday approved H.R. 302, a bill that provides long-term funding for the FAA and prohibits voice calls on planes, among other things. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee states that the President will sign the bill during a 2:45pm signing ceremony on Friday.

Budget airline Primera Air officially ceased operations on Tuesday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded, Reuters notes.

This week, our podcast highlights a recent webinar called Solving Real Enterprise Problems Through AI. AppZen’s Ryan Floersch looks at how AI is empowering managers to take control of team spend at a field level.

According to Investing.com, Avis Budget Group acquired a car rental company in Portugal called Turiscar Group, adding nearly 3,000 vehicles to its network.

Also in acquisition news, Xenia Hotels & Resorts acquired Fairmont Pittsburgh in a $30 million deal, TravelDailyNews International reports.

According to Buying Business Travel, Delta Air Lines plans to launch personalized corporate sites that will allow business travelers to view the benefits included in their company’s sales agreement.


Global Travel Pricing in 2019

What will pricing for air, hotel and ground transportation look like in the year ahead? According to GBTA research, travel prices are expected to rise sharply in 2019, with hotels going up 3.7% and flights 2.6%, driven by a growing global economy and rising oil prices. Carlson Wagonlit Travel's Christophe Renard and GBTA Economist Jon Gray recently joined GBTA Executive Director & COO Mike McCormick to discuss shifts in global travel pricing in addition to the trends shaping the future of the industry. Read more highlights from the forecast here.


Newsletter: GBTA América Latina Octubre 2018

Conferencia de GBTA en Río de Janeiro presentó las nuevas tendencias e innovaciones en el mercado corporativo

La sexta edición de La Conferencia GBTA Río de Janeiro, realizada el pasado 17 de setiembre en el Prodigy Santos Dumont, sirvió para afianzar el evento en el calendario oficial de eventos de la ciudad.

Con un contenido académico sobre tendencias e innovaciones en el mercado de viajes corporativos, presentado por líderes de la industria, el evento brindó a los participantes temas de agrado general, que marcan la nueva línea de contenido de GBTA a nivel global.

Fabio Camargo, director de Delta Airlines en Brasil, abrió el evento hablando sobre los mercados latinoamericano y global a partir de la perspectiva de una línea aérea norteamericana.

Seguidamente, Wellington Costa, director regional de GBTA Brasil, moderó el panel “Veloces y furiosas: las tendencias de movilidad corporativa”, que contó con panelistas como Fernando Cavalheiro, director de CEP Transportes; Robson Oliveira, gerente estratégico para América Latina y el Caribe de Enterprise; y Marcelo Godoy, gerente comercial de Triple M/Logicpax, los cuales hablaron sobre los desafíos que presentan los transportes terrestres en las grandes ciudades brasileñas.

El evento tuvo también conferencias de muy alto nivel el resto del dia, que representaron a más de 20 de los principales actores de la industria de viajes corporativos y tuvieron alrededor de 200 participantes.

 

Extensión del viaje de negocios para tiempo de ocio o bleisure es mayor en millennials


Un estudio conducido por GBTA en alianza con Hilton Hotels & Resorts y basado en una encuesta a 675 viajeros de negocio norteamericanos sobre sus experiencias en “viajes de bleisure” (la extensión de viajes de trabajo para ocio) mostró que los millennials toman estos viajes a una tasa más alta (48%) que los de la Gen-X (33%) y los Baby Boomers (23%).

El pasado año, la razón más común para no extender los viajes de negocio para ocio era la falta de tiempo (58%). Razones menos comunes fueron: políticas de empresa (18%), sítios no deseables (17%) y costos (14%).

El pasado año, la Fundación GBTA lanzó un informe que encontró que el 36% de los viajeros de negocios de Estados Unidos habían extendido para ocio al menos un viaje el pasado año. Esta práctica, llamada bleisure, ha permanecido como un tema caliente y refleja el crecimiento de los viajeros de negocio millennials.

También refleja un aumento en la inversión de las compañías en el bienestar de sus colaboradores, las cuales además de facilidades como gimnasios, áreas de recreo y juegos, también brindan en algunos casos más tiempo libre; contexto en el cual los colaboradores pueden tener más flexibilidad para tomar viajes de bleisure. 

Un estudio lanzado el pasado año por el CWT Institute encontró que los viajeros jóvenes de negocio, con edades entre los 20 y 25 años, toman viajes de bleisure dos veces más que la tasa global de viajeros de negocio.

Miembros de GBTA pueden ver el estudio completo aquí

 

GBTA BTI™ Outlook – Annual Global Report and Forecast 2018 muestra crecimiento en viajes de negocios a nivel global y latinoamericano

El gasto en viajes de negocio totalizó $1.33 billones en 2017. Esto incluye viajes individuales y grupales, reuniones de negocios, servicio al cliente, desarrollo profesional, reuniones internas de empresas y control de calidad y operaciones.

La actividad medida incluye también gastos rembolsables y no reembolsables por parte de viajeros de negocio en bienes y servicios como hoteles, transporte aéreo y terrestre, restaurantes y entretenimiento.


Week in Review

Airbnb wants to give its host the opportunity to own a piece of the company, TechCrunch reports. The home-sharing company is attempting to change the SEC’s Rule 701, which governs ownership of equity in companies.

The UK government warns of flight disruptions in the case of a no-deal Brexit, Skift writes. If the EU doesn’t grant reciprocal approvals to its planes and airlines, flights may be grounded.

According to CNN, Hong Kong launched a new high-speed rail link to mainland China on Sunday. The $10.75 billion dollar project is controversial because it allows mainland immigration officers to enforce Chinese law on Hong Kong soil.

In other high-speed rail news, Al Jazeera notes Saudi Arabia launched a high-speed railway on Tuesday that connects holy cities Mecca and Medina.

According to USA TODAY, Southwest Airlines has begun rolling out complimentary in-flight messaging on select flights.

On this week’s podcast, we talk business travel payment trends. Airplus’ Kathy Cantwell and GBTA Senior Research Analyst Mark Sharoff talk through key highlights from a recent payments study and discuss the future of virtual payments.

Uber has been fined $148 million due to a cyberattack that exposed the data of millions of customers and drivers, Buying Business writes.

On Wednesday, the House passed a five-year FAA reauthorization bill, WTOP notes. Among other things, the bill prohibits voice calls on planes, states that only passengers enrolled in trusted traveler programs can use PreCheck lanes, and does not increase the passenger facility charge (PFC).

Grow your network with GBTA Ladders! This unique team mentor program affords members the opportunity to expand their professional development and to gain lifelong friends. Don’t miss out on your chance to get involved. Submit your application by September 28.

Japan Airlines plans on flying a nonstop service from Seattle to Tokyo, USA TODAY reports.

Another day, another pilot strike for Ryanair. The airline canceled nearly 100 flights on Friday after German pilots announced a strike at the last minute, Buying Business Travel writes.

According to Skift, Singapore Airlines is one step closer to launching the world’s longest flight, a non-stop service to New York that totals nearly 19 hours.