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March 13, 2024

News to Know

U.S. Airport Nasal Swabbing Expanding to Chicago and Miami

The nation’s top public health agency is expanding a program that tests international travelers for COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention program asks arriving international passengers to volunteer to have their noses swabbed and answer questions about their travel. The program operates at six airports and on Tuesday, the CDC said it was adding two more — Chicago’s O’Hare and Miami.

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Vietnam Airlines to Introduce Flights from Munich (BTN EUROPE)

China Airlines to Mount Seattle Flights (BUSINESS TRAVELLER)

Frontier Airlines Introduces New Upgraded Seating Option for Travelers (INDIAN EAGLE)


Flying into the Future, ATM 2024 Will Address Sustainability and Innovation in the Aviation Sector (ZAWYA)


Airbnb Prohibits Indoor Security Cameras in Listings Globally (4HOTELIERS)

Minor Hotels Brings Its Avani Brand to the Netherlands (4HOTELIERS)


Alaska Airlines CEO Sees ‘Business Travel Finally Starting to Come Back,' Particularly in Bay Area (SAN FRANCISCO BUSINESS JOURNALS)

Global Growth Better Than Expected but Uncertainties Remain (BIZZ BUZZ)

The Corporate Travel Index Every Business Traveler Needs (TRAVEL PULSE)

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Crisis24 Intelligence Brief

Austria - Austrian Airlines cancels 110 flights planned for March 14. Knock-on flight disruptions likely.

China - Disruptions likely to continue through March 13 after explosion and fire in Yanjiao Town, Hebei, China. Avoid the area.

Germany - Unionized ground staff and security workers to strike at Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, and Stuttgart airports in Germany March 14.

India - Unionized roadway workers to continue strike and related march across Punjab, India, through March 13. Transport disruptions likely.

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