As the calendar rolled over to July the global aviation community saw significant wins. Borders reopened, airlines resumed or increased flight levels. And, perhaps most exciting, lounges are reopening, too.
Among the carriers making moves on the ground:
- Emirates is reopening lounges and restoring chauffeur service in Dubai
- Air Canada reopens lounges across the country
- Finnair reopens its Schengen lounge
- Qantas reopens lounges across Australia and describes the “new normal” of that premium experience
We also chatted with Dwayne Macintosh, director of Corporate Safety and Security at Greater Toronto Airports Authority, about Toronto Pearson’s new “Healthy Airport” commitment and what it means for passengers and airport workers alike.
There’s also a new IFEC software option from PXCom designed to help manage passenger crowding on the plane. But calling it “tap-to-pee” is far more fun.
Looking further to the future, PriestmanGoode and London’s Royal College of Art teamed up to present their take on luxury material in transit for the next decade. Some exciting textiles and tactile changes that could join the inflight experience.
And, finally, US passengers are still fighting over masks on board. Alaska Airlines will now yellow card passengers that don’t comply, while American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and JetBlue all indicated they’ve banned passengers that chose not to comply with airline policies.
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