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Airlines pivot from business travelers to infrequent flyers seeking sunshine: Travel Weekly

Airlines, practically turning over the seat cushions in search of revenue, have made a major strategic shift away from lavishing attention on business travelers with elite frequent-flyer status and instead are adjusting route networks to place more focus on leisure flyers.

The moves come as business traffic remains down approximately 95%, at least at American Airlines, executives there said earlier this month.

Over the past several weeks, United and JetBlue in particular have emphasized launch dates for new sunseeker destinations. A group of 17 new routes that United will fly from the Northeast and Midwest to Florida during the late fall and early winter is particularly noteworthy because none of them will involve a hub — a major strategic departure for the carrier. 

Instead, flights will connect a variety of northern markets, such as Boston and Cleveland, to destinations including Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando. 

JetBlue, meanwhile, will

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Thailand to Offer Long-Term Visa to Travelers Who Quarantine

Thailand’s plan for reopening its borders to visitors is beginning to come into view.



a view of a city: Bangkok city view


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Bangkok city view

The country, which closed its borders at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, is looking to allow visitors to return provided they quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, according to a report in Travel + Leisure.

Thailand is making 90-day visas available to travelers under a long-stay tourism bid for foreigners. Those who are approved for the visa will undergo a 14-day quarantine, which they can choose to do at a number of luxury properties in Bangkok.

Visitors on these visas must also book accommodations for their full 90-day stay, and the visa could possibly be extended for two more 90-day stays for a total of 270 days, or approximately nine months. They must also show proof of health and travel insurance.

Once the quarantine period

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Private Jet Travel Buying Tips For Companies And Business Travelers

Over the past four months, personal travel has helped the private aviation industry move from a nearly 80% drop in April to within 20% of pre-COVID-19 flight levels.

Those discretionary flights have been a combination of existing customers, first-timers, and returning users, think retired CEOs and business owners who are in the high-risk age demographic, but previously didn’t see the value of extra cost versus time savings and convenience.

Of course, those who benefit most from private flights are business travelers who absolutely, positively have to be there, something that’s harder than ever to accomplish flying the airlines.

And then of course there is the risk, both to employees and customers, partners, or whomever else you are flying to visit. As you have probably heard by now, door-to-door, private flights have less than 20 touch points. That compares to over 700 possible opportunities to come in contact with somebody who

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business travelers. Execs are hoping wealthy vacationers can make up the difference.



a group of people posing for the camera: Private aviation is at a crossroads following a busy summer for leisure travel and executives are waiting to see if business travel rebounds in the fall. XOJET; FXAIR; Silver Air; Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Flexjet; Samantha Lee/Business Insider


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Private aviation is at a crossroads following a busy summer for leisure travel and executives are waiting to see if business travel rebounds in the fall. XOJET; FXAIR; Silver Air; Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images; Flexjet; Samantha Lee/Business Insider

  • Private aviation executives say the industry has succeeded in gaining back most of the business lost to the pandemic but the recovery isn’t yet complete.
  • Private jet travel bounced back in the summer after some firms booked no flights at all in late March and April with the fall looking similarly promising thanks to a new market of leisure flyers.
  • Firms are moving to capture as much of the new market as possible by scaling up, adopting advanced scheduling and pricing systems, and enhancing safety protocols. 
  • Business Insider spoke with eight private aviation executives to learn
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