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Week in Review


According to Business Traveller, new biometric gates are being trialed at Heathrow International Airport to speed up the screening process. The same source reports faster security screening machines are being used at United’s Newark terminal in efforts to cut delays. A new GBTA Foundation study, in partnership with AIG Travel, revealed opportunity exists for travel

Implementing the Airline RFP in Your Travel Program


The RFP has been a staple of the business travel industry for many years, but a lack of standardization can cause frustration and headaches for parties on both ends. Suppliers are often faced with unrealistic timelines and wishlists, while buyers are daunted by the time-consuming and complex process involving inconsistency between RFPs for different suppliers. In order to

Week in Review


On Wednesday, Brexit’s Article 50 was triggered, beginning the two-year countdown to the official separation of the UK and the EU. Following last week’s electronics ban, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) broke its silence on the matter. According to Buying Business Travel, IATA has called on governments to find alternatives to restrictions of electronics,

Week in Review


According to CNN Money, the Trump administration announced new security restrictions on Tuesday, in what is being called an electronics ban. Passengers flying from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa are barred from bringing electronics larger than a smartphone into cabins for U.S.-bound flights. The UK shortly followed suit, announcing similar restrictions.

Week in Review


According to The New York Times, two federal judges have ruled against Trump’s second travel ban. On Wednesday evening, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order blocking the ban, and a second federal judge in Maryland issued a separate order preventing the ban. On Thursday morning, President Trump released a blueprint highlighting the

Week in Review


On Monday, President Trump signed a revised executive order following his initial January 27 travel ban that was halted by court order. According to Skift, European companies anticipate a reduction of business travel to the United States because of the new order. Forty-five percent of European business travel professionals indicated their company will be less willing to plan

Week in Review


This week, GBTA announced Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian as a featured speaker at GBTA Convention 2017, July 15-19 in Boston. According to Skift, the business travel industry holds its breath as it awaits Trump’s next travel ban. In an online webinar offered by GBTA, immigration attorney Cornia Farias offered companies solutions for preparing

Week in Review


According to Reuters, Lufthansa has agreed to increase pay for 5,400 pilots by 8.7% after a long-running succession of strikes. Skift reports U.S. airlines cancelled fewer flights in 2016 than any year on record. According to Reuters, Delta has offered to purchase an additional 32% stake in Aeromexico. Business Traveller notes Qatar Airways will unveil

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