Travel's Reopening and Coronavirus Recovery

The latest news about coronavirus recovery around the world and the reopening of travel and tourism in destinations around the world.

Skift Research subscribers can view the latest data about country-by-country recovery at the Skift Recovery Index. Data about public companies can be viewed at the Skift Health Score.

News Blog

Hong Kong Eases Testing for Inbound Arrivals

A day after China announced some major changes to its controversial zero-Covid policy, Hong Kong on Thursday announced that inbound arrivals would need to undergo daily rapid antigen tests for five days, instead of seven days. However, international travelers coming into the city would still need to take a polymerase chain reaction test on landing…

Tourism

China Travel Searches Surge After Beijing Eases Zero-Covid Policy

China taking major steps to loosen its zero-Covid strategy represents a light at the end of the tunnel for an economy battered by some of the world's harshest travel curbs.

China Travel Searches Surge After Beijing Eases Zero-Covid Policy

News Blog

Southwest First U.S. Airline to Resume Dividend After CARES Act Rules End

Southwest Airlines will pay a dividend to its shareholders of record as of January 10, 2023. This may not seem like a notable move for a carrier that has paid dividends for most of 50-plus year existence but it is: Southwest will be the first U.S. airline to resume shareholder returns since the pandemic. Shareholder…

Airlines

Delta’s $7 Billion Pilot Agreement

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at Delta's hefty pilot agreement, the shrinking cost of business travel in Europe, and the recovery of Expedia and Booking.

Delta’s $7 Billion Pilot Agreement

Rail

Amtrak Staffing Issues Could Persist Into 2024 Even as Travelers Return

Despite billions of dollars in federal funds for new and expanded train service, Amtrak can't find the staff to simply recover from the pandemic.

Amtrak Staffing Issues Could Persist Into 2024 Even as Travelers Return

Hotels

Edition’s Slow Burn Growth Heats Up

Today’s edition of Skift’s daily podcast looks at the Edition hotel brand’s growth, Japan’s relaunched travel discount program, and G Adventures’ technology investment.

Edition’s Slow Burn Growth Heats Up

News Blog

Japan to Continue Nationwide Travel Discount Program in 2023

The Japanese government announced on Friday it's planning to resume its domestic travel discount program in the new year. Tourism Minister Tetsuo Saito said the government will decide when exactly to relaunch the program, which was initially expected to conclude on December 28, after monitoring Covid cases in the country. Participants in the program, a…

Airlines

Qantas Upgrades Profit Forecast On Back of Strong Travel Demand

As fleet and labor issues continue to plague the growth prospect of airlines all over the world, Australia's Qantas would rather focus on domestic tourism to boost its profit outlook.

Qantas Upgrades Profit Forecast On Back of Strong Travel Demand

Airlines

U.S. Thanksgiving Airline Travel Demand at Highest Level Since 2019

We're almost back to pre-pandemic levels, despite slashed routes and higher fares. Pent-up demand appears to be still pent up and finding release, despite some economic challenges.

U.S. Thanksgiving Airline Travel Demand at Highest Level Since 2019

Airlines

American Airlines CEO: ‘We’re Ready’ for the Holidays and Beyond

Listen in for a discussion from Skift Aviation Forum with American Airlines CEO Robert Isom in conversation with Skift's Edward Russell.

American Airlines CEO: ‘We’re Ready’ for the Holidays and Beyond