The Era of the Pivot: Travel News (#59)
In this Weekly Roundup of travel news, #nerdbirds Jeremy & Kai start off with talk about a recent military study (yet to be peer-reviewed) about how the chances of COVID-19 spreading onboard an aircraft is incredibly remote. US domestic airlines United & Southwest make some waves with their new route announcements, and Iceland takes advantage of the pandemic to spruce up the country!
In the second part of the episode, we go into an in-depth discussion surrounding the increasing amount of travel-related companies making business pivots in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, building off of stories covered in previous weekly news roundups. We discuss two further examples, including Finnair’s catering arm selling Business Class-inspired meals in Finnish grocery stores with items like reindeer meatballs and chantarelle risotto, and XpressSpa’s pivot towards a COVID-19 testing & travel medical center.
- It’s Almost Impossible to Get COVID-19 on an Airplane, New Military Study Suggests
- Southwest Airlines comes to Chicago O’Hare, Houston Intercontinental, won’t abandon Midway, Hobby
- United eyes return to JFK next year after a more than 5-year absence
- Iceland Is Using Its Pandemic Downtime to Improve Its Roads, Parks, and Natural Wonders
(Travel + Leisure)
- Finnair is selling its airplane food in grocery stores
- From Manicures to COVID-19 Tests: How an Airport Spa Brand Pivoted During the Pandemic
(Conde Nast Traveler)