Within the newest air journey developments, sparse on-site attendance at this yr’s CES convention in Las Vegas sparked considerations that the revival of enterprise journey in 2022 could also be delayed because of the COVID omicron variant; as heavy U.S. flight cancellations continued all this week, Alaska Airways is slashing January schedules for a COVID reset; main telecom corporations conform to delay launch of latest 5G expertise attributable to aviation security considerations; Hong Kong bans U.S. flights and France toughens entry guidelines for the unvaccinated, however the U.Ok. and Eire take away their pre-flight check requirement and Israel reopens to vaccinated People; United and Iberia resume San Francisco routes, plus worldwide route information from Delta and JetBlue; Avelo begins one other northern California route; Frontier kicks off a fare sale like nothing you’ve ever heard of; modifications to American’s AAdvantage program take impact this month; and United reopens airport lounges at San Francisco and London Heathrow.
The normally large CES expo was held in Las Vegas this week, however the in-person occasion (it additionally supplied a digital model) didn’t appear that massive this yr as COVID’s omicron variant continues to unfold — and a few noticed that as a nasty omen for the instant way forward for enterprise journey. Apparently anticipating a bumper crop of passengers for this yr’s CES, United had scheduled a number of further flights into Las Vegas from the Bay Space and different cities, however a collection of pictures printed by Mashable.com this week confirmed almost-empty exhibit halls; for distinction, it additionally ran photos of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds on the 2020 expo. “CES was, even earlier than the arrival of COVID-19, generally known as a germ soup,” Mashable.com stated. “It is maybe no shock, then, that individuals now accustomed to distant work may selected to take a seat out a large in-person occasion amidst a coronavirus surge within the U.S.”