• goPassport App Promises Safe Travel To Australia

    Aug 3, 2020

    A consortium of travel and application developers have banded together to develop a solution to the current issues surrounding the roads to restart international travel. The solution, named goPassport, is an intuitive application that promises safe travel for foreigners wishing to visit Australia and Australians alike. goPassport is being sold as a one-stop solution for Australian authorities when assessing entry requirements from a health standpoint to Australia. Features for the software suite include live updates for authorities to any COVID-19 pre-travel tests passengers may be required to take.  That essentially means that authorities will be able to check the live… Read more »

  • Travel Internationally To Recover By 2024

    Aug 3, 2020

    The International Air Transport Association has claimed they are aiming for a full air travel recovery come 2024. The 2024 date, while a year later than originally estimated, is ambitious but many airlines have been in consultation with the Transport Association to make their practices safe for a return to air travel. Despite this the Association has claimed that it will be a turbulent time for airlines, with many operators continuing to burn through cash and planning for an uplift in seated air travel in the years following coronavirus the Association believes that the industry may overall slim down with… Read more »

  • Lounges Still A No Go

    Aug 3, 2020

    QANTAS has announced that they are going to defer the reopening of domestic lounges further. The lounges have been closed now since the Australian Federal Government enforced country wide COVID19 restrictions which effectively shuttered domestic travel at the time. Previously, QANTAS had claimed that their lounges across Queensland would begin opening from the start of July which was later pushed back to August. QANTAS now claims that the earliest these lounges will open is from the start of September, however even that opening time frame has a question over it. The QANTAS club however has previously reopened lounges in some… Read more »

  • The Best Hotel In Sydney Doesn’t Even Have A View

    Aug 3, 2020

    Hotels in the centre of Sydney today tends to be a sore point among many in the modern day. The overall quality of hotels within the centre lacks, severely. And without spending well over $1,000 per night on accommodation like the Park Hyatt (a hotel which is gorgeous and overlooks both the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House) the mid-range 5-star hotel options are extremely limited. However, an independent hotel seems to offer a solution to Sydney’s mediocre offering. A little-known hotel named The Primus which sits towards the south of Pitt Street and near parallel with Cockle Wharf takes… Read more »

  • No Test, No Travel

    Aug 3, 2020

    Middle Eastern airlines Etihad and Emirates have both announced new health policy regarding travellers on the two colossal airlines. Both airlines will now require passengers to present proof of a negative COVID19 test prior to travelling. The airlines have also stated the new policy applies to all customers no matter whether they are travelling in transit or to a direct destination. This also applies to all customers for all countries internationally (including Australians). Many countries have already ratified laws that require their residents to produce a negative COVID19 test prior to travelling, however, the move from Etihad and Emirates is… Read more »

  • A Legend’s Last

    Aug 3, 2020

    Last week QANTAS bid farewell to the last remaining Boeing 747 on their fleet. The flight was met with fanfare as many turned out to view the final flight of a plane which most today grew up with. QANTAS made the decision to retire the Boeing 747 fleet entirely in May after the Coronavirus pandemic decimated international flightpaths worldwide. The retirement was brought forward multiple years as a month later QANTAS made a second decision to ground the vast majority of their entire fleet in airline storage Australia and worldwide. The vast majority of the 747’s are to be retired… Read more »

  • Airlines Worldwide Are Rushing To Become COVID-Safe

    Jun 25, 2020

    With some countries still looking down the barrel of COVID-19, others are now viewing the light at the end of the tunnel. Australia and New Zealand alongside Asian and European countries such as Singapore, Japan, Greece and South Korea are on that list. And as such many airlines are now developing tight policies on how their travellers are able to board one of their flights. To mask or not to mask Singapore Airlines and their subsidiaries are now requiring all travellers to wear a mask on board their fights at all times. Other airlines such as QANTAS and Air New… Read more »

  • New Data Showing A Switch Of Travel Mindset

    Jun 25, 2020

    Multiple current sources of data are showing a switch of high-volume traveller habits in a post-COVID-19 world. These changes include a large-scale exodus of international travel intenders (those who classically would take multiple overseas trips per year) to becoming domestic travel intenders. Whilst most may think this is a bi-product of COVID-19, the same data shows that this switch has been occurring on a much smaller scale over a longer period. Knight Frank’s worldwide study on habits of the top 1% (named The Wealth Report) reflects this change in their most recent study based on 2019 data. The data shows… Read more »

  • Singapore Is Ready For Us When We Are

    Jun 25, 2020

    Singapore is pushing for an Australian border re-opening with the small colonial nation’s economy being heavily reliant on tourism and most visits per year coming from other Asian nations and Australia/New Zealand. But comments this week from Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham seem to have quelled the hopes of the Singaporean Government, claiming that open tourist-related travel to or from Australia remains “quite some distances off.” None the less, Singapore’s Changi Airport has been making leaps forward in its quest to become totally COVID-safe prior to the reopening of travel from other nations such as Australia, having this week announced… Read more »

  • South Australia Has Opened Its Borders To Some States. But Is That Legal?

    Jun 25, 2020

    At midnight on June 17th, South Australia lifted border restrictions for domestic travel to Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. Which seems logical considering that all states have not had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in weeks (for some in months). While some of those states still won’t allow travel from other states (which means South Australians won’t be able to travel to those states), it does mean that residents of the above states will be able to travel to South Australia. Those issues aside an even bigger problem is emerging for South Australia’s restricted border opening. The Australian Federal… Read more »