Matthew Parsons

Matthew covers the corporate travel sector, with his eye on the intersections of procurement, technology and culture. He was previously editor of Buying Business Travel, overseeing its transition to BTN Europe before becoming a Skifter. He lives in London with his young family, but as a self-confessed Francophile loves to hop across the channel for a taste of the good life.

Latest Stories

Coronavirus

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Governments are going to huge efforts to open up for the summer season, and in Turkey's case that means discussions with some 92 countries.

Turkey Plans to Resume Flights With 40 Countries in June

Airlines

China Eases Flight Curbs After U.S. Targets Its Carriers

China's policies are about to become even more complex, and airlines will need to jump through even more hoops if they want to increase flight frequencies to the country.

China Eases Flight Curbs After U.S. Targets Its Carriers

Airlines

Lufthansa Will Resume Flying to More Cities But With Fewer Flights

The airline group spent months negotiating its $10 billion rescue deal, and seems to know exactly what it will take to pay it back.

Lufthansa Will Resume Flying to More Cities But With Fewer Flights

Airlines

Lufthansa to Step Up Restructuring After Posting a $2.35 Billion Loss

Restructuring won't be easy, and the process of paying off its latest debts won't be helped by numbers like the $1 billion hit from fuel hedging contracts. There's a long road ahead for the group.

Lufthansa to Step Up Restructuring After Posting a $2.35 Billion Loss

Business Travel

Laid-Off Corp Travel Agents Become Consultants: Will Clients Follow?

If downsizing is a natural correction to the peaks prior to coronavirus, so-called micro agencies are the logical next phase in the travel management cycle.

Laid-Off Corp Travel Agents Become Consultants: Will Clients Follow?

Airlines

Southwest Says Buyout and Paid Leave Packages Boost Survival Chances

Fortunately for CEO Gary Kelly, the packages are being well-received by pilots and the flexibility to return when things pick up is also hitting the right notes.

Southwest Says Buyout and Paid Leave Packages Boost Survival Chances

Tourism

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand would need to sign up to dual COVID-19 tests, and either side of the border, in order to gain entry. Is this the future of corporate travel?

Japan Could Reopen to Corporate Travelers With Strict Coronavirus Testing

Business Travel

Corp Travel Agencies See Coronavirus Silver Lining With Fewer of These Nagging Clawbacks From Airlines

Corporate travel agencies should celebrate small wins whenever they can, and the easing of these administrative burdens is good news.

Corp Travel Agencies See Coronavirus Silver Lining With Fewer of These Nagging Clawbacks From Airlines

Airlines

Major U.S. Airlines Push Voluntary Leave and Early Retirement Message

These measures reinforce the earlier messages that smaller airlines will be the future, but execs must find a balance to make sure they'll have sufficient employees to be able to operate in the future.

Major U.S. Airlines Push Voluntary Leave and Early Retirement Message

Business Travel

Hotels Might Not Like Where Corporate Rate Discussions Are Heading

Hotel corporate program strategies aren’t straightforward at the best of times. A new “dual rate” pricing model could make lives easier for travel managers, but a lot more complex for the properties their employees will be checking in to.

Hotels Might Not Like Where Corporate Rate Discussions Are Heading