Articles tagged “omicron variant”

Airlines

Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights as Storm Hits U.S. East Coast, Canada

Mass cancellations and their knock-on effect will mean further delayed flights, and another obstacle for airlines and airports that had hoped for a public holiday boost after Omicron setbacks.

Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights as Storm Hits U.S. East Coast, Canada

Hotels

Marriott’s Refresh of W Hotels and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Marriott indicates W Hotels will get a makeover, Google Maps was the most downloaded travel app in 2021, and Omicron batters European hotels.

Marriott’s Refresh of W Hotels and Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Airlines

Hong Kong Airport Will Block Almost All Transit Flights to Curb Omicron Spread

This is a huge blow for many airlines that rely on the hub, further delaying their recovery plans.

Hong Kong Airport Will Block Almost All Transit Flights to Curb Omicron Spread

Airlines

Delta CEO Predicts Omicron Peak Will Mark Shift to an Endemic Covid-19

Delta took an Omicron-sized hit in December that has continued into the new year. But the airline remains bullish on the recovery, which CEO Ed Bastian says can move forward apace now that Covid-19 is likely moving toward being an endemic, like the flu.

Delta CEO Predicts Omicron Peak Will Mark Shift to an Endemic Covid-19

Airlines

Omicron Dampens U.S. Airlines’ Quarterly Earnings Expectations

Any predictions of U.S. airlines making significant rebounds anytime soon are foolhardy when Omicron continues to cause mass cancellations and exacerbate staffing shortages.

Omicron Dampens U.S. Airlines’ Quarterly Earnings Expectations

Coronavirus

Omicron Is Hurting Hotels Most in Europe

U.S. and Chinese hotel performance surged in recent weeks while European properties saw a dive in demand. American and Chinese hoteliers shouldn’t waste time taking a victory lap.

Omicron Is Hurting Hotels Most in Europe

Tour Operators

Tour Operators Delay Lucrative Long-Haul Trips Yet Again on Omicron Curbs

Although tour operators are wise to try to limit the risks their guests might face during trips longer than two weeks, they need to find ways to resume these profitable trips immediately because their businesses can't take the further financial hits.

Tour Operators Delay Lucrative Long-Haul Trips Yet Again on Omicron Curbs

Business Travel

Companies Allow Travel Again But Keep It on the Down-Low

These travel managers have no regrets in keeping things hush-hush among employees, because why risk everything when all it takes is another variant to emerge? Backtracking after a two-year hiatus is, understandably, not something they're prepared to do.

Companies Allow Travel Again But Keep It on the Down-Low

Cruises

Royal Caribbean Pauses 3 Cruise Voyages Due to Omicron

A current Royal Caribbean marketing slogan is that "this is the year of yes." But the company's latest pause on sailings comes after tests found onboard cases on more than 90 ships across various cruise brands. So call it "the winter of waiting" instead.

Royal Caribbean Pauses 3 Cruise Voyages Due to Omicron

Coronavirus

Omicron Upends Asia’s Already Slow Reopening Plans

The rapid, explosive surge of Omicron cases around the world is weighing heavy on Asia-Pacific countries that were only just beginning to reopen their international borders. The latest variant once again puts those border reopening on ice — not ideal when the Winter Olympics is only weeks away.

Omicron Upends Asia’s Already Slow Reopening Plans