London City Airport has announced this week the launch of its new travel portal to help passengers with their travel plans ahead of the restart of international travel this summer.
The Future of Travel in a Covid-19 Era
The world is slowly starting to open up again, although there’s still much uncertainty around travel. Travel and tourism industry businesses are keen to restore passenger confidence, whilst prioritising public health and safety during these unprecedented times. Restarting travel is at the top of the agenda, but there’s no doubt that the Covid-19 era has reshaped the future of travel.
From the passenger’s perspective, there’s a lot to consider now when travelling, such as government travel advice, travel insurance, passport and entry requirements, health advice and vaccinations, destination requirements, and guidance during travel. It’s clear that there will be restrictions in place for some time and travellers must be prepared for sudden changes to their travel plans.
Restarting Travel and Tourism
To help passengers with their travel choices, London City Airport unveiled its innovative new travel portal yesterday. The airport currently serves destinations including Belfast City, Edinburgh, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf with British Airways CityFlyer, Amsterdam with KLM, Vilnius with LOT Polish Airlines, Dundee with Loganair and Luxembourg with LuxAir.
The airport’s home carrier, British Airways operated by BA CityFlyer (BACF), recently announced new twice-weekly services to Jersey and Gibraltar and is expected to offer services to a variety of summer sun destinations across the Mediterranean including Ibiza, Palma, Faro, Malaga, Nice, San Sebastian, Santorini, Split and Mykonos.
A One-Stop-Shop Travel Portal
The new London City Airport Travel Portal has been created by the digital agency Effect Digital and is powered by ABTA member Netflights.
Designed as a one-stop-shop, the Travel Portal provides passengers with the latest tourist board information from their destination, including Covid-19 departure and arrival testing and face mask requirements. The portal also gives passengers the opportunity to book flights directly to their favourite summer destinations at the lowest possible fare.
Neil Dillon, Marketing Director, London City Airport, said:
“For the time being, there is a lot more for passengers to consider when making their travel choices. We hope our new travel portal will help demystify the experience as well as inspire them to discover some of our amazing UK and European destinations this summer. With the COVID-19 vaccination programme ramping up across Europe, the portal will be regularly updated to capture the easing of restrictions across all our key markets and will help passengers shape their summer 2021 travel itineraries.”
Aviation innovation has accelerated since the onset of the pandemic, with the industry developing solutions to make travel easier. The rising use of managing daily life on smartphones and the demand for up-to-date travel information has resulted in the travel industry undergoing a major digital makeover. United Airlines, Singapore Airlines and many more have produced travel-ready technology and this is exactly what post-Covid customers want from travel brands. The trend for travel apps and portals will continue to grow as passengers see the value these platforms add to the travel experience in the Covid-19 era.
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