Ovation's weekly client e-newsletter, the Informed Traveler, keeps readers updated on travel industry news and trends.
Following is a recap of October's Top 5 (most clicked by Ovation clients) e-newsletter stories.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced the expansion of its TSA PreCheck program to three additional domestic and international carriers. The new airlines are Norwegian Air, Icelandair and Via Airlines, bringing the total number of airlines participating in TSA PreCheck to 56 domestic and international airline carriers. To read more from the TSA website, click here.
Beginning in 2019, travelers arriving at London's Heathrow airport from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand will be able to "jump the queue" by using electronic passport gates previously reserved for EU passport holders, reports Condé Nast Traveler. Waits for passport processing at Heathrow have recently been as long as two hours for visitors outside of the EU, and the new measure is expected to speed up the process by allowing these travelers to scan their passports instead of waiting in line. This new perk for travelers is part of the UK's plan to appeal to other non-European countries as it prepares itself for Brexit. To read more, click here.
The House of Representatives has passed the new TSA PreCheck Bill limiting the number of non-members who can access the TSA PreCheck security line, reports Forbes. The new bill passed the U.S. House on September 4th, and must now pass the U.S. Senate before it can be signed into law. If the new bill becomes a law, travelers will be required to have active TSA PreCheck credentials to use the expedited security line, while travel companions younger than 12 or older than 75 may still use TSA PreCheck. Currently, spouses and other travel companions that don't have TSA PreCheck credentials might be able to use TSA PreCheck if somebody in their travel party has TSA PreCheck. To read more, click here.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) has started a $2.7 billion modernization and redevelopment project for Newark Liberty International Airport, reports Airport Technology. Under the project, the new Terminal One will be constructed to replace Terminal A; all gates will be used by multiple carriers, aimed at boosting flexibility and efficiency, as well as optimizing operations. Featuring 33 common-use gates, the facility will be able to manage larger aircraft within one million square feet of terminal space, including check-in, security and baggage claim areas. The new terminal will be constructed in a phased manner to minimize customer inconvenience. By 2021, it is expected to be partially operational with 21 gates and a new parking facility. To read more, click here.
Delta Air Lines has unveiled its new Airbus A220, reports Forbes. Each aircraft has a 109-seat cabin with more room in coach, bigger windows throughout the aircraft, bigger screens at each seat, faster Wi-Fi and phone chargers, ambient lighting and a bathroom window in one of the two rear bathrooms. The biggest benefit of the A220 is more room in coach, as the average main cabin seat width is 18.6 inches, making these the widest main cabin seats in Delta's fleet. Delta has ordered 75 of the A220s with the intent of replacing smaller 76-seat regional jets that are currently used on business routes. To read more, click here.