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July 2020

In the interest of safety for our staff and customers, Menno Travel will remain working remotely until notified otherwise.  I want to stress that we will continue to be here for all the Travel Planners and travelers during this time to assist in whatever we can.  We are still just a phone call or email away!

Until further notice our hours of operation will be 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00.  

We will continue checking email frequently.  However, if you have an urgent issue and need immediate assistance, please call our office at 574-534-1521/800-635-0963 and enter the extension of the person you are trying to reach (listed below).  Your call will automatically be forwarded to that individual’s cell phone.  Please note there may be a few seconds of dial-tone followed by a few seconds of silence while your call is forwarded.

• Geof Landis (President/CEO) – Ext 230 geof@mennotrav.com
• Jill Mann (Corporate Travel Advisor) – Ext 237 jill@mennotrav.com
• Kendal Sommers (CIO, Deem/Concur Assistance) - Ext 221  
  kendal@mennotrav.com
• Pete Myers (Sales, Reporting Assistance) – Ex 211 pete@mennotrav.com 


Thank you for your patience with us during this time.  You can always reach me directly on my cell 574-238-0510 or by email, geof@mennotrav.com.


Geof Landis | President / CEO

Major U.S. Airlines to Require Health Declaration

Airlines for America’s seven passenger carrier members will require flyers to make health declarations ahead of traveling. The carriers expect to keep those policies in place throughout the Covid-19 health crisis.

“Health assessments prior to air travel are just one more important measure in our multi-layered approach to help mitigate risk and prioritize the well-being of passengers and employees,” A4A CEO Nick Calio said in a prepared comment Monday. 

It’s the second health-safety measure agreed upon by A4A carriers American, Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest and United in the past week as they try to assuage the public’s concern about the safety of flying. On June 25, A4A members announced that should the TSA begin temperature checks as part of the screening process, they would refund fares to anyone turned away. In addition, earlier this month the seven airlines jointly pledged to strictly enforce mandatory mask requirements.


Read full article (here)

EU Reopens Borders to 14 Nations, but Not U.S.

 

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union announced Tuesday that it will reopen its borders to travelers from 14 countries, but most Americans have been refused entry for at least another two weeks due to soaring coronavirus infections in the U.S.

Travelers from other big countries like Russia, Brazil and India will also miss out.

Citizens from the following countries will be allowed into the EU’s 27 members and four other nations in Europe’s visa-free Schengen travel zone: Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia and Uruguay.

  

Read full article (here)
 

Reopening for Global Entry, Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers Postponed Until August

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has postponed the reopening of enrollment centers for traveler programs, including Global Entry, until August 10.

The agency initially slated to open enrollment centers on July 6 but has delayed the reopening due to a spike in coronavirus cases throughout the United States.

"The decision was made in consultation with CBP health and safety experts who are closely monitoring the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in several states. CBP’s highest priority is to ensure the health, safety and security of the American people," the agency explained in a press release shared with Travel + Leisure on Wednesday.

Anyone who has scheduled an interview before August 10 is instructed to reschedule online.


Read full article (here)
 

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16 States Are Now on the NY, NJ, CT Travel Quarantine List

 

The threat of COVID-19 in New York City is still very real—and emotions raw. You’ll see locals outside, be it in playgrounds or nursing a cold beer on the sidewalk, and they have masks and Clorox wipes at the ready. Ask anyone from the city and they’ll rattle off names of people they know who’ve been sick with coronavirus; they themselves might have had it. Which is why the former COVID-19 epicenter of the world, and by extension, the state of New York, neighboring New Jersey, and Connecticut, are cautiously reopening in lockstep together with restrictions in place. Here’s what you need to know about July travel.

Want to visit New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut? Check if your home state is on the quarantine list first

Read full article (here)


Massachusetts has also implemented a self-quarantine advisory to exempt visitors from 7 other Northeast states

Read full article (here)

4 Airlines That Are Actually Blocking Middle Seats

 

American Airlines is making headlines this week after it announced that it will be joining United “in filling flights to capacity as the number of travelers choosing to fly continues to rise.” Middle seats, in other words, will not be kept open. In reality, neither AA or United ever really blocked middle seats. Flight loads were so low that both airlines could just say that they did. When the airlines started reducing flight schedules and passengers slowly began to creep back, they then only prevented some passengers from being assigned seats in advance. And even then, if a plane was full, they would assign seats at the gate. I had multiple friends fly on full American and United flights.


Read full article (here)

Delta expects little capacity growth in the fall

 

Delta Air Lines likely will not add much capacity for the rest of this year after it finishes planned growth this summer, CEO Ed Bastian said in a memo to employees.

Bastian said the carrier has seen "slow but steady increases in passenger volumes" in the first two weeks of the summer season, and Delta plans to add 1,000 flights in July and another 1,000 in August. Revenue, however, likely will be only a quarter of what Delta made last year, and with "normal" still two years away, "we are unlikely to add many more flights for the remainder of the year beyond what we had in August," he said.

Delta also has expanded Covid-19 virus and antibody testing for employees beyond Minneapolis, where it launched earlier this month, to Atlanta, according to Bastian. Testing will begin in Detroit and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport next week and in New York's LaGuardia Airport the following week, he said.


Read full article (here)

American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

 

American Airlines will begin booking flights to capacity on July 1.

American during the past several months has limited capacity on flights to about 85%, a less strict capacity cap than some of its competitors, including Delta, which is blocking all middle seats and limiting economy seating to 60% capacity. 

As of July, American will allow flights to be completely sold, though travelers will be notified of full flights and be allowed to move to less crowded flights without charge when available. That puts it in line with the policy enacted by United in May.


Read full article (here)

Important Dates to Remember for this Summer:



July 3rd: Menno Travel will be closed in observance of
Independence Day (4th of July)
 
REAL ID Act - What you need to know! 


The state of Indiana is compliant with the REAL ID act so no action is needed at this time.

Even though the deadline has been pushed back, we strongly urge you to go ahead and get this done once the BMVs are re-opened.

Oregon: A Real ID will be needed by August 7, 2020

Oklahoma: A Real ID will be needed by September 18, 2020

Click on this link (here) to see the map above and see information on all 50 states.


Please call Pete Myers with any questions (574) 534-1521
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