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Lufthansa Group airlines and TripActions shape the future of corporate travel

• New innovative and market-leading solution targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises to enhance their corporate travel experience

• Increased reach of most attractive Lufthansa Group offers and added customer value via TripActions’ industry leading technology

The Lufthansa Group, one of the world’s leading airline groups and industry pioneer in the area of New Distribution Capability (NDC), and TripActions, the only
all-in-one travel, corporate card, and expense solution, today announced an enhanced strategic partnership to shape the future of corporate travel. Jointly, a
customer-driven solution has been developed that allows small- and medium-sized enterprises to enjoy all the benefits they experience from the airlines of the
Lufthansa Group, covering the carriers Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa and SWISS via the tech forward user experience of the TripActions travel platform.

While the key focus is to put the customer in control of every part of the corporate travel experience, the solution matches the rich corporate offers and programs of
the Lufthansa Group airlines with the innovative and user-first intuitive solutions of TripActions to relieve the multiple pain points of corporate travel.

“Lufthansa Group is firmly committed to delivering superior customer experiences along the entire travel journey, also for our small- and medium-sized corporate
customers”, says Tamur Goudarzi Pour, Senior Vice President Channel Management at Lufthansa Group Network Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer
SWISS. “Jointly with our strategic partner TripActions, we take a big jump towards cutting edge digital airline corporate retailing all the way from intuitive corporate
trip planning to speedy servicing. With this industry leading concept, I am very excited to grow our successful partnership with TripActions in the interests of our
Corporate Partners."

Customers will be able to book work trips using an industry-leading solution, enabling a new level of travel management that includes policy and profile
management, duty of care, sustainability solutions, real-time reporting, 24/7 customer support, and centralized billing. The partnership will enable corporate
members of Lufthansa Group PartnerPlusBenefit program to earn and redeem PartnerPlusBenefit points directly through the booking tool, with enhanced
functionalities being launched at regular intervals.

As a first step, the solution will be launched in Lufthansa Group airlines’ home markets in early 2022. Following this and over the course of the year, both teams
will work together to add enhancements to the solution, including additional redemption benefits, corporate products, and multiple languages, as well as
expansion into new markets.

“Thanks to the partnership with TripActions, we are pleased to now also provide a solution to our valued corporate customers who have previously booked via our
airline websites and have long had the desire for a suitable solution and associated enhanced functionalities,” says Stefan Kreuzpaintner, Senior Vice President Sales
for Lufthansa Group Network Airlines and Chief Commercial Officer of Lufthansa Airline. “This unique offering expands the available TMC offers in the market for
corporates, adding to the current solutions offered by our other TMC partners.”

"Providing an amazing user experience through industry leading technology has always been TripActions' top priority,” says TripActions Chief Travel Officer, Danny
Finkel. “We're excited to further our partnership with Lufthansa Group with this industry-first joint booking platform that will provide deeper technical integrations
and the unique ability to offer integrated loyalty. It’s the best of both worlds, marrying Lufthansa Group passenger experience with TripActions' user-first
experience.”

easyJet launches 12 new UK domestic routes to give Brits more options to reconnect or take a break this summer

easyJet has put 12 new domestic routes on sale today with fares starting from £14.99*available to book now on easyJet.com

  • easyJet has put 12 new domestic routes on sale today with fares starting from £14.99*available to book now on easyJet.com
  • The airline will launch operations from Belfast City to London Gatwick for the first time and return to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford, with new routes which were previously served by Stobart Air-operated Aer Lingus Regional, providing key connectivity for the regions
  • The airline has also added 60,000 additional seats to existing routes from Belfast to Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow and operates more seats on domestic flights than any other UK operator 
  • easyJet is providing more flexibility for flights than ever before through its Protection Promise, including fee-free flight changes to any date or destination up to two hours before departure

easyJet has put 12** new domestic flights and seats on sale today to serve demand for domestic travel. The flights will provide Brits with more opportunity to reconnect with friends and family across the country or book a long-awaited break and explore more of the UK this summer.

The airline is adding three new UK airports to its domestic network, which includes launching operations from Belfast City Airport for the first time to London Gatwick. easyJet will also be returning to Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airports with new flights to and from Belfast International Airport, routes previously served by the Stobart Air-operated Aer Lingus Regional, providing key connectivity between the regions.

The airline has also put over 60,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from Belfast International to Birmingham from 3 July operating 22 times a week; to Manchester from 9 July operating 27 times a week; to Edinburgh from 2 July operating 22 times a week; and to Glasgow from 2 July operating 20 times a week.

  Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented:

We know our customers can’t wait to be reunited with friends and family or to explore the UK so these additional new routes today should prove popular and will further strengthen our UK domestic network providing customers with even more choice. 

“We were sorry to see the news about Stobart Air and so are pleased to continue to provide key regional connectivity from Belfast International Airport to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford airports, as well as launching easyJet operations for the very first time from Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick.

“We also know it is important to our customers to be reunited with loved ones overseas so we continue to urge the UK government to add more countries to the Green list – which can be done safely - to make this possible.”

All customers booking flights with easyJet benefit from industry leading flexible booking policies under its ‘Protection Promise’ which means that customers can book now with confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking.

All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher providing even more last-minute flexibility. Unlike other airlines, there are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022.

The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJet’s highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.

For more information and to book visit easyJet.com

easyJet new cabin bags policy

easyJet, Europe’s leading airline, has today announced that its cabin bag policy will change on board flights from 10th February 2021. The new policy means that all customers can still take a small cabin bag (max 45x36x20cm) with no weight restriction, free of charge which must fit under the seat in front, which will enable them to bring all the essentials for their journey or enough for a short trip.

Your travellers who have booked an Up front or Extra Legroom seat will be able to bring on board an additional large cabin bag (max 56x45x25cm) with no weight restrictions, to be placed in the overhead lockers. easyJet Plus cardholders and FLEXI fare customers will also continue to have an additional large cabin bag included in their booking, subject to space onboard.

Please refer to the attached for more information.

NATM bezorgd over machtsstrijd Air France-KLM

De Nederlandse Associatie voor Travel Management (NATM) maakt zich zorgen over berichtgeving omtrent een strijd om de macht binnen Air France-KLM. “Onze Direct Members, bedrijven en organisaties die veel internationaal reizen, zijn gebaat bij de positionering van KLM als A-merk. Onzekerheid over continuïteit in de bedrijfsvoering van KLM leidt tot onrust,” zegt Odete Pimenta da Silva, managing director van de NATM.

De leden van de NATM geven gezamenlijk honderden miljoenen aan zakelijke vliegreizen uit. Deze bedrijven hechten veel waarde aan een uitgebreid netwerk van non-stop lijndiensten, betrouwbare dienstregelingen, een veilig vliegproduct en een goede dienstverlening.

“Als home carrier vervult KLM daar vanuit Schiphol een belangrijk rol in,” zegt Pimenta da Silva. “Onder leiding van president-directeur Pieter Elbers hebben wij de afgelopen jaren het aantal bestemmingen dat non-stop wordt aangevlogen door KLM aanzienlijk zien stijgen. Voor bedrijven die internationaal zakendoen levert dat een belangrijke tijdswinst op. Daarnaast is er fors geïnvesteerd in het product en de dienstverlening, met nieuwe vliegtuigen en een opgewaardeerd serviceconcept. Maar het belangrijkste wapenfeit van Elbers is wellicht dat hij ondanks de noodzakelijke hervormingen de eenheid binnen het personeel heeft weten te behouden. Dat getuigt niet alleen van goed leiderschap, maar zorgt er ook voor dat zakenreizigers kunnen vertrouwen op KLM, zonder zich zorgen te hoeven maken over vluchtverstoringen door stakingen.”

De huidige machtsperikelen in Parijs, waarbij de CEO van de holding Air France-KLM, Ben Smith, naar verluidt meer invloed zou willen uitoefenen op de bedrijfsvoering van KLM, noemt Pimenta da Silva ‘een slechte zaak’. “KLM doet het financieel al jarenlang veel beter dan Air France. Waarom zou je een organisatiestructuur die voor prachtige resultaten zorgt schade willen toebrengen? In het belang van het reizende bedrijfsleven schaar ik mij als managing director van onze branchevereniging daarom net als de Nederlandse regering en de ondernemingsraad en de raad van commissarissen van KLM volledig achter de herbenoeming van Pieter Elbers om ook de komende vier jaar KLM te leiden,” aldus Pimenta da Silva.