With WHO declaring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic and Trump suspending travel to the United States from Europe, you might be wondering whether it’s still safe to travel and how exactly you’re going to get from A to B safely. While people across the globe have been busy stockpiling toilet paper and hoarding hand sanitizer, here at #Fly we’ve been working hard to create a solution to the COVID-19 business travel conundrum. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the facts and figures surrounding the virus and explain how our handy #Fly Coronavirus Travel Map allows you to travel to that all-important business meeting or make your way home with the lowest chance of contracting COVID-19.
Impact on Business Travel
At present, COVID-19 has spread to 141 countries with 152,428 cases confirmed worldwide. With no cure on the horizon, current advice from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) is to wash your hands regularly and avoid contact with others where possible. As for the effect on business travel, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), COVID-19 has caused companies around the globe to cancel meetings and suspend business travel with one in five companies canceling or suspending “most” travel to North America, and 41% of GBTA member companies canceling or suspending international travel regardless of the region.
Outside of the office, thousands of flights have been canceled across the globe leaving business travelers either stranded or at high risk of infection (British Airways, Virgin, and a number of Asian airlines have canceled up to 25% of flights). Despite the global uncertainty with air travel, many travelers find themselves in a position where they have to travel for business purposes. So if you have to travel, how can you do so safely? Meet the #Fly Coronavirus Travel Map…
The #Fly Coronavirus Travel Map
#Fly’s Coronavirus Travel Map intends to make business travel safe for passengers who must travel during the pandemic by rerouting passengers to airports and cities that have the lowest number of reported COVID-19 cases. Using route-level data, travelers can track their flights, browse detour routes, and read up on airport safety regulations before they travel. Simply head over to maps.fly.me/ and enter your departure location and end destination and we’ll find the safest route for you to fly. If your departure location is a high-risk area, we’ll show you nearby airports with fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases and offer new flight routes to your final destination.
For example, travelers heading from Portland (PDX) to Salt Lake City (SLC) can do so via four different routes and can quickly assess the safest route using the maps live data and visuals. In this example, users can instantly see that flying direct to SLC isn’t the safest route, and are instead advised to re-route via Denver or Los Angeles. While rerouting may cause longer travel times (in this case, upwards of three hours), some travelers may find the delay worth it to lower the chance of infection.
Whatsmore, with one click #Fly users can view the most recent news stories from their desired start and end locations, allowing easy access to up-to-date facts and figures which will better aid travel decisions. The #Fly map also features expanded information on each location including the number of reported cases, quarantines, deaths, and recoveries that have been reported at each airport location.
With the information provided by the #Fly Coronavirus Travel Map, business travelers can now make well-informed decisions regarding COVID-19 when it comes to national and international travel by plane. While the #Fly map’s aim is to reduce the chance of spreading infection, travelers must still follow the CDCP’s advice on handwashing and should avoid unnecessarily touching surfaces (including your face) while traveling.
Founded in 2017, #Fly is the safest and smartest way to book business trips. Through its travel automation platform, #Fly leverages predictive technologies to notify travelers of when to book flights, cars, and hotels for upcoming trips, based on their personal preferences. By streamlining the logistics for managers and employees, #Fly aims to deliver the best booking experience for today’s business travelers. For more information, please visit: https://fly.me.