Business trip during pandemic: testing, empty airports, lonely takeout

  • Alan Kearl is a beauty industry executive experienced in operations, finance, and strategy.
  • After losing his job during the pandemic, he was sheltering in place in Maine.
  • So he had mixed emotions when he was offered a consulting gig that would require travel.
  • Overall, he’s felt safe traveling, but has noticed a lot of big changes in airports and hotels.
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As a C-level executive in the beauty industry, having worked for companies like Estée Lauder and tarte, I normally travel over 100,000 miles and spend more than 35 nights in hotels annually. 

But, since the start of the pandemic, I lost my job and have been sheltering in place. While I craved a return to my normal routine, I wasn’t keen to dramatically increase my exposure to COVID-19. So it was with mixed emotions that I accepted a consulting gig that would require

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Bradley International Airport among country’s best airports in Conde Nast Traveler ranking

For the fourth year in a row, Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks was ranked among the top 10 airports in the country by Conde Naste Traveler magazine, even as the COVID-19 took its toll on air travel.

Bradley placed eighth on the annual ranking announced Tuesday, its place on the list drawn from a survey of readers of Condé Nast Traveler. The list of best airports was compiled from responses form 715,000 readers of the magazine on a variety of topics.

“More travelers have discovered Hartford, Connecticut’s airport—now New England’s second-busiest airfield after Boston Logan—thanks to a surge in new flights in recent years,” the magazine said in its ranking.

“Customers praise the airport’s convenient on-site parking, plentiful charging stations and free Wi-Fi, decent restaurant options, and an overall relaxed atmosphere, making this mid-sized facility an attractive alternative to flying out of New York’s and Boston’s monster hubs.”


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U.S. airports roll out Covid tests in bid to reopen travel markets: Travel Weekly

After lagging behind much of the world for months, U.S. airports and airlines now appear poised to ramp up on-site Covid-19 testing, a step they say is key to reopening travel markets during the pandemic.

Until the final week of September, only Alaska’s Anchorage Airport along with Newark and New York JFK offered any on-site Covid-19 testing for passengers, according to industry sources. And even the testing offered at those New York metro-area airports was limited to 500 per day at JFK and approximately 400 per day at Newark.

Meanwhile, airports in London; Istanbul; Hong Kong; Singapore; Bangalore, India; and beyond have Covid-19 testing capabilities. At Frankfurt Airport, for example, a station run by Lufthansa is capable of administering 20,000 tests per day.

Now, the tide has begun to turn in the U.S. On Oct. 1, Tampa was set to become the first U.S. airport to make Covid-19 tests available

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Reno airport named one of best small airports in US by travel magazine

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Passengers are seen at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno on March 13, 2020., 2019. (Photo: JASON BEAN/RGJ)

Reno-Tahoe International Airport received a feather in its flight cap after being named one of the top 10 small airports in the U.S. by a travel magazine.

The Discoverer called Reno-Tahoe International a great alternative to the more jam-packed San Francisco International Airport — especially for folks headed to Lake Tahoe.

“It’s a quicker commute and you get to skip all the Bay Area traffic and head straight to the serene lakeside,” The Discoverer wrote. “Plus, Reno has all the trappings of a big city airport — including slot machines — without the hassle.”

“These accolades directly reflect the hard-working and exemplary staff at the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority and our tenant and community partners,” Daren Griffin, airport president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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