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  • Air Cargo Demand Continues Upward Trajectory February 2017
    iPMI Magazine Travel, Aviation and Airlines Breaking Industry News: Results for global air freight markets for February 2017 showing an 8.4% increase in demand measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs) compared to the same period last year. After adjusting for the impact of the leap year in 2016, demand increased by 12% -- almost four times better than the five-year average rate of 3.0%. Freight capacity, measured in available freight tonne kilometers (AFTKs), shrank by 0.4% in February 2017. The continued growth of air freight demand in 2017 is consistent with an uptick in world trade which corresponds with new…
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    Written on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:16 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Strong Passenger Demand, Record Load Factor February 2017
    iPMI Magazine Travel, Aviation and Airlines Industry News: Total revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) rose 4.8%, compared to the same month last year. Although this was below growth achieved in January, year-to-year comparisons are distorted because February 2016 was a leap month. Adjusting for the one fewer day this year, the underlying growth rate was estimated at 8.6%, just under January’s increase of 8.9%. Monthly capacity (available seat kilometers or ASKs) increased by 2.7%, and load factor rose 1.6 percentage points to 79.5%, which was the highest ever recorded for February. “The strong demand momentum from January has continued, supported by…
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    Written on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 07:05 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Safety Concerns And Disinterest In On-Shore Destinations Are Top Reasons That More Than One-Third Of Americans Prefer To Stay On Ship During A Cruise
    While the majority of Americans prefer to spend most, if not all, of their cruise exploring the destinations of call, a surprising 34.3 percent have reported preferring to stay on the ship the entire or majority of the time, according to a new wave season survey* conducted by leading travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance . The main reason for not wanting to disembark at the ports of call was safety concerns with the destination (36.2 percent). This was followed by disinterest in the destination (17.7 percent), fear of not getting back to the ship on time (16.8 percent), inclusive…
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    Written on Friday, 07 April 2017 16:51 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • VIDEO: IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac Discusses Restrictions on Large Electronics Items
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on governments to urgently find alternatives to recently announced measures by the United States and the United Kingdom to restrict the carry-on of large electronic items on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa. “The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness. And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers…
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    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 09:12 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Almost Half A Billion International Tourists Visit The EU In 2016
    International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total. This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the framework of the cooperation with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) of the European Commission (EC). Despite many challenges facing Europe in 2016, tourism has once again shown extraordinary strength and resilience, reinforcing its contribution to economic growth, job creation and social wellbeing…
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    Written on Friday, 31 March 2017 09:11 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • UK Government Announces Restrictions On Carriage Of Electronic Items In The Cabin
    iPMI Magazine Travel News: The UK government has announced changes to aviation security measures on selected inbound flights to the UK that restrict the size of electronic items that may be carried by passengers in the cabin. A statement from the UK government said flights from the following countries are affected by the restrictions: Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia. IATA calculations show that this ban will impact about 393 scheduled passenger flights per week, equivalent to about 2.7 % of the total international scheduled passenger flights to the UK. US government announces restrictions on carriage of electronic…
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    Written on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 08:01 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Lockton & O’Neill Paragon Solutions Team Up On Travel Security
    Lockton and O’Neill Paragon Solutions have formed a strategic alliance to provide non-government organizations and businesses with customized risk review, mitigation, and crisis management support for international travelers. Michael O’Neill, known for his work in safety and security risk management for Save the Children and Peace Corps, will consult with Lockton clients. Lockton is the world’s largest privately held insurance broker. “Our clients have a duty of care to their people when they work in high risk environments, and this alliance will help our clients immensely,” said Keith Mulvihill, a Lockton executive in its Washington, DC operation, spearheading the effort.…
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    Written on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:48 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Passengers Given Important EU Guidance on Compensation Claims Agencies
    iPMI Magazine Travel News: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) welcomed the European Commission’s guidance to air passengers on the activities of agencies that make claims for compensation in the event of delays or cancellations to flights. The guidance makes it clear that so-called ‘claims farms’ are not the most effective means to seek compensation under the EU’s passenger rights regulations. The EU advises that passengers should always contact the carrier first. National enforcement bodies and alternative dispute resolution services can also help passengers in the event a compensation claim is disputed by an airline. Should passengers desire to work…
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    Written on Friday, 10 March 2017 07:46 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Passenger Demand Growth Hits Five-Year Peak in January
    iPMI Magazine Airlines, Aviation and Travel News: Global passenger traffic results for January 2017 showing demand (revenue passenger kilometers or RPKs) rose 9.6% compared to January 2016. This was the strongest increase in more than five years. Results were positively affected by traffic associated with the Lunar New Year celebrations, which occurred in January this year, compared to February in 2016. IATA estimates the holiday-related travel contributed up to one-half a percentage point in extra demand growth. January capacity rose 8.0%, and load factor climbed 1.2 percentage points to 80.2%. “2017 is off to a very strong start, with demand…
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    Written on Friday, 10 March 2017 07:44 in iPMI Magazine Travel News
  • Americans Planning Trips To Orlando And Cancun For Spring Break
    iPMI Magazine Travel And Tourism News: That is, according to Allianz Global Assistance who reviewed more than four million trips planned by its customers during the Spring Break season – February 24, 2017 through April 9, 2017 – for travel between five and eight days in length. Domestically, the results showed that travelers are planning trips to Orlando (8.62 percent) followed in popularity by Las Vegas (5.29 percent), Phoenix (4.38 percent), Fort Lauderdale (4.13 percent), Los Angeles (4 percent), Fort Myers (3.94 percent), Denver (3.69 percent), Salt Lake City (3.35 percent), San Francisco (3.14 percent) and Tampa (3.04 percent). Internationally,…
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    Written on Tuesday, 28 February 2017 05:47 in iPMI Magazine Travel News

Medical Travel Assistance

Medical, travel and technical assistance companies may provide out-of-hospital emergency healthcare services and manage medical cases for healthcare payors under member healthcare, medical, expatriate and travel insurance programs. Global Healthcare Insurance Companies rely on Medical, travel and technical assistance companies to provide a myriad of international assistance services. Medical, travel and technical assistance companies are located all over the world and act as an extended arm of assistance for expatriates, business travelers and tourists. Medical, travel and technical assistance companies may offer 24/7 Third Party Administration; Cost Containment and Medical Case Management Services; Air Ambulance Services including MEDEVAC, Non Medical Evacuation, Medical Escorts on Commercial Airlines and Repatriation Services.