First long-haul trip in 26 months
What was the reason for your trip to London?
To reconnect with my team and share the vision of where the global marketing operation is going to our colleagues in Europe, Middle East and Africa. I actually got to meet with seven team members who I had never met before, which was great. The trip was also about developing strategy with our corporate division’s SteerCo. This was our first in-person planning day as a global leadership team in over two years.
Who booked your trip and was it straightforward?
Our Duty Travel team took care of the booking. It was straight forward – but I had a lot more questions for my travel manager through the process. It would have been incredibly daunting to do it without the support of a travel manager.
At the airport, what was the check-in process like?
A walk in the park. Staff were ready to help and seemed to appreciate it was a bit of a ‘new’ experience for many.
Was the airport experience different?
Brisbane airport was still pretty quiet, so moving through the airport was easy – I’ve never been through security/customs as quick! Unfortunately, the lounge was yet to reopen (I believe it was happening shortly after). Heathrow was as busy as I remember it – but passing through customs was quick and easy.
Did you need to show your COVID-19 test results?
Yes at check-in for the return flight.
Are airline airport lounges operating?
Brisbane QF lounge wasn’t open yet – but apparently in the coming week it was due to open. Qatar lounge in Doha was operating and very full. BA lounge in Heathrow was operating – busy and as normal.
How did arrival in London go?
Smooth. No hassles and easy to navigate.
Highlight of the trip?
Connecting with people in person!
Do you have any tips for business travellers?
Be well planned. Be sure to know any local requirements in advance to departure. Book any testing before you leave.
A reminder for all travellers returning home from overseas after 18 April 2022 – Australia is scrapping its Covid testing requirements for return travellers. Business travel is certainly getting easier!