Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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Emirates Starts Using IATA’s Health Passport App

Reading Time: < 1 minute Dubai’s flagship airline Emirates has started trialing an International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass. It is a mobile app designed to help passengers share their Covid-19 test results with airlines and travel authorities. Passengers traveling from Dubai to Barcelona on flight EK185 were the first to use the “digital passport“ to keep the information […]

Greece plans to lift restrictions for travelers from next week

Reading Time: < 1 minute Greece plans to lift quarantine restrictions from next week for travelers from the European Union and five other countries who have been vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19, a senior government official said on Wednesday, informs Reuters. Last month, the country lifted a one-week quarantine rule for Israeli travelers who have been inoculated and test […]

Vietnam Wants to Use Vaccine Passport to Reopen Borders

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Vietnamese Government is close to reopening its borders to international travelers due to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations and work on the introduction of digital health passports. According to VN Express, the Vietnamese Government wants to ease the entry to Vietnam but keep the country safe. A Vietnamese Government committee has said Vietnam’s IT […]

IATA Forecasts Airline Industry Won’t Get Cash-Positive Until 2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that the airline industry would have to wait until 2022 to turn cash-positive. This prognosis differs from what IATA predicted previously and suggests carriers worldwide will be burning at least $75 billion in cash in 2021 compared to the original estimate of $48 billion. “With governments tightening border […]

Israel is Investigating Whether Passengers Faked Covid-19 Certificates

Reading Time: < 1 minute Israel is investigating whether people on the El Al flight from New York make truthful claims about other passengers on the same flight having faked Covid-19 certificates. According to the Times of Israel, a woman on the plane said she had overheard ultra-Orthodox passengers boasting they had faked Covid-19 tests before departure. Other passengers confirmed […]

Peach Aviation Starts Offering Free Covid-19 Testing

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation will soon start offering free coronavirus testing. The program will begin next week and continue until the end of March. Free of charge polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be available for passengers ahead of domestic flights from Kansai and Narita international airports between February 21 and March 31. […]

Aer Lingus Will Get €150 Million from Irish State Recovery Fund

Reading Time: < 1 minute The coronavirus keeps shaking the airline industry and prompting carriers worldwide to seek support from the outside. The Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus has secured a €150 million recovery loan from the Ireland Strategic Investments Fund ISIF. ISIF was established in 2014 to invest in supporting economic activity and employment in Ireland. Last May, it […]

IATA: 2020 Was the Worst Year in History for Air Travel Demand

Reading Time: < 1 minute The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced full-year global passenger traffic results, revealing revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) fell by 65.9% because of the pandemic spread. It is the sharpest ever air travel decline in commercial aviation history. In 2020, international passenger demand was 75.6% below 2019 levels. Capacity (measured in revenue passenger kilometers) reduced 68.1% […]

Boeing Reports $12 Billion Annual Loss and Delays 777X Jet Delivery

Reading Time: < 1 minute On Wednesday, Boeing reported a record loss of nearly $12 billion for 2020 as it delayed its brand new 777X jet again and took a $6.5 billion charge in the fourth quarter on its latest airplane. The reported loss is the largest in Boeing’s more than 100-year history. The giant’s problems started accumulating due to […]

The UK Suspends All Travel Corridors over New Covid-19 Variants

Reading Time: < 1 minute The UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that from 4 am Monday, January 18, 2021, arrivals to the UK from any country will have to quarantine. All countries have been removed from the quarantine-free list, seeking to prevent new mutations from entering the country. Under the new policy, testing negative in no more than […]