Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

EU – Travelers Should Not Be Considered High-Risk For COVID-19

Reading Time: < 1 minute The new European guidelines suggest air travelers should not appear to be high-risk for spreading the virus, but, instead, they should be treated the same as members of the local population who have not had any direct contact with Covid-19 infected persons. The document requested by the European Commission and published jointly by the European […]

England reduces quarantine period to 5 days from Mid-December

Reading Time: < 1 minute British authorities have cut the quarantine requirement to 5 days upon arrival to the country. The new order is becoming effective on December 15th and will only be applicable for those who test negative for Covid-19. Travelers coming to England from countries not on the government’s “quarantine free list” will be able to spend only […]

Ryanair’s CEO Predicts Pre-Covid Passenger Numbers In 2021

Reading Time: < 1 minute According to Ryanair’s forecasts, the passenger numbers will be close to their pre-Covid levels by summer 2021. Such an affirmation contradicts the prevailing industry’s opinion that it will take several years for the traffic to get back to normal. “There’s going to be an enormous snapback on travel demand … Mrs. O’Leary is very keen […]

The “travel bubble” between Singapore and Hong Kong is postponed

Reading Time: < 1 minute Singapore and Hong Kong have deferred their “travel bubble” agreement by two weeks due to a rise in new coronavirus cases in Hong Kong. The agreement that would have allowed quarantine-free travel between the two regions was set to come into force on Sunday. Although the travel authorities from both sides confirmed they would be […]

Norwegian files for bankruptcy protection

Reading Time: < 1 minute The pandemic has not been kind to Norwegian Air. Trying to reduce its debt, it has entered into the process called “examinership” after the Norwegian government refused to provide further aid to the airline. The reorganization process will be reviewed in the Irish court because the major part of its fleet is held in Ireland, […]

Air Canada Cancels 40% of Orders For Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A220 Jets

Reading Time: < 1 minute Air Canada will cancel some of its orders for Boeing 737 MAX and Airbus A220 jets trying to mitigate the losses it faced due to Covid-19. The number of canceled orders represents 40% of the company’s total deliveries. This uneasy step announced during Air Canada’s earnings call on Monday is inevitable as the company’s losses […]

Government rejects financial support for Norwegian Air

Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian Air Shuttle admitted it was facing a “very uncertain” future after the government refrained from providing the second rescue package. Norwegian is deeply disappointed and thinks the decision is unfair because the popular low-cost carrier employing more than 2000 employees has brought billions to the economy. Norwegian’s CEO Jacob Schram called the incident “a […]

British Airways Closes Lounges in London Heathrow Due To UK Lockdown

Reading Time: < 1 minute Following the UK government announcement of a ban on non-essential travel during a four-week national lockdown period, British Airways are closing all their lounges at London Heathrow airport from 5 November. UK Government legislation does not officially communicate a mandatory requirement to keep the lounges closed; hence, concerns about the passengers’ safety might be the […]

Volotea: Shift to Domestic Market Increases Number of Passengers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Since passengers show interest in short-haul travel in the context of the pandemic, Volotea has made a strategic decision to focus on domestic markets which yielded good results.   The European carrier reported a 90% seat load factor in the third quarter, 7 points down on the same period in 2019. In the third quarter, […]

Domestic Fare Cap Extended by the Indian Aviation Minister

Reading Time: < 1 minute Price capping on domestic flights extended by India’s Civil Aviation Ministry for another 3 Months. India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, informed that domestic fare caps will remain in place until February 2021. The government also mentioned that the fare caps could be removed if passenger levels reach pre-COVID levels before February. The ministry […]