Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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 […]

Airlines’ Cabin Crew to Help With Vaccine Rollout in the UK

Reading Time: < 1 minute The low-cost airlines easyJet and Virgin have joined the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) to support its Covid-19 vaccination program. The UK is currently into the third lockdown due to a new, highly transmissible variant of the virus gaining momentum. Most crew members are now furloughed, therefore they can efficiently use their time helping with […]

Norwegian Air Prepares To Return Its Leased Aircraft

Reading Time: < 1 minute Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) has started moving some of its aircraft from Scandinavian bases to Shannon Airport in Ireland as part of the new restructuring procedure. The pandemic has intensified the financial struggles faced by NAS, so in addition to the ongoing examinership process in Ireland, the airline has now filed for reconstruction under Norwegian […]

Ryanair Is Under Investigation After Its “Jab and go” Ad

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ryanair has recently posted a “jab and go” ad promoting air travel since “vaccines are coming,” which has coughed the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency’s eye and put the airline under investigation.   Once the formal investigation is finalized, ASA will update everyone on the findings. The ad featuring a small bottle labeled “vaccine” and a […]

US Airlines Urge The White House To Lift The Travel Ban

Reading Time: < 1 minute According to Reuters, the Airlines for America (A4A) has sent a letter to the White House asking “to move ahead with recommendations to rescind current entry restrictions on travelers from Europe, the United Kingdom and Brazil as soon as possible … concurrently with the testing program.” “We believe a well-planned program focused on increasing testing […]

U.S. Congress Set To Vote on $900bn Coronavirus Aid Package

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S. has reached an agreement on a $900bn coronavirus relief deal. It includes $16bn for the airline industry and a nearly $285bn extension of the Paycheck Protection Program. The bill, set for voting in the House and the Senate on Monday, will be the fifth piece of financial support passed in the U.S. since […]

BREAKING: EU Countries Impose UK Travel Bans

Reading Time: 2 minutes After the UK has reported a new variant of coronavirus, European countries have started imposing travel restrictions to and from the UK. Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, and others have been taking measures to prevent the spread of the mutating version. Although health officials argue there is no evidence the new coronavirus form […]

Finnair Will Get A 400€ Million Government Loan

Reading Time: < 1 minute As Finnair reported on Wednesday, it plans to receive an unsecured hybrid loan of up to 400€ million ($486 million). This financial aid, subject to EU Commission approval, should help the airline get through the challenging times of the pandemic. Tytti Tuppurainen, the minister responsible for state ownership policies, said, “The state is committed to […]

EU Plans To Cancel Freeze Of Airport Slots

Reading Time: < 1 minute As Reuters has reported, the EU has already started discussions on gradually lifting the airport slot freeze policy introduced at the beginning of the pandemic. When the crisis hit, what had always been known as a “use-it-or-lose-it” rule was temporarily waved to aid airlines that could no longer use the required 80% of their slots. […]

New Zealand Creates A Travel Bubble With Australia

Reading Time: < 1 minute New Zealand has announced that it will establish a travel bubble with neighboring Australia in Q1 of 2021. The idea behind it is that there will be a free travel corridor not requiring people to quarantine after crossing any of these countries’ borders. In October, Australia waved the quarantine requirement for Kiwis, but New Zealand […]