Category: CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

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 […]

Melbourne To Receive First International Flights Since Mid-Summer

Reading Time: < 1 minute On December 7th, Melbourne will welcome the first international flights in 5 months. The decision to relieve the constraints has been made as 37 consecutive days without any new COVID-19 cases were recorded. The resurgence of COVID-19 took place last summer at two hotels hosting quarantining individuals and resulted in Melbourne airports ceasing to accept […]

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, […]