March 2, 2021| 24 0

Australia Extends Its International Travel Ban Until June

The Australian government has confirmed today that it is extending its ban on international travel by a further three months. The biosecurity emergency period extension will remain in place until June 17 th , stopping all international travel barring some exceptions. This will take Australia to a full 15 months of hard lockdown measures. 15 months of …

February 20, 2021| 33 0

Gravel Kits: How Boeing 737s Could Land On Dirt Runways

Once upon a time, Boeing offered an optional ‘unpaved strip kit’ for its early 737 variants. Available for the 737-100 and -200 from February 1969, the kit comprised a number of modifications that would allow aircraft to safely fly in and out of airports that only had unpaved runways. No longer available for newer jets, let’s take a look at this re …

February 15, 2021| 44 0

Air New Zealand Adjusts Services As Auckland Goes On Lockdown

New Zealand’s biggest city, Auckland, is in the middle of a three-day lockdown after three locally acquired cases of COVID-19 popped up over the weekend. And that’s had the local airline, Air New Zealand, scrambling to adjust its services and stay in the air. “While the country is at elevated Alert Levels, Air New Zealand will be taking extra preca …

February 11, 2021| 37 0

Cathay Pacific Slashes Australia Schedule Only Keeping Sydney

Hong-Kong’s Cathay Pacific has slashed its flights to cities in Australia, retaining only Sydney as its sole destination. This comes amid increasingly tight restrictions on travel, which now mean crew would have to quarantine for 14 days on return to Hong Kong. Several other international routes have also been cut. Cathay drops Australia The new rule …

February 9, 2021| 38 0

Will Vaccines Mean No Quarantine When Entering Australia?

With the Australian Government set to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program, there’s hope inbound and outbound travel restrictions will slowly unwind. There’s a widespread expectation that proof of negative COVID-19 status will be needed to travel. That rule won’t just be mandated at the government level but also the airline level under a no-ja …

February 8, 2021| 45 0

Qantas Looks At South Africa Again For Post-Crisis Route

Qantas is taking another look at South Africa and eyeing a potential second route into the country, talking up possible flights between Perth and Johannesburg. It isn’t a new plan, having had several public airings over the last few years but failing to get off the ground. However, with Qantas scouting new network opportunities once international f …

February 4, 2021| 28 0

EU Concerned About Austria’s Minimum Air Fare Policy

The European Commission has expressed concerns over the Austrian government’s policy of a €40 minimum price for airline tickets. The EU executive is expecting more detail on the new measures that potentially violate the bloc’s air service regulation and could engage in dialogue with the Austrian authorities. Airlines are free to set fares, EU policy …

February 3, 2021| 27 0

4 Chinese Travelers Avoid Baggage Fees But End Up With Ulcers

Most of us have been there. Your baggage is a bit overweight, and the dragon at check-in won’t cut you any slack. Suddenly you’re wearing two sweaters, a parka, and have a pair of shoes in your pocket while moving through security. A group of passengers in Kunming (China) recently had the same issue, only they ate their way to a solution – with som …

February 1, 2021| 47 0

When Will India Reopen For All Commercial International Flights?

Since March, India has banned all scheduled passenger international flights, cutting off international travel. While repatriation flights and travel agreements became common by the summer, international traffic remains under 50% of pre-COVID levels. So when will India reopen to all commercial flights? Banned India first banned all scheduled internati …

January 28, 2021| 33 0

New Zealand Could Pull Australia Travel Bubble

There’s more uncertainty for airlines flying across the Tasman Sea. The long-awaited two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand is potentially under a cloud. The uncertainty is caused by a cocktail of internal border issues within Australia, a small COVID-19 outbreak (now contained) in Sydney over the New Year period, and a New Zealand …

January 27, 2021| 36 0

Hawaiian Airlines Posts $511m Loss As it Plans Capacity Increases

Hawaiian Airlines has released its 2020 annual financial results. The carrier posted a net loss for the year totaling $511 million against a fourth-quarter net loss of $163 million. With much of the year spent running a skeleton flight schedule due to travel restrictions impeding leisure travelers from visiting Hawaii, the carrier started to see an …

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