April 6, 2021| 61 0

easyJet’s CEO Warns Against COVID Tests For All Travellers

easyJet’s CEO has warned the UK Government that COVID-19 tests should not be a condition of travel as England hopes to reopen its borders gradually. The comments come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech on the country’s reopening road map. Following the strictest border restrictions yet, most are keen to see the resumption of travel. So …

March 31, 2021| 48 0

Southwest Set To Offer Hawaiian Quarantine Pre-Clearance

Southwest Airlines has joined Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program, allowing passengers flying to Honolulu (Oahu) and Kahului (Maui) to skip health screening and quarantine requirements after landing. The airline says it all part of their efforts to offer a simple and streamlined arrival into Hawai‘i. “This process will expedite their time in the airport, …

March 5, 2021| 28 0

The Pandemic Winner: The Rise Of The Airbus A220

Since its launch, the A220 has been popular – a new aircraft bridging the gap between smaller regional aircraft and larger narrowbodies. But this is even more obvious in the current slowdown. It has seen fast utilization recovery and, with reduced demand ongoing, this is likely to continue. Combined with its efficiency and improved capabilities ove …

February 25, 2021| 30 0

Emirates Looks To Digital COVID-19 Test Verification

Emirates has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to implement digital verification of COVID testing and vaccination. The move comes amid a sharp rise in cases across the UAE since the new year, with the scheme expected to go live in the coming months. Emirates and Dubai Health Authority will co-ordinate e …

February 24, 2021| 27 0

IATA Doesn’t Expect The Airline Industry To Break Even This Year

In contrast to its forecast issued in December, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) now believes airlines will not turn cash positive before the end of the year. With new COVID variants emerging and borders closing once again, IATA predicts a worse-than-expected cash burn, as much as double its estimate at the end of last year. A wors …

February 24, 2021| 21 0

Heathrow Airport Wants To Be Exempt From Paying Property Tax

Heathrow’s boss has asked the UK’s finance minister, Rishi Sunak, to provide airports with the same property tax exemption afforded to other sectors. John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s chief executive, claims it would be the fair thing to do by establishing a level playing field. Heathrow seeks property tax relief for airports Holland-Kaye has called on S …

February 23, 2021| 29 0

IATA Says Its Health Passport Will Be Ready In Weeks

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stated that its digital COVID travel pass should be ready within weeks. What the organization is hoping will be the key to giving governments the confidence to reopen borders is still on trial with a number of airlines globally. However, the plan is to have a fully functioning system go live so …

February 23, 2021| 21 0

Airline Start Up Of The Week: Lithuania’s Heston Airlines

Heston Airlines is a Lithuanian charter and wet lease operator with plans to launch by April 2021. The airline is set to fly two Airbus A320-200s for its operations, both acquired on lease from Irish lessor Genesis. We take a look at Lithuania’s latest airline start-up and what destinations might be on the horizon. Heston will work with two aircraft …

February 20, 2021| 40 0

JAL Ups Domestic Flights Amid Earthquake And Bullet Train Suspensions

Japan Airlines (JAL) will continue to perform additional services to various parts of Tohoku and increase the size of its aircraft from February 22nd. These decisions are based on the fact that the Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen rail line has been partially suspended due to the earthquake that occurred off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on February …

February 19, 2021| 24 0

Passengers Attempt To Skip Hawaii Quarantine With Worker Bribe

Two passengers arriving in Hawaii tried to bribe their way out of the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine. The two travelers offered an airport screener a total of $3,000 to let them leave without going into quarantine. They were promptly arrested and flown back to the mainland after the screener informed authorities. Passengers arrested after offer …

February 14, 2021| 36 0

Peach Aviation Begins Offering Free COVID Testing For Passengers

Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation has announced that passengers on certain flights will be eligible for free coronavirus testing. The Osaka-based budget airline will commence this testing period next week. It will initially be running the program until the end of March. Free testing on certain routes Peach Aviation will be offering free PCR te …

February 11, 2021| 53 0

Africa’s Air Namibia Suspends Flights & Enters Liquidation

Last night, African airline Air Namibia revealed that it would be suspending operations, effective today. While all aircraft will fly back to the airline’s base, no passenger flights will now operate. The airline posted the announcement to its Twitter feed. 2020 saw its fair share of airline bankruptcies, many due to the COVID crisis. Government sup …

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