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U.K. Introduces South American and Portuguese Travel Ban

The U.K. government has announced a new travel ban in response to a new variant of COVID-19. The new travel restrictions bar entry to the U.K. for passengers arriving from 16 countries, including many in South and Central America and Portugal from Friday 15 January at 4 a.m. The measures follow the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in Brazil that is likely to have spread into nearby countries with strong travel links. The move is similar to one made…

Delta To No Longer Accept Emotional Support Animals

Delta has become the latest airline to announce that emotional support animals will no longer be permitted to fly onboard its aircraft. The new policy comes as the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule, dropping the requirement for airlines to recognize emotional support animals as service animals. The…

Heathrow Airport Considers Vehicle Charge for COVID Losses

Heathrow Airport has announced that it is considering charging vehicles to access its terminal forecourts to recover losses made by COVID. The plan, which would be implemented in the fourth quarter of 2021, would bring Britain's busiest airport in line with many others across the United Kingdom. The Forecourt Access…

Delta to Launch Quarantine Free Flights to Rome

Delta Air Lines is hoping to launch flights to Italy where passengers can skip the quarantine from December. The plan, an arrangement between the airline, Rome Fiumicino Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport, will use three stages of testing to enable customers to access Italy without having to isolate on arrival.…

Emirates Keeps Hope for Airbus A380 Despite Pandemic

The President of Emirates has said that Emirates will continue with oncoming Airbus A380 orders despite the coronavirus pandemic's impact on travel demand. Tim Clark, who has presided over the airline since 2008, said in an interview with Aviation Business that the aircraft "remain hugely popular with the traveling public,"…

English Travel Industry Calls for Support Amid Second Lockdown

Last Thursday, England entered into its second national lockdown in response to the coronavirus. The move banned non-essential travel, leading one of the pandemic's worst-hit sectors – the travel industry – back into a state of despair. 2020 has been a difficult year for aviation. In England, the seven months…

Hong Kong International Airport Among First to Receive Airport Health…

Hong Kong International Airport has been accredited under the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) for its high standards in health and safety in its operations. The airport is among the first in the Asia-Pacific region to receive the recognition from the Airports Council International (ACI) since its launch in July. The…

Virgin Atlantic Wins Support of Creditors for Restructuring Plan

Virgin Atlantic has today won the support of its creditors over a 1.2 billion-pound ($1.58 billion) rescue package deal. The capital, only 400 million pounds of which is "new money," is supposed to keep the airline afloat for at least the next 18 months. Shareholders and suppliers to whom the…

Finnair Cuts Europe Service Levels for September

Finnair has announced that it is reducing services in September to levels below those that were announced previously due to travel restrictions being re-imposed. The change, which mainly affects European destinations, has come as many countries have implemented restrictions again following a rise in coronavirus cases. Finnair stated in a…

Virgin Atlantic Resumes Flying

Virgin Atlantic resumed passenger flights on July 20, ending a three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The first flight was London's Heathrow Airport to Hong Kong. The first service, operated by a Boeing 787-9 aptly named Leading Lady, had special measures implemented to ensure that passengers can fly safely. These…