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Wizz Air Reportedly Bids for EasyJet Takeover

The U.K. aviation industry faces further uncertainty with the Guardian reporting that EasyJet was the target of an “unsolicited preliminary takeover approach” from another airline. Bloomberg and multiple other sources including the Guardian have identified Hungarian-based carrier Wizz Air as the potential aggressor, though the airline’s spokesperson offered no comment. EasyJet’s board rejected the offer, which came as the U.K. airline launched a £1.2 billion ($1.66 billion) call for funds to assist with its pandemic recovery. The offer was said…

Canada To Reopen To Vaccinated Travellers From September 7

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) confirmed on Friday, Sept. 3, that vaccinated travellers entering the country will be welcome. In a statement, the CBSA said, “Effective September 7, foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption can enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel.” In effect, the confirmation of…

British Airways Adds Subsidiary to Restructure Short-Haul Operations

The recovery of the aviation industry from the effects of the pandemic is contingent on multiple factors including government restrictions on travel, vaccination rates and individual airlines’ abilities to adapt to the new environment. This week the Wall Street Journal reported that British Airways’ parent company International Airlines Group (IAG)…

UK Leisure Carrier Jet2.com Extends Summer Schedule

The U.K. government will again revise the "traffic light" system of travel this week for passengers returning to England. The disparate governments of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales determine their own travel restrictions and may or may not follow the same criteria that apply to England. The last revision saw…

Canadian Government To Require All Airline Employees To Be Vaccinated

The government of Canada has announced that significant measures will be enacted from as early as the end of September requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. In the announcement issued Friday, major changes will be implemented for the aviation and wider transport industries. Canada will “require employees…

UK ‘Traffic Light’ Travel System Review Provides Some Relief for…

This week provided some relief for the U.K.'s aviation industry with a revision of the government’s much-maligned "traffic light" system of country classification for international passengers returning into England. Germany, Austria and Norway were among seven countries added to the "green list," over the course of the week, though travelers…

International Airlines Group Aims for 75% of Pre-Pandemic Capacity by…

International Airlines Group (IAG) announced its Q2 results on Friday that indicated progress in the consortium’s recovery from the pandemic. The parent company of the U.K. and European airlines including British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, Aer Lingus and LEVEL revealed an operating loss of €967 million ($1,148 million) that compares to…

UK Airlines Welcome Government Easing of Travel Restrictions for Fully-Vaccinated…

UK airlines have been quick to capitalize on changes to travel restrictions for fully vaccinated citizens and residents of England. On Thursday UK Transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that those returning to the country from countries on the UK’s ‘amber list’ from 19 July would not be required to undertake…

Ryanair Triples the Number of Passengers Carried in June

The benefits of robust vaccination programs and a consolidated approach to the easing of travel restrictions are beginning to see positive effects for the European aviation industry. On Friday, the Ryanair Group announced that 5.3 million passengers were carried across the consortium’s network of airlines in the month of June.…

easyJet Increases Capacity as Spanish Islands Added to U.K. Travel…

The U.K. Government have added several popular holiday destinations to the ‘green list’ of countries that do not require self-isolation or quarantine upon return to the U.K.. Malta and the Balearic Islands which include Menorca, Majorca and Ibiza are the more high profile summer destinations that made the list in…