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The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 30: Changing Travel Possibilities

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Overcast or through our distributor, Anchor. The first story takes a look at American Airlines’ new Health Passport system. The application American will use, developed in partnership with biometrics company Daon, will help travelers manage travel…

Negative Covid-19 Test Required for Airline Passenger Arrivals into Canada

In a further blow to the aviation industry, the Canadian government has announced that inbound air travelers to the country will need to present a negative Coronavirus test prior to departing for Canada. The requirement for the test will be in addition to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine period upon arrival…

Aeroméxico Places 737 MAX Back Into Service

According to a press release, Aeroméxico has coordinated with the manufacturer Boeing and the Mexican Federal Civil Aviation Agency for all the required steps and tests necessary to reincorporate the Boeing 737 MAX into operation. Currently, the airline has received six of the MAX 8 with another 44 expected to…

WestJet Adds Warm Weather Destinations

On Wednesday, WestJet unveiled its schedule for January, which highlights new route resumptions and upgauges — changes to the aircraft operating certain routes — to its Caribbean network.  The new route resumptions include Ixtapa, Mexico, and Liberia, Costa Rica, both from Calgary, Canada, while WestJet's upgauges feature its Boeing 787…

WestJet Suspends Atlantic Canada Routes, Slashes More Jobs

As airlines try to adjust schedules to fit demand, numerous airlines have cut service to cities across their route network. Calgary, Canada-based WestJet has become the latest carrier to do so, announcing cuts to their Atlantic Canada network effective Nov. 2. The Calgary-based airline announced the indefinite suspension of operations…

European Airline Executives Call For Eased Travel Restrictions in Canada

In a July letter, some major European airline officials called upon Canada to ease its travel restrictions even as airlines are slowly finding small footholds in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The senior executives, which include Air France-KLM and Germany's Lufthansa Group, have urged Canadian authorities to lift travel…

Air Transat Reinstates Its Flight Operations with Winter Schedule

Even though it may seem like travel demand will not return to its higher pre-pandemic levels for a long time, several major airlines around the world are continuing to add flights back to their current and future schedules. Air Transat, Canada’s largest leisure carrier, has officially released its plans to…

WestJet Concludes Repatriation Flight Program with Global Affairs Canada

Earlier this week, WestJet announced the conclusion of its repatriation flight program with the Canadian Government. The final flight of the program was flight 3903 from Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago to Toronto’s Pearson International airport. That flight was operated on July 17. and carried 171 passengers. WestJet’s repatriation…

Taking Off During a Pandemic: Nolinor President Discusses New Airline

North America currently has the highest death toll of airlines lost to the pandemic. U.S. regional carriers Compass Airlines and Trans States Airlines have both shut down as a result of weakened demand caused by COVID-19. On the other hand, the continent is also home to the world’s newest airline…

WestJet Announces Schedule Expansion for August

As the summer travel season moves forward, Canada's WestJet is expanding its August schedule and continuing its flight operations for July. The Calgary, Canada-based carrier plans to add more than 200 flights to 48 destinations across Canada and beyond. Even though there seems to be no end in sight for…