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American Airlines Introduces Health Passport

As people begin to travel in greater numbers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, new restrictions and requirements to travel are becoming commonplace. This week, the U.S. introduced a requirement for travelers over the age of two to have a negative COVID-19 test within three days of travel. Airlines are now required to ensure passengers have this completed before allowing them to board flights to the U.S. In response, airlines have begun partnering with technology companies to help passengers navigate these…

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…

Ryanair Announce Schedule Cuts and Further Downgrades Annual Forecast

Ryanair has advised financial markets that schedules will be cut and forecasts lowered due to stricter countrywide lockdowns and travel restrictions in the United Kingdom, Ireland and a number of European countries. The Irish airline now forecasts total passenger numbers for the first quarter of 2021 to total just over…

Norwegian Returns Planes to Lessors

Norwegian Air Shuttle has begun moving aircraft to Ireland’s Shannon Airport as it plans to return the planes to lessors in accordance with its restructuring. Most of the planes Norwegian will lose are Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which the carrier has previously used for long-haul flights. Two Dreamliners are already prepared…

Qatar Airways Welcomes Trio of 777 Freighters

The travel demand slump in the airline industry is continuing into the new year as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. While airlines observe a slight rise due to the holiday season, the gains are small, marginal and temporary. Air travel demand levels are not expected to return to pre-COVID-19…

JetBlue Receives Its First A220-300 Aircraft

2020 was like no other year for aviation. The industry faced several, daunting obstacles, and COVID-19 forced each airline to revise its policies. Also, the carriers encountered different, detrimental losses and had to reevaluate route networks according to travel demand. However, airlines can pave the pathway for new opportunities and…

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…

AirlineGeeks Year In Review: 2020

In an industry notoriously difficult in normal circumstances, aviation faced extraordinary challenges in 2020. As COVID-19 spread, the travel industry was among the hardest-hit industries as governments closed borders and businesses went virtual. As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at AirlineGeeks’ most…

Air Asia Sells Stake In Indian Subsidiary

Air Asia announced it is selling most of its stake in its Indian subsidiary, Air Asia India. The decision comes due to the airline’s need to focus on recovering in its key markets across Southeast Asia, as reported by Reuters. The budget airline group is selling its stake to Tata…

Montenegro Airlines Ceases Operations

Just as the worst year in civil aviation’s history is drawing to a close, another carrier has ceased all operations and is going into liquidation. Montenegro Airlines, the flag carrier of the European country of Montenegro, has been shut down by the government of the small Balkan republic and stopped…