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A British Airways A320neo landing. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

New U.K. Restrictions Force Airlines to Reschedule and Cancel Flights

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last Monday that his country was entering a new lockdown this week. Forced by the dramatic health situation due to the new COVID-19 strain, the British government ordered its citizens to stay at home unless very exceptional circumstances required. This situation will last, at least, until mid-February if not longer. From next week, the United Kingdom will be asking to everyone entering the country a negative PCR test prior to their arrival at the…

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…

American Airlines Offering $129 At-Home COVID-19 Tests for Domestic Travel

On Tuesday, American Airlines announced in a statement it will begin offering at-home COVID-19 tests to help passengers avoid domestic quarantine requirements. The $129 test is provided by New York-based testing provider LetsGetChecked and will be available for purchase via the company’s website on Wednesday for flights beginning on Saturday. The…

easyJet to Offer Discounted COVID-19 Home Tests

On Monday Nov 30, easyJet announced it would begin offering discounted COVID-19 tests through its' partner Confirm Testing. According to TheTop10News, the £75 ($100) "Fit to Fly" test can be purchased using the unique code 'eJh2020' on Confirm Testing's website, and if the test is negative, passengers will only have…

U.K. Government Form ‘Global Travel Taskforce’ to Recover International Travel

Almost nine months into the global pandemic that has decimated the U.K. tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors, the U.K. government announced on Wednesday the formation of a task force to ‘support the travel industry and the safe recovery of international travel’. The Global Travel Taskforce will report to Prime Minister…

Japan Airlines Will Begin Using Gender-Neutral Phrases When Addressing Passengers

Japan Airlines has announced new terminology to be used when addressing passengers in airports and on aircraft, and "ladies and gentlemen" is no longer part of the script. Instead, beginning Oct. 1, the airline will use gender-friendly expressions, such as "attention all passengers" and "welcome, everybody." The phrases are already…

Major European Flight School Charging Students $81,000 to Convert Licences

A major flight training school in Europe has issued letters to its students informing them they will need to pay an additional 64,000 pounds ($81,000) on top of their training costs for a pilot's license. L3Harris, which was formerly called CTC Aviation, has informed students studying towards a Multi-Crew Pilots…

EasyJet to Offer Pilots Alternative to Layoffs

In a move that may become increasingly common among airlines seeking to avoid layoffs, EasyJet will be offering pilots an alternative to being made redundant. The plan will offer pilots seasonal contracts, working for parts of the year and taking the rest of the year off. The offer comes as…

London Gatwick Reopens North Terminal as easyJet Restarts Services

After 11 weeks of suspending operations, the North Terminal of London Gatwick Airport has been reopened on Jun 15. as the operating hours were extended. Meanwhile, easyJet has launched its first flight at Gatwick since the end of March. In addition, the airline has carried out new measures to prevent…

British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet Take Legal Action Against U.K. Quarantine…

The British government’s new COVID-19 quarantine policy, effective from June 8, has sprung escalating tensions between some of the country's largest airlines and the government itself. British Airlines, specifically, launched legal action in a bid to block the planned 14-day self-isolation plan for arrivals beginning Monday. In addition to a…