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Cubana Drops Buenos Aires, Gets Suspended From IATA’s BSP

The national flag carrier of Cuba, Cubana de Aviación, announced via Facebook that it would suspend flights from Havana to Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to the post, the cessation of service is due to the current health situation stemming from Covid-19 and also mentioned a continuing measure to "restrict passenger quotas." Argentina flights will not operate out of Cuba from October 2021 until mid-November 2021. Flights are tentatively scheduled to resume on Nov. 20, 2021, from Havana, using flight number…

Argentina Lowers Allowed Passenger Totals, Remains Among Countries with Most…

Argentina is the only nation that currently sets a limit on the number of passengers that can enter the country. It is calculated that the new conditions' passenger tallies represent an average of three daily international arrivals, though for the last two months, the limit represented between eight and nine…

Major Latin American Airlines Begin IATA Travel Pass Tests

To re-open borders without quarantine and restart aviation national governments need to be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of importing COVID-19. This means having accurate information on passengers’ COVID-19 health status. Informing passengers on what tests, vaccines and other measures they require prior to traveling, details on…

Vietjet to Trial IATA Travel Pass for International Flights

Having just restarted international flights that connected Vietnam with major hubs, such as Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo and Taipei, Vietjet is now looking to adapt towards innovative solutions to bring the best experiences to its passengers. This includes passengers' safety, which is why Vietjet has announced on Thursday that it would…

British Airways Begins Trialing IATA Digital Travel Pass

British Airways has begun trialing the IATA Travel Pass on flights to Switzerland this week. The airline is trialing the travel pass on flights from London's Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich. Trials began on June 1. The travel pass comes in the form of a smartphone app. Once downloaded, passengers…

Malaysia Airlines to Test IATA App For Vaccination Status of…

Malaysia Airlines announced on Thursday (April 29) that it was going to trial the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, a mobile application that allows passengers to verify their Covid-19 test results and vaccination status. The IATA Travel Pass is not required to be downloaded by all passengers unless…

Gulf Air Opens New Route to Singapore

As the summer arrives, many airlines are beginning to operate new routes to improve this year's operation. One of them is Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Earlier this week, the Middle Eastern airline operated its first flight between its base in Bahrein International Airport and…

Ethiopian Airlines Takes First Converted B737-800SF

On March 25, aviation leasing and sales firm GA Telesis, LLC announced the delivery of the first 737-800SF (line number MSN 32903) passenger-to-freighter (P2F) conversion to Ethiopian Airlines. The aircraft was delivered from an Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet in Miami. The second 737-800 (MSN 28826)…

RwandAir Becomes the First African Airline To Trial IATA Travel…

RwandAir becomes the first African airline to trial the IATA Travel Pass to ensure safe and seamless International connectivity, beginning a three-week trial plan in April for customers traveling between Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya. IATA Travel Pass is a digital application with the sole purpose to help passengers verify…

Peruvian Congress Commission Approves Creation of National Carrier

In the middle of the worst crisis in commercial aviation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transport Commission of the Peruvian Congress approved by a majority (9 votes in favor and 1 against) a bill that declares the creation of a national airline of interest. It is important to remember…