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Qantas Plans International Lounge Reopening, Shutters Hong Kong Lounge

Planning for easements in global travel restrictions, Qantas has announced plans to reopen its international flagship lounges in Singapore, London and Los Angeles in anticipation of Qantas international flights resuming in December. The Oneworld alliance carrier seeks to resume many overseas flights from its Sydney and Melbourne hubs — including those to Singapore, London and to destinations in the U.S. — in December 2021. Qantas aims to resume international flying from December 2021 flying to "low-risk" countries served prior to…

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)…

American Airlines Eyes Codeshare With Toronto Startup Connect Airlines

American Airlines plans to launch a codeshare with a new airline startup, Connect Airlines, allowing American Airlines to gain access to Connect's base at Toronto's city-center airport: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. In March 2021, American Airlines and Connect Airlines signed an interline agreement, allowing tickets from both carriers to…

Colombian Viva Air Continues Grab for Stronger Market Position

Colombian low-cost carrier Viva Air has already reactivated all of its pre-pandemic operations and is now working on adding new routes to various domestic and international destinations as a part of the recovery of the airline industry across both Colombia and all of South America. Last year, the Colombian low-cost…

WestJet Looks to California As US-Canada Border Reopens

Earlier this year, several leaders in the international community — particularly from countries that are hotspots for tourists and leisure travel — reopened their borders after vaccines had reached significant penetration levels in developed international markets, hoping to halt the spread of the Covid-19 virus. After having its transborder closure…

‘Old Alitalia’ Prepares for Closure As ITA Gets Ready for…

Ahead of a recently announced first flight scheduled for Oct. 15, future Italian flag carrier Italia Trasporto Aereo, better known as ITA, officially began ticket sales yesterday. The "new Alitalia" will effectively replace ticket sales of the old company, which has been undergoing bankruptcy procedures since 2017. The purchase of…

Azul, Emirates Announce Codeshare Partnership

As airlines in Brazil prepare for a post-Covid-19 environment in long-haul international travel, Azul Brazilian Airlines, the country's third-largest airline by domestic passenger traffic pre-pandemic and the second largest in July, has announced the signing of a codeshare agreement with Emirates, the Dubai-based carrier. With sales started on Aug. 18…

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…

Aeroméxico Launches Routes to Europe, South America

Mexican flag carrier Aeroméxico continues to gain ground in long-range flights from different hubs in Mexico amid signs of recovery as it looks to capitalize by inaugurating new international routes. In a press release, Aeroméxico announced its new route between the Monterrey, Mexico and Madrid, which will begin on Dec.…

Mask Mandate Extended Through Early 2022

On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) extended the face mask mandate to Jan. 18, 2022, for passengers and crew onboard commercial aircraft or at U.S. airports. It is also extended to individuals on any form of public transportation like train and bus. The mandate aims to limit the spread…