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Qantas Operates Repatriation Flights While Growing Domestic Operations

COVID-19 continues to drastically affect the airline industry, and several airlines — particularly in the U.S. — are actively and rapidly adding new routes to attract passengers and stay afloat. Meanwhile, Qantas looks to work with the Australian government to bring home 1,315 Australians who are currently stuck abroad for various reasons. From mid-October through late-November, the Australian flag carrier will operate eight inbound flights to bring home 1,315 Australian citizens from the United Kingdom, India and South Africa. For…

Safe Travel Zone Prompts Quarantine-Free Flights to Australia

A glimmer of hope for a return to some kind of normality in the Trans-Tasman aviation market came a few days ago on Oct. 16, when Air New Zealand and Jetstar started operating flights under the new “Safe Travel Zone” agreed to by the Australian and New Zealand governments. At…

Russia’s Aeroflot Secretly Carries Passenger Abroad Under Guise of Cargo

Russian Airlines, commonly known as Aeroflot, has been secretly operating exclusive luxury flights abroad for approximately a month despite Russian Government’s international travel ban, the business daily Vedomosti, which was previously a joint venture between Dow Jones and the Financial Times, reported. As Russia’s coronavirus cases continue to rise at…

Indian Government In Hot Water over Repatriation Flights

The Coronavirus outbreak has left millions of people stranded worldwide and away from their home countries. Governments across the globe have operated special charters to bring their distressed citizens back home since a considerable portion of global commercial air travel had come to a screeching halt. Countries with larger diaspora…

Interview: Qatar Airways Flies Through the Pandemic

Recently we had the opportunity to sit down with Eric Odone, Senior Vice President of the Americas at Qatar Airways to pick his brain on a few topics related to global travel during the COVID-19 pandemic and how Qatar Airways is adapting to these challenges and more. Since March airlines…

Eastern Airlines Assists in Repatriating Americans in South America

Eastern Air Lines, once a brand synonymous with luxurious air travel in the 1950s, fell on hard times in the 1990s and eventually closed its operations. An attempt to relaunch the the iconic brand in 2015 failed but a third attempt hopes to find a niche in flying in underserved…

Lufthansa Group Notes End of Repatriation Flights

Lufthansa Group has announced the conclusion of its repatriation flight program in the wake of the COVID-19 fallout. The multi-national, German-owned flag carrier has seen the over month-long program bring roughly 90,000 passengers back to Central Europe onboard on of its various airlines. The evacuation of Germans aboard began back…

Belgian Carriers to Remain Grounded Until Mid-May or Later

Belgian flag-carrier, Brussels Airlines, and Air Belgium have both announced extensions to their entire flight suspensions in light of the unsolved situation with the new coronavirus pandemic. Brussels has extended its grounding until at least May 15. Air Belgium has extended its suspension even further; light operations won’t restart before…

Getting Them Home: The Efforts to Repatriate Thomas Cook Holidaymakers…

It was announced just after 2 a.m. London time on Monday morning that one of the world’s most well-known travel brands, Thomas Cook, had ceased trading. All future flights and holidays were cancelled, leaving over 600,000 people stranded overseas. The U.K. government announced last week that should Thomas Cook fall…