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Chilean Flight Restrictions May End After September

On July 24, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) organized a web conference titled “Chile: Listos para Despegar." One of the participants was Chilean Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Gloria Hutt, who stated that she believes it's possible that flight operations restrictions may be revoked before September. According to Hutt, the decision to cancel the restrictions depends exclusively on sanitation criteria and effective compliance of the criteria defined in the government's program “Paso a Paso," which translates to "Step by…

Aircraft in New Zealand Slowly Return to The Sky

After months of the coronavirus outbreak, Air New Zealand has announced that additional frequencies of domestic flights will be added in July and August. The airline will operate around 55 percent of its usual capacity compared to before-pandemic levels. Scott Carr, General Manager of the airline said, “We’ve been encouraged…

As Chinese Government Plans to Allow International Carriers, U.S. Eases…

The Chinese government will allow international airlines to operate into China at limited capacity. The announcement followed the United States’ decision to ban Chinese carriers from entering the U.S. starting June 16, a move made in retribution to a similar move made by China. Foreign airlines originally banned from operating…

Lion Air Suspends Flights Until Further Notice

On June 3, 2020, the Jakarta-based Lion Air group announced that it would be suspending flight operations starting on June 5, 2020. The suspension of flights applies to all Lion Air, Wings Air and Batik Air flights on both the domestic and international level. In a press release, the airline…

The U.S.’s Chinese Air Travel Ban Takes Aim at Crippling…

This Wednesday, after the Chinese government effectively prevented Delta, United and American from resuming service to China, the U.S government stated that Chinese airlines will not be allowed to fly into or out of the U.S. starting on June 16. This order applies to Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China…

United Announces Updated European Flight Schedule

Chicago-based United Airlines has announced its updated travel restrictions after the recent U.S. travel ban due to COVID-19. In a statement released earlier today, the carrier announced that it would first be capping all fares to the U.S. on flights from countries affected by the travel ban. Additionally, the carrier…

American Airlines Changes Basic Economy Rules, Follows Delta’s Lead with…

American Airlines recently announced a major change to its basic economy fare rules as it will now allow basic economy passengers to bring carry-on luggage on flights, in addition to a personal item. Previously, only passengers with elite status or co-brand credit cards were allowed carry-on luggage. Coming hours before…