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U.K. Introduces South American and Portuguese Travel Ban

The U.K. government has announced a new travel ban in response to a new variant of COVID-19. The new travel restrictions bar entry to the U.K. for passengers arriving from 16 countries, including many in South and Central America and Portugal from Friday 15 January at 4 a.m. The measures follow the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in Brazil that is likely to have spread into nearby countries with strong travel links. The move is similar to one made…

Heathrow Airport Passenger Volume Plummeted Amid The Pandemic

Heathrow Airport, the busiest airport in the UK, announced that only 22.1 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2020, a 72.7% drop compared to 2019, when the airport recorded a passenger volume of 80.9 million. In the meantime, cargo services at the airport also decreased 28.2% due to the…

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…

Multiple European Countries Ban U.K. Flights Following Discovery of New…

Countries across Europe have made the decision to ban all flights arriving from the U.K. after the British government announced a new strain of the coronavirus had been discovered and had begun to spread within the country. Speaking to the country Saturday night, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a…

Aer Lingus Set to Operate Flights Between U.S. and Manchester

From the 2021 summer, Aer Lingus is starting to operate transatlantic flights between Manchester and the United States. The Irish carrier has started a new subsidiary (Aer Lingus UK) based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in order to be granted permission to carry cargo and passengers between the United Kingdom and…

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…

Emirates to Deploy A380s in Response to Increased Travel Demand…

Emirates will be operating its Airbus A380 aircraft four times a day to London's Heathrow Airport from Nov. 27 in addition to six times per week to Manchester beginning Dec. 2. The Dubai-based carrier will also deploy additional A380 services to Moscow, increasing the frequency from the current twice weekly,…

English Travel Industry Calls for Support Amid Second Lockdown

Last Thursday, England entered into its second national lockdown in response to the coronavirus. The move banned non-essential travel, leading one of the pandemic's worst-hit sectors – the travel industry – back into a state of despair. 2020 has been a difficult year for aviation. In England, the seven months…

How Wizz Air’s Attainment of EASA Safety Certification Shapes the…

One of Europe’s major low-cost carriers, Wizz Air, recently received the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Air Operator Certificate, which designates the EASA as the chief safety expert and inspector that will oversee the airline’s safety procedures, while the Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority will continue to oversee the airline's…

Pakistan International Airlines Announces Resumption of England Flights and Hi…

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) announced that they would be operating a leased Airbus A330-900neo aircraft in order to operate flights to England. The airline will lease the aircraft and crews from Hi Fly on a wet-lease agreement. The Karachi-based carrier normally operates Boeing 777 family aircraft on flights to England. …