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WESTJET: Airline releases updated schedule for November 2020

The airline has released an updated November schedule, featuring more than 215 daily flights to destinations in Canada, the U.S., Jamaica, Mexico and Europe.
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BELIZE: Belize introduces updated tourism protocols

Belize has further relaxed the restrictions on movement of visitors. The following are the updated protocols that are now in effect for the tourism industry: The Safe Corridor for tourists has been expanded to include all Gold Standard and Certified entities including hotels, tour operators, restaurants, tourism sites, gift shops, car rentals and taxis. These are included on the Belize Health App for tourists to select. Updated entry requirements for Belize 1.An application to enter Belize is no longer necessary. All residents and tourists are free to travel at any time. 2. Residents and tourists who arrive with a negative PCR test or test negative at the airport no longer need to quarantine for 10 days. 3. It is mandatory for all incoming passengers (residents and tourists) to download the Belize Health App and complete the information within 72 hours of arrival.
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EMIRATES: Airline announces partnership with South African regional carrier Airlink

Dubai-based airline Emirates has announced a partnership with South African regional carrier Airlink; Emirates reports that the move will provide its customers enhanced connectivity via Johannesburg and Cape Town to more than 25 domestic destinations in South Africa and more than 20 regional destinations in Southern Africa.
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FLYBE: Collapsed UK regional airline could start flying again in 2021

It’s been reported that UK regional airline Flybe, which collapsed early in the COVID-19 pandemic as one of its first major travel industry casualties, could begin flying again from 2021 following its sale to firm Thyme Opco Ltd.
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VIRGIN ATLANTIC: Airline to launch two new India to Manchester routes from December 2020

The airline has announced that it will launch two new routes from Manchester to New Delhi and Mumbai in an attempt to target the visiting friends and relatives (VFR) market. Virgin will start flying three times per week from Manchester to Mumbai on 19 December with a twice-weekly route to Delhi due to follow on 5 January; the routes will likely fly Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft featuring economy, premium economy and upper class cabins.
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AUSTRALIA: Country welcomes first quarantine-free flights from New Zealand to Sydney

The Safe Travel Zone between New Zealand and the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) is underway, with the arrival of Air New Zealand and Jetstar flights from Auckland to Sydney today, 16 October. Passengers travelling from New Zealand will be able to travel to the Australian states of NSW, Australian Capital Territory (ACT), and the Northern Territory (NT) without the requirement for quarantine on arrival in Australia. Passengers will be required to complete a health declaration stating they have been in New Zealand only during the preceding 14 days, and health screenings will also take place on arrival in Sydney.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Updated flight schedules published for October, November and December 2020

The airline, along with partner carrier SilkAir, has published its latest schedule update for flights in October, November and December 2020. Among the updates are reinstated flights to destinations including Brunei, Fukuoka, Kathmandu and Male. The airlines have said that following these resumptions, by the end of December flight capacity will have reached 15% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline begins new direct flights to Florida's Key West

The U.S. airline has announced and already commenced, as part of its Autumn schedule, a new nonstop service to Florida's Key West from its operating hubs in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dallas Forth-Worth. The new flights, which started on 8 October, feature 76-seat regional jets from Charlotte and 128-seat Airbus 319s from Dallas.
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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES: Airline to introduce new domestic U.S. flights from Miami

The U.S. airline has announced details of a number of new domestic flight routes to be introduced from Miami from 15 November; Southwest will fly a combined 12 daily frequencies from Miami, with services including Baltimore, Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby and Tampa.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to introduce flight to San Francisco from 15 December 2020

The airline has announced that it will launch a four-times weekly service between Qatar's capital of Doha and San Francisco from 15 December. It will operate an Airbus A350 that features 36 business-class seats and 236 seats in economy; it’s the fifth global destination Qatar Airways has added during the pandemic, joining Toronto, Brisbane, Accra (Ghana) and Cebu (Philippines).
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EMIRATES: Airline updates COVID-19 testing protocols for passengers travelling to or via Dubai

The Dubai-based airline has announced amendments to their COVID-19 PCR testing protocols for passengers travelling to, via and from Dubai International Airport. Included within the amendments is the update that COVID-19 PCR testing is no longer required for all transiting passengers unless the passenger destination country requires it, OR for those transiting from a select group of countries. Full information can be found on the airline website.
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HAWAIIAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer COVID-19 home-testing solution for U.S. passengers

The airline has announced a partnership with 'Vault Health' which will allow them offer passengers travelling to Hawaii from the U.S. mainland a mail-in home COVID-19 saliva test. The test is to be performed using saliva collected during a Zoom-enabled video supervised test visit with a supervisor, and is claimed to be fast and efficient, allowing passengers to adhere to the 72 hour eligible testing window prior to departure.
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FINNAIR: Airline to begin weekly service from Helsinki to Nanjing, China from 23 October 2020

The airline has announced that from 23 October, subject to government approval, it will begin one flight per week from Helsinki to Nanjing, China; the service is set to continue until at least 21 March 2021.
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FINNAIR: Airline announces streamlined flight schedule for winter 2020/21

The airline has streamlined its flight schedule for the winter season in response to reduced customer demand, however has planned to increase frequencies from Spring 2021. From 25 October, 2020 to 31 March 2021, Finnair will serve 45 domestic and European destinations with reduced weekly frequencies on almost all routes.
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PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES: COVID-19 PCR test requirement for all UAE passengers from 5 October 2020

The airline has announced that following guidance from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), new requirements will apply to all international passengers travelling to Pakistan from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 5 October. Passengers will now be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result obtained a maximum of 96 hours before departure. The result should be uploaded on a dedicated app/web portal; passengers must download the 'PASS TRACK' app from Google Play or Apple store and enter their personal details. Only disabled passengers, those less than 12 years old or high level international delegates are exempt from this policy.
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EMIRATES: Airline introduces self-check-in options in Dubai International Airport

The Dubai-based airline has introduced self-check-in and bag drop kiosks at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport. The service is now available to customers travelling to all destinations except the US, Canada, China, India and Hong Kong due to additional requirements imposed by the respective countries. The 16 new self-service bag drop machines and eight self-service kiosks complement the existing desks manned by Emirates check-in agents and aim to reduce waiting time for customers during peak periods. More self-services facilities are planned to be added in the coming months.
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OMAN AIR: Airline introduces complimentary COVID-19 insurance from 1 October 2020

The airline has become the latest to offer complimentary COVID-19 cover for their passengers' medical and quarantine related expenses. The policy is available to all passengers with tickets issued from 1 October onwards and provides 24/7 COVID-19 assistance, COVID-19 emergency medical assistance up to 120,000 EUROS, quarantine accommodation costs up to 100 EURO per day, and repatriation costs.
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SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS: Airline operations suspended until funding is confirmed

Administrators in charge of South African Airways (SAA) have said that they have suspended all operations and put the state-owned airline under “care and maintenance” until funding for a restructuring plan is found. It is understood that all existing cargo and repatriation flights will be undertaken but no new ones will be accepted.
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