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UNITED AIRLINES: Delay in the commencement of new Johannesburg / New York route

United airlines who was due to commence a direct flight between Johannesburg and New York (EWR) in March 2021 has taken the decision based on the current pandemic's effect on the demand for travel until 03 June 2021.
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Qatar Airways : continues to build Africa connections

Qatar Airways has revealed plans to grow its Africa network with plans to fly to 23 destinations on more than 100 weekly flights. Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are proud to be the leading international carrier connecting Africa with Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the United States, offering more flexible travel options and a global network of flights that passengers, trade and business partners can rely on.
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Flydubai : adds four more cities to its European network

Budget carrier flydubai is adding four more destinations to its Europe network from May, and taking the tally to that continent to 20. Catania and Naples in Italy, Salzburg in Austria and Malta are the four new spots. Once these services start, flydubai will have touchdowns in 65 destinations worldwide. The flights to Malta International Airport and Catania International Airport commence May 12 with four weekly services, while those to Naples International will resume from May 13 with a three week service.
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DENMARK: Additional restrictions for residents from South Africa, UK and UAE

All non-residents entering Denmark must show a worthy cause for travel and proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen test) taken no more than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft. Danish nationals and residents must also present a negative COVID-19 test. Additional entry restrictions apply to residents from the UK and South Africa. Direct flights from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Denmark are banned from 22 to 26 January 2021. Also, COVID-19 tests taken in the UAE between these dates won't be accepted. If you're travelling to Denmark from the UAE on a continuous journey (transferring at one or more airports), you'll have to take a test in another country before boarding the final flight to Denmark.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline announces resumption of U.S. flights to Atlanta from 1 June 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced that from 1 June it will resume flights to Atlanta, which will be it's twelfth U.S. destination, with four weekly flights. Qatar Airways has also said that it will significantly increase flight frequencies, adding an additional total 13 weekly flights to its U.S. destinations, this operating a total of 83 weekly flights.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline announced the launch of COVID-19 testing trials

The airline has announced that all passengers flying outbound from Singapore, and inbound to Singapore from Indonesia, will soon be able to book pre-departure COVID-19 PCR and serology tests as part of a new trial service; the scheme will be operated in partnership with the medical services provider Collinson. Subject to success, the programme is expected to be expanded to include more cities in the Singapore Airlines and SilkAir network, and is the first time that the airline has offered pre-departure testing services with a global partner to its passengers.
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AUSTRALIA: Government of the Northern Territory (NT) makes face masks mandatory at all major airports

The government of the Australian region of the Northern Territory (NT) has announced that it is now mandatory for face masks to be worn at all major NT airports, and while on board an aircraft travelling to or from the area. Children under the age of 12 and people with a specified medical condition are not required to wear a mask.
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VISTARA: Indian airline starts daily flights between New Delhi and the UAE emirate of Sharjah

Indian airline Vistara has started daily flights between New Delhi and the emirate of Sharjah, under a bilateral travel bubble arrangement between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sharjah is Vistara’s second destination in the UAE, complementing its weekly flights between Delhi and Dubai. Starting from 24 January, the airline will also fly daily between Mumbai and Sharjah.
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ETIHAD: Airline to operate daily flights to Doha, Qatar from 15 February 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced that it will resume flights from it's hub in Abu Dhabi to Doha in Qatar, starting from 15 February; the service will operate daily using an Airbus A320 and a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
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ETIHAD: Airline partners with IATA on COVID-19 'Travel Pass'

The airline has partnered with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in order to launch a 'Travel Pass' for passengers; the mobile app is designed to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government requirements for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. The mobile app will initially be offered to Etihad’s passengers on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021 - if successful, it will be extended to other destinations on the airline's network.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline plans to vaccinate crew against COVID-19

The airline has launched a bid to vaccinate all of its crew against COVID-19, in a move that hopes to increase passenger confidence in flying with Singapore Airlines. Mirroring a similar scheme at Dubai-based airline Emirates, Singapore Airlines hope to offer the vaccine to pilots, gate agents, flight attendants and anyone whose job requires contact with the public.
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EMIRATES: Airline to vaccinate crew against COVID-19

The airline has launched a bid to vaccinate all of its UAE-based workforce against COVID-19, in a move that hopes to increase passenger confidence in flying with Emirates. The inoculation drive has already started, with priority being placed on its frontline aviation workforce, including cabin crew, flight deck and other operationally focused roles.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to add flights from Abu Dhabi to Tel Aviv from February 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has announced that from 12 February it will begin to offer flights to Tel Aviv, Israel. The airline recently confirmed Athens as its inaugural destination, with flights from Abu Dhabi International Airport commencing from 15 January. This will also be followed by flights to Thessaloniki, starting on 4 February.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne until further notice

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will be suspending all flights to and from the Australian cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane until further notice due to unspecified operational reasons. Each route will operate its final outbound and inbound flight from Dubai between 16-20 January, and then will remain suspended until further notice. The airline will, however, continue to operate a twice-weekly service to the Australian city of Perth.
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NORWEGIAN: Airline suspend long-haul flight operations

The low-cost airline has announced an updated flight schedule plan for 2021 which will focus on a dedicated short-haul route network and suspend long-haul flight operations, as it plans a return from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic upon the industry. Norwegian has said that it will focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short haul network with narrow body aircraft.
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EMIRATES: Airline suspends flights to South Africa from 16 January 2021

The airline has announced that flights to and from South Africa will temporarily be suspended from 16 January to 28 January 2021 due to operational reasons. The last flights to the three South African gateways will be on 14 January. Customers holding tickets with final destinations in South Africa from 16 January to 28 January will not be accepted for travel at their point of origin. Affected customers should contact their travel agent or Emirates contact centre for rebooking options.
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KLM: Airline cancels South Africa flights from 15 January to 17 January 2021

The Dutch airline has announced that due to regulations released by the country's government, it must cancel scheduled flights from South Africa to Amsterdam between the evening of Friday 15 January and the evening of Sunday 17 January. However, flights KL 592 from Johannesburg and KL 598 from Cape Town departing tonight, 14 January, will operate as planned.
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WESTJET: Airline announces reduced flight capacity in February and March 2021

The airline has announced that it is planning to cut nearly a third of its flight capacity in February and March in light of stricter entry requirements announced by the government of Canada in recent weeks. The cuts include more than 230 weekly flights with 160 of them domestic; this includes 11 routes from Edmonton to Cancun, Puerto Vallarta and Phoenix as well as those from Vancouver to those same three cities as well as Cabo, Los Angeles and Palm Springs; and finally from Calgary to both Las Vegas and Orlando. The carrier also announced a seasonal suspension to 13 international destinations, largely in the Caribbean and Central America but also including London Gatwick.
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ALASKA AIRLINES: U.S. airline two new domestic flight routes from southern California

The airline has announced that it will add two new domestic U.S. routes in the coming months from airports in southern California; firstly, a daily non-stop service between Los Angeles and Austin, Texas will be launched on 18 March, increasing to three-times daily from 20 May. Additionally, a non-stop daily service between San Diego and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport will begin on 4 April.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume non-stop flights to three additional U.S. destinations by March 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume non-stop flights to the U.S. city of Seattle from 1 February, as well as Dallas and San Francisco from 2 March. The addition of these three destinations will take Emirates’ North American network to 10 destinations following the resumption of services to Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York JFK, Toronto and Washington DC.
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