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AIRBALTIC: Airline launches new flight service to Greek island of Corfu

The Latvian airline has launched a new weekly summer seasonal flight service between Riga and the Greek island of Corfu; the new route is performed in cooperation with partner Mouzenidis Travel, and will operate once per week on an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.
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EUROWINGS: Low-cost German airline to establish new base in Prague

The German low-cost airline, a subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, has announced that it is expanding its European network with the opening of a new base in Prague. Initially stationing two Airbus A320 aircraft in the Czech capital from October - by the summer of 2022, three aircraft will take off for Eurowings with Prague becoming the tenth Eurowings base in Europe. This means that for the first time, the Lufthansa Group subsidiary will then be able to offer non-stop connections from Prague to business and holiday destinations throughout Europe.
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FINNAIR: Airline introduces new overhaul of ticketing structure

The airline has announced that has from today, 15 June, introduced a completely new 'Business Light' ticket category, as well as renewing other ticket types. Passengers can choose a ticket from three types – 'Light', 'Classic' and 'Flex' – that are available for both business and economy class for all short-haul and most intercontinental journeys. When booking a ticket, passengers select the travel class experience they prefer and the level of flexibility for making reservation changes – along with some additional services included in the ticket.
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NAMIBIA: Namibia tightens restrictions from 16 June 2021

Namibia has announced tight measures to limit the spread of coronavirus after a recent spike in infections and deaths. President Hage Geingob has announced a two-week lockdown of Windhoek from 16 June 2021. No movement will be allowed in and out of the capital for the duration, with certain exemptions including returning residents, essential service providers in possession of a relevant permit, emergency medical cases and the transportation of human remains to other regions for burial purposes. Further restrictions on gatherings, curfews and sale of alcohol has been put in place.
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STOBART AIR: Regional short-haul airline ceases trading in Ireland

Regional short-haul airline Stobart Air, which operated a number of flight services on behalf of Aer Lingus, has ceased trading and is in the process of appointing a liquidator. The Dublin-based airline connected a range of UK airports with points in Ireland across 12 routes; all have now been cancelled. Aer Lingus is now communicating with customers and trade partners to advise them of their options for refund or re-booking.
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WIZZ AIR: Airline to launch first ever UK domestic flight service from July 2021

The Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline has announced the launch of its first ever UK domestic services, with flights from its Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff bases to Jersey; beginning in July, these flights will operate twice weekly.
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EMIRATES: Airline to resume flights to Malta and Cyprus from 14 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume three weekly services to Malta via Larnaca, Cyprus, from 14 July; the resumption further expands its European network to 34 destinations and enhanced connectivity via Dubai.
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EMIRATES: Airline to launch two new France flight routes from July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will will resume flights to Nice from 2 July and Lyon 9 July, initially offering four flights per week to each French city; the move is in line with France easing its COVID-19 entry requirements for visitors. The lifting of entry restrictions will enable travellers based in the UAE to visit France without the need for quarantine.
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ETIHAD: Airline reportedly confirms that it will not resume flight services to Los Angeles

The Abu Dhabi-based airline has reportedly dropped its flight route to Los Angeles permanently from its online route map; Etihad's decision not to resume Los Angeles flights as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to winds down leaves the airline with just three U.S. destinations - New York JFK, Washington Dulles and Chicago O'Hare. Prior to the pandemic, Etihad operated flights to Los Angeles five times per week, but the route has been suspended since March 2020.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Airline confirms resumption of non-stop Manchester flights from 17 July 2021

The airline has confirmed the return of its non-stop Manchester route from 17 July; initially, the flight will operate three times weekly to and from Singapore, with an A350-900 aircraft - but it is hoped that in time this can gradually increase, and also include the return of the westbound transatlantic connection to Houston, USA.
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BRITISH AIRWAYS: Airline to trial IATA Travel Pass on flights from London Heathrow Airport

The airline has confirmed that it will begin trialling the IATA Travel Pass on flights from London Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland in the coming week; the app can be downloaded onto a mobile device directly from the app store. Once downloaded, customers will create a secure account and will be presented with the entry requirements for their destination. British Airways’ customers can then book a COVID-19 test with an approved provider and the results will be automatically uploaded into the app by the lab.
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EMIRATES: Airline to reinstate flights to Thailand's Phuket from 2 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has announced that it will resume four weekly services to Thailand's resort island of Phuket from 2 July, to coincide with the re-opening of the popular destination to international tourists; in addition, those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 will enjoy even fewer restrictions, with no quarantine applicable on arrival. The Dubai-Phuket route will be operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, offering premium services in first and business class as well as economy class.
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EMIRATES: Airline to increase Italy flight connections from 1 July 2021

The Dubai-based airline has said that it will resume flights to Venice from 1 July, initially offering three weekly services on the route. Emirates will also increase services to Milan from eight to ten weekly flights in July. This will comprise of a daily service on the Dubai-Milan-New York JFK route, and a three-weekly return flights between Dubai and Milan. Together with five weekly flights to Rome and three weekly flights to Bologna, this will take the total services to Italy to 21 weekly flights to four cities in July.
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OMAN AIR: Airline to launch flights to Georgia's Tbilisi from 16 June 2021

The middle-eastern airline has announced the upcoming launch of a seasonal service between Muscat and Tbilisi, Georgia; Oman Air will offer two weekly direct flights, on Wednesdays and Sundays, operated with a Boeing 737 aircraft. The flights are currently due to operate until mid-September, subject to government approvals.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline to offer additional COVID-19 testing options to passengers

The U.S. airline has said that it is expanding its pre-flight COVID-19 testing program with new self-administered and more in-person testing options; customers can now order an Abbott BinaxNOW home test through telehealth provider eMed. These 15-minute, self-administered tests are supervised virtually by an eMed certified guide 72 hours before a customer’s return to the U.S.
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JETBLUE: U.S. airline to launch flights from New York to London from Summer 2021

The low-cost U.S. airline has said that it will enter the transatlantic market later this year, offering flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and both London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports in the UK. Flights to London Heathrow will start on 11 August, followed by those to London Gatwick on 29 September. Meanwhile, a London service from Boston is expected to start in the Summer of 2022.
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ISRAEL: U.S. airlines resume flights to country's capital of Tel Aviv following cease-fire

U.S. carriers United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have resumed flights to Tel Aviv, after Israel and Hamas agreed to a cease-fire in unrest that had included rockets fired in the vicinity of Ben Gurion International Airport. Delta Air Lines operated its first flight from New York to Tel Aviv since early last week on the evening of 21 May; United Airlines also resumed service on 21 May, and American Airlines plans to restart flights from New York to Tel Aviv on 24 May.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: Airline expands 'Verifly' app to incorporate COVID-19 vaccination documentation

The U.S. airline has announced the expansion of the capabilities of its 'Verifly' health pass app to accept COVID-19 vaccine documentation; passengers headed to the Bahamas, El Salvador and Guatemala can now upload a photo of both sides of their vaccination card into the app. The airline will then verify the documentation remotely, streamlining check-in and processing at the airport. Each of those countries now allow fully vaccinated visitors from the U.S. to enter without testing, and further destinations are expected to soon be added by the airline.
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EMIRATES AIRLINE: Suspension of passenger uplift from South Africa to Dubai further extended

The suspension of passenger uplift from South Africa ( JNB, DUR & CPT) to Dubai has been further extended up to & including 30th June 2021. Daily Passenger services to JNB only will continue as per below. EK763 DXB 09h55 – JNB 16h15 ( local time ) (passengers & cargo) EK764 JNB 19h10 ( local time ) – DXB 05h25 +1 (cargo only) *** Please note passengers who have been to or connected through South Africa in the last 14 days are not permitted to board from any other point to the UAE ***
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LA COMPAGNIE: Airline to resume U.S. flight operations in June 2021

The small, all business class airline has said that it plans to resume flights between Paris and New York's Newark Liberty International Airport from early June; the resumption of a seasonal summer route from Nice to Newark is also then expected to follow in early July. Confirmed schedules will be released should the U.S. and France formally relax international travel restrictions further.
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