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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline extends elimination of change fees to include flights to Mexico and the Caribbean

The U.S. airline has confirmed that it is extending its recent long-term elimination of change fees to include those on flights to Mexico and the Caribbean; previously, United Airlines had planned to cut the fee for domestic U.S. flights only.
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UNITED AIRLINES: Airline announces new services to Hawaii from 2021

The U.S. airline has announced that it will launch summer 2021 services from New York's Newark to Hawaii’s Maui, and from Chicago to Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. Each flight will operate four times weekly, and are among a combined total of seven new domestic and international services announced by the airline yesterday, 9 September.
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UNITED AIRLINES: U.S. airline announces new Indian routes to New Delhi and Bengaluru

The U.S. airline has announced that it will offer two new Indian routes, which will commence flying in the coming months. A daily flight between Chicago and New Delhi will operate from December; a flight from San Francisco to Bengaluru, which will be the first non-stop service between the U.S. and South India, will also operate from Spring 2021.
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UNITED STATES: U.S. government could ease enhanced screening for international arrivals from 14 September 2020

Reports by some news outlets suggest that from as early as 14 September, the U.S. government is set to end some enhanced screening measures for international travellers, which include the requirement that they arrive at one of 15 designated U.S. airports. The U.S. administration in February imposed enhanced screening measures on arrivals who had been in China, the UK, Brazil, Iran and the Schengen region of Europe, and denied entry to most non-U.S. citizens who had been in those locations within the past 14 days.
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SINGAPORE AIRLINES: Updated flight schedules published for September, October and November 2020

The airline, along with partner carrier SilkAir, has published its latest schedule update for flights in September, October and November 2020. Among the updates are reinstated flights to three destinations including Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Taipei, Taiwan. The airlines have said that following these resumptions, by the end of November flight capacity will have reached 11% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
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MALAYSIA: Country restricts entry for long-term visa holders from nine further countries

The government of Malaysia yesterday, 3 September, added at least nine more countries to its list of those from which long-term immigration pass holders will be barred entry to the country. From 7 September, entry will be restricted for those with the aforementioned visas from countries including the UK, United States, France, India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
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QATAR AIRWAYS: Airline to resume flights to five additional destinations in September 2020

The middle-eastern airline has announced that during September it will resume flights to Houston, Kathmandu, Mogadishu, Philadelphia and Sialkot; this will mean that Qatar Airways will from mid-September offer over 650 weekly flights to 85 destinations, which it says will provide flexible travel options to more global destinations than any other airline.
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AIR CANADA: Airline restricts use of face masks with exhalation valves by passengers

The airline has announced that it will no longer permit passengers to wear face masks with exhalation valves on board, as it claims that they have been deemed ineffective in protecting against COVID-19. In an update published on the airline website, it states that although valves make the mask more breathable for the person wearing it, they also allow infectious respiratory droplets to spread outside the mask.
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COSTA RICA: Country to permit entry for residents of six additional U.S. states and counties

The country’s tourism ministry has announced that residents of two further U.S. states, plus Washington DC, are now permitted to enter, and three additional states will be added to the list on 15 September; Colorado, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. This will bring the total number of states from which residents are able to enter Costa Rica to 12.
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AER LINGUS: Airline reportedly due to start flights from the UK to the U.S. and Canada in 2021

The Irish airline has made a request to six UK airports to offer flights to the U.S. and Canada from 2021 until at least 2024; Aer Lingus reportedly are seeking to swap capacity from Shannon, Ireland to the UK as part of this plan.
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POLAND: Country's government suspends direct flights from 44 countries

The country’s government has announced that from today, 2 September, it is banning direct flights from 44 countries including Spain, Israel and Romania in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The United States, Malta, Montenegro, Mexico, Brasil, Argentina and India are also on the list of countries.
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CHINA: Country to allow resumption of direct flights to Beijing from eight countries

The country’s civil aviation regulator has said today that direct flights to Beijing from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Canada will be able to resume from tomorrow, 3 September.
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ONEFINESTAY: Housekeeping & guest safety commitment update

Onefinestay provides high-end home and villa rentals worldwide, offering personal and professional service to guests and homeowners alike. Since launching in 2010, Onefinestay has been committed to the highest hospitality standards. They have recently enhanced these standards with stringent new guidelines around housekeeping and hygiene, so that you can continue feeling safe and reassured when staying in any of their homes or villas.
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DELTA AIR LINES: U.S. airline announces elimination of change fees on domestic flights

The U.S. airline has joined others in announcing with immediate effect the elimination of change fees on tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands in Delta’s First Class, Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin, with the exception of Basic Economy tickets. Additionally, the airline will extend its waiver on change fees for newly purchased flights, including international flights and Basic Economy fares, through to the end of the year and will extend its expiration on travel credits to December 2022 for tickets booked before April 17, 2020.
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ALASKA AIRLINES: U.S. airline announces elimination of change fees on domestic and international flights

The U.S. airline has joined others in announcing with immediate effect the elimination of change fees on tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S., and has also pledged to do so for its international destinations. The new change-fee policy applies to all tickets, except for Saver fares. Previously, the airline's change fee applied to all non-Saver travel, except for passengers traveling on refundable tickets and Mileage Plan top elite status members.
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AMERICAN AIRLINES: U.S. airline announces elimination of change fees on domestic flights

The U.S. airline has joined others in announcing with immediate effect the elimination of change fees on tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in first class, business class, premium economy and the main cabin excluding tickets purchased on a Basic Economy rate. Starting from 1 October, all passengers will also have the ability to fly standby on earlier flights for the same destination on the same day at no charge.
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UNITED AIRLINES: U.S. airline announces elimination of change fees on domestic flights

The U.S. airline has joined others in announcing the elimination of change fees on all standard economy and premium cabin tickets purchased for travel within the domestic U.S. with immediate effect; starting on 1 January, any United passenger can also fly standby for free on a flight departing the day of their travel regardless of the type of ticket or class of service. The airline is also extending its waiver for new tickets issued through to 31 December, to permit unlimited changes with no fee.
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CANADA: Country extends incoming travel restrictions until at least 30 September 2020

The government of Canada has announced that it is extending travel restrictions on incoming foreign travellers for another month as COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to public safety; the restrictions are now being extended until 30 September, which is Canada’s third time extending the travel restrictions that were originally put in place from 18 March until 3 June. In addition, the mandatory quarantine order that was in effect since March has also been extended - exempt travellers will have to carry out a self-isolation period of 14 days if they are allowed into Canada.
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PRINCESS CRUISES: Cruise line cancels two sailings in early 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions

Princess Cruises has announced that it will cancel early 2021 sailings on two ships, citing restrictions on travel, borders and ports relating to COVID-19 as the cause. The ships affected are the Island Princess and Pacific Princess, which were due to sail from North America and Australia respectively.
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HYATT HOTELS: Hyatt launches remote working solution packages

The hotel brand has launched a new ‘Work from Hyatt’ package which includes a number of benefits designed to optimise a remote working experience, for those who would like a change of scene during their workday, whether that be where they’re already based or while travelling. Among the inclusions are workspace solutions incorporating connecting rooms and meeting rooms, daily food and beverage credit and waived resort fees.
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