Airlines to start offering COVID-free flights and testing
Airlines are trying out COVID-free flights to see if they can convince consumers that it’s safe to travel by air. One program has gotten underway, and another will be starting later this month.Q3 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and moreThe first COVID-free flightCNN reports that the inaugural COVID-free flight was United Airlines flight 14 from Newark to London's Heathrow Airport. The COVID-free flight is the first in a trial by United Airlines that will last four weeks. Under the terms of the trial, passengers and crew must take a COVID-19 test before they board the airplane.The test tak...
AZAL resumes flights on Baku-Nakhchivan-Baku route
Starting from November 19, the National Air Carrier of Azerbaijan (AZAL) will resume flights on the Baku-Nakhchivan-Baku route.Flights will be operated daily with departure from Baku at 13:00, and from Nakhchivan – at 16:10.Passengers who have provided a certificate with negative COVID-19 result will be allowed on board.Given the high demand for this route and the limited number of flights performed during the pandemic, the sale of tickets for the above destination is to be carried out in a sequenced manner.You can sign up for the waiting list in two ways – through the feedback form or through...
Etihad Airways will launch daily scheduled flights to Tel Aviv from March 28
Dubai: Etihad Airways will launch daily scheduled flights to Tel Aviv from March 28.It will not only promote direct inbound tourism to Abu Dhabi, but give Emiratis and UAE residents the opportunity to discover Israel’s historical sites, beaches, restaurants and nightlife, the Abu Dhabi airline said in a statement.The launch announcement follows the signing of the Abraham Accords between the UAE and Israel in Washington D.C. on September 15. Only a month later, Etihad became the first GCC carrier to operate a commercial passenger flight to and from Tel Aviv on October 19.Mohammad Al Bulooki, Ch...
UAE's Etihad to launch direct flights to Tel Aviv next year
Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emirates' national carrier, announced Monday it will start direct flights to Israel in March 2021 after the countries recent agreement to normalise ties.The Abu Dhabi-based airline "will launch daily scheduled year-round flights to Tel Aviv", it said in a statement.It added the service will begin on March 28 - a date that will fall approximately six months after the UAE signed a US-brokered deal to formalise relations with Israel, the first such accord between a Gulf nation and the Jewish state."The commencement of scheduled flights is a historic moment and as a...
Qatar Airways to return to Phuket
Qatar Airways will resume limited flights to Phuket after the coronavirus outbreak halted service to the resort island.The Middle Eastern airline said it planned to begin a weekly flight between Doha and Phuket on Dec 4 and is seeking permission from Thai authorities to add more flights between the two destinations on Dec 10.Qatar Airways already operates twice-daily flights between Bangkok and Doha to transport Thai returnees, foreigners with work permits and people authorised to visit Thailand.They are required to show a fit-to-fly certificate before boarding the plane and to enter quarantin...
The Bangkok Post
Soldiers camp out at Va. airport waiting for flights home. This holiday season, officials are worried
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — It’s a Peninsula tradition — several hundred soldiers camping out, sometimes for days, at the Newport News airport, waiting for flight home for the holidays — and it’s got people around the facility worried.“I’m concerned there won’t be enough flights,” said Diane Fry, director of the USO office at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, as she pauses to talk about how volunteers traditionally pitch in with meals, treats, entertainment and visits for soldiers as they wait.Mike Giardino, the airport’s executive director, is even blunter:“We just don’t have enough se...
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Report: Israel seeks to stop flights to Beirut airport
An Israeli legal team is seeking punitive measures against airlines and insurance companies which fly or provide services to Beirut's Rafic Hariri International Airport under the pretext of supporting Lebanese Hezbollah group, Israel Hayom newspaper reported.The paper said on Monday that the Israeli team has sent "warning letters" to major airlines around the world, claiming that by operating civilian flights to Beirut's airport, they risk falling foul of international law and committing war crimes.The team has also demanded the companies suspend all services provided to the airport or face le...
The Middle East Monitor
PAL cancels flights due to Ulysses
Flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it canceled two domestic flights—the Manila-Legaspi-Manila flights (PR 2923/2924)—on Wednesday due to Typhoon Ulysses.PAL said it will also cancel 8 international and 7 domestic flights on November 12 “for the safety of passengers and crew.”International flights facing cancellation as of Wednesday are:*PR511 Manila-Singapore*PR502 Singapore -Manila*PR890 Manila-Taipei*PR891 Taipei-Manila*PR412 Manila -Osaka Kansai*PR411 Osaka Kansai-Manila*PR428 Manila-Tokyo Narita*PR427 Tokyo Narita-ManilaThe 7 domestic flights canceled as of Wednesday are:*PR1845 M...
United slashes December schedule but plans extra flights for peak holiday travel days at O'Hare, other hubs
United Airlines will offer less than half the number of flights it did last December as the coronavirus pandemic continues to take a toll on travel heading into the holiday season.Still, Chicago-based United expects the holidays to bring more travelers back to the skies and will add extra flights around peak holiday travel days, United said Monday.The week of Thanksgiving is expected to be its busiest since March. In December, the busiest holiday travel days iwill see more daily departures than the rest of the month, including more flights from hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston and Washington, ...
Cebu Pacific refunds P2.7B for cancelled flights due to COVID-19 pandemic
Cebu Pacific announced that it has already refunded a total of P2.7 billion for cancelled flights triggered by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and apologized to affected passengers for the delayed processing of refund requests.In a statement Thursday, Cebu Pacific said it continues to process a “high volume” of refund requests due to COVID-19 related flight cancellations.“We have refunded an additional PHP 300 million since our last update, for a total of PHP2.7 billion, and are currently processing refund requests filed in June,” the airline said.Cebu Pacific also committed ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer