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Weekly Roundup of News: June 6, 2021

Emirates to resume flying to Venice; increases frequency of flights to Milan

As Italy is reopening its borders for international travellers, Emirates has announced that it will resume flying to Venice and will also increase frequency of flights to Milan as it looks to take advantage of ‘COVID-19 tested flights’.

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Emirates extends suspension of flights to India until end of June

Emirates has extended the suspension of flights to India until the end of June. The suspension first came into effect on 24th April due to a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.

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Phuket to welcome international travellers from 1st July 2021

Phuket, Thailand, is all set to welcome international travellers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and who have tested negative upon arriving in the province from 1st July 2021.

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Travel is back: Frankfurt airport reopens all terminals and runways

Frankfurt Airport is now using all its terminals and runways as it looks to recover from the devastation brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Radisson Collection debuts in Turkey with a hotel in Bodrum

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of Radisson Collection Hotel, Bodrum. The property is located in Aspat Bay to the south of the Bodrum peninsula.

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The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands is now welcoming guests

Marriott’s luxury brand, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels and Resorts, has debuted in Maldives with a resort in Fari Islands. The resort features stunning minimalist architecture and invites guests to embrace the beru, or circle of island life.

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Emirates Airbus A380 is officially back at New York JFK

IH Aviation and Travel had earlier reported that Emirates was planning to resume Airbus A380 services to New York JFK in the United States from 1st June 2021. Well, Emirates sticked to that date as the Emirates superjumbo landed for the 1st time in over a year at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

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British Airways starts trials of IATA travel pass

British Airways has started trialling the IATA Travel Pass. The airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has been working with International Air Travel Association (IATA), the association for the world’s airlines, to co-develop its Travel Pass app.

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Qatar Airways announces resumption of flights to Phuket as the holiday destination reopens for tourism

Starting 1st July 2021, Qatar Airways will fly to Phuket, Thailand 4-times-a-week. This is the same date on which international travellers will be allowed to visit Phuket.

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Emirates to restart flights to Phuket as the island reopens to international travellers

Starting 2nd July 2021, Emirates will resume its 4-times-a-week service to Phuket, Thailand.

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Ryanair reveals new Manchester to Verona route for Summer 2021

Low cost carrier Ryanair has announced a new route between Manchester, England and Verona, Italy for Summer 2021.

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European Union’s digital COVID certificate launches in 7 countries

The EU Digital COVID certificate has launched in 7 European Union (EU) countries, a month ahead of the deadline for its implementation. The certificate was originally proposed by the European Commission in March 2021 under the name of ‘Digital Green Certificate’ with the intention of facilitating safe travel within the EU during the pandemic.

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airBaltic announces seasonal flights to Corfu, Greece

Latvian airline airBaltic has announced that it will fly to the resort island of Corfu in Greece from its hub at Riga.

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Emirates to launch flights to Miami

Starting 22nd July 2021, Emirates will fly 4-times-a-week between Dubai International Airport and Miami International Airport.

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United Airlines signs new agreement to buy aircrafts from Boom Supersonic

United Airlines has announced a commercial agreement with Denver-based aerospace company Boom Supersonic to add Supersonic aircrafts to its fleet as well as a cooperative sustainability initiative – a move that facilitates a leap forward in returning supersonic speeds to aviation.

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Etihad to restart flights to Phuket and Rabat

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced that it will restore its flights to Phuket in Thailand and Rabat in Morocco.

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Emirates schedules A380 service on 1 hour flights to Bahrain in June

Emirates yesterday announced that it is deploying its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft on its daily service between Dubai and Bahrain. Previously, it was operated by a Boeing B777-300ER. This will be the 1st time there will be scheduled A380 services from any airline to the kingdom of Bahrain.

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Vistara Airlines now one step closer to launching flights to the United States

Vistara Airlines, a joint venture between Tata Group and Singapore Airlines, is now one step closer to launching flights to the United States. The airline has officially secured approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) to begin US operations.

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotels debuts in Bordeaux, France

American hospitality giant Marriott International has opened a new hotel under its Moxy brand in the city of Bordeaux in France. This is the 7th hotel under the Moxy brand in France.

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Portugal removed from United Kingdom’s Green list

Portugal has been removed from United Kingdom’s green list, following the first review of the government’s traffic light system.

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GoAir and SpiceJet sign informal agreement to combine low-load flights

Low cost carriers GoAir (now GoFirst) and SpiceJet have agreed to an informal flight combination pact in a first-of-its-kind agreement.

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London Heathrow airport tests Sustainable Aviation Fuel as it moves to reduce emissions

London Heathrow airport has successfully incorporated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into its operation, ahead of the G7 Summit. The fuel is being incorporated into the airport’s main fuel supply from 3rd June 2021 and will be blended use across flights operating at Heathrow over the next few days.

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France reopening to international travellers from 9th June 2021

France has announced that the country will reopen to international travellers on 9th June as previously planned, using a traffic light system to determine who can visit.

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Delta Airlines adds more flights to France as the country reopens

Delta Airlines has announced that it is adding more flights to France including a brand-new route. This is good news for leisure travellers looking for a holiday. France has become the 6th country in Europe to reopen to international travellers.

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flydubai announces flights to Greece and Egypt

flydubai has announced new seasonal flights to Mykonos and Santorini in Greece and year-round flights to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt.

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Birmingham Airport to offer a dedicated terminal for arrivals from Red List countries

The United Kingdom government has announced a trial allowing certain flights from Red List countries to operate providing they arrive into dedicated terminals at Birmingham and Heathrow airports.

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Scandinavian Airlines to recommence flights to Tokyo

Starting 10th July 2021, Scandinavian Airlines will once again operate flights between the Danish Capital and the Japanese capital. The return flight from Tokyo to Copenhagen will resume 2 days later, on 12th July 2021.

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flydubai announces return to Italy with flights to Naples

UAE-government owned flydubai has announced that it will return to Italy with flights to Naples. The announcement comes after Italian government announced some relaxations for passengers arriving from the United Arab Emirates.

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Qatar Airways to restart flights to Sharjah for the 1st time since the blockade ended

Qatar Airways will restart flights to Sharjah in United Arab Emirates for the 1st time since the blockade ended. The airline will operate a daily flight to the Emirate.

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