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Weekly Roundup of News: June 20, 2021

Jetstar to launch flights to Canberra

Jetstar is heading to Canberra with nonstop flights from Brisbane, marking the 1st time the low cost carrier will operate scheduled flights to Australia’s capital.

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Air NewZealand to resume flights to Norfolk Islands in August

Air NewZealand has announced that it will resume its flights between Australia and Norfolk Island in August.

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Mauritius to welcome international travellers from 15th July 2021

Get your bags packed and be ready as Mauritius has announced that it will be reopening to international travellers on 15th July 2021.

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India: Himachal Pradesh relaxes entry requirements

The government of Himachal Pradesh has eased the COVID-19 restrictions and relaxed the entry requirements of the state.

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WestJet to launch flights to Amsterdam; to resume flying to London

Calgary-based WestJet has announced that it is expanding its international network ‘to include one of the world’s most connected cities’, Amsterdam, the capital of Netherlands. In addition, the airline will resume flying to London Gatwick in July.

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JetBlue shakes up route map as it cuts flights across the United States

JetBlue has updated its schedule and is cutting some flights across the United States. Most of the affected routes were recent leisure adds over the course of the crisis. While some routes are being trimmed to operate around peak travel season, some routes are cancelled altogether.

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IHG announces signing of of Holiday Inn Express and Suites Jalandhar in Punjab

IHG (Intercontinental Hotels Group) Hotels and Resorts has announced the signing of a management agreement with Samplast Resorts to develop Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jalandhar GT Road.

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flydubai announces nonstop flights from Dubai to Budapest and Ljubljana

Dubai-based low cost carrier flydubai yesterday announced that it will launch nonstop flights between Dubai and Budapest in Hungary and Ljubljana in Slovenia. The carrier states that it is the 1st UAE airline to provide nonstop connectivity from United Arab Emirates to Slovenia.

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United Airlines adds 3 brand-new Transcontinental routes

As noted by The Points Guy, United Airlines is adding 3 brand-new Transcontinental routes boosting its presence in both, California and Florida.

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GoFirst starts offering departure Lounge Service at select Indian Airports

GoFirst (formerly known as GoAir), has started offering departure Lounge Service at select Indian Airport in partnership with Dreamfolks, a tech-driven global airport service provider.

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Finnair introduces ‘Business Light’ tickets

Finnair has introduced a totally new type of business class fare, the Business ‘Light’ ticket, as it looks to address the increasing trend for personalisation of the travel experience.

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India: No need to present COVID-19 test results to enter Delhi from 3 states

Delhi, the capital of India, has eased entry requirements for travellers arriving from Maharashtra, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

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Portugal now welcoming travellers from the United States

Portugal has reopened to travellers from the United States, welcoming them with pre-arrival testing, according to the US Embassy and Consulate in Portugal.

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Air Canada is betting big on summer season: Will serve 50 Canadian airports

Air Canada is betting big on the peak Summer season beginning at the end of June as it looks to support Canada’s tourism and hospitality businesses during the important summer period and advance the country’s economic recovery.

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Vistara operates India’s 1st flight with fully vaccinated crew

Vistara today operated a flight with fully vaccinated crew, becoming the 1st airline to do so. Flight UK963 from Delhi to Mumbai marked an important milestone for the airline.

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Massive: WizzAir announces 18 brand-new routes from Naples in Italy

WizzAir today announced a massive expansion from Naples in Italy. The low-cost carrier will make the city its 6th Italian base and will also start flights to 18 cities.

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Munich Airport to resume operations at Terminal 1

Munich Airport has announced that it will restart operations at Terminal 1 on 23rd June 2021.

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Spirit Airlines grows presence in New England with 4 new routes to Florida

Spirit Airlines has announced it is launching 4 new routes from the American state of New Hampshire. Starting in October this year, the ultra low cost carrier will connect the northeast US state to 4 cities in Florida.

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Hilton introduces ‘Confirmed Connecting Rooms’ feature

American hospitality chain Hilton Hotels and Resorts has announced that it is solving long-time travel frustration by introducing ‘confirmed connecting rooms’ feature.

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Hilton signs 4 Maldives resort

Hilton has signed its 4th Maldives resort, marking the debut of Hilton’s flagship brand – Hilton Hotels and Resorts – in the Maldives.

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Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala all set to open on 15th July

Radisson Blu’s newest property in India, the Radisson Blu Resort Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh has announced that it will open its doors on 15th July 2021.

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British Airways announces 4 new routes from Belfast

British Airways has announced that it is launching 4 new routes from Belfast this summer, in order to support important business and tourism links between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

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Aer Lingus postpones the launch of Transatlantic flights from Manchester

Aer Lingus has announced that it has postponed the planned launch of Transatlantic flights from Manchester to the United States. The routes, which were planned to start in July, have now been pushed back to September.

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Flair Airlines to start flights to Grande Prairie; announces to new route from Kelowna

Canada-based Ultra low cost carrier Flair Airlines yesterday announced that it will launch flights from Grande Prairie, Alberta. The airline says that ‘for less than the cost of a meal for two people’, travellers can fly nonstop to Toronto and Vancouver.

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easyJet announces 12 new domestic routes in the United Kingdom

easyJet has announced 12 new routes in the United Kingdom with fares starting from £14.99. The airline will launch operations from Belfast City to London Gatwick for the 1st time and return to East Midlands and Leeds Bradford, with new routes which were previously served by Stobart Air-operated Aer Lingus Regional.

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KLM’s Asia and Middle East network is now mostly restored

Amsterdam-based KLM has announced that its Asia and Middle East network is now mostly restored compared to 2019. While frequencies will be less than compared to 2019, the airline will be back flying to almost all the destinations that it served before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TAP Air Portugal announces flights to Punta Cana

Earlier this week, TAP Air Portugal announced that it will start flying to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic this winter.

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La Compagnie announces Durga to Tel Aviv and Milan

French airline La Compagnie has announced all business-class flights from Paris to Tel Aviv and from New York and Milan.

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Wow: Emirates now operating close to 90% of pre-pandemic network

Emirates has announced that it is now operating close to 90% of pre-pandemic network serving 115 destinations across the globe, and by the end of July, it will have recovered close to 90% of its pre-pandemic network, operating 880 weekly services across 124 cities.

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Delta Airlines announces return to South Africa with nonstop flights to Johannesburg

Delta Airlines has announced its return in the South African market with nonstop flights to Johannesburg beginning in August. However, the airline has axed its plans to operate Atlanta-Johannesburg-Cape Town-Atlanta triangle route.

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Air Canada inaugurates new service between Montreal and Cairo, Egypt

As planned, Air Canada has operated its 1st flight between Montreal and Cairo, Egypt. The airline is targeting the large Egyptian community established in Montreal and throughout North America for this route, providing an additional gateway to Africa.

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Alaska Airlines announces 2 new routes out of Boise, Idaho

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced 2 new routes from Boise in Idaho. Together with its sister carrier Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines will have 30 daily nonstop flights to 14 destinations this winter.

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SpiceJet is resuming flights to Dharamshala from 20th June

Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet has announced that it is resuming flights between Delhi and Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh from 20th June 2021.

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Hawaiian Airlines to resume flights to Tahiti, French Polynesia

Hawaiian Airlines has announced that it will resume flights to Tahiti in French Polynesia following the launch of a pre-travel testing program between Hawaii and French Polynesia that allows for quarantine-free travel within the two archipelagos.

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Dubai relaxes entry requirements for vaccinated travellers from India, South Africa and Nigeria

Dubai Authorities have announced that they are relaxing entry requirements for vaccinated travellers from India, South Africa and Nigeria effective 23rd June 2021. The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced this update.

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Hyatt Hotels and Resorts opens 2nd Alila branded property in Oman, Alila Hinu Bay

American hospitality chain, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has today announced the opening of Alila Hinu Bay in Oman, which joins Alila Jabal Akhdar as the brand’s second hotel in Oman along with 15 other Alila properties worldwide.

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Switzerland to reopen to vaccinated Americans on 28th June

Switzerland is planning to welcome vaccinated American tourists starting 28th June. It is the latest country to welcome back vaccinated travellers from the United States after Denmark, France, Spain, Greece and many more.

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