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Weekly Roundup of News: June 27, 2021

Dubai Airport to reopen Terminal 1 and Concourse D on 24th June

Dubai Airports has announced that it will reopen Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 1 and Concourse D on 24th June, marking a ‘significant development that signals the return of growth to Dubai and the UAE’s aviation and travel and tourism sectors’.

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Scandinavian Airlines to resume flights to Aberdeen, Scotland

Scandinavian Airlines is resuming flights to Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland for the 1st time since March 2020 when the airline suspended flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lufthansa enables fast check-in with digital vaccination certificate

Lufthansa plans to enable fast check-in for customers from Germany. German passengers can access their vaccination certificates directly from the airline’s app.

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Qatar Airways to launch flights to Lusaka and Harare

Doha-based Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch flights to Lusaka, Zambia and Harare, Zimbabwe. Notably, these are the 5th and 6th destinations in Africa added to Qatar Airways’ network since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delta expands in Europe as more and more countries open up

Delta Airlines has announced a significant expansion in Europe as more and more countries open up for travellers from the United States. The airline is adding flights to Amsterdam, Netherlands while resuming flights to Lisbon, Portugal and Frankfurt, Germany.

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Where is Scandinavian Airlines flying to this summer?: See full list

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has released a full list of destinations it is flying to this summer. As the demand for travel increases, SAS is continuing to open up routes as part of the SAS traffic programme for the summer.

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Emirates to operate second daily Airbus A380 service to Jordan during July and August

Emirates has announced that it is boosting operations to Jordan during July and August 2021 by deploying Airbus A380 on both the daily flights between Dubai and Amman.

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Jet Airways is coming back! Revival plan accepted by NCLT

Good news for fans of Jet Airways as the revival plan submitted by a consortium of London-based Kalrock Capital and the UAE-based businessmen Murari Lal Jalan has been approved by the National Companies Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Tuesday, according to NDTV.

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Hiyori Chapter Kyoto, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is now open

Tribute Portfolio’s 2nd hotel in Japan, Hiyori Chapter Kyoto is now open.

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Etihad Airways to launch triangular route to Vienna, Austria

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has announced that it will commence flights to Vienna, Austria in July. The route announcement comes as travel restrictions remain in place in both directions.

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Jetstar to connect Brisbane and Perth with nonstop flight

Jetstar has announced that it will connect Brisbane and Perth with nonstop flights. The new service is Jetstar’s 2nd significant route announcement from Brisbane and the carrier’s 7th new route in the past 12 months.

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Icelandair is coming to Baltimore with nonstop flights from Reykjavik

There is some good news for travellers flying out of Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland. Icelandair is coming to Baltimore with nonstop Transatlantic flights from Reykjavik.

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Marriott’s Ritz-Carlton brand debuts in Turks and Caicos

American hospitality chain Marriott International has announced the opening of The Ritz-Carlton, Turks and Caicos, marking the debut of the brand in the island paradise.

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Oberoi Hotels and Resorts launches ‘Work from anywhere by Oberoi’

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts have announced its new remote working scheme as it looks to boost business that was hit hard by the 2nd wave of COVID-19 in India.

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Indigo is offering 10% discount to vaccinated passengers

Airlines in India are looking for different tactics to boost travel after the 2nd COVID-19 wave in India which has affected the aviation, travel and hospitality industry greatly. Indigo is one such airline. The low-cost carrier is offering passengers 10% discount on tickets if they are vaccinated.

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Qatar Airways increases frequency to the United States with over 100 weekly flights this summer

Qatar Airways is expanding its services in the United States this summer as travel demand continues to grow. The national carrier of the State of Qatar will fly over 100 weekly flights to the US across its 12 destinations, including Seattle and San Francisco that were added in the last year alone.

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United Airlines adds 2 brand-new destinations to its network

United Airlines has added 2 brand-new destinations in its network. United is targeting leisure travellers to these two outdoor friendly destinations.

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Flybig Airlines to start nonstop flights between Agartala and Dibrugarh

Flybig has announced nonstop flights between Agartala, Tripura and Dibrugarh, Assam under the Indian government’s regional connectivity scheme – UDAN.

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American Airlines boosts flights to New Delhi ahead of launch

In April 2021, American Airlines announced that it would return to India with nonstop flights to New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Now the airline has expanded its service to New Delhi even before launch.

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WestJet announces dedicated cargo arm

Canadian airline WestJet has announced that it is starting a dedicated cargo arm in order to ‘fulfill the larger-scale needs of Canadian businesses, freight forwarders, shippers and individual customers’.

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Qatar Airways unveils New Boeing B787-9 Business Class

Qatar Airways has finally unveiled its New Business Class on the Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner. The airline will start operating passenger revenue flights of the B787-9 on a number of routes to Europe and Asia.

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United Kingdom adds multiple countries to its Green list and Green watchlist

The government of United Kingdom has published an update to its list of travel destinations under the traffic light system, via Twitter. Northern Ireland made the announcement first, with England, Wales and Scotland mirroring it.

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Spirit Airlines announces 5 new routes out of Milwaukee after inaugural service

After inaugural service out of Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport yesterday, Spirit Airlines is celebrating its arrival to the Wisconsin city by introducing 5 new routes out of the airport this winter.

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IHG announces signing of 3 hotels in Bangkok and Pattaya

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced signing of three hotels in Thailand with long-standing partner Asset World Corporation (AWC), the country’s leading integrated lifestyle real-estate group.

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WestJet announces restart of multiple routes across Canada: See full list

WestJet has announced major schedule update across its network. The airline is restarting multiple routes that were suspended due to COVID-19 and is also launching new ones.

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easyJet adds over 50,000 extra seats to Malta and the Balearic Islands

easyJet has announced that it has added over 50,000 extra seats from the United Kingdom to the Green List destinations ‘in response to customer demand for international travel this summer’.

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Loganair to launch nonstop flights between Aberdeen and Dublin

Loganair, United Kingdom’s largest regional airline, has announced that it will launch nonstop flights between Scotland’s oil and gas capital with the capital of the Irish Republic.

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Lufthansa to re-activate 5 Airbus A340-600 aircrafts in Summer 2022

Lufthansa has announced that it will re-activate 5 Airbus A340-600 aircrafts this summer at Munich Airport. Citing that ‘global travel industry is returning to prior levels of activity’, the airline wants to strengthen its premium offering at Munich Airport.

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Ryanair adds 2,00,000 extra seats on flights to Malta and the Balearic Islands

Ryanair has announced that it has added over 2,00,000 extra seats on flights to Malta and the Balearic Islands following the addition of these islands to the United Kingdom government’s Green List.

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Air Canada launches a simplified solution to upload COVID-19 related travel documents

Air Canada is launching a simplified digital solution for passengers to securely scan, upload and verify their COVID-19 test results through its mobile app. Initially trialling this feature on flights to Frankfurt, the airline plans to roll-out the solution across its network later this summer pending results of the trial and introduce new capabilities so that customers can also pre-validate proofs of vaccination.

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Sweden to welcome American travellers as of 30th June 2021

Sweden plans to welcome travellers from the United States as of 30th June 2021.

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Singapore Airlines launches voluntary carbon offset programme

Singapore Airlines has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme which enables its guests across its passenger and cargo airlines to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated micro sites.

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Singapore Airlines to launch world’s first in-flight e-shopping experience

Singapore Airlines will launch live online shopping on board its aircraft, when the KrisShop e-commerce platform becomes available via the KrisWorld in-flight entertainment (IFE) system. The airline will become the first in the world to do so.

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