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Weekly Roundup of News: July 11, 2021

American Airlines reveals major Miami expansion

American Airlines has revealed a major expansion out of Miami, Florida. While the carrier is the dominant airline out of Miami, it has been facing increased competition, especially in the past few months. To answer the growing competition, American has revealed a significant expansion in Miami this winter, which includes new routes and increased frequency on existing routes.

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SpiceJet launches flights between Kochi and Hyderabad

SpiceJet has launched nonstop flights between Kochi and Hyderabad, a business heavy route it was absent on. The airline will compete with Indigo and GoFirst on this route.

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Hyatt debuts in Koh Samui with the opening of Hyatt Regency, Koh Samui

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has opened its first property on the southern resort island of Koh Samui in Thailand, Hyatt Regency Koh Samui.

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Emirates re-opens dedicated First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport

Middle Eastern giant Emirates has announced that it has re-opened its dedicated First Class Lounge at Dubai International Airport’s Concourse B ‘to serve the growing volume of premium customers travelling from and through Emirates’ hub, as more markets around the world ease restrictions and put in place protocols that enable international travel’.

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Emirates launches ‘Emirates Pay’, a new accountbased payment method

Emirates has launched ‘Emirates Pay’, which is a new account-based payment method for purchasing new tickets. With this, the Dubai-based carrier has now become the world’s first airline to launch this payment alternative.

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Air New Zealand increase flights to year-round to three Australian destinations; launches new cargo route

Air New Zealand is expanding flights to three destinations in the Australian state of Queensland. The Auckland-based airline will now serve Gold Coast, Cairns and Sunshine Coast the whole year.

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Indigo launches flights from Darbhanga, Bihar

Indigo has officially launched flights from Darbhanga in the Indian state of Bihar, adding its 67th domestic destination. India’s largest low-cost carrier now connects the city with Kolkata and Hyderabad with daily flights.

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Cathay Pacific launches ‘Cathay’, a new premium travel lifestyle brand

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has launched a new premium travel lifestyle brand called ‘Cathay’. Note that Cathay Pacific is not rebranding, it is maintaining its name.

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Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic to return to London Heathrow Terminal 3

Delta Airlines and Virgin Atlantic, in a joint statement, have confirmed that they will be returning to London Heathrow’s Terminal 3 on 15th July 2021.

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Vistara restructures its ‘Freedom Fares’ program

Indian full-service carrier Vistara has announced that it has restructured its ‘Freedom Fares’ programme, which was launched back in 2018, offering services on a pay-for-what-you-value basis.

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Indigo to offer nonstop flights between Lucknow and Doha

India’s biggest airline, Indigo has announced that it will offer nonstop flights between Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and Doha, the capital of Qatar.

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Porter Airlines confirms resumption of flights in Canada from 8th September

Canada-based Porter Airlines is officially returning to the skies with first flights scheduled on 8th September 2021, after nearly 18 months after suspending flights due to COVID-19 public health and travel restrictions.

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Air Canada continues to rebuild its Global network with resumption of 17 routes

Air Canada has announced that it is continuing to rebuild its global network for this summer, which includes the resumption of 17 routes and 11 destinations across the world from its hubs.

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Vistara launches flights between Delhi and Tokyo

Indian full service carrier Vistara has successfully operated its inaugural flight between Delhi and Tokyo. The route was originally set to launch on 16th June 2021, but was pushed back to 7th July 2021 due to operational reasons. The new route to Tokyo marks the first time that the airline will operate scheduled long-haul flights to Asia as it looks to expand globally.

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Germany lifts travel ban from 5 countries including India and the United Kingdom

Germany has announced that it has lifted travel ban on passengers coming from a few countries, including India, that were hit severely by COVID-19, led by the Delta variant.

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British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and London Heathrow Airport launch vaccination status trials

British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic (VA) and London Heathrow Airport (HA) have joined hands and launched vaccination status trials in order to prove that it’s possible to quickly and easily verify those arriving into the United Kingdom who are fully vaccinated – an identification process already in place for outbound travel to several countries.

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SpiceJet announces flights from Hyderabad to Guwahati and Visakhapatnam

SpiceJet has announced nonstop flights between Hyderabad, also known as the city of pearls, and Guwahati & also Visakhapatnam.

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Emirates simplifies Arrivals and Departures in Dubai with launch of Airport Ease and Airport Ease+

In the past year, airlines around the world have been doing innovations in order to improve passenger experience and grow confidence. Emirates, in order to simply the arrival and departure process at Dubai International Airport, has announced the launch of Airport Ease and Airport Ease+ packages. Through this, travellers can now be treated to a VIP and hassle-free experience upon both arrival and departure.

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Now Open: The Westin Anaheim Resort and Element Anaheim Resort Convention Centre

Marriott has announced the opening of two distinct Well-Being Experiences in Anaheim: The Westin Anaheim Resort & Element Anaheim Resort Convention Center.

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SpiceJet announces 42 new domestic and international flights

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced that it will launch 42 new domestic and international flights, scheduled to commence operations between 10th July and 30th July 2021.

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United Kingdom removes quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers coming from Amber List countries

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary of the United Kingdom, has confirmed that fully vaccinated UK travellers returning to England from ‘Amber List’ countries will no longer have to quarantine. This is a major step taken by the government of United Kingdom towards the reopening of international borders.

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IHCL announces signing of a Vivanta hotel in Ahmedabad

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), which manages Taj Hotels, SeleQtions, Vivanta and Ginger Hotels and is South Asia’s largest hospitality company, has today announced the signing of a Vivanta hotel in Ahmedabad.

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Spirit Airlines announces its largest ever Orlando schedule yet

Spirit Airlines has revealed its largest schedules yet out of Orlando International Airport with more than 80 departures per day by the end of 2021.

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Emirates to restart flights to Mauritius as the country reopens international tourists

Emirates has announced that it will restart flights to Mauritius in less than 1 week time. This comes after Mauritius announced that it will once again accept international travellers from 15th July 2021

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Qantas to launch flights to Proserpine for the first time in seven years

Qantas has announced one more route to Queensland, to the world-famous Whitsundays with QantasLink launching direct flights from Brisbane to the Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) for the first time in seven years.

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Flair Airlines announces low-cost flights to the United States

Canada-based Flair Airlines is continuing with its agreesive growth plans. The airline recently launched flights from Ottawa in addition to announcing flights to Grande Prairie. However, instead of announcing new domestic services as it has in the past few weeks, this time, the carrier is taking a big step forward by launching flights to the United States. These flights, set to launch in October, are mainly targeted on Canadians wanting to get a holiday in the ‘Sun’ destinations during the colder and wetter months in the north.

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Finnair announces long-haul flights from Stockholm

Finnair has announced new long-haul flights from Stockholm, the capital of Sweden.

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Scandinavian Airlines boosts flights from Scandinavia to the United States

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced that it will finally be operating flights to all of its US destinations, when the airline resumes nonstop flights to Boston in September and to Miami in October.

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Virgin Atlantic increases capacity to the Caribbean

Virgin Atlantic has announced that it is increasing the number of flights to the Caribbean by nearly 300% ‘after a surge in demand’ after the UK Government’s latest announcement, which saw Antigua, Barbados and Grenada enter the ‘Green List’. The announcement, which means that travellers will not need to quarantine on arrival in the United Kingdom, comes as the airline reported a significant spike in bookings to its sunny island destinations.

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United Airlines adds almost 150 flights to Warm-Weather cities this winter

United Airlines has announced that it has added nearly 150 flights to Warm-Weather cities this winter. As demand for travel continues to build, the airline is expecting the resurgence to continue for winter holiday travel and is planning ahead by increasing service to cities in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

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Six Senses Fort Barwara now accepting reservations from 15th October

Six Senses’ first property in India, Six Senses Fort Barwara near Ranthambore National Park, is taking reservations from 15th October this year onwards, confirmed directly by the hotel.

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IHG to open first voco-branded property in South Korea

Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts (IHG) has partnered with Seraphim Development to open first voco-branded property in South Korea. This marks the latest milestone for the premium voco brand, which was launched in 2018 and quickly reached 50 signed and open hotels in more than 20 countries, marking IHG’s fastest-ever global expansion.

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Eurowings expands its Winter service to Northern Europe

Eurowings is expanding its winter service to Northern Europe with flights from four new destinations: two each from Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. These new destinations will be a welcome addition for adventure seekers and for those who can handle colder climates.

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Six Senses Ibiza is now welcoming guests

Six Senses Hotels and Resorts has opened its newest property, Six Senses Ibiza.

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Finland to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated travellers staring 12th July

Finland has announced that it will relax travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers from certain countries starting tomorrow (12th July 2021).

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Thai AirAsia to temporarily suspend operations for 20 days starting 12th July 2021

Thai AirAsia has announced that it will temporarily suspend domestic operations from Monday, 12th July 2021, to 31st July 2021. The announcement comes as Thailand battles a deadly COVID-19 wave.

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