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Weekly Roundup of News: August 1, 2021

Iberia Airlines launches new checked luggage options

Spanish Airline Iberia has launched a new paid-for checked luggage structure for short-haul flights, with additional weight allowance options, and a revamp of overweight charges.

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Tokyo Haneda launches ‘Face Express’ biometric system

Collins Aerospace has announced that it has completed the installation of new biometric screening technology at Tokyo’s Haneda International airport, which it says will ‘streamline passenger processing through reduced physical interactions and bottlenecks at multiple passenger touchpoints’.

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Indigo launches flights between Hyderabad and Srinagar

India’s largest airline Indigo has launched nonstop flights between Hyderabad and Srinagar for the first time.

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Singapore looks to start quarantine-free travel by September

Singapore is aiming to allow quarantine-free travel for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from September, when 80% of the city-state’s population should be inoculated, the government said on Monday.

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Delta boosts flights to Canada as the country reopens to Americans in August

As Canada reopens to fully vaccinated travellers from the United States on 9th August 2021, Delta Airlines is boosting flights to the neighbouring country. The announcement comes after Air Canada announced that it would have up to 220 daily flights between the US and Canada once Canada reopens to Americans.

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Air India announces flights between Bengaluru and Patna

Indian full service carrier Air India has announced a new route connecting Bengaluru and Patna. The airline will fly between the capital of Karnataka and the capital of Patna 3-times-a-week.

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotels to debut in Sydney

American hospitality giant Marriott International has signed an agreement with RF Corval and KS Hotels and Resorts to debut its Moxy brand in Sydney.

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SpiceJet to launch flights between Delhi and Belagavi

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has announced that it will launch flights between Belagavi and Delhi in August.

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Finland now welcoming vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom

Finland has announced that it has now eased its restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom. This means that Brits will be able to enter without quarantine or testing requirements.

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IHG announces the signing of four Indigo-branded properties in Egypt

IHG is expanding its presence in Egypt with four new Hotel Indigo branded properties.

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Frontier Airlines announces 20 new routes including 5 new destinations

Frontier Airlines yesterday announced 20 new nonstop routes, including 17 routes from Orlando and an expansion into four popular international vacation destinations: Antigua & Barbuda, Belize City, Liberia, Costa Rica and Turks & Caicos. Additionally, the airline is adding its 7th airport in New York state with the announcement of service from New York Stewart International Airport in New Windsor.

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Hyatt’s Luxury and Lifestyle brands continue to grow globally to meet leisure travel demand

Hyatt yesterday announced the sustained growth of several luxury and lifestyle brands including Alila, Andaz, Caption by Hyatt, Hyatt Centric, Park Hyatt, and Thompson Hotels – to meet the growing demand of the leisure travel market globally.

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Raffles Udaipur to open on 2nd August 2021

Raffles’ debut property in India, Raffles Udaipur, is now finally scheduled to open on 2nd August 2021, after months of delays. Let’s see what Raffles has in store for its first hotel in India.

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SpiceJet launches SpiceFlex fares

Indian low-cost carrier Spicejet has launched Spiceflex Fares, a special fare that will allow travellers to make unlimited free changes to their flight bookings in the same fare type.

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Hyatt House Columbus OSO North announces opening

Hyatt Hotels and Resorts has today announced the opening of Hyatt House Columbus/OSU-Short North.

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United Kingdom scraps quarantine for vaccinated Europeans and Americans

The government of United Kingdom has announced that it will scrap its quarantine requirement for vaccinated travellers from the United States and the European Union (EU). Previously, only vaccines that had been given in the United Kingdom were recognized for inbound travel. The news comes after the government’s announcement earlier this month that fully vaccinated UK travellers returning to England from ‘amber list’ countries would no longer have to quarantine.

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Spirit Airlines to launch flights from Tegucigalpa’s New Airport

Spirit Airlines has announced plans to launch flights to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What’s interesting is that not only will the airline add the city to its route network, it will also be the first US airline to serve the Palmerola International Airport, the newly-established Honduran airport outside of Tegucigalpa.

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Indigo to launch flights to Bareilly from Mumbai and Bengaluru

IH Aviation and Travel had in March reported that Indigo will start flights to Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh soon. Flights were set to launch on 29th April 2021. But like other airlines, Indigo had to pull back capacity and trim flight schedules due to the brutal second wave of COVID-19. As a result, the airline did not go ahead with its plans to launch flights to Bareilly. However, now as we are slowing emerging back from the second wave, things are improving. Indigo has today once again announced that it is launching flights to Bareilly from two Indian metro cities.

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Marriott’s Moxy Hotels to debut in Nepal

Marriott International has signed an agreement with International Himalaya Hospitality and Hotel Pvt Ltd to debut its Moxy brand in Nepal.

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Hyatt Centric Downtown Nashville opens in the city’s SoBro District

Joint Venture Partners, Hyatt Hotels Corporation and C. B. Ragland Company today announced the opening of Hyatt Centric Downtown Nashville in Music City’s SoBro neighborhood.

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United Airlines now offers passengers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages

United Airlines is now offering passengers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages. The airline proudly states that it is first and only US airline to offer economy customers the option to pre-order snacks and beverages. It states that this service is a reflection of the customer transformation experience that is currently underway at the airline.

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Avelo Airlines adds four new destinations from Los Angeles

Avelo Airlines is expanding its network from Los Angeles with nonstop flights to four new destinations: Monterey, California; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado; Provo, Utah and St. George, Utah.

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SpiceJet to operate flights to Bhavnagar from Mumbai and Delhi

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet is eyeing expansion in the Indian state of Gujarat. The airline’s latest destination in the state is Bhavnagar. SpiceJet will operate daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Bhavnagar.

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IHG opens a Intercontinental Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of Intercontinental Baku. This is the debut property of Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts in Azerbaijan.

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United Airlines to operate more than 40 weekly flights to the United Kingdom as the country reopens to Americans

United Airlines has announced that it is ‘making it easier for business and leisure customers to jet across the pond’ with the addition of flights to London. United Kingdom on 28th July 2021 announced that fully vaccinated travellers from the United States would be able to travel quarantine-free.

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Hyatt Place Ekaterinburg opens as first Hyatt Place branded hotel in Russia

Hyatt Place Ekaterinburg, the second Hyatt branded property in Ekaterinburg, is now open. The new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings. The hotel has been developed by LLC Hotel Development Company.

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IHG opens Australia’s first next-generation Holiday Inn in Melbourne’s West

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has opened its first next-generation Holiday Inn Hotel in Melbourne’s West. The brand has undergone a global transformation over the last 18-months and its ‘next-generation’ design includes innovative open lobbies and incredible F&B.

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Lufthansa introduces ‘Sleeper’s Row’ on long-haul flights

German flag carrier Lufthansa has introduced its ‘Sleeper’s Row’ offer on long-haul flights.

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Etihad Airways rolls out IATA Travel Pass to seven cities following successful trials

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways has expanded IATA Travel Pass on flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network as the airline ‘continues to implement digital solutions to simplify the travel experience in the wake of the pandemic’.

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Air Canada announces two new routes to Florida and increased the flights to Mexico and the Domine can Republic from Quebec City

Air Canada has announced two new winter services from Quebec City to Florida in addition to increased flights to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

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Collinson opens testing centre at St. Pancras International Station, London

Collinson has announced the opening of its latest COVID-19 testing centre in the UK, located at St Pancras International station.

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Residence Inn by Marriott debuts in Columbia with a property in Bogotá

Marriott has announced the opening of Residence Inn by Marriott Bogotá, marking the brand’s debut in the country.

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SpiceJet to fly between Bhavnagar and Surat, adds 10 more domestic flights

Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet is expanding aggressively.

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British Airways’ flagship lounge in the United States at New York JFK reopens

British Airways has today reopened its flagship lounge in the United States in New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in Terminal 7, following a 16-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Indigo returns to Jabalpur with flights to four cities

When the summer schedule started in March 2021, we had a surprise – Indigo had dropped Jabalpur from its route network. Until then, the airline had an impeccable record of not abandoning a station after it started till the extent that when it curtailed flights to Singapore from Delhi and Mumbai, it launched them from Chennai and kept Singapore active. Indigo’s drop also seemed like a victory for SpiceJet since there has rarely been a case where Spicejet has been able to hold its fort after IndiGo joined in. However, Indigo is returning to Jabalpur stronger than ever.

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