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Weekly Roundup of News: August 29, 2021

Bangkok Airways to resume flights between Samui and Phuket

Bangkok Airways today announced that it will be resuming flights between Samui and Phuket this month.

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Scandinavian Airlines to operate flights to 90 destinations in Fall 2021: See full list

Scandinavian Airlines has announced its Fall 2021 schedule in which it will operate 160 direct routes to 90 destinations. The airline says that it is seeing a good demand for both leisure and business travel.

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SpiceJet to start flights between Amritsar and Ahmedabad

SpiceJet has announced flights between Ahmedabad and Amritsar starting this month.

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Mandarin Oriental Istanbul Bosphorus opens its doors

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced the opening of its latest hotel, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus Istanbul in Turkey. This is the group’s second hotel in Turkey after Mandarin Oriental Bodrum.

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Qantas to reward its frequent flyers who are fully vaccinated

Qantas has announced the launch of its reward campaign for COVID-19 vaccinated Australians. The airline says that this will help them to recognise their role in helping the country get out of lockdown.

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Radisson announces the opening of Radisson Lonavala Resort and Spa

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the opening of its first hotel in the scenic hills of Lonavala, Radisson Resort and Spa Lonavala.

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GoFirst announces partnership with Cordelia Cruises

GoFirst (formerly known as GoAir) has announced partnership with Cordelia Cruises, a premium cruise liner in India, to launch an experiential platform Fly Cruise.

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WestJet eyes resumption of flights to California later this year

WestJet has announced that it will be resuming flights to California in the United States later this year.

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IHG announces the opening of Kimpton St. Honoré Paris

IHG has announced the opening of Kimpton St Honoré Paris, the first opening in France for IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury boutique brand.

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Emirates to resume flights to Newcastle and increase flights across Europe

Emirates has announced that it will be resuming flights to Newcastle in October while increasing flights across its European network. The airline says that as it getting ‘clear signals’ that passenger confidence for international travel is returning, it is advancing its plans to increase services and capacity.

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Delta Airlines orders 30 more Airbus A321neos

Delta Airlines has placed an order for an additional 30 Airbus A321neos to its existing order book with Airbus, thereby taking the total number of outstanding order for the aircraft type to 155.

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Sri Lanka reopens to fully vaccinated travellers from India

Sri Lanka is now once again welcoming fully vaccinated travellers from India.

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Radisson opens first Radisson RED hotel in Central London

Radisson has announced the opening of first Radisson RED hotel in central London, Radisson RED London Greenwich The O2.

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Emirates signs interline agreement with Cemair

Emirates has signed an interline agreement with South Africa’s Cemair in a move ‘to support the ramp up of operations after boosting its passenger services to South Africa’.

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SWISS makes COVID-19 vaccination for crews mandatory

SWISS has announced that it is making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for its entire flying personnel from mid-November onwards, which the airline says is for operational reasons and under its ‘duty of care towards its employees’.

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American Airlines to reopen flagship lounges

American Airlines has announced that it will reopen Flagship Lounges, where passengers can wine, dine and retreat during travel.

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IHG announces new Luxury and Lifestyle brand: Vignette Collection

IHG has announced its newest Luxury and Lifestyle brand: Vignette Collection, the sixth addition to IHG’s brand portfolio in the past four years. With the launch of this brand, IHG now has 17 brands in total across nearly 6,000 hotels in more than 100 countries.

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South African Airways to resume operations from 23rd September 2021

South African Airways (SAA) is finally coming back. In just under a month, SAA aircrafts will once again be visible in the skies as the airline plans to resume operations on 23rd September 2021.

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Marriott announces highly anticipated debut of W Philadelphia

Marriott has announced the highly-anticipated debut of W Philadelphia.

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Qantas outlines strategy for resumption of international flights; to operate Airbus A380 flights from July 2022

The Qantas Group has revealed a detailed plan for resumption of international flights, with the gradual restart planned around National Cabinet’s phased reopening of international borders and linked to the vaccine rollout in Australia and key overseas markets.

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Singapore Airlines to offer a exclusive chartered cruise experience for Krisflyer members

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will be offering a Exclusive Chartered Cruise Experience for Krisflyer Members.

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Hyatt celebrates the official opening of Hyatt Regency Houston West

Hyatt has announced the official opening of Hyatt Regency Houston in partnership with Prism Hotels & Resorts. The opening marks a full circle moment as the property originally opened as a Hyatt Regency hotel in the early 1980s.

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Air Canada introduces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all Employees and New Hires

Air Canada has announced a mandatory Vaccination Policy for all its Employees and New Hires in order to ‘further protect employees and customers’. With this, Air Canada has become the second Canadian airline to mandate vaccination for all employees after Porter Airlines.

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India recertifies the Boeing B737MAX after 2.5 years of grounding

India has finally recertified the Boeing B737MAX after 2.5 years of grounding. The decision clears the aircraft for a full return to service.

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UK adds seven countries including Switzerland to its Green List, moves Thailand to Red List

The government of United Kingdom has announced the latest changes to the travel traffic light system, with seven countries moving to the Green list. In the last update, it moved various countries including India and UAE to its red list while some countries including Germany and Norway were moved to the Green list.

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United to operate flights between Orange County and Aspen this winter

There’s some good news for those who are planning to hit the slopes this winter. United is adding a brand-new route between Orange County and Aspen this winter.

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Indigo announces eight new flights in Central and North India

Indigo today announced that it will launch eight new flights in Central and North India that will start next month.

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Six Senses introduces Luggage Free Booking Platform

Six Senses has announced a Luggage Free Booking Platform. Guests staying at any of the brand’s properties can enjoy the freedom of traveling light and sending their bags ahead of time.

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Oman to reopen for fully vaccinated international travellers from 1st September 2021

Oman has announced that it is reopening for fully vaccinated international travellers from 1st September 2021.

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Oman Air to resume flights from London

Oman Air has announced that it will be resuming flights to London next month, following the decision by the Sultanate of Oman to reopen to fully vaccinated international travellers from 1st September 2021.

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IHCL announces the signing of a new Ginger hotel in Udaipur

IHCL has announced the signing of a new Ginger hotel in Udaipur, which is popularly known as the city of lakes. IHCL says that the hotel will be designed around the brand’s lean luxe design and service philosophy of offering a vibrant, contemporary, and seamless hospitality experience to its guests.

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IHCL unveils new Residences at Taj Mahal, New Delhi

IHCL has unveiled new Residences at Taj Mahal, New Delhi, what it calls it as ‘a home in the heart of the capital’.

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Loganair to fly to 73 destinations in Summer 2022

Loganair, UK’s largest regional airline, has revealed its Summer 2022 schedule in which it will fly to 73 domestic and international destinations.

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Air India announces flights between Indore and Dubai

Air India has announced nonstop flights between Indore and Dubai, marking the first nonstop international flight from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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