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Weekly Roundup of News: September 5, 2021

UAE starts issuing tourists visas to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced that it has started issuing tourist visas to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries.

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American Airlines upgrades New Delhi flights before launch (again!)

American Airlines has upgraded flights between New York and New Delhi that are scheduled to start this winter. The airline will now deploy a Boeing B777-300ER instead of a Boeing B777-200ER that the carrier originally intended to operate on this route.

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Kempinski to open its first South American property in Brazil in 2024

For the first time in the 125-year history of Kempinski Hotels, a resort with residences and a hotel in South American Brazil will complement its portfolio.

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SriLankan Airlines resumes flights from India

SriLankan Airlines has announced that it has resumed regular scheduled flights from India. The announcement comes after Sri Lanka reopened to fully vaccinated travellers from India.

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Anantara Hotels and Resorts announces the signing of Anantara Ubud Bali Resort

Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas has announced the signing of Anantara Ubud Bali Resort, the brand’s third hotel on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Alaska Airlines opens new San Francisco lounge

Alaska Airlines today announced the opening of its new lounge at San Francisco International Airport.

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WestJet to launch flights to Scotland in Spring 2022

WestJet has announced that it will launch brand-new flights to Scotland from Toronto in Spring 2022. The airline is also resuming flights between Halifax and Glasgow in May 2022.

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Jet2 places order for 36 Airbus A321neos

Airbus has announced that Jet2, a airline based in Leeds, United Kingdom, has placed an initial order for 36 A321neos, making the airline a new Airbus customer and a new Airbus A320neo Family operator.

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Ryanair to launch 14 new routes from London in Winter 2021

Ryanair has announced its winter schedule for its three London airports – London Luton, London Gatwick and London Stansted. The airline will launch 14 new routes from the city as part of its Winter 2021/22 schedule.

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Noida International Airport’s master plan gets final approval

Yamuna International Airport Pvt Ltd (YIAPL) has secured the final approval for the master plan for Noida International Airport (NIA). The approval was secured from NIAL, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Airports Authority of India (AAI), Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), and necessary environmental authorities.

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British Airways reopens Concorde Room at London Heathrow and New York – JFK

British Airways has announced that it has reopened Concorde Room at London Heathrow and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as part of its phased lounge reopening plan.

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Now Open: The Leela Gandhinagar

The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts has announced the opening of The Leela Gandhinagar.

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Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa is now welcoming guests

Marriott has today announced the opening of Le Méridien Maldives Resort and Spa, along with Singaporean developer Chiu Teng Enterprises. This marks the debut of the Paris-born brand.

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Emirates to take delivery of its final Airbus A380 in November this year

Emirates has announced that it will be taking delivery of its final Airbus A380 in November this year, brining forward the original delivery timeline from June 2022.

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Delta Airlines partners with Spotify for inflight streaming

Delta Airlines has announced that it has partnered with Spotify for inflight streaming on Delta Studio, the airline’s inflight entertainment system.

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British Airways resumes flights from Chennai

British Airways has resumed flights between Chennai and London for the first time in eight months. Chennai is now the fifth city in India that British Airways presently serves after Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

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IHCL announces the opening of The Chambers, London

The Chambers, India’s first exclusive business club, has today announced the launch of its new outpost in London.

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Indigo launches flights from Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh

Indigo has launched flights from Gwalior, a city in the Central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the airline’s 70th domestic destination in India.

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SWISS unveils new meal options for First and Business Class passengers

SWISS has unveiled new meal options for First and Business Class passengers.

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Porter Airlines unveils World’s lightest Aircraft Seat

Porter Airlines has unveiled the World’s Lightest Aircraft Seat. The airline has announced that it has completed the modernization of its De Havilland Dash 8-400 aircraft fleet with a series of updates ahead of its return to flying on 8th September 2021.

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Vistara launches ‘Purple Ticket’ Gift Card

Vistara has announced the launch of ‘Purple Ticket’ Gift Card, a flexible gift card for travel on Vistara, that can be used by customers for themselves or for personal and corporate gifting.

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Abu Dhabi lifts quarantine requirements for vaccinated travellers

Abu Dhabi has announced that it is easing entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers starting today.

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IHG announces the signing of Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kathmandu Rabi Bhawan in Nepal

IHG has announced the signing of a management agreement with DMR APA Joint Venture to develop Holiday Inn Express and Suites Kathmandu Rabi Bhawan in Nepal.

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Air Canada to resume flights from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Air Canada today announced that it will resume flights from Toronto’s Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport next week.

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Lufthansa unveils New Cabin Design for short and medium-haul routes

Lufthansa today unveiled new Cabin Design for its short and medium-haul routes.

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Embraer E190-E2 lands for the first time at London City Airport

Yesterday evening marked an important debut for London City Airport. At 5:49 p.m., Helvetic Airways’ Embraer E190-E2 made its first commercial flight into the iconic airport in the centre of the British political and financial capital.

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Hilton announces the signing of Conrad Los Angeles at The Grand LA

Hilton has announced the signing of Conrad Los Angeles at The Grand LA, marking the brand’s debut in California. The hotel is part of Related Companies’ mixed-use development, The Grand LA, designed by Frank Gehry, located in downtown Los Angeles.

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LATAM Airlines to increase flights to Europe; London remains on hold

LATAM Airlines has outlined plans to increase flights to Europe over the coming months.

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IHG announces the opening of EVEN Hotel Manchester Airport

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced the opening of EVEN Hotel Manchester Airport, managed by Jamsan Management Inc. and the first and only wellness hotel in the greater Manchester, New Hampshire area.

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ITC Hotels to open a new Fortune Park Hotel in Hoshiarpur, Punjab

ITC Hotels has announced that it will open a Fortune Park Hotel in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, strengthening its footprint in the state.

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Rajkot’s new Greenfield Airport at Hirasar to be ready by 2023

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has announced that the new Greenfield Airport at Hirasar of Rajkot will be completed by 2023.

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The Netherlands to require all travellers from the United States to quarantine; KLM cuts some US flights

Starting yesterday, the Netherlands has introduced stricter restrictions for travellers arriving from the United States.

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IHG’s Holiday Inn brand grows at airports across Europe

IHG has announced the continued growth of its two global brands, Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts and Holiday Inn Express, following a flurry of signings and openings at airport locations across Europe.

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