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Weekly Roundup of News: October 3, 2021

Qantas and Jetstar update Flight Schedules as state borders set to reopen

The Qantas Group, which comprises of Qantas and JetStar, has updated its flying schedule in response to the reopening plans and latest border assumptions in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

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SpiceJet increases flights between Rajkot and Delhi to daily

SpiceJet is increasing flights between Delhi and Rajkot amid strong travel demand.

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Singapore Airlines to resume popular New York-Frankfurt and San Francisco-Hong Kong flights in November

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will resume the popular New York-Frankfurt and San Francisco-Hong Kong flights in November 2021, following the announcement of easing of entry requirements in the United States by the Biden Administration.

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Air India announces resumption of flights to India

Air Canada has announced the resumption of flights to Delhi, India, following the lifting of the Government of Canada restrictions on non-stop flights from India.

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Emirates expands Airbus A380 network as travel demand continues to rise

Emirates has announced that its flagship Airbus A380 will be returning to more destinations in October and November as the demand for travel continues to rise in line with the continued easing of travel restrictions around the globe.

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American Airlines and Indigo announce codeshare

American Airlines has announced the signing of codeshare agreement with Indigo, India’s largest airline. The announcement comes just a few weeks before American Airlines reenters the Indian market with nonstop flights to Delhi and Bengaluru.

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Marriott to open Residence Inn by Marriott and Fairfield by Marriott in Costa Rica

Marriott has announced that it will open its second Residence Inn by Marriott and first Fairfield by Marriott Hotel in Costa Rica, growing its portfolio to 17 hotels in this sought after market.

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Accor’s Raffles The Palm Dubai is welcoming guests from 1st October 2021

Accor’s Raffles The Palm Dubai, the palatial luxury beachfront resort on the Palm Jumeirah’s West Crescent, will officially welcome guests from 1st October 2021.

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Emirates eyes London Gatwick resumption in December 2021

Emirates has announced that it will restart flights to London Gatwick Airport in December 2021, “responding to the easing of international travel restrictions and an upsurge in passenger demand for winter sun”.

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United Airlines and Airlink announce codeshare

United Airlines has announced a codeshare with South African airline Airlink that will offer passengers more connections between the U.S. and Southern Africa than “any other airline partnership”. The news comes after Airlink recently expanded its partnership with Emirates.

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Marriott International announces a major expansion in South Asia with 22 new signings including 13 in India

American hospitality brand Marriott International has announced a major expansion in South Asia – comprising India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Nepal – with 22 new signings in the past 18 months, including 13 in India.

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SpiceJet adds Jodhpur to its network with flights from Mumbai and Delhi

Indian low cost carrier SpiceJet has added Jodhpur, Rajasthan to its network. The airline will begin flights to Rajasthan’s second largest city in November in line with busy winter season travel starts.

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Frontier Airlines reveals 5 new routes from Tampa, Florida

Low cost carrier Frontier Airlines has announced 5 new routes from Tampa, Florida. With the addition of these flights, Frontier will offer 26 nonstop routes from Tampa. To celebrate the new service, Frontier is offering introductory fares starting at $39.

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Air France unveils its first Airbus A220-300

Air France has unveiled its first Airbus A220-300 named “Le Bourget”. The airline took delivery of its first A220 on 29th September 2021.

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United States gets yet another startup with aha! in Reno, Nevada

United States is getting yet another startup airline. ExpressJet Airlines has announced its reboot with the launch of aha!, its “air-hotel-adventure” leisure brand.

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SpiceJet partners with travel portal EaseMyTrip

SpiceJet has partnered with online travel platform ‘EaseMyTrip’ for holiday bookings, a release said on 29th September 2021.

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Emirates introduces two new Cold Coffee options ahead of World Coffee Day

Coffee lovers flying in Emirates’ First Class and Business Class can look forward to a refreshing brew with newly introduced cold coffee choices onboard.

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Qatar Airways resume flights to Medina, Saudi Arabia

Qatar Airways has announced the resumption of flights to Medina, Saudi Arabia, with the first flight taking off today.

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Avelo Airlines announces a new route to Tucson, Arizona

Avelo Airlines has announced a brand-new route to Tucson, Arizona, continuing to expand its West Coast network in the United States. Tucson will be Avelo’s 19th destination nationwide and 11th destination serves from its West Coast base at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport.

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Indigo announces Kanpur as its 71st domestic destination

Indian low cost carrier Indigo has announced Kanpur as its 71st domestic destination and 10th new regional destination this year, with flights from 3 Indian metro cities starting in November 2021.

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IHG to open a Indigo Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia

IHG Hotels and Resorts has announced that it has extended its partnership with PT Hotel Dago Pakar with a second hotel – Hotel Indigo Bandung Dago Pakar – following the success of InterContinental Bandung Dago Pakar.

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Good news for Australians: Qantas to resume flights to London and Los Angeles in November

Qantas has announced that it will bring forward the resumption of scheduled passenger international flights to 14th November 2021, following Australian Government’s announcement that Australia’s borders will open in November.

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Australia to relax its International Border restrictions for the first time this November

The government of Australia announced today that the ban on Australians travelling abroad will be lifted next month, a month ahead of the earlier scheduled December reopening, thus relaxing one of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions imposed globally.

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Etihad Airways to launch flights to South Africa and Zanzibar

Etihad Airways has announced that it will launch 3 new “quarantine-free” destinations for the coming winter season. When the airline starts services to these 3 destinations, the flag carrier of the United Arab Emirates will be operating flights to 70 destinations across 47 countries.

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Hyatt Place Jingdezhen Taoxichuaun opens its doors

Hyatt has announced the opening of Hyatt Place Jingdezhen Taoxichuan, thus continuing with its expansion plans in China and also expanding Hyatt Place’s footprint globally.

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Qatar Airways expands Egypt network

Qatar Airways has announced a expansion in Egypt. The carrier will begin flying to Sharm El-Shiekh in December, resume flying to Luxor in November and has increased flights to the capital city of Cairo.

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Marriott unveils a new Complimentary Hotel Breakfast at its Select brands

Marriott Bonvoy, the loyalty program of Marriott International, has unveiled a new complimentary hot breakfast program at its “Select” brands.

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IHCL to open a new SeleQtions property in Kolkata

Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) has announced the signing of a new SeleQtions hotel in Kolkata, West Bengal.

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Frontier Airlines reveals 6 new nonstop routes to Cancun

Frontier Airlines, a low cost carrier based in the United States, has revealed 6 new nonstop routes up Cancun, Mexico. With the addition of these services, Frontier will now offer 19 nonstop routes to Cancun, which it states is more than any other airline.

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Air New Zealand to require international travellers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Air New Zealand has announced that it will require all international travellers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 starting February 2022.

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