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Air Canada to operate flights to 97 destinations this summer

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Air Canada is offering customers a choice of 97 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world with an abridged schedule this summer. Within Canada, the schedule will increase from 34 routes in May to 58 routes in June, with more routes expected to be added in August and September.… Read

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Airlines increase job cuts as pandemic crushes air travel

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Major airlines on both sides of the Atlantic are cutting even more jobs as they struggle to cope with a plunge in air travel that will leave the airline industry much smaller than it was before the coronavirus pandemic and economic collapse. EasyJet said Thursday that it will cut up… Read

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Global airlines slam tit-for-tat quarantine rules

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Global airlines have urged governments to keep politics out of coronavirus border controls after Britain and France became embroiled in a row over reciprocal quarantine rules. France has signalled it will impose equivalent measures after Britain announced a 14-day quarantine for people arriving from mainland Europe, including France, from June… Read

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Dejima: Where traders were isolated for economic gain

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In these days of global pandemic, people are remaining isolated to slow or prevent the spread of contagion. In addition to the health worry, there are also concerns that about the negative impact of isolation and limited activity on local, regional and global economies. But there was a time when… Read

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Aviation groups say global coordination needed for COVID19 measures

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Airports Council International (ACI) and IATA have called on governments to ensure any new measures introduced for airports and airlines in the wake of COVID19 are supported by scientific evidence and are consistent across the world. ACI and IATA have jointly issued a paper - Safely Restarting Aviation - ACI and… Read

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In the absence of tourists, locals reclaim their cities

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In Barcelona, Laia and her daughter stroll peacefully in Park Guell. At the same time, Mladen savors the silence of the marble alleys of Dubrovnik while Fabiana soaks up the calm of old Lisbon. These three corners of three cities, known for the hustle and clamor of tourists, are unusually… Read

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AirAsia extends credits for 2 years

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AirAsia customers with flights that had been scheduled to depart between March 23 and July 31, 2020 can now choose between a credit with a 2-year validity, or unlimited changes for flights departing up to Oct 31, 2020. AirAsia has also extended all credits previously issued for COVID19 related disruptions… Read

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Qatar Airways cabin crew to wear protective suits; face masks mandatory for passengers

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Qatar Airways cabin crew will begin wearing protective suits and passengers will have to wear face masks on board, the Middle East airline said, as it begins rebuilding its network after the coronavirus pandemic grounded flights. Cabin crew have already been wearing face masks and gloves while on board but… Read

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Air Canada launches CleanCare+

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Air Canada has launched CleanCare+, a program designed to provide customers with greater peace of mind during all stages of travel. Air Canada CleanCare+ includes measures such as mandatory pre-flight customer temperature checks in addition to required health questionnaires, seat assignment policies to allow for more personal space in Economy… Read

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New shinkansen luggage rules start

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Speedy, clean, and high-tech, there’s a lot to like about traveling around Japan on the shinkansen. As of Wednesday, though, Japan’s bullet trains suddenly became a lot less convenient. As announced last summer, JR Tokai (also known as Central Japan Railway Company), JR West, and JR Kyushu have decided to institute new rules regarding luggage on the shinkansen.… Read

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