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China Eastern commences Hangzhou-Sydney cargo service

China Eastern Airlines commenced (28-Apr-2021) Hangzhou-Sydney cargo service with Boeing 787-9 on 27-Apr-2021, marking Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport‘s first cargo service to Australia. The carrier

Sri Lanka temporarily prohibits arrivals from India

Civil Aviation Authority Sri Lanka temporarily prohibited the entry of air travel passengers from India to Sri Lanka, effective 06-May-2021 until further notice (Colombo Gazette/Economy

AOKpass and SITA to partner on safe & efficient return to cross-border travel at scale

SITA signed (06-May-2021) a partnership with AOKpass, a health pass platform and app, to “jointly facilitate a safer and more efficient return to cross-border travel at scale”. SITA will

Uzbekistan Airways to cut costs and establish new LCC brand

Uzbekistan‘s Government adopted a resolution on the transformation and support of the country’s civil aviation enterprises (Trend News Agency/Gazeta.uz, 04/05-May-2021). Details include: Uzbekistan Airways to adopt

IATA: Domestic booking behaviour in the US and China almost back to normal in Apr-2021

IATA reported (30-Apr-2021) domestic travel booking behaviour in the US and China has almost reverted to pre-crisis modes as of Apr-2021. In the US, 64% of passengers purchased their tickets more

eDreams ODIGEO: 80% of consumers will book with OTAs if they are more convenient or cheaper

eDreams ODIGEO reported (21-Apr-2021) an independent survey of consumer booking preferences for post-COVID travel found the length of time needed to research airfares was ranked as

Clean Sky expects coronavirus will delay less than 20% of projects

Clean Sky, via its 2020 Highlights report, stated (29-Apr-2021) more than 80% of Clean Sky‘s key demonstrators will deliver their objectives by the end of the

HNA Group airlines handle 1.5m pax, airports handle 783,500 during 2021 May Day holiday

HNA Group, via its official Weibo account, reported (06-May-2021) its airline, airport, hotel and commercial subsidiaries handled a combined 3.45 million passengers during the 2021

AirAsia Malaysia pax drops 92% in 1Q2021

AirAsia Group reported (06-May-2021) the following traffic highlights for AirAsia Malaysia in the three months ended Mar-2021: Passengers: 497,742, -92% year-on-year; Seat capacity: 683,886, -92%; Passenger

IATA CEO: COVID-19 testing costs ‘should not stand between people and their freedom to travel’

IATA CEO Willie Walsh said (05-May-2021) COVID-19 testing costs “should not stand between people and their freedom to travel” and said the best solution “is

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