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IATA outlines two main priorities to restart European aviation industry

IATA regional VP Europe Rafael Schvartzman said (19-Jan-2021) there are two priorities to restart Europe‘s aviation industry and air transport network. Firstly, the removal of quarantine restrictions by introducing

KLM to suspend long haul activities as tighter Dutch travel restrictions are imposed

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines plans to suspend all long haul activities from 22-Jan-2021 due to tighter Dutch travel restrictions (Reuters/luchtvaartnieuws.nl, 20-Jan-2021). KLM stated that imposing COVID-19 antigen testing conditions

Air Serbia partners with Booking.com and Rentalcars.com

Air Serbia signed (19-Jan-2021) partnership agreements with Booking.com and Rentalcars.com, enabling travellers to organise their entire trip, including accommodation, flight and rental car on the airserbia.com

Lufthansa to operate long haul tourist routes under ‘Eurowings Discover’ brand

Lufthansa reportedly plans to launch its new long haul tourist brand under the name ‘Eurowings Discover’ instead of the previously planned Ocean GmbH (airliners.de/aero.de, 19-Jan-2021). The subsidiary

European Travel Commission: 32% of Europeans intend to take a trip between Apr-2021 and Jun-2021

European Travel Commission, in a travel sentiment survey, reported (19-Jan-2021) that 32% of respondents indicated that they intend to take a trip during Apr-2021 to

Flyr selects 737-800 as it looks to launch operations in summer 2021

Flyr selected the Boeing 737-800 as its aircraft of choice and unveiled its new aircraft livery (E24/Finansavisen, 18-Jan-2021). “It’s an aircraft that we in management have a lot

Irish Travel Agents Association CEO: ‘There has been a trickle of bookings’

Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) CEO Pat Dawson said: “There has been a trickle of bookings from September onwards, but no great numbers to any particular

Aviointeriors using COVID-19 downtime to ‘rejuvenate’ its products

Aviointeriors CEO Paolo Drago reported its production volumes are at around 20% of pre-pandemic levels, with the company using the period of reduced output to “ameliorate,

Fraport ‘optimistic’ that travel restrictions will begin to ease from spring 2021

Fraport chairman Dr Stefan Schulte said (18-Jan-2021) the company is “optimistic” that travel restrictions can start to be lifted gradually from spring 2021 due to the

Eurowings expects ‘dynamic recovery’ in tourist, VFR traffic in summer 2021

Eurowings reported (18-Jan-2021) it expects to see an “initial recovery” in passenger traffic by summer 2021. “People’s desire to travel is growing the longer the coronavirus

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