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United Airlines CEO expects slow but full recovery in international travel

United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby stated he expects international business travel will recover from the coronavirus pandemic at a slower rate than leisure travel, and he

Avianca suspends 25 international routes due to COVID-19 restrictions

Avianca suspended 25 international routes due to travel restrictions imposed by several governments (Contato Radar/El Pais, 02-Mar-2021). The carrier cancelled 12 routes from Bogota, four from El Salvador,

Aerolineas Argentinas resumes ‘oil corridor’ routes

Aerolineas Argentinas resumed (02-Mar-2021) the following “oil corridor” routes, bypassing Buenos Aires: Comodoro Rivadavia-Neuquén: Twice weekly; Mendoza-Neuquén: Twice weekly; Córdoba-Mendoza: Four times weekly since Jan-2021; Córdoba-Neuquén:

SWISS to prioritise VFR and leisure destinations under network relaunch

SWISS head of network management Benedikt Escher said the carrier will relaunch its network “as soon as possible” with a “clear tendency” towards VFR traffic and

Italian Government aiming to finalise Alitalia reconstruction process for summer 2021: reports

Italy‘s Prime Minister Mario Draghi reportedly met with ministers to accelerate the reconstruction process of Italia Trasporti Aero (ITA), formerly Alitalia (Reuters/Il Sole 24 Ore/La Repubblica/Il Giornale, 02-Mar-2021). Under

Mesa Air Group to apply for AOC to launch services in Europe

Mesa Air Group entered (02-Mar-2021) a conditional agreement with Gramercy Associates to develop a European based JV. The company will apply for an air operator’s certificate

Malaysia launches portal to assist business travellers

Malaysian Investment Development Authority launched a portal to facilitate the entry of short term and long term business travellers into Malaysia (Bernama, 03-Mar-2021). The portal

Thailand’s Finance Ministry expresses support for Thai Airways restructuring plan

Thailand‘s Ministry of Finance reported it is in support of Thai Airways‘ restructuring plan, which includes raising THB50 billion (USD1.6 billion) of fresh capital and

AirAsia launches new Asean Unlimited product

AirAsia launched (03-Mar-2021) Asean Unlimited, a new product that offers unlimited access to the carrier’s international and domestic flights and e-commerce delivery services on its

SIA expecting to reach 25% of pre COVID capacity levels by end of May-2021

Singapore Airlines (SIA) announced (03-Mar-2021) plans to reinstate services to Tokyo Haneda from Mar-2021 and Taipei from Apr-2021. The group expects passenger capacity to reach

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