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Regional Express (Rex) to launch Melbourne-Canberra service

Regional Express (Rex) announced (18-May-2021) plans to launch twice daily Melbourne-Canberra service with Boeing 737-800NG equipment, effective 10-Jun-2021. The new service will bring 200,000 seats

Qantas adds new benefits to Points Club programme

Qantas announced (18-May-2021) more 100,000 Points Club members have unclaimed travel benefits, including lounge passes, hotel discounts and bonus points, which are yet to be

Hong Kong tightens entry restrictions for seven additional countries

Hong Kong‘s Government announced (17-May-2021) that the boarding and quarantine requirements for persons arriving from Argentina, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Singapore will

Taiwan bans all foreign arrivals to 18-Jun-2021

Taiwan‘s Central Epidemic Command Center announced (17-May-2021) the implementation of new entry restrictions and measures. Effective 19-May-2021 to 18-Jun-2021, non Republic of China nationals without

Air New Zealand launches Auckland-Rarotonga travel bubble service

Air New Zealand launched (18-May-2021) Auckland-Rarotonga travel bubble service on 18-May-2021 following the establishment of a two way Cook Islands–New Zealand travel bubble. The carrier

Fiji Airways and Fiji Link continue network suspensions

Fiji Airways, via its official website, stated (14-May-2021) due to passenger service restrictions, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link extended service suspensions. Fiji Link suspended services until 23-May-2021,

American Express: 39% of US adults say they are vaccinated and feel safe to travel

American Express reported (13-May-2021) the following travel related highlights from its May-2021 ‘Amex Trendex’ survey of US consumers: Consumers are looking for deals or flexible payment options to

Viva Air Colombia requests approval to commences Medellin services to Buenos Aires and Cordoba

Viva Air Colombia requested Colombia Aerocivil approval to commence daily Medellin-Buenos Aires and daily Medellin–Cordoba services (Aviacion Online/transponder1200.com, 12-May-2021). If approved, the LCC will be the sole scheduled operator on both

Frontier Airlines records 36% capacity reduction in 1Q2021

Frontier Airlines reported (13-May-2021) the following highlights from 1Q2021: Total operating revenues were USD271 million, a decrease of 50% year-on-year due to a “significant reduction” in demand

Viva Aerobus to commence Cancun-Houston and Cancun-Newark services in Jul-2021

Viva Aerobus plans to commence twice weekly Cancun–Houston service on 03-Jul-2021 (Aviacion Online, 12-May-2021). The airline also plans to commence weekly Cancun–New York Newark service on 04-Jul-2021. The LCC will

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