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TUI CEO reports group is returning to growth path, with demand for holidays and travel high

TUI Group CEO Fritz Joussen stated (27-Jul-2021) the group is “returning to the growth path” and is “well positioned with our tour operators, hotel and cruise

Lufthansa offering ‘Sleeper’s Row’ on select long haul routes

Lufthansa announced (01-Aug-2021) economy class passengers on select long haul routes will have the option of booking a ‘Sleeper’s Row’ at the check-in or at the

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport extends contactless F&B payment solution across all departure lounges

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport announced (30-Jul-2021) passengers can now use the Schiphol app to order food and drink and make contactless payments at F&B outlets across all departure lounges.

Visitor arrivals to South Korea down 94.8% in Jun-2021, compared to Jun-2019

Korea Tourism Organisation reported (30-Jul-2021) visitor arrivals to South Korea for Jun-2021. Details include: Visitor arrivals: 77,029, -94.8% compared to Jun-2019; US: 18,159, -82.8%; China:

Qantas Airways announces stand down for approximately 2500 workers

Qantas stated (03-Aug-2021) approximately 2500 frontline Qantas and Jetstar employees will be stood down for an estimated two months, in response to ongoing coronavirus outbreaks.

Korean Air operates 10,000 cargo only flights in passenger aircraft since Mar-2020

Korean Air operated (02-Aug-2021) its 10,000th cargo only flight in passenger aircraft on 01-Aug-2021. The airline commenced cargo only flights in passenger aircraft in Mar-2020,

TAT: Krabi and Phang Nga to open to vaccinated tourists in Aug-2021

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) confirmed (02-Aug-2021) the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus programmes will go ahead as usual, adding plans to reopen Krabi and

China Southern Airlines and Priority Pass announce partnership to provide lounge access

China Southern Airlines and Priority Pass announced (29-Jul-2021) a new comprehensive strategic partnership, providing members access to the full network of more than 40 lounges

Virgin Australia offers double velocity status credits

Virgin Australia stated (02-Aug-2021) Velocity Frequent Flyer is giving members double status credits on eligible Virgin Australia bookings from 02-Aug-2021 until midnight 10-Aug-2021. The offer follows

Australia’s Minister for Finance: Jandakot Airport selected as Western Australia quarantine hub

Australia‘s Minister for Finance Simon Birmingham stated (31-Jul-2021) Perth Jandakot Airport has been selected as a Western Australia quarantine hub, as it “provides an opportunity to be

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