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Queensland Airports Limited handles 5.7m fewer pax in 2020

Queensland Airports Limited (QAL) stated (19-Jan-2021) passenger numbers at QAL airports were heavily impacted by coronavirus travel restrictions in 2020, with 5.7 million fewer passengers

Virgin Australia reopens Perth and Gold Coast lounges

Virgin Australia reopened (12-Jan-2021) its Perth and Gold Coast lounges with amended seating capacity and layout due to social distancing requirements. Self-serve food and beverage

New Zealand Government extends pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand

New Zealand‘s Government extended (19-Jan-2021) pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand, except those from exempted countries, effective 25-Jan-2021. New Zealand’s Minister for COVID-19

Air New Zealand updates international schedule to end of Jun-2021

Air New Zealand extended (19-Jan-2021) its international schedule until 30-Jun-2021, in response to ongoing travel restrictions and low passenger demand. The schedule aims to keep air

Air New Zealand enters partnership with ESR for saliva coronavirus testing

Air New Zealand and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) partnered (18-Jan-2021) to study the effectiveness of saliva testing in detecting coronavirus. The

New Zealand Govt announces quarantine free travel from Cook Islands

New Zealand‘s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Cook Islands‘ Prime Minister Mark Brown announced (15-Jan-2021) passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New

Air New Zealand to launch twice weekly Rarotonga-Auckland service

Air New Zealand announced (15-Jan-2021) plans to operate twice weekly Rarotonga-Auckland service with A320 equipment, effective 21-Jan-2020, following the announcement of a one-way quarantine free

Visitor arrivals to Australia down 99.1% in Nov-2020

Australian Bureau of Statistics reported (15-Jan-2021) visitor arrivals to Australia declined 99.1% year-on-year to 7570 in Nov-2020. Visitor arrivals to Australia declined 78.3% to 1.8

Virgin Australia announces executive leadership team appointments

Virgin Australia CEO Jayne Hrdlicka announced (18-Jan-2021) the following key appointments to the executive leadership team to further drive transformation. Lisa Burquest to become chief

Samoa extends State of Emergency to mid Feb-2021

Samoa‘s Government extended (14-Jan-2021) its State of Emergency, effective 18-Jan-2021 until 14-Feb-2021. All international travel to and from Samoa by aircraft is suspended, unless exempt

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