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Malawi drops PCR test requirement for vaccinated inbound travellers

23 May, 2022

Malawi's Ministry of Health, via its official Facebook account, announced (20-May-2022) the following changes to travel requirements, effective 01-Jun-2022:

  • Inbound travellers with a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate are no longer required to provide a PCR test certificate;
  • Inbound travellers without a vaccination certificate must provide a negative certificate from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival;
  • Requirements for outbound travellers depend on the requirements of the destination country.

Spain eases COVID-19 entry measures for non-EU travellers

23 May, 2022

Spain's Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism updated (21-May-2022) its COVID-19 travel restrictions, to make entry measures for third country travellers consistent with those for travellers from EU and Schengen countries. Effective 21-May-2022, all travellers will be able to enter Spain by providing at least one of the following certificates:

  • Ministry of Health accepted vaccination certificate;
  • Negative PCR or antigen test, taken within 72 or 24 hours prior to departure to Spain;
  • Authorised recovery certificate, valid for 180 days, issued at least 11 days after the confirmation of infection; 
  • Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from presenting any type of certificate. [more - original PR - Spanish]

Thailand's CCSA approves simplified Thailand Pass registration

23 May, 2022

Thailand's Centre of COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) approved (20-May-2022) the simplified Thailand Pass registration and entry rules for international arrivals from 01-Jun-2022. Foreign nationals are still required to apply for a Thailand Pass but will only need to provide passport details, vaccination and a USD10,000 health insurance policy. The system will then automatically issue a Thailand Pass QR code for the applicants. Thai citizens will no longer be required to apply for a Thailand Pass. [more - original PR]

Air Canada launches Montreal-San Diego service

23 May, 2022

Air Canada launched (21-May-2022) three times weekly Montreal-San Diego service on 21-May-2022. The service is the first nonstop service between the cities. [more - original PR]

Delta launches A321neo operations with Boston-San Francisco service

23 May, 2022

Delta Air Lines operated (20-May-2022) Boston-San Francisco service with an A321neo aircraft on 20-May-2022, marking the equipment's entry into service. Features of Delta's A321neos include:

  • 194 seats (20 First Class, 42 Delta Comfort+ and 132 Main Cabin);
  • New domestic first class seat design including more space, sturdier tray table and more stowage space;
  • Enhanced memory foam seat cushions in all cabins;
  • 50% greater entertainment offering compared to other aircraft in fleet;
  • WiFi available for purchase;
  • Powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF engines.

Delta SVP fleet and techops supply chain Mahendra Nair said the introduction of the A321neo into its fleet is "an important commitment on our Flight to Net Zero, our journey to decarbonise aviation". The aircraft will also be used to operate Boston-San Diego and Boston-Denver services, effective 11-Jul-2022, and "select trips" to Seattle commencing 20-Jul-2022. As previously reported by CAPA, the carrier has purchase commitments for 155 A321neos, with delivery scheduled through 2027. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - Pratt & Whitney]

Qantas Airways launches ‘fly now, pay later’ payment option

20 May, 2022

Qantas Airways launched (19-May-2022) a 'fly now, pay later' payment option on 19-May-2022, with passengers able to book domestic and international flights on qantas.com using buy now, pay later provider Zip and earn Qantas Points. Frequent Flyers will also be able to choose to earn Qantas Points through Zip's loyalty programme, Zip Rewards, when making some everyday purchases providing another way for members to maximise the points they earn. Qantas Loyalty CEO Olivia Wirth said this is the first time the airline has partnered with a buy now, pay later provider to offer the payment option for flight bookings. [more - original PR]

New Caledonia Tourism announces amendments to travel restrictions

20 May, 2022

New Caledonia Tourism, via its official website, announced (18-May-2022) the following amendments to New Caledonia's travel restrictions:

  • PCR test to be taken 72 hours prior to departure, or a rapid antigen test 48 hours from departure, for unvaccinated travellers;
  • A rapid antigen test is mandatory for all travellers and 12 and above, two days after arrival in New Caledonia;
  • Vaccinated travellers are no longer required to undergo a pre-departure coronavirus test;
  • Unvaccinated travellers are no longer required a compelling reason to travel;
  • Seven day isolation is removed for all travellers from New Zealand;
  • International boats, except cruise ships, are permitted entry into New Caledonia.

Northern Pacific Airways requests US DoT authorisation to operate international scheduled services

20 May, 2022

Northern Pacific Airways submitted (17-May-2022) an application to the US Department of Transportation requesting Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity and exemption authority to operate scheduled passenger, freight and mail services between the US and all countries with which the US has an Open-Skies agreement. Northern Pacific, a proposed LCC to be based at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, is also requesting blanket route integration authority. The carrier plans to operate scheduled services to South Korea and Japan from Anchorage using Boeing 757 equipment. [more - original PR]

BITRE: Australia on time departures rate at 62.2%, on time arrivals at 63.6% in Apr-2022

20 May, 2022

Australia's Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reported (20-May-2022) the following domestic on time performance highlights for Apr-2022:

  • On time departures: 62.2%;
    • Regional Express: 76.4%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 64.2%;
    • Virgin Australia: 62.7%;
    • QantasLink: 62.0%;
    • Qantas Airways: 57.7%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 55.2%;
  • On time arrivals: 63.6%;
    • Regional Express: 73.6%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 69.1%;
    • Virgin Australia: 65.6%;
    • QantasLink: 62.4%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 59.2%;
    • Qantas Airways: 58.7%;
  • Cancellations: 4.1%;
    • Regional Express: 1.1%;
    • Virgin Australia: 3.1%;
    • Virgin Australia Regional Airlines: 3.2%;
    • Jetstar Airways: 4.9%;
    • Qantas Airways: 5.0%;
    • QantasLink: 5.4%. [more - original PR]

United Airlines opens new United Club at New York Newark Liberty International Airport

20 May, 2022

United Airlines opened (19-May-2022) its new United Club at Terminal C3 of New York Newark Liberty International Airport. The 30,000sqft lounge is the largest United Club in the US, offering 480 seats, modern shower suites and a barista-staffed cafe. The opening aligns with the upcoming Memorial Day long weekend, one of the busiest travel weekends of the year in the US. [more - original PR]

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