News for Europe/MEA

Switzerland to remove testing requirements for vaccinated and recovered travellers from 22-Jan-2022

20 January, 2022

Switzerland's Federal Council announced (19-Jan-2022) COVID-19 vaccinated or recovered travellers, will no longer be required to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test before their arrival, effective 22-Jan-2022. Unvaccinated travellers, or those who do not have a COVID-19 recovery certificate, will be required to take tests prior to entering the country, however will not be required to take follow up tests after their arrival, due to limited testing capacity. Travellers arriving by plane and long distance bus services are also required to complete the passenger locator form. Additionally, the Federal Council also shortened the validity period of all vaccination and recovery certificates from to 270 days, effective 31-Jan-2022. [more - original PR]

Etihad Airways suspends UAE-Morocco flights until 28-Feb-2022

19 January, 2022

Etihad Airways, via its official website, announced (17-Jan-2022) the suspension of passenger services between the UAE and Morocco until 28-Feb-2022, in line with Moroccan government health directives. 

Air France to increase Canadian capacity by 25% during summer 2022

19 January, 2022

Air France announced (17-Jan-2022) it will increase capacity to Canada by 25% during summer 2022, compared to the pre pandemic period. In addition to its planned launch of Paris CDG-Quebec service, the carrier plans to increase frequencies to Montreal (up to four times daily), Toronto (up to twice daily) and Vancouver (up to daily). Following the capacity increase, the carrier will offer the largest capacity between Europe and Canada, amongst European airlines. [more - original PR]

Virgin Atlantic Airways and LATAM Airlines announce codeshare agreement

19 January, 2022

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced (18-Jan-2022) a codeshare agreement with LATAM Airlines which will provide network connections to Brazil. The carriers will codeshare on Virgin's London Heathrow-Sao Paulo service, as well as connections onwards to 12 domestic locations including Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Florianopolis. Passengers travelling from Sao Paulo to London Heathrow will also have access to Virgin destinations through Terminal 3, including Tel Aviv, Delhi and Hong Kong. [more - original PR]

Brussels Airlines to add eight new destinations to summer 2022 network

19 January, 2022

Brussels Airlines announced (17-Jan-2022) it will operate to 85 destinations during the summer 2022 schedule, commencing 27-Mar-2022. The airline will add eight destinations to its summer network, Lanzarote, Chania, Hurghada, Mytilini, Samos, Marrakech, Rabat and Munich. The carrier's long haul offer will comprise 19 destinations, 17 in sub Saharan Africa and two in the US (New York and Washington). Its medium haul network will comprise 66 destinations, including the following highlights:

  • Greece: Athens, Heraklion, Cos, Rhodes, Corfu, Zakynthos;
  • Italy: Bari, Catania, Florence, Milan, Napoli, Olbia, Palermo and Rome;
  • Spain: Alicante, Madrid, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife and Gran Canaria;
  • Portugal: Lisbon;
  • Croatia: Dubrovnik and Split;
  • Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg;
  • Morocco: Tangier and Nador.

Brussels Airlines head of network and planning Jan Derycke stated "booking figures clearly show a great willingness to travel", adding, compared to summer 2021, passengers are starting "to book longer in advance again". [more - original PR]

Quebec welcomes tourist benefits of Air France's planned Paris CDG-Quebec service

18 January, 2022

Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport welcomed (17-Jan-2022) Air France's planned launch of Paris CDG-Quebec service from 17-May-2022, outlining it will connect the region to over 1000 countries in 170 countries, through the Air France-KLM and SkyTeam networks. France is Quebec's fourth largest tourist market, with the new route making it one of four Canadian cities to have a direct connection with the airline. [more - original PR]

Emirates: Flight suspension extended for South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe

18 January, 2022

Emirates Airline, via its official website, stated (17-Jan-2022) all South African passenger services remain suspended until further notice, following the partial resumption of Dubai-Johannesburg operations on 06-Jan-2022, as reported by CAPA. The carrier also confirmed ongoing suspension of flights to and from Zambia and Zimbabwe, while services to and from Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia are partially resumed. 

EU Council removes Argentina, Australia and Canada from list of 'safe' third countries

18 January, 2022

Council of the European Union removed (17-Jan-2022) Argentina, Australia and Canada from its list of countries for which travel restrictions should be lifted. The Council's updated list, of third countries for which member states should gradually lift travel restrictions effective 17-Jan-2022, includes:

  • Bahrain;
  • Chile;
  • Colombia;
  • Indonesia;
  • Kuwait;
  • New Zealand;
  • Peru;
  • Qatar;
  • Rwanda;
  • Saudi Arabia;
  • South Korea;
  • United Arab Emirates;
  • Uruguay;
  • China (subject to confirmation of reciprocity);
  • Hong Kong;
  • Macau;
  • Taiwan. [more - original PR]

VDR: 21.5% of German business travellers report no internal restrictions for business travel

18 January, 2022

Association of German Travel Management (VDR), via its official website, published (14-Jan-2022) monthly survey results of its business travel members and organisations. The survey includes the following highlights:

  • In response to whether their company currently imposes restrictions on business travel related to the reason for travel:
    • 77.2% reported business trips are only allowed in justified exceptional cases;
    • 21.5% reported business trips are allowed, without restrictions;
  • In response to whether their company currently has travel destination restrictions;
    • 10.7% reported only business trips within Germany are allowed;
    • 14.1% reported business trips within Germany and other European countries are allowed;
    • 75.6% reported business travel is permitted worldwide;
  • In response to how long respondents thought their company's internal travel restrictions will last:
    • 16.4% stated by the end of 1Q2022;
    • 13.1% stated by the end of 1H2022;
    • 70.5% stated they will decide on easing the restrictions with short notice, depending on the pandemic situation;
  • In response to what percentage of business trips are currently taking place in their company compared to the annual average in 2019:
    • 15.4% stated up to 5%;
    • 28.2% stated up to 10%;
    • 35.9% stated up to 25%;
    • 14.1% stated up to 50%
    • 6.4% stated more than 50%.

CAAC suspends more international services

18 January, 2022

CAAC stated (17-Jan-2022) the following international services will be suspended for two weeks after passengers on the services tested positive for coronavirus in early Jan-2022:

  • Suspension from 24-Jan-2022:
    • Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • China Southern Airlines' Sydney-Guangzhou;
    • China Eastern Airlines' Frankfurt-Shanghai;
    • American Airlines' Dallas-Shanghai;
    • Delta's Detroit-Shanghai;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai;
    • Xiamen Airlines' Vancouver-Xiamen service suspended for four weeks;
    • Etihad Airways' Abu Dhabi-Shanghai;
    • Lion Air's Jakarta-Wuhan;
    • SWISS' Zurich-Shanghai;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
  • Suspension from 31-Jan-2022:
    • Sichuan Airlines' Vancouver-Chengdu service;
    • United Airlines' San Francisco-Shanghai;
    • Egyptair's Cairo-Hangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • China Southern's Los Angeles-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 07-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Toronto-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Eastern's Paris-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Neos' Milan-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • China Southern's Amsterdam-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 14-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Paris-Guangzhou service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
    • Air Canada's Vancouver-Shanghai service to continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
  • Suspension from 21-Feb-2022:
    • China Southern's Nairobi-Changsha service will continue to be suspended for a further two weeks;
    • Air China's Paris-Tianjin service to continue to be suspended for a further four weeks;
  • Suspension from 28-Feb-2022:
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