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Western Australia Government promotes working holidays

25 May, 2022

Western Australia's (WA) Government announced (24-May-2022) it is encouraging working holiday makers from overseas and interstate to 'stay and play' in WA with a series of promotional campaigns. Tourism WA's AUD850,000 (USD603,600) initiative is supported by the WA Government's AUD195 million (USD138.5 million) Reconnect WA package and aims to boost the seasonal workforce at key tourism destinations and regional locations. Promotional campaigns in the UK, Europe, Japan and South Korea will feature flight offers, incentives and working holiday packages. The domestic 'Paid Escape' campaign will target interstate working holiday makers. Eligible working holiday makers could also make an extra AUD2100 (USD1491) to work and travel in select regional locations through the WA Government's Regional Agriculture, Tourism and Hospitality Workers Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme. This includes an accommodation allowance of AUD40 (USD28) per night up to a maximum of six weeks for international working holiday makers or 12 weeks for Australians, along with a one-off allowance up to a maximum of AUD500 (USD355) to assist with travel costs. [more - original PR]

Korean Air extends validity period for mileage points redemption

25 May, 2022

Korean Air extended (24-May-2022) the validity period for SkyPass member mileage points scheduled to expire at the end of 2022 until the end of 2023. The measure is in response to the difficulty members have faced using their mileage points amid the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aviation sector. [more - original PR - Korean]

Condor launches Frankfurt-Los Angeles service

25 May, 2022

Condor commenced (24-May-2022) three times weekly Frankfurt-Los Angeles service on 24-May-2022. The carrier operates the route using Boeing 767 aircraft equipped with a three class cabin configuration. According to OAG, Lufthansa also operates the route and is scheduled to operate up to 13 weekly frequencies during the summer 2022 schedule. [more - original PR - German]

Air France and Delta Air Lines launch trans Atlantic shuttle service between New York and Paris

24 May, 2022

Air France and Delta Air Lines announced (23-May-2022) plans to launch a trans-Atlantic shuttle service from New York JFK to Paris Orly and Paris CDG, from Jun-2022. Under the agreement, the carriers will operate hourly frequencies from New York JFK from the late afternoon, and frequencies from both Paris airports every one to two hours during the day. Details include:

  • Air France:
    • Paris-CDG-New York JFK: Six times daily;
    • Paris Orly-New York-JFK: Daily;
    • Operated using Boeing 777-300 and A350 aircraft;
  • Delta Air Lines:
    • New York JFK-Paris CDG: Twice daily, using A330 aircraft;

Three daily Air France frequencies will feature its La Premiere cabin, while Delta's service will offer its Delta One and Delta Premium Select cabins. All nine frequencies will offer at least three classes of service. [more - original PR]

Belgium eases COVID-19 mask requirement and travel restrictions

24 May, 2022

Belgium's Federal Government lifted (23-May-2022) its COVID-19 face mask requirement and travel restrictions effective 23-May-2022. The face mask requirement will only remain mandatory in hospitals, surgeries and pharmacies. Non essential travel from outside the EU will no longer be banned, while COVID-19 testing on days one and seven after arrival, as well as quarantine measures are no longer mandatory. In addition, travellers are no longer required to provide a passenger locator form, or proof of a vaccination, recovery or test certificate. [more - original PR]

Perth Airport: Qantas Airways resumes Perth-London service

24 May, 2022

Perth Airport, via its official Facebook account, announced (23-May-2022) Qantas Airways resumed Perth-London service on 23-May-2022, following a two year hiatus. The service is scheduled to operate four times weekly. 

Virgin Australia and United Airlines launch partnership

24 May, 2022

Virgin Australia and United Airlines launched (24-May-2022) their partnership on 24-May-2022. The partnership for Virgin Australia will triple the airline's reach into the Americas. Virgin Australia recently announced a new partnership with Qatar Airways and will resume international services to Bali on 15-Jun-2022 and Queenstown in Dec-2022. The airline already operates daily to Fiji. United Airlines will expand its Australian services from 02-Jun-2022, with the return of the Melbourne-San Francisco route. [more - original PR]

Barbados removes COVID-19 testing requirements for entry

24 May, 2022

Barbados' Government announced (23-May-2022) plans to remove COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated travellers, effective 25-May-2022. [more - original PR]

Regional Express (Rex) to suspend Sydney-Canberra service

24 May, 2022

Regional Express (Rex) announced (24-May-2022) plans to suspend Sydney-Canberra service from 30-May-2022. The carrier first launched the service in Apr-2021, as part of an expansion of the airline's regional and domestic network. Rex deputy chairman John Sharp stated: "Unfortunately with the entrance of an additional operator, and the very high charges imposed by Sydney Airport from 01-Jun-2022, mean that the route is no longer viable… The resources will be diverted to other routes which will provide a better return". [more - original PR]

Singapore Changi Airport to resume T2 operations as part of phased reopening

24 May, 2022

Singapore Changi Airport announced (22-May-2022) operations in terminal 2 will resume on 29-May-2022, as part of a phased reopening. Key touchpoints including arrival immigration, baggage claim belts and contact gates at the southern wing of the terminal will be ready for flight operations. T2 will mainly host peak hour arrival flights of airlines operating in T3. The expanded T2 will also see a larger arrival immigration hall with more automated immigration lanes and special assistance lanes. When completed by 2024, the expansion works will raise the terminal's capacity by five million to 28 million passenger movements per year. [more - original PR]

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