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Vanuatu reopens to fully vaccinated international travellers

5 July, 2022

Vanuatu Tourism Office, via its official website, announced (01-Jul-2022) the reopening of Vanuatu's international borders to all fully vaccinated travellers, effective 01-Jul-2022. Travellers aged two and over must present one of the following upon flight check-in:

  • Negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 24 to 72 hours prior to departure;
  • Negative COVID-19 supervised RAT test taken within 24 hours of departure;
  • Positive COVID-19 RAT or PCR test taken at least eight days but no more than two months before date of departure.

Travellers will not be required to test or quarantine upon arrival. Face masks must be worn by all travellers aged 12 and over onboard flights to Vanuatu and within airport terminals.

Ethiopian Airlines to commence Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Manila service in Aug-2022

4 July, 2022

Ethiopian Airlines is scheduled to commence three times weekly Addis Ababa-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi-Manila service with Boeing 787-8 on 03-Aug-2022, according to OAG. The airline also operates Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Hong Kong and Addis Ababa-Bangkok-Jakarta services.

Cebu Pacific resumes Manila-Sydney service on 01-Jul-2022

4 July, 2022

Cebu Pacific resumed (03-Jul-2022) three times weekly Manila-Sydney service on 01-Jul-2022. The service has been suspended for over two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [more - original PR]

Malaysia Airlines to reopen Platinum Lounge at KLIA

4 July, 2022

Malaysia Airlines announced (30-Jun-2022) plans to reopen its Platinum Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from 01-Jul-2022. This marks the full restoration of the carrier's lounges at KLIA, including its Domestic, Regional and Satellite Golden Lounges. [more - original PR]

Aircalin launches twice weekly Noumea-Singapore service

4 July, 2022

Aircalin launched twice weekly Noumea Tontouta-Singapore service using A330-900neo equipment on 01-Jul-2022, according to OAG. The carrier plans to increase frequency to three times weekly from 07-Sep-2022. Aircalin is the sole scheduled operator on the route.

Air China resumes nine international services in Jun/Jul-2022

4 July, 2022

Air China, via its official WeChat account, announced (02-Jul-2022) the resumption of the following international services in Jun/Jul-2022:

  • Beijing-Stockholm: Weekly from 19-Jun-2022;
  • Beijing-Milan: Weekly from 29-Jun-2022;
  • Beijing-Madrid: Weekly from 02-Jul-2022;
  • Beijing-Warsaw: Weekly from 01-Jul-2022;
  • Beijing-Budapest: Weekly from 07-Jul-2022;
  • Beijing-Manila: Weekly from 04-Jul-2022;
  • Beijing-Dubai: Weekly from 30-Jun-2022;
  • Beijing-Phnom Penh: Weekly from 28-Jun-2022;
  • Chengdu-Kathmandu: Weekly from 12-Jun-2022.

Jetstar commences Melbourne-Canberra service

4 July, 2022

Jetstar Airways commenced (01-Jul-2022) daily Melbourne-Canberra service with A320 on 01-Jul-2022, according to Canberra Airport. The service will provide more than 130,000 seats p/a. Canberra Airport CEO Stephen Byron stated: "Jetstar's expansion proves that the low cost model works for our city and the region. This firmly cements Jetstar's presence in Canberra". Jetstar also commenced Brisbane-Canberra service in Dec-2021 and will launch four times weekly Gold Coast-Canberra service on 16-Sep-2022. [more - original PR]

Air Canada resumes four times weekly Vancouver-Brisbane service

4 July, 2022

Brisbane Airport announced (03-Jul-2022) Air Canada resumed four times weekly Vancouver-Brisbane service using Boeing 787-9 equipment on 01-Jul-2022. Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff stated: "Not only will these flights deliver 60,000 tourists to Queensland each year, but they're also crucial to boosting trade between Queensland and Canada… They'll enable Queensland farmers to export meat and fresh produce direct to Vancouver and beyond". According to OAG, the carrier last operated the service in Mar-2020, and is the sole scheduled operator on the route. [more - original PR]

Australia's Government amends requirements for international arrivals

4 July, 2022

Australia's Minister for Health and Aged Care Mark Butler stated (03-Jul-2022) from 00:01 on 06-Jul-2022 people will be able to travel to and from Australia without being required to declare their coronavirus vaccination status. The decision to amend the Biosecurity Act 2015 to remove these requirements was based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer. Travellers must still comply with any remaining coronavirus requirements of airlines and shipping operators, as well as other countries and states and territories. This currently includes wearing masks on inbound international flights. State and territory orders mandating masks on domestic flights also remain in place. [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]

Air New Zealand COVID-19 International Flexibility Policy ends

4 July, 2022

Air New Zealand stated (01-Jul-2022) the COVID-19 International Flexibility Policy ended on 30-Jun-2022. For international travel from 01-Jul-2022, the following Long-term Credit Policy will apply for instances where tickets are permitted to be held in credit as per the fare rules or schedule change/disrupt policies:

  • Credits are valid for 12 months from the first date of travel;
  • If a ticket is partially flown, the credit will be valid for 12 months from the first flown flight. [more - original PR]
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