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Regional carrier SkyWest cancels 700 U.S. flights over technical woes

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Flight attendants talk in a nearly empty cabin on a Delta Airlines flight operated by SkyWest Airlines as travel has cutback, amid concerns of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), during a flight departing from Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – U.S. regional......

Melbourne reopens as world’s most locked-down city eases pandemic restrictions

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MELBOURNE, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Melbourne residents flocked to the city’s pubs, restaurants and hair salons in the early hours of Friday after the world’s most locked-down city emerged from its latest spate of restrictions designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. Australia’s second-largest city has so far endured 262......

Air New Zealand to require COVID-19 vaccination for international travelers

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Travellers walk under an Air New Zealand sign at Auckland Airport in New Zealand, September 20, 2017. REUTERS/Nigel Marple Oct 3 (Reuters) – Air New Zealand (AIR.NZ), the flag carrier airline of New Zealand, said on Sunday it will require passengers on its international flights to be fully vaccinated against......

White House presses U.S. airlines to quickly mandate vaccines for staff

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WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) – The White House is pressing major U.S. airlines to mandate coronavirus vaccines for employees by Dec. 8 and showing no signs of extending the deadline, four sources told Reuters on Friday. White House COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients spoke to the chief executives of American......

Top Israeli diplomat visits Bahrain, U.S. navy base in signal to Iran

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DUBAI, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Bahrain hosted the Israeli foreign minister on Thursday for the highest-level visit since the countries established ties last year andwhich included a tour of a U.S. naval headquarters to signal common cause against Iran. Landing in Manama on a plane daubed with an olive branch......

United Airlines ready to fire workers for defying vaccine mandate

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CHICAGO, Sept 28 (Reuters) – United Airlines (UAL.O) said on Tuesday nearly 600 U.S.-based employees faced termination after failing to comply with the carrier’s vaccination policy. In early August, the company became the first U.S. carrier to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all domestic employees, requiring proof of vaccination by Monday.......

U.S. bars flight from landing with Americans from Kabul – activists

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security emblem is pictured at the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) located just outside Washington in Arlington, Virginia September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang/ WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied U.S. landing rights for a charter plane carrying......

U.S. says Chinese government blocking airplane purchases

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during a Reuters interview at the Department of Commerce in Washington U.S., September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Tuesday the Chinese government is preventing its domestic airlines from buying “tens of billions of......

Canada seeks to attract U.S. frequent flyers with perks on Air Canada

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Air Canada planes are parked at Toronto Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo MONTREAL, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Canada is trying to use the lure of travel perks to convince America’s frequent-flying elite to fly north on Air Canada (AC.TO), as the country steps......

China’s biggest air show to display self-sufficiency drive, military prowess

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Airshow China to open on Tuesday in southern city of Zhuhai Local firms have ramped up presence as travel restricted Display debuts include AG600 and Wing Loong II drone ZHUHAI, China, Sept 27 (Reuters) – China’s drive for self-sufficiency in aerospace and its growing military prowess will be on display......

Oman Air seeks oneworld alliance membership

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DUBAI, Sept 26 (Reuters) – State-owned Oman Air announced on Sunday its intention to apply to join the oneworld global airline alliance and said it had asked fellow Gulf carrier and member Qatar Airways to help it. Oman Air said it had approached Qatar Airways, whose chief executive Akbar Al......

Airport closed as La Palma volcano eruption intensifies

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The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted last Sunday Airport closed, people queue for ferries Experts say volcano entering a new explosive phase LA PALMA, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Volcanic explosions spewed red hot lava high into the air on La Palma on Saturday as a new emission vent opened, forcing the......

Analysis: Climate and COVID cast shadow over jet demand outlook

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A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane is seen at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the Greater Los Angeles Area, California, U.S., April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo Aircraft investors struggle to assess climate impact Values of older aircraft undermined Some fear newer aircraft’s lives will be shorter LONDON/TOULOUSE, Sept......

Algeria closes airspace to Moroccan aviation as dispute deepens

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ALGIERS/CAIRO, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Algeria’s supreme security council decided on Wednesday to close the country’s airspace to all Moroccan civil and military aircraft, the Algerian presidency said, less than a month after it cut diplomatic relations with the Kingdom. The decision came “in view of the continued provocations and......

U.S. to relax travel restrictions for vaccinated foreign air travelers in November

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WASHINGTON, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The United States will reopen in November to air travelers from 33 countries including China, India, Brazil and most of Europe who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the White House said on Monday, easing tough pandemic-related restrictions that started early last year. The decision, announced......

Easing restrictions will boost U.S. airlines but business travel still unclear

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CHICAGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) – U.S. airlines will benefit from the Biden administration’s decision on Monday to reopen the country to fully-vaccinated air travelers from around the world, experts said, but the outlook for lucrative business travel was less certain. Lifting restrictions will allow tens of thousands of foreign nationals......

Lufthansa launches $2.5 bln capital increase

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A Lufthansa Airbus A320-200 plane is seen on the tarmac at the Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport in Colombier-Saugnieu near Lyon, France, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot FRANKFURT, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said on Sunday it would launch a capital increase that it expects will result in proceeds of 2.14 billion......

Britain mulls easing COVID-19 travel rules for England

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Announcement on easing of rules expected later on Friday Expensive testing could be scrapped for fully vaccinated Destinations may be ranked high or low risk Industry warns over not easing rules Travel shares rise 4-5% LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The British government will on Friday consider easing England’s COVID-19......

Sydney pilots home quarantine as Australia looks to reopen border

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Sydney trials home quarantine for vaccinated travellers Trial to use controversial face recognition technology Almost 2,000 new COVID-19 cases in Sydney and Melbourne Victoria to ease some restrictions from Friday night SYDNEY, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving......

U.S. to award Newark flights to low-cost carrier to spur competition

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People traveling ahead of the July 4th holiday are seen at the Newark Liberty International Airport, in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., July 2, 2021. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz WASHINGTON, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The Biden administration announced on Thursday that it plans to award 16 slots for flights at Newark International Airport......

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