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Heathrow Airport CEO sees patchy international travel this summer

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LONDON, April 14 (Reuters) – The chief executive of Heathrow Airport, Britain’s busiest airport, said that international travel this summer would be “patchy” as countries worry about the risk of importing COVID-19 variants and their impact on the vaccine. “I think over the summer, we’re going to see quite a......

UK vaccine body: Keep going with second doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

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FILE PHOTO: A medical worker prepares a dose of Oxford/AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre in Antwerp, Belgium March 18, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – People in Britain who have received their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered their second dose,......

UPDATE 1-Kenya Airways suspends flights to United Kingdom

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(Adds detail, background) NAIROBI, April 5 (Reuters) – Kenya Airways will suspend flights to the United Kingdom effective April 9, the airline said in a statement. The announcement comes days after Britain said it would add Kenya to its travel “red list”. Those arriving in the United Kingdom from countries......

Iraqi Airways to start direct flights to Abu Dhabi – news agency

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FILE PHOTO: An Iraqi Airways plane is seen at the Erbil International Airport in Erbil, Iraq September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari DUBAI (Reuters) – Iraqi Airways plans to start direct flights to the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi on May 1, the state-run Iraqi News Agency reported on Sunday,......

Analysis: Europe’s COVID setbacks risk another summer travel washout

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By Sarah Young, Laurence Frost LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) – Europe’s airlines and travel sector are bracing for a second lost summer, with rebound hopes increasingly challenged by a hobbled COVID-19 vaccine rollout, resurgent infections and new lockdowns. FILE PHOTO: A woman on Porto Katsiki beach on the island of Lefkada, Greece,......

Ethiopian 737 MAX crash families set to obtain key Boeing documents

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(Reuters) – Families of victims of the deadly 2019 Ethiopian Airlines jet crash may obtain as soon as Thursday Boeing’s reports to U.S. regulators that helped keep its 737 MAX flying after a prior disaster with the same jet in Indonesia five months earlier. FILE PHOTO: Signage of The Boeing......

France eases COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

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PARIS (Reuters) – France will ease some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel outside Europe, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that travellers to or from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Britain and Singapore would no longer need a compelling reason to travel.......

Budget airlines seek EU sustainable fuel quotas for all flights

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ryanair, Easyjet and other low-cost airlines have written to the European Union asking that its plan to force carriers to use a certain share of sustainable fuels apply to all flights, not just short-haul ones. FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair aircraft taxis behind an easyJet aircraft at Manchester......

U.S. Senate to begin debating COVID-19 bill this week -Schumer

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters in The Senate Reception Room during the second day of Trump’s second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Brandon Bell/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will begin debating President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion......

Airline CEOs urge White House support for greener aviation fuel

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By David Shepardson, Tracy Rucinski FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes are seen parked at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The CEOs of American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines and other airline officials met virtually with White......

Egyptair grounds four Boeing 777-200 planes – statement

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FILE PHOTO: The company logo is displayed at the Egyptair desk at Charles de Gaulle airport, after an Egyptair flight disappeared from radar during its flight from Paris to Cairo, in Paris, France, May 19, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptair grounded four Boeing 777-200 planes with Pratt& Whitney......

Cyprus adopts colour-coding for March opening of airports

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NICOSIA, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Cyprus plans to reopen its airports with a colour-coded health risk assessment from March 1, applicable to travellers from its main tourism markets and the European Union, authorities said on Wednesday. The Mediterranean island has adopted a traffic light system for EU member states and......

Portugal’s Millennium bcp wants longer loan repayments freeze for tourism sector

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LISBON, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Portugal’s largest listed bank Millennium bcp wants the government to extend the loan repayments freeze for pandemic-hit tourism companies beyond September if the health crisis has not been overcome by then, Chief Executive Officer Miguel Maya said. He told a webinar on saving Portugal’s vital......

French border curbs halve air passenger numbers in a week – minister

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PARIS, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Border restrictions introduced by France to curb the spread of coronavirus variants have halved air passenger numbers in the past week, the transport minister said on Sunday, defending the government’s avoidance of a new lockdown. The French government has so far resisted calls from health......

Scotland toughens quarantine rules, hopes for lockdown easing in March

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FILE PHOTO: People walk down a street, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, January 5, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland will toughen its coronavirus controls on international travellers but it also hopes to start relaxing its lockdown restrictions in early March, the......

Three listed units of China’s HNA disclose embezzlements of nearly $10 bln

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BEIJING, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Three units of HNA, once China’s most acquisitive conglomerate, said nearly $10 billion had been embezzled by shareholders, in disclosures to stock exchanges that come amid a government-led probe into the deeply indebted group. A total of 61.5 billion yuan ($9.57 billion) had been embezzled......

Insolvent Air Namibia thrown lifeline at eleventh hour

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WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Air Namibia survived liquidation attempts by defunct Belgian flyer ChallengeAir SA on Friday when the two firms reached a 10 million euros ($12 million) settlement minutes before liquidation proceedings were due to kick off. ChallengeAir had filed for the loss-making flag carrier’s liquidation last year, arguing......

UK bans direct flights from UAE, shutting world’s busiest international route

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LONDON/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain is banning direct passenger flights from the United Arab Emirates from Friday, shutting down the world’s busiest international airline route from Dubai to London. Britain said it was adding the United Arab Emirates, Burundi and Rwanda to its coronavirus travel ban list because of worries over......

Trump administration had no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan: White House

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Barack Obama holds a meeting with Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain (R) and members of his team coordinating the government’s Ebola response in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington October 22, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There was no distribution plan for......

FCC rejects request by U.S. agencies to halt Ligado network approval

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., U.S., August 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission late Tuesday voted 3-2 to reject a bid by U.S. government agencies to freeze its decision to allow Ligado Networks to......

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