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UK consumer spending hit again as lockdown goes on – Barclaycard

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LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers cut back heavily on spending as they spent a second month in a COVID-19 lockdown in February but confidence in the economy hit a 12-month high, payment card firm Barclaycard said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: People shop at market stalls, with skyscrapers of the CIty......

UK consumer spending hit again as lockdown goes on: Barclaycard

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LONDON (Reuters) – British consumers cut back heavily on spending as they spent a second month in a COVID-19 lockdown in February but confidence in the economy hit a 12-month high, payment card firm Barclaycard said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: People shop at market stalls, with skyscrapers of the CIty......

COVID-19 travel insurance becoming a vacation staple

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By Allison Lampert, Noor Zainab Hussain (Reuters) – COVID-19 insurance policies are increasingly joining passports and sunscreen as vacation staples, creating opportunities for insurers as more countries require mandatory coverage in case visitors fall ill from the coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: The trident logo of the Club Med is seen at......

Malaysia’s AirAsia Group plans air taxi, drone delivery service

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s AirAsia Group Bhd plans to launch an air taxi service and the country’s first drone delivery service as the budget carrier seeks to diversify amid the coronavirus pandemic, the company’s CEO said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Tail of AirAsia X plane as seen at the......

EU to propose vaccine passports in March in time for summer

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FILE PHOTO: President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen addresses a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the start of the German Presidency by video conference at the EU Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2020. John Thys/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo BERLIN/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The......

Pandemic pushes BA-owner IAG to a 4.4 billion euro loss in 2020

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LONDON (Reuters) – British Airways-owner IAG posted a loss of 4.37 billion euros ($5.31 billion) for 2020 after a year of minimal flying and burning through cash, and it warned on Friday it could not say what would happen in 2021. FILE PHOTO: British Airways aircraft are seen at Heathrow......

Germany defends COVID border curbs

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FILE PHOTO: German border police officers check a car at the A17 motorway near the Czech-German border, after controls between Germany and the Czech Republic have been re-established, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Breitenau, Germany, February 15, 2021. REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel BERLIN (Reuters) – A German......

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......

Australia’s Victoria reports no coronavirus cases, set to ease curbs

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A man walks past a ‘Please Stay Home’ sign on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state reported no local coronavirus cases......

Australia’s Victoria reports no coronavirus cases, set to ease curbs

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A man walks past a ‘Please Stay Home’ sign on the first day of a five-day lockdown implemented in the state of Victoria in response to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state reported no local coronavirus cases......

Ancient mass production brewery uncovered in Egypt

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old brewery that could produce thousands of litres of beer in the ancient Egyptian city of Abydos, Egypt’s tourism and antiquities ministry said. The site in Egypt’s Sohag Governorate likely dates back to the reign of King Narmer around 3,100 BC, the ministry......

Portugal extends suspension of Brazil, UK flights

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LISBON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Portugal on Saturday extended a suspension of flights to and from Brazil and the UK to March 1, with only humanitarian and repatriation flights allowed, the interior ministry said in a statement. Portugal had suspended flights to and from Brazil for a two-week period at......

Melbourne starts five-day virus lockdown, no spectators at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was confirmed in the past 24 hours, Victoria health authorities said on......

New York will reopen stadiums with limited capacity

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York state will allow large stadiums and arenas, such as Citi Field and Madison Square Garden, to reopen for sports and concerts later this month, with sharply limited capacity and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any stadium that can fit more than......

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......

China temporarily bars entry of foreigners travelling from Canada

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FILE PHOTO: A traveller checks her mobile phone at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 2, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang BEIJING (Reuters) – China has temporarily banned entry of foreign nationals travelling from Canada, even if they hold valid Chinese residence......

Flying cars airport of the future to land in England

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A concept illustration of Hyundai’s urban air mobility hub vision. Courtesy Hyundai/via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – An airport for flying cars will thrust the English city of Coventry into the future later this year, with a project aimed at demonstrating how air taxis will work in urban centres. Urban-Air Port,......

Flying cars airport of the future to land in England

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A concept illustration of Hyundai’s urban air mobility hub vision. Courtesy Hyundai/via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – An airport for flying cars will thrust the English city of Coventry into the future later this year, with a project aimed at demonstrating how air taxis will work in urban centres. Urban-Air Port,......

Time to “reimagine” travel industry, UK’s Prince Harry says

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FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry speaks during the annual Endeavour Fund Awards at Mansion House in London, Britain March 5, 2020. Paul Edwards/Pool via REUTERS LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry has urged the travel industry to “reset and reimagine” its future after the crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic, with......

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......

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