Travel News – February 9th 2021

spain to extend border controls with portugal

As previously reported, Spain closed their borders and started to apply border controls even with the closest neighbours. According to Reuters due to the fact that Spain on Tuesday passed 3 million coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, and the numbers are still growing, they have decided to extend controls along its 1,200-km (750-mile) border with Portugal until March 1. Both countries strive to rein in a third wave of infections.

The Spanish-Portuguese border has been closed since Jan. 28 for non-essential travel, with exceptions for cross-border commuters, health workers and truck drivers.

A surge in infections after Christmas left Portuguese hospitals on the verge of collapse, prompting a nationwide lockdown. Daily cases and deaths have fallen significantly in the past week, but hospitalisations and the number of patients in intensive care remain high..

Spain’s third wave is also ebbing, with the 14-day infection rate falling to 630 per 100,000 people on Tuesday, compared to around 900 in late January.

The death toll in Spain still jumped by 766 on Tuesday, the highest daily rise since April, to an overall toll of 63,061. The health ministry reported 16,402 new cases, taking the total since the start of the pandemic to 3.01 million. For further details, please click here and read the full text on Reuters.

Source: The Portugal News


Canada to demand negative COVID tests from people returning across U.S. land border

Last week on treska.blog you could read about more strict controls on the borders with Canada introduced by their Prime Minister. Due to that several flights have been cancelled accross the country and abroad too. Today, according to Reuters, Canada will step up its fight against COVID-19 by obliging citizens returning home overland from the United States to show they do not have COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

Everyone arriving by air already has to prove they tested negative within the previous 72 hours and this rule is being expanded to land crossings starting on Feb. 15, Trudeau said.

Although non-essential travel between the two nations is banned, hundreds of thousands of Canadians have second homes in the United States, and Ottawa is obliged to allow them to return if they wish. People who arrive without test results can be fined C$3,000 ($2,360).

The measure only affects around 5% of returning Canadians because the majority arrive by air. For further details, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.

Source: CTV News


Britain tightens travel restrictions with hotel quarantine and prison threat

According to Sarah Young from Reuters, Britain will require passengers arriving from countries where worrying coronavirus variants are spreading to pay for 10 days of quarantine in hotels, while rule-breakers will face heavy fines or jail terms, under tighter restrictions from next week.

The new travel rules add to restrictions that already ban travel abroad for holidays. The government said the stronger measures were needed to prevent new variants of the virus from thwarting Britain’s rapid vaccination programme.

Airlines and travel companies called for more government aid, saying the new rules would deepen a crisis that has seen them lose nearly all their revenue.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said people could be sent to prison and fined up to 10,000 pounds ($14,000) if they break the rules which come into force on Feb. 15. For the rest of the article please click here and continue reading on Reuters.

Source: US News and World Report


wizz air reveals it’s 2021/2022 winter schedule

According to Luke Bodell from Simple Flying, the European low-cost airline Wizz Air has revealed its 2021/22 winter schedule, with over 144 destinations available from 12 UK airports. Among the destinations are winter-sun getaways including Faro, Portugal, and Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Fares are available now for Wizz Discount Club members and will go on general release on February 18th.

European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has revealed details of its upcoming winter schedule. The airline will fly to over 144 destinations across Europe and the Middle East from 12 different airports in the UK. Destinations on offer include:

  • Dalaman
  • Lanzarote
  • Faro
  • Gibraltar
  • Sharm El Sheikh

Wizz Air will operate out of several UK airports, including Gatwick, Luton, Cardiff, Bristol, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Tickets are available to purchase immediately for members of the Wizz Discount Club. If you aren’t a member, fares go on sale to the general public on February 18th. With travel restrictions giving customers pause about booking for spring and summer getaways, travelers will have the chance to plan ahead and book a winter break.

For further details please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.

Source: Daily News Hungary


Gulf Air Plans A Return To Sri Lanka’s Colombo

According to Pranjal Pande from Simple Flying, Gulf Air is making a return to the Sri Lankan capital after nearly a year. Direct flights will resume to Colombo on February 15th, operating twice a week. The move comes as Gulf Air continues to resume routes and move to its newly constructed terminal in Bahrain.

After a challenging 2020, Gulf Air has been restoring its network in the last few months. The carrier has now resumed flights to key destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. The return to Sri Lanka next week will be another signal that the carrier is finding its feet once again.

As mentioned, flights will resume on February 15th with a twice-weekly service. The five hours journey will be flown by one of Gulf Air’s new A320neos. These features 136 seats, with 16 in business class (2-2 recliner seats) and 120 in economy (3-3 configuration). The aircraft is modern and offers comfortable seating.

Flights will operate from Bahrain on Monday and Saturday, departing at 23:35 and arriving in Colombo at 06:55 AM local time. The return flight will leave Colombo on Tuesdays and Sundays, leaving at 20:55 and arriving in Bahrain at 23:55 local time.

For further details about the flights and routes, please click here and visit Simple Flying.

Source: Simple Flying


American Airlines Bolsters Miami Hub With New – nonstop Flight To Tel Aviv

American Airlines is bolstering its Miami hub with a new nonstop flight to Tel Aviv. It is also growing South American service with a new flight to Paramaribo. The flights to Tel Aviv will begin in June while Miami to Paramaribo flights will start in July. These two flights are part of a large network expansion from American Airlines that will target high-demand leisure routes and expand the strength of the carrier’s connecting hubs. This fresh news was published by Jay Singh on Simple Flying.

From June 4th, American Airlines will fly three times a week from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). American Airlines will use a Boeing 777-200ER to serve the route. The schedule for the flight is as follows (all times local):

  • MIA to TLV departing on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays departs at 20:00 and arrives at 15:10 (+1 day)
  • TLV to MIA departs on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 23:55 and arrives at 06:25 (+1 day)

The Boeing 777-200ER operating this route is in a three-class configuration, seating 273 passengers. This includes 37 in lie-flat Flagship Business, 24 in premium economy , 66 in Main Cabin Extra, and 146 in Main Cabin. For flights to Israel, American Airlines will also offer Kosher meals for pre-order, and the airline will be serving kosher wine onboard the aircraft.

For further details please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.

Source: Simple Flying

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