Travel News: May 8th 2021

singapore airlines plans to restart flights between tokio and los angeles

According to Thomas Pallini from Business Insider, Singapore Airlines plans to restart its flight from Tokyo to Los Angeles flights for summer 2021. The Singapore national flag carrier is expecting that after the success in the vaccination in the United States. Traveling to Asia will be open to American tourists starting in June. has been steadily regrowing its US route network back to full strength since November, despite the fact its home country is not currently open to Americans. But a route that’s scheduled to return next month hopes to open up more of Asia to Americans. 

The big day is the June 16th when we will see the return of Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-Los Angeles via Tokyo, Japan route that was suspended in the early days of the pandemic. The route is known as a “fifth-freedom route” because it touches a country that is neither Singapore nor the US, and the airline has the right to fly passengers solely between the US and Japan, or Singapore and Japan. 

As of now Boeing 777-300ER will be used on the route, among the largest in Singapore Airlines’ fleet offering four classes of services. Premium passengers can select between a four-seat first class cabin and a 48-seat business class cabin, both offering fully-lie-flat seats. 

Flights will use Tokyo’s Narita Airport and will initially operate with an ambitious schedule of five-weekly flights through most of the summer. Once borders open and demand for international travel resumes, the airline may scale up to daily service. For the official article, please click here and continue reading in Business Insider.


wizz air resumes flights after UK announced ‘green list’

According to Sumit Singh from Simple Flying, Wizz Air has announced that it is restarting flights to five destinations on the same date as UKI announced the ‘Green list’ of countries, where UK citizens can travel without going into quarantine when coming back. The low-cost carrier is proud to share that flights to Faro, Lisbon, Tel Aviv, Reykjavik, and Gibraltar will commence this month.

Owain Jones, MD of Wizz Air UK said the following:

The Wizz Air team welcomes the announcement from the UK government on the green list countries for the restart of international travel. At WIZZ, we are prepared to ramp up operations quickly when restrictions ease, with the recent delivery of four brand new A321neo aircraft and the expansion of our UK network,” Jones said in a company statement.

“In the past year alone, we have launched over 20 new routes to Europe and beyond, providing affordable airfares to exciting destinations. We are looking forward to welcoming passengers back on board our young, green aircraft, where they can rely on our stringent health and hygiene measures and excellent service as they head to their post lockdown getaway.”

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.


Australia’s international borders might not fully reopen until mid-to-late 2022

According to the Straight Times, Australia is expecting to remain shut to visitors until late 2022, the country’s trade and tourism minister said Friday, as another global coronavirus surge smashed hopes of a quick reopening. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said a wave of cases on the Indian sub-continent showed Australia’s near blanket ban on arrivals was still essential to keep the country Covid-free.

Since March 20, 2020, Australians have been barred from travelling overseas and a hard-to-get individual exemption is needed for foreign visitors to enter the country.

It is “very hard to determine” when borders could reopen, Tehan told Sky News, “the best guess would be in the middle to the second half of next year”.

Before the pandemic, around one million short-term visitors entered the country each month. That figure is now around 7,000.

However the country already established travel bubble with New Zealand, but with mixed success. This was paused for couple of weeks, when the new cases grew in some of the cities, however it started again when the situation got better.

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on the Straight Times.


Broadway shows will return this fall: tickets are going on sale now

According to Andrea Smith from Lonely Planet, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced tickets will go on sale on May 6 for shows that will start September 14—and they will be made available at 100% capacity.

As one of the world’s greatest centers for arts and culture, New York City has slowly begun reopening its famous attractions, including the Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim art gallery and the Bronx Zoo. The latest announcement builds upon the reopening of performing arts and live entertainment venues at limited capacities last month.

“Visitors from all around the world have come to New York to experience the arts and culture and see iconic performances on Broadway, and sadly, the pandemic put this unique New York experience on pause,” said Governor Cuomo in a statement. “Thankfully, as we continue to monitor the data and reopen our economy, we are now on track to allow full capacity performances on Broadway to resume beginning this September, bringing back this beloved world-famous attraction.”

There is also work to be done ahead of the September to ensure…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.


Portugal is opening the world’s longest suspension bridge

Another great article was published by Andrea Smith on Lonely Travel. According to her information, Portugal did open the 516 Arouca Bridge to the public, and it has an open metal grid floor that allows those crossing it to see the Rio Paiva river beneath.

The 516m-long (1693ft) bridge is suspended 175m (574ft) above the river in Arouca Unesco Global Geopark close to Porto. The bridge connects the escarpment of the Aguieiras waterfall and the area of the Paiva Gorge, two of the 41 geosites of the geopark. Its length makes it the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, a record that was previously held by the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland.

Designed by Itecons and constructed by Conduril – Engenharia, SA, the bridge is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers. Its design combines elements of a Tibet-style footbridge, and its floor and side railings are made of metal grids to allow visitors to see all around. Construction started in 2017, however it was delayed because the location of the bridge needed to be changed due to deployment difficulties and unforeseen geological problems. Construction completed last year in July, and the bridge has now opened to members of the public aged six and over.

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Lonely Planet.


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