Travel News: May 25th 2021

hawaiian airlines starts summer with big hiring

According to to the official press release from Hawaiian Airlines, the company is seeking qualified candidates to fill more than 400 positions ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer travel season.

Hawaiian Airlines saw a rebound in demand in the first quarter and has been rebuilding its network and workforce to accommodate continuosly growing interest in travel to its home state. The need for team members on Maui is particularly acute, and Hawaiian is offering a $2,000 sign-on bonus to attract experienced applicants for most jobs on the Valley Isle.

“We aspire to be the employer of choice,” said Robin Kobayashi, senior vice president of human resources at Hawaiian Airlines. “We offer rewarding career opportunities along with generous travel privileges. As businesses recover from the pandemic, the need for qualified workers is increasing. It is imperative that we remain competitive, and we hope our sign-on bonus for positions on Maui generates a lot of interest.”

Hawai‘i’s hometown airline currently employs about….for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Hawaiian Airlines.



The Austrialian national carrier Qantas Airline did release a statement today. where they informed the public about adding seven new domestic routes and travel on more widebody aircraft between major capital cities to help meet strong demand for domestic travel across Australia.

The new routes – Townsville to Adelaide/Melbourne/Sydney, Adelaide to Cairns/Hobart, Sydney-Uluru and Perth-Gold Coast – provide direct connections and reduce travel time. Five of the routes will be operated by Embraer E190 regional jets as part of QantasLink’s partnership with Alliance Airlines. The first Qantas flights operated by the 94-seat E190s took off today between Adelaide, Darwin and Alice Springs. Customers will also see more widebody aircraft with Business Suites on flights between the East Coast capital cities into Perth and Darwin.

Usually used for long haul international flights including Perth-London, the 236-seat Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will begin operating up to nine Sydney to Perth flights per week. Widebody Qantas Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which serviced international routes into Asia, will operate on more flights into Darwin from Sydney and Brisbane, and also into Perth from Sydney and Melbourne. These will be added to the A330s already flying on east-west routes.

The additional flying will see Qantas’ capacity exceed…for the rest of the press release, please click here and continue reading on Qantas.


Riviera River Cruises To Restart in Portugal starting July

According to Theresa Norton from Travel Pulse, Riviera River Cruises plans to restart European river cruises on July 2 on Portugal’s Douro River. The eight-day “Douro, Porto and Salamanca River Cruise” will be operated by the 126-passenger MS Douro Elegance until late October. There is also a four-day Lisbon extension is available, however only on select departure dates.

Since Portugal still did not manage to vaccinate more than 60% of his citizents, guests will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative test prior to travel. However as a benefit for the cruise trip, Rivera will pay the cost for a COVID-19 test,

“We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be welcoming guests aboard our Douro River cruises this summer,” said Marilyn Conroy, Riviera’s executive vice president-sales and marketing, North America. “While we’re all eager to travel again, we’ll still be taking precautions to ensure our cruises are safe for both your clients and our crew members. And, of course, we guarantee your clients will be happy with their cruise by the second day or we’ll help bring them home with a full refund.”

Riviera said it….for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Travel Pulse.


ireland plans to resume international travel from mid-July

According to Padraic Halpin from Reuters, Ireland plans to adopt a COVID-19 certificate to help citizens move more freely across the European Union from mid-July. The article was originally publised in the Irish Times on Tuesday, quoting people involved in discussions in government.

Ireland’s health minister already said last week that the government is expecting to introduce the so-called “green certificate” earlier than late July, as previously flagged, amid mounting pressure from airlines and employers to reopen foreign travel.

Ireland, similar to the other EU countries has the strictest travel restrictions in the 27-nation bloc. It advises citizens against non-essential travel, imposing fines on people heading to airports to go on holiday and a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals from a number of countries.

A COVID certificate would be handed out for… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


U.S. prepares for summer air travel spike, it may allow more foreign visitors

According to Tracy Rucinski and David Shepardson from Reuters, United States airlines and travel agencies are preparing for increased domestic air travel this summer as the government continues to debate whether to allow more foreign travelers to visit.

“We’ve been very, very pleased with the pace of demand recovery,” Delta President Glen Hauenstein told an industry conference. “Bookings have been better than expected.”

As more Americans pass through airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) plans to hire another 1,000 officers by July 4, a peak U.S. travel period, after hiring 3,000 officers since Jan 1.

“We have already seen a sharp rise at the nation’s airports and will continue to experience steady increases throughout the summer,” Acting TSA Administrator Darby LaJoye told a news conference at Reagan National Airport outside Washington.

The TSA screened 1.86 million passengers on Sunday, the highest daily total since March 2020. United said it now expects its…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


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