Travel News: May 31st 2021

Great News: Nepal reopens international flights

According to, Nepal will approve limited flights from China, Qatar and Turkey starting the beginning of June, according to a government directive Kathmandu Post reported last week. During May, localised lockdowns and restrictions to slow the spread of Covid-19 forced the closure of Kathmandu airport to international commercial flights.

The airport is due to reopen for the first international services today, 31 May starting with a few essential flights between Kathmandu and New Delhi in India. However only limited regional flights will be the first to resume starting 1 June. The country continues to suspend all domestic flights to prevent the spread of Covid-19 again.

Nepal is experiencing a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and several countries have banned travel to the Himalayan nation. According to aviation officials quoted in a report by Kathmandu Post, flights could begin as early as…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


Myanmar Airways International and Air KBZ suspends flights

According to, Myanmar Airways International and Air KBZ suspended most domestic flights from 29 May through to 8 June, according to the airline’s Facebook page. The two airlines have stopped flights from Yangon to Tachileik, Kalay, Kyaing Yong, Dawei, Myeik and Kawthaung, claiming the decision is in response to local government orders to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

MAI and Air KBZ announced what they call a “simplified travel policy for passengers impacted by the flight suspensions. Their options are:
A one-time date change free to the next available flight based on seat availability within ticket validity until 30 Jun 2021;
A one-time name change free;
Full ticket refund for the flight cancelled with travel date between 29 May to 8 June 2021.

Last week MAI announced it would resume some international routes in June, mostly exclusive repatriation or relief flights to and from Kuala Lumpur, Seoul-Incheon, Bangkok, and Dubai.

To depart Myanmar on any of the…for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


Qatar Airways and Oman Air Expands Strategic Cooperation

According to the official press release from Qatar Airways, Qatar Airways and Oman Air have decided to strengthen strategic cooperation, expanding their codeshare partnership to cover more than 80 destinations on Qatar Airways’ network. The expansion of the agreement will provide more convenient and seamless travel options for both airlines’ passengers. This expansion follows shortly after the two airlines announced an agreement to significantly strengthen strategic cooperation between the two airlines in December 2020.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to further expand our partnership with Oman Air, so recently after announcing our plans in December 2020 to further strengthen strategic cooperation between our two leading Gulf airlines. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have remained committed to forging and expanding our global network of partners to provide more seamless and flexible travel options for our millions of passengers. Having first established commercial cooperation with Oman Air over 20 years ago, we look forward to continuing to build upon our strong and historic partnership and offering our customers in Oman and across the globe even more benefits.”

Oman Air Chief Executive Officer Mr. Abdulaziz Al Raisi, said:….for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Qatar Airways.


Norwegian Resumes Flights In Sweden

According to Linne Ahlgren from Simple Flying, Norwegian Air is back in earnest at Stockholm Arlanda. Starting today, the carrier is adding domestic Swedish routes from the airport. The airline will gradually expand its network over the summer to include 33 European destinations from Stockholm and Gothenburg.

From May 31st, Norwegian will be operating domestic flights from Stockholm to Umeå and Luleå, as well as international routes to Oslo in Norway and Malaga in Spain. Next month, the airline says it will restart more nonstop services to offer a total of 31 destinations from Stockholm Arlanda and two destinations from Gothenburg.

“We are delighted to be back in Sweden and to once more welcome our Swedish customers on board,” Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle, said in a statement on Monday.

“People are longing to travel again, and we will gradually increase our services in Sweden throughout spring and summer. Norwegian will continue to offer great service with affordable and flexible tickets to popular destinations across Europe.”

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


Emirates Extends India Flight Suspension To End Of June

According to Luke Bodell from Simple Flying, Emirates has extended its suspension of passenger flights from India until June 30. The UAE national carrier has suspended all inbound flights from India since April 24th due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the country. The airline had recently announced plans to lift the ban on June 14th before deciding to extend it.

Emirates announced last week it was going to lift the ban on June 14th before today’s extension. Middle Eastern rival Etihad Airways has also announced it will lift its own ban on June 14th and appears to be sticking by that date. The UAE government has yet to provide an update of its own, so it is unclear if Etihad will be able to welcome passengers from India by June 14th.

According to a statement on its official website,

“Emirates has suspended passenger flights from India effective April 24 2021 until June 30, 2021. Furthermore, passengers who have transited through India in the last 14 days will not be accepted to travel from any other point to the UAE.”

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


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