Travel News: June 1st 2021

Emirates restarts flights to Venice and increase flights to milan

According to the official press release from Emirates, the Dubai national airline will resume flights between Dubai and Venice from 1 July, initially offering 3 flights a week on the route, increasing trade and tourism connectivity between the UAE and Italy, and offering customers more travel options.The airline will also increase services to Milan from 8 to 10 weekly flights in July. This will comprise of a daily service on the Dubai-Milan-New York JFK route, and a 3-weekly return flights between Dubai and Milan. Together with Emirates’ 5 weekly flights to Rome and 3 weekly flights to Bologna, this will take the airline’s total services to Italy to 21 weekly flights to 4 cities in July. Emirates will serve Venice, Milan, Rome and Bologna with its modern and comfortable widebody Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Emirates’ expansion of flight services in Italy follows the start of “Covid-Tested flight” arrangements, which allow its passengers to travel to Italy without quarantine on arrival.

Emirates customers travelling to Italy aged 2 years and above, are required to hold a negative COVID-19 PCR-RT or Rapid Antigen test result valid for 48 hours prior to departure. Travellers must also take a Rapid Antigen swab test on arrival in Italy, at their own cost. For more details on entry requirements to Italy, customers can check the travel requirements page on

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Source: Emirates

Middle East Airlines Will start to Accept US Dollars only

According to Mark Finlay from Simple Flying, Lebanese national flag carrier Middle East Airlines (MEA) announced that it would only accept payments in US dollars starting from Tuesday, June 1. Originally, the move was to have taken place on June 8, but has been brought forward by the Lebanese Central Bank. The bank owns 99% of the airline.

The move by MEA to only accept payment in dollars has been coming for some time. MEA Chairman Mohamad El-Hout told the Daily Star that it was on the cards back in December when he said,

“We have no other choice but to charge in dollars once the Central Bank ends its subsidy program, or else we will be forced to close down. We are already losing a lot of money because we are charging at a dollar rate of LL3,900 (Lebanese pounds), and this proved to be very bad for our business.” 

“Nearly all the international airlines that have offices in Lebanon are charging in dollars and won’t accept bankers’ checks or Lebanese pound, and this did not affect the volume of business.”

Before MEA’s decision to only accept dollars, people could pay for their tickets in local currency or by check. Now, it will mean higher ticket prices, making air travel all but impossible for most of the population. For the rest of the news, please click here and continue reading on Simple Flying.


EUropean union to add Japan to safe travel list, but leaving UK off for now

According to Philip Blenkinsop from Reuters, The European Union is ready to add Japan to its list of “safe” countries from which it will allow non-essential travel, but will not opening the door to British tourists for now, EU sources said on Tuesday.

Ambassadors from the EU’s 27 countries are expected to approve adding Japan at a meeting on Wednesday, while Britain will be left off because of a rise in COVID-19 cases due to an infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India.

Under current restrictions, people from only seven countries, including Australia, Israel and Singapore, can enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated. Individual EU countries can still choose to demand a negative COVID-19 test or a period of quarantine.

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Pandaw Cruises resumes service in October 2022

According to, after several big cruise companies announced saling again, Pandaw Cruises did the same and confirmed to sail the rivers of Indochina for the 2022-2023 season after pausing sailings since 2020. The famous luxury river cruise operator announced its schedule through to 2024 for trips in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and India. Some of the sailings will feature a brand new riverboat based on the Mekong River in Laos. The new addition will offer cruises on the upper Mekong River from Vientiane to Chiang Saen.

“With the roll-out of vaccinations beginning worldwide, we are confident that restrictions will lift and safe international travel will resume in time for our departures in October 2022 and beyond,” according to Strachan.

Last week, he conceded the company was cancelling all future cruises in Myanmar (Burma) in the aftermath of a catastrophic military coup on 1 February. It resulted in close to 900 deaths and thousands of civilians arrested after they took to the street to protest the ouster of the elected government. 

Commenting on possible outcomes in Myanmar, Strachan said he… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on


Cathay Pacific hiring more local pilots despite travel slump

According to Jamie Freed from Reuters, Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has resumed recruiting pilots with residency rights in the territory as part of medium- to long-term planning, the airline said on Tuesday, despite having much of its fleet parked due to the pandemic.

The move, which came just weeks after Cathay said it would close a pilot base in Canada and hours before the airline on Tuesday evening said it would proceed with plans to shut its pilot bases in Australia, points to a move away from a long-term strategy of employing many expatriates.

Last year Cathay closed its regional arm Cathay Dragon, putting hundreds of pilots out of work, many of them citizens and permanent residents in Hong Kong.

“While we are still not seeing immediate, meaningful signs of growth, the recruitment we are conducting at this stage is about forward planning,” Cathay said in a statement.

“We will be looking to hire qualified talent who are already in Hong Kong and have the right to live and work here.”

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