Travel News: June 29th 2021

qatar airways strengthens cooperation with alaska airlines

Just couple of days ago you could read about Alaska Airlines joining the One World group, therefore the Seattle based company is now strengtheining cooperation with the airlines who are part of One World too. One of them is the national carrier of Qatar, Qatar Airways.

Based on the press release from the company, Qatar Airways will be Alaska Airlines only Middle East partner, providing seamless connectivity between the U.S. carrier’s hubs and the Gulf carrier’s global network of more than 140 destinations via the Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

Starting 1 July 2021, the agreement will enable Qatar Airways passengers to book travel and easily connect to more than 150 of Alaska’s routes including Portland, Las Vegas, San Diego, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, San Jose, Anchorage and Vancouver. The second phase of the agreement will allow Alaska Airlines passengers to book travel on all of Qatar Airways’ flights between the U.S. and Qatar and beyond to their favourite destinations in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “This is an important step in advancing our commercial cooperation with Alaska Airlines as we welcome the newest member of the oneworld alliance to Qatar Airways’ list of strategic partners. This agreement, combined with our existing partnerships, will help consolidate our presence in the region and provide Qatar Airways passengers travelling to and from our 12 U.S. gateways with access to the most comprehensive network of seamless connections across the United States.

For the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Qatar Airways.

Source: Qatar Airways

LOT Polish Airlines expands new york routes already this summer

According to James Pearson from Simple Flying, the Polish Airlines LOT is planning to increase flights from Poland and Hungary to New York. According to his article, LOT is currently increasing/opening the following flights:

LOT has nine routes to the US this year, as shown below in order of total seat capacity. There are eight from Poland and one from Budapest, the Hungarian capital. LOT began Los Angeles in 2017 and Miami two years later. While long, the 6,016 miles between Warsaw and Los Angeles is far short of being included in the world’s longest routes list.

  1. Warsaw to Chicago; 10-weekly in mid-August
  2. Warsaw-JFK; nine-weekly
  3. Warsaw-Newark; three-weekly
  4. Warsaw-Los Angeles; twice-weekly
  5. Warsaw-Miami; twice-weekly
  6. Kraków-Chicago; twice-weekly
  7. Budapest-JFK; none as the route resumes in November
  8. Rzeszów-Newark; once-weekly
  9. Krakow-JFK; once-weekly

Budapest-JFK began in 2018 and is presently set to resume on a three-weekly basis from November 1st using the B787-8. LOT filled the gap after Malév ceased the route in 2008, followed by Delta and American in 2011.

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


russia resumes flights to several countries

According to russian newspaper, starting from June 28, Russia formally resumes flights with the United States, Italy, Belgium, Bulgaria, Jordan, Ireland, Cyprus, and North Macedonia on a reciprocal basis. Air traffic with these countries was suspended in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made by the operational headquarters for the fight against coronavirus on June 18. At the same time, the number of quotas for flights to a number of countries is expanding.

This decision of the headquarters means that airlines may resume flights to these countries. At the moment, airlines have announced they were ready to resume flights only to Italy, Bulgaria, and Cyprus.

The operational headquarters has agreed to open flights from Moscow to Washington and New York twice a week (that is, both the Russian carrier and the foreign one will be able to operate two flights each). Flights from Moscow to Brussels (four times a week), from Moscow to Dublin (two flights), from Moscow to Rome and Milan (two flights), from Moscow to Venice and Naples (four flights), from Moscow to Larnaca (four flights), from Moscow to Paphos (three flights). The headquarters also approved resumption of flights between Russia and Bulgaria: Sofia, Varna, Burgas are open for flights both from Moscow and from the regions (from Moscow – four flights a week, from regions – one).

For the time being, carriers are…. for the rest of the news please click here and continue reading in English on


turkey stops flights from several countries due to new covid variants

According to Reuters, Turkey decided to halt all flights and all direct travel from Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka due to new variants of the coronavirus, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Those who arrive from other places but have been in the countries listed within the last 14 days will need to show a negative PCR test within a maximum of 72 hours before entry and they will need to quarantine for 14 days, it said.

Those arriving from Pakistan and Afghanistan or who have been there in the last 14 days will need to quarantine in Turkey for 10 days upon arrival, it said. Those coming from the United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt and Singapore will need to show a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to arrival, the ministry added.

For the original article, please click here and read it on Reuters.


Czech republic bans travel to Russia, Tunisia due to coronavirus variants

According to Reuters, the Czech Health Ministry has banned Czech citizens from travelling to Russia, Tunisia and other countries due to the spread of COVID-19 variants there, the ministry said on Tuesday.The Czech Republic on Monday recorded a week-on-week rise in new cases to 157 from 118 a week ago, a sign of a potential turn in the declining trend that has been in place since the latest wave of infections peaked in March.

The travel ban will take effect on Thursday for Russia and next week for Tunisia. Both countries have recorded surges in new cases in recent days. The ministry added Russia, Tunisia, Paraguay and Namibia to a dozen others including India and Brazil where non-essential travel has already been banned. Tunisia is a popular tourist destination for Czechs.

The government has called a special session for Thursday to discuss a response to the spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India.

The Czech Republic has so far identified… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Reuters.


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