Travel News: July 7th 2021

Air New Zealand brings back long-haul routes

According to John Anthony from, Air New Zealand is bringing back long-haul routes it suspended in early 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic and is increasing frequencies on the few long-haul services it has been operating. From October 31 to December 31, the national carrier has added flights from Auckland to San Francisco, Vancouver, Honolulu and Singapore.

It is also adding a Christchurch to Singapore route to its schedule, a route it flew for two months before the pandemic. Air New Zealand general manager of networks Scott Carr said services were subject to change in line with global travel and border restrictions.

“As much as we wish the addition of the long-haul flights to our schedule meant the reopening of the borders, unfortunately it does not,” Carr said.

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Norway to Relax Entry Restrictions by the End of July

According to, fully vaccinated workers and family members from the Economic European Area (EEA) and epidemiologically safe third countries can travel to Norway without entering quarantine starting from the end of July.

The Minister of Justice and Emergency Management, Monica Mæland, noted that the quarantine hotel scheme would remain unchanged until further notice.

“The quarantine hotel scheme is maintained as long as it is based on a clear medical professional justification, is necessary for reasons of infection control, and as long as the scheme is proportionate,” Mæland said.

The future relief entry restriction is expected to apply to:

  1. All business travellers, including self-employed and service providers, but exempting travellers from the “dark red” countries. The change applies to citizens travelling from EEA countries, too, who live in third countries considered safe epidemiologically or “green countries”.
  2. EEA citizens with family members in Norway, who they want to visit or travel with. The requirement that a relative must be under 21 years of age will also cease applying.
  3. Boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/registered partner/cohabitant and minor or adult children or stepchildren of working EEA citizens.
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According to the official press release from Vistara Airlines, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, today inaugurated its non-stop flights between Delhi and Tokyo Haneda. The inaugural flight departed Delhi at 0300 hours (IST) and landed in Tokyo (Haneda) at 1450 hours (JST). Under the air bubble agreement between India and Japan, Vistara will fly once a week between the two cities using its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Vistara’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Leslie Thng, said, “We are delighted to take India’s finest airline to Japan and provide an unmatched flying experience to our customers that exemplifies modern Indian hospitality with the highest global standards in safety, hygiene and operations. We look forward to further strengthening our presence on this new route in the coming months.”

Vistara accepts all eligible customers meeting visa/entry requirements in both the countries, as specified by the respective government bodies. The airline strongly encourages its customers to fully understand the applicable  guidelines before making their bookings.

Vistara is India’s highest-rated airline on Skytrax and Tripadvisor, and has also been the winner of several ‘Best Airline’ awards. In a short span of six years since starting operations, Vistara has raised the bar for operations and service delivery in the Indian aviation industry by offering the world-class and safe flying experience to travellers.

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flights to azerbaijan will increase after green light from Russia

According to Azerbaijan news agency Trend, the Federal Air Transport Agency of Russia has expanded the list of routes to the airports of Azerbaijan.

Siberia Airlines is allowed to make flights from Orenburg, Vladikavkaz, Nalchik, Rostov-on-Don, Saratov, Voronezh, Omsk, Chelyabinsk, Perm, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Makhachkala and from the Zhukovsky international airport near Moscow in the direction of Baku – three times per week in each direction.

Ikar airlines to make Grozny – Baku, and Sochi – Baku flights daily, the North Wind carrier will make Perm – Baku flights seven times a week.

IrAero airlines will make Nizhnekamsk-Baku and Novosibirsk-Baku flights twice a week. Royal Flight airlines will make Rostov-on-Don – Baku, and Sochi – Baku flights twice a week.

Aeroflot (Russian Airlines) will make Krasnoyarsk – Baku flight seven times a week, Ural Airlines will make flights from 25 Russian cities, namely, Sochi, Belgorod, Surgut, Chita, Kaluga, Saransk, Vladikavkaz, Nalchik, Nizhnekamsk, Nizhnevartovsk, Ulyanovsk, Lipetsk, Kemerovo, Orenburg, Tomsk, Vladivostok, Yaroslavl, Khabarovsk, Barnaul, Tyumen, Saratov, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Cheboksary and Stavropol, to Baku three times a week from each city.

Besides Baku, Russian airlines will transport passengers… for the rest of the article, please click here and continue reading on Trend.


Spirit Airlines will Resume All Remaining International Service from Orlando

According to the official website from Spirit Airlines, Florida’s Hometown Airline is leading the Orlando International Airport’s resurgence with newly-announced plans to offer more than 80 departures per day at MCO by the end of 2021.

Today South Florida-based Spirit Airlines unveiled the largest schedule it has ever operated from Orlando, including new flights to destinations stretching from New Hampshire to the Dominican Republic along with reinstating the balance of its international operation. 

Spirit confirmed plans to restore pre-pandemic flights to Cartagena, Colombia (CTG); Guatemala City, Guatemala (GUA); Montego Bay, Jamaica (MBJ); Port-au-Prince, Haiti (PAP) and San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL) while increasing San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) to daily service. The airline’s full reinstatement of its international schedule comes on the heels of a complete reactivation of its domestic network from MCO that was finished in time for the summer travel season. New domestic options include Louisville (SDF); Manchester, N.H. (MHT); Miami (MIA); Milwaukee (MKE) and St. Louis (STL).

Spirit Airlines New & Resumed Service at MCO: 
Destination:              Flights Available:  Effective:  
Cancun (CUN) NEW     Daily         Immediately
Louisville (SDF) NEW  Daily          Immediately
Milwaukee (MKE) NEW  Daily         Immediately
Punta Cana (PUJ) NEW  3x per week  Immediately
Santo Domingo (SDQ) NEW  4x per week   Immediately
St. Louis (STL) NEW     Daily           Immediately
Manchester, NH (MHT) NEW Daily       Oct. 7, 2021
Miami (MIA) NEW   Daily       Nov. 17, 2021
Cartagena (CTG) RESUMING   2-3x per week  Sep. 10, 2021
Guatemala City (GUA) RESUMING  4x per week   Sep. 9, 2021
Montego Bay (MBJ) RESUMING  3x per weekSep. 9, 2021
Port-au-Prince (PAP)* RESUMING  3x per weekNov. 18. 2021
San Salvador (SAL) RESUMING   3x per weekNov. 19, 2021
San Jose, CR (SJO) MORE FLIGHTS  Increases to dailyNov. 17, 2021

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