COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), a virus closely related to the SARS virus. 

Delta Air Lines launches industry’s first contact tracing for travellers returning to U.S.

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By sharing five simple pieces of information, customers can help U.S. government and health officials reduce instances of potential exposure and provide the...

Cainiao partners Ethiopian Airlines to launch cold chain air freight for temperature-controlled vaccine transportation

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Temperature-controlled medicines will be distributed twice a week from Shenzhen to Africa, and to the rest of the world via Dubai and Addis...

Travellers should not be treated as high-risk for COVID-19 – ECDC/EASA guidelines say

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People travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic should not automatically be considered as high-risk for spreading infection, but should rather be treated in the same...

State aid: European Commission approves €11.7 million Croatian grant to compensate Croatia Airlines for damage caused by coronavirus outbreak

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The European Commission has found a Croatian grant of €11.7 million (approximately HRK 88.5 million) to the state-owned airline Croatia Airlines to be in...

Preparing for a vaccine: American Cargo operations conducting trial flights from Miami to South America

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Commercial airlines to play an essential role in transporting COVID-19 vaccines in the US and around the world The American Airlines Cargo team is preparing...

AirBridgeCargo Airlines steps into COVID-19 vaccine transportation phase

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AirBridgeCargo Airlines, part of Volga-Dnepr Group, has accomplished its first COVID-19 vaccine transportation from Beijing (China). The delivery of CanSino's Covid-19 vaccine has been...

United Airlines to operate charter flights from Brussels to position Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines

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According to the Wall Street Journal, United Airlines has begun operating charter flights to help distribute Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine once it will be approved...

Qantas to operate a one-off direct flight between Australia and France

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On 13 December 2020, Australian airline Qantas will operate a one-off direct flight between Sydney and Paris Charles de Gaulle with a stopover in...

Virgin Atlantic launches pre-departure Covid-19 testing trial on Heathrow-Barbados flights

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From 9 December, Virgin Atlantic customers flying to Barbados or onwards to Antigua and Grenada on selected flights will receive a free, rapid, point...

A picture is worth a thousand words (part eleven): aircraft stored at Prague Airport, Czech Republic

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The end of November is quickly approaching and the coronavirus pandemic is still battering around the globe. The travel industry is therefore forced to...

IATA Annual General Meeting calls for reopening borders with testing and without quarantine

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 76th Annual General Meeting (AGM) unanimously resolved to urgently call on governments to re-open borders to travel. IATA is proposing systematic testing of...

KLM will need more financial support, CEO Pieter Elbers admits

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Chief Executive Officer Pieter Elbers says the struggling airline will require more financial support, but it's too early to speculate...

Here’s what it’s like to quarantine in Australia during COVID-19

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An Australian TikToker who packed up his New York City apartment (United States) to fly back to Australia for the Winter documented his mandatory...

The Cargo community at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is getting ready for the delivery of future Covid-19 vaccines

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Acting together within the ACFA (Air Cargo France Association), the entire Cargo community at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Europe’s leading airport for air freight...

Qantas boss: “Vaccination will be mandatory on international flights”

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Airlines will only allow passengers on international flights who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the future, according to Alan Joyce, the CEO of...

Brussels Airlines introduces rapid Covid-19 tests on some flights

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At Brussels Airlines, there was a first test flight with rapid coronavirus tests on Friday 20 November. Passengers and crew on flight SN3157 leaving Brussels...

Covid-19 crisis continues to massively burden the aviation sector: Flughafen Wien group handles 71.2% fewer passengers

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Revenue down 56.9%, EBITDA decline of 80.1% but still positive at € 62.3 million, net Q1-3 earnings of minus € 41.3 million Drop in...

First United Airlines flight offering free transatlantic COVID-19 testing took off

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First of its kind, the testing programme guarantees customers over two years old and crew test negative before departure On 16 November, United customers travelling...

American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld launch transatlantic COVID-19 testing trial

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American Airlines, British Airways and oneworld® have launched an optional COVID-19 medical-based testing trial on selected flights from the United States (US) to London...

Severely burned Romanian doctor taken to Queen Astrid Military Hospital, Belgium

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Last Saturday, 14 November, a deadly fire broke out at the intensive care unit of a hospital in Piatra Neamt, Romania. Ten COVID-19 patients,...

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