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News: Iberia gradually grows schedule out of Madrid


Iberia Group is offering regular scheduled flights to a total of 55 destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe this month, including new direct services to Prague and Berlin.

News: Qatar Airways adds two new Africa destinations


With the addition of Nairobi and Kigali, the airline now operates 33 weekly flights to eight destinations in Africa including Addis Ababa, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar and Tunis.

News: Capella Bangkok to open doors in October


The opening is Capella Hotel’s first property in Thailand, with the hospitality group focusing on crafting authentic cultural experiences for its guests.

News: Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas added to quarantine list


People arriving in England from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas from 04:00 tomorrow morning will need to self-isolate for two weeks. The news comes as the countries are removed from the England travel exemptions list.

News: Hurtigruten sees 56 Covid-19 cases onboard MS Roald Amundsen


A total of 37 crew members and 16 guests have now tested positive for Covid-19 onboard MS Roald Amundsen, according to figures from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

News: Cruises suspension pushes Norwegian to second quarter loss


Norwegian Cruise Line saw revenue fall to just $16.9 million in the three months to June 30th, as the sector came to a virtual standstill during the coronavirus pandemic.

News: Portugal launches Covid-19 insurance to travellers


Visitors planning a holiday in Portugal can now subscribe to a new travel insurance product, specially adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic.

News: Two general manager appointments for Shangri-La in Hong Kong


The Shangri-La Hotels in Hong Kong have announced two new general manager appointments at Island Shangri-La and Kowloon Shangri-La in Hong Kong. Both are effective immediately.

News: Airbus secures first plane orders in four months


Airbus delivered 49 aircraft last month, and logged four orders, its first for almost four months. The European giant logged the sale of two A321neos and two A320neos.

News: Emirates returns to Toronto with A380 service


With safety as a priority, Emirates is gradually expanding its passenger services to 70 cities in August, returning to over 50 per cent of its pre-pandemic destination network.

News: Etihad Airways latest carrier to detail Covid-19 toll


Etihad Airways carried some 3.5 million passengers in the first half of 2020, down 58 per cent from the 8.2 million reported in the same period of last year.

News: US cruise lines extend suspension of sailing into October


Cruise Lines International Association has announced that its ocean-going members have agreed to suspend United States cruise operations until at least October 31st.

News: Lufthansa to shrink operations following historic losses


Lufthansa will cut 22,000 full-time jobs across its portfolio of airlines, while 100 aircraft will also permanently leave the fleet. In the first half of 2020, the group reported total losses of €2.9 billion.

News: Ryanair increases capacity in August as confidence returns


Ryanair has restored over 60 per cent of normal flight schedules this month, following the resumption of its services at the end of June. Throughout July, Ryanair flew 4.4 million customers to destinations across Europe.

News: Resorts reopen in Maldives as travel restrictions lift


Following the reopening of borders to international visitors, the Maldives Marketing & PR Corporation has announced that 146 of its 156 resorts in operation will reopen to guests by the end of October.

News: Air Transat to restore year-round UK flights


Air Transat has unveiled its winter timetable with plans to operate from airports across the UK during the season, thus restoring year-round operations.

News: LATA Expo to go digital in 2020


The Latin American Travel Association has announced that the 2020 LATA Expo (previously Experience Latin America) will be held in a virtual capacity between October 19th-23rd.

Focus: Where to head to on holidays post the COVID-19 pandemic


After many months living with COVID-19, we emerge from the lockdown ready for a holiday. But where can you go that’s safe but still offers a relaxing and enjoyable break?

Focus: Virtual wine tastings at home to beat the pandemic blues


While nothing compares to being on the grounds of a vineyard, virtual tastings are a close second. Being able to connect with the owner of a winery, ask questions and get live answers, and learn about what goes into making each bottle so special creates a truly enjoyable experience.

Focus: Sign language interpreters head to Australia’s popular tourist regions


Australians may have seen Auslan (or Sign Language) Interpreters on many forms of media during the coronavirus crisis, now they will see this unique language at some of Australia’s most famous tourist sites.

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