April 19, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

IATA, Eurofins team up to boost testing options for Travel Pass app users

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has agreed a partnership with clinical testing firm Eurofins to integrate its worldwide Covid-19 testing lab network into IATA Travel Pass. Eurofins has 800 laboratories across 50 countries. Eurofins laboratories will provide verified test results to travellers using the app. Results are checked against the IATA Travel Pass registry […]

April 19, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

France plans to open borders for foreign travellers this summer

France hopes to allow entry to foreign vaccinated visitors this summer. French President Emmanuel Macron said officials are discussing options to open France to vaccinated ‘American and European’ travellers this summer. He didn’t specifically say if that would include travellers from the UK. France will start scaling down lockdown restrictions from next month and start […]

April 19, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

Quarantine-free travel opens between Australia and New Zealand

Two-way quarantine free ‘travel bubble’ between Australia and New Zealand has been established. The “world-leading” arrangement opens up travel across the Tasman Sea for residents of both countries. Thousands of passengers were booked to fly between the two nations today (Monday). Qantas, Jetstar and Air New Zealand will all fly routes between the two countries. […]

April 17, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

Iberia Launches New Maldives Route and Lifts Summer Destinations Total to 112

The Iberia Group is striding confidently towards the recovery of air travel, and has announced an ambitious summer programme, resuming flights to many past destinations and adding capacity on its busiest routes as restrictions are lifted. In the third quarter of 2021, Iberia, Iberia Express, and Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum will fly to a total of […]

April 16, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

Air Malta operating schedule for May

As Air Malta prepares to shortly announce its increased Summer flying program, the Airline is pleased to confirm its May schedule. The Parisian airport of Orly is the latest addition to the airline’s flight schedule which will now increase to 26 weekly flights across 11 destinations. Commenting on this announcement Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s Chief […]

April 16, 2021 Mediterranean ObserverMediterranean Observer

Tui boss ‘optimistic’ about Summer Recovery

The boss of Tui Group has given an upbeat assessment over summer holidays while echoing industry calls for Covid test costs to be cut. Chief executive Fritz Joussen told the BBC successful vaccine programmes will help travel sector recovery. He said was optimistic about the summer with 2.8 million bookings already in. “The important season […]

Vaccinated Tourists to be allowed into Israel from May 23

Foreigners who have been vaccinated or recovered from Covid will be allowed into Israel in May, the Israeli Health Ministry has announced. Travel to Israel is set to begin again after news that the Israeli Health Ministry will allow groups of vaccinated foreigners into the country starting on May 23rd. Tourists who want to visit […]

Greece taking first steps to partially open its Tourism Industry from Next Week

From next week, Grreece will take a first step to partially open its tourism industry, lifting travel quarantine restrictions for travelers from more than 30 nations, if they have been vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19. As of next week, travelers from across the European Union and five other countries, including the United Kingdom, will […]

Five new destinations added to Malta Air summer schedule

Vaccine certificate not only option discussed, Maltese Minister for Tourism, Hon Clayton Bartolo says Malta Air will commence its summer schedule in June, with flights connecting the island to an additional five destinations within Europe in the coming months. Speaking at a press conference, Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo said the five new destinations are Cagliari […]

COVID-19: EU Council agrees its negotiating mandate on the Digital Green Certificate

EU ambassadors today agreed a mandate for negotiations with the European Parliament on the proposal for a Digital Green Certificate. This certificate will facilitate safe and free movement during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing proof that a person has either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. António Costa, […]

EasyJet warns that winter losses could hit £730m

EasyJet expects winter losses of more than £700 million as it prepares to ramp up operations to meet summer demand. The pre-tax loss of between £690 million and £730 million revealed in a trading update today was described by the UK budget carrier as being “slightly better than expectations”. Passenger numbers for the six months […]
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Lack of business travel ‘affecting work’

Four in five business travellers (81%) have seen their jobs affected by a lack of cross-border business travel, new research shows. A third say that not seeing clients face-to-face has negatively affected the way they do business. A similar proportion of corporate travellers believe the lack of travel has made their company less productive, and […]
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