TUI cancels Spain holidays from UK following quarantine decision | News

TUI has cancelled all British holidays to mainland Spanish until August 9th in response to government decision to reintroduce quarantine procedures. However, the firm said all those going to the Balearic and Canary Islands could still travel as planned from Monday – as both are excluded from the new rules. The airline industry has reacted with dismay to the decision, which was unexpectedly announced over the weekend. The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all but essential travel to mainland Spain. Quarantine measures apply to those returning from…

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TUI adds flexible booking options for British travellers | News

TUI UK has introduced a new, free holiday amends policy to provide added flexibility to customers. The new policy allows holidaymakers to make one fee-free change to their booking – including the hotel and destination – regardless of whether they are affected by Covid-19. This applies to new bookings made between today and September 30th, for travel between August 20th this year and the end of April next year. The offer applies to trips using TUI Airways flights for TUI, First Choice and Marella Cruise holidays. The booking amendment must…

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Wizz Air calls for flexibility on airport landing slots | News

Wizz Air has called the European Commission and all other stakeholders to bring an end of the current waiver from the 80-20 use-it-or-lose-it rule for airport slots. An extension of the waiver would be irrational and anti-competitive and would hinder rather than help the recovery of the EU aviation industry. Wizz Air is willing and able to expand, so prolonging the 80-20 use-it-or-lose-it rule for airport slots during the aviation winter season would mean the carrier is prevented from doing so by airlines with weaker business models. Furthermore, this would…

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JA Ocean View Hotel to reopen next week | News

Vibrant beach-front property JA Ocean View Hotel on the Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence is set to officially reopen on Wednesday as Dubai continues to move past the Covid-19 pandemic. Located by one of the most popular beaches in the United Arab Emirates, and in the heart of the Jumeirah Beach Residence action, the prime location provides direct access to the buzzing walkways of shops, restaurants and cinemas. Popular with European tourists, the multi award-winning hotel has 346 rooms and suites, all boasting beautiful ocean views from elegant balconies.  Guests at…

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Manchester to welcome new Belfast connection in September | News

Manchester Airport is to see the introduction of a service to Belfast City Airport from September 14th. Stobart Air, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, will base five ATR72-600 aircraft at Belfast City Airport. The airline will operate up to four daily return flights from Manchester Airport to Belfast City Airport. Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Stobart Air, operates three routes from Manchester including Dublin, Cork and now Belfast City. Stobart Air, following guidance from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the World Health Organisation (WHO), and the European Centre for…

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Airbus seeks to end World Trade Organisation dispute | News

Airbus has agreed with the governments of France and Spain to make amendments to A350 repayable launch investment contracts. After 16 years of litigation at the World Trade Organisation, the manufacturer said it hopes this would be the final step to stop the long-standing dispute and removes any justification for United States tariffs. The tariffs imposed by the United States Trade Representative are currently harming all targeted industry sectors, including US airlines, Airbus said, and are adding to a very difficult environment as a consequence of the Covid-19 crisis. As…

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Marella Cruises cancels most of summer season | News

Marella Cruises has confirmed that, due to the on-going travel restrictions, it is extending its cancellations of all cruises until September 30th. The cruise line also said that the only ship now sailing this summer will be Marella Explorer, home porting in Corfu from October 2nd. Four other ships currently in the Marella fleet will remain idle until 2021 at the earliest. All customers whose bookings are impacted by the above changes will receive a refund credit and up to ten per cent incentive of the total value of their…

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easyJet to launch Santorini route next month | News

easyJet has announced it will operate a new route to the Greek island of Santorini, becoming the first airline to fly the route from London Luton Airport this summer. The new flights begin on August 6th and will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Santorini, part of a group of small picturesque islands in the Aegean sea, north of Crete is famed for its spectacular views across the island owing to its volcanic towering cliffs – along which small villages spring out with whitewashed buildings. Unsurprisingly,…

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Research suggests MICE market may struggle to recover | News

Meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibitions tourism was one of the first types of tourism to be impacted by the global spread of Covid-19 and it could be one of the last to fully return, according to new research. International business arrivals are projected to fall by 35 per cent in 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Ralph Hollister, tourism analyst at GlobalData, commented: “MICE events are now taking place online, without the need for companies operating in the tourism sector. “This is a worrying trend for…

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Marella Cruises cancels most of summer season | News

Marella Cruises has confirmed that, due to the on-going travel restrictions, it is extending its cancellations of all cruises until September 30th. The cruise line also said that the only ship now sailing this summer will be Marella Explorer, home porting in Corfu from October 2nd. Four other ships currently in the Marella fleet will remain idle until 2021 at the earliest. All customers whose bookings are impacted by the above changes will receive a refund credit and up to ten per cent incentive of the total value of their…

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