Blue Islands launches new connections from Southampton | News

Blue Islands has announced a plan to restore key routes at Southampton Airport, flying an ATR72 in brand-new corporate colours.  The aircraft touched down at the airport from its Jersey base earlier, as the airline confirmed four initial routes. The airline will offer daily departures to Jersey and Manchester from the end of August, as well as a four times weekly service to Dublin and a double-daily route to Guernsey. This is a significant expansion for the 15-year old regional airline, which has connected the Channel Islands with Southampton since…

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Travel sector launches new passenger guidance | News

Following changes to the two-week quarantine rules for international arrivals, the travel industry has launched a campaign to help passengers and colleagues Travel Safe this summer. As of Friday, English holidaymakers can travel to over 60 lower-risk destinations for a much-needed summer break, without the need to self-isolate for 14-days on arrival and return. The UK Travel Retail Forum (UKTRF), the Airport Operators Association (AOA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airlines UK all welcomed the announcement, and are working together to ensure all necessary steps and precautions are…

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Ponfoort to lead Aurora Expeditions | News

Aurora Expeditions has announced the appointment of Monique Ponfoort to the role of chief executive. She will take up the role in October. Ponfoort joins the business from Ponant & Paul Gauguin Cruises where she was vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific. Aurora Expeditions chairman, Neville Buch, commented: “Monique is an impressive executive and her extensive experience in the cruise and travel industry will be of enormous value to Aurora Expeditions. “The board and I are delighted that Monique has agreed to join us. “We have a very…

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Iberostar to reopen dozens of hotels | News

Iberostar is kicking off the tourist season with the staggered reopening of 45 hotels in nine countries around the world. Starting with the Iberostar Cristina (Majorca) in June, the easing of restrictions allowed the chain to welcome its first guests. Utilising this experience, Iberostar also put into practice new safety protocols, developed in partnership with a medical consultancy. Following this first re-opening, the company is gradually resuming operations at the rest of its hotels in Europe and other international destinations. In Europe and the Mediterranean, the company is now operating…

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Virgin Atlantic announces £1.2bn recapitalisation | News

Virgin Atlantic has taken a step toward securing its future, announcing plans for a recapitalisation. The move was necessary following the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the global economy, the carrier said. The five-year business plan, which has the support of shareholders Virgin Group and Delta, new private investors and existing creditors, paves the way for the airline to rebuild its balance sheet. Virgin hopes to return to profitability from 2022. The recapitalisation will deliver a refinancing package worth £1.2 billion over the next 18 months in addition…

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Amazon Tests Primary Healthcare Programme for Employees | News & Analysis

SEATTLE, United States — Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it launched a pilot healthcare programme for its employees and their families to provide primary services such as vaccination and physical therapy. The move comes at a time when the world’s largest online retailer has been facing intense scrutiny from US lawmakers and unions over its limited measures to protect staff from the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the programme, a partnership with national medical group Crossover Health, 20 health centres would be built over the next few months across five cities near…

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Fleetway Travel collapses into administration | News

Fleetway Travel has ceased trading and gone into administration. The company also traded under the names of Exclusive Luxury Breaks, Explorer’s Collection, Late Bargains, Luxury Holiday Collection, Phone & Fly, Sail Away, Silversurfers Holidays and Travelsmart. The company sold a variety of packages to destinations across the world. Based in London, Fleetway had around 6,500 bookings in place when it collapsed. Most are likely to be protected by ATOL. “We are aware of a number of consumers whose bookings have been cancelled by Fleetway Travel as a result of government…

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Delta projects gloomy two years ahead as losses soar | News

Delta Air Lines has reported an adjusted pre-tax loss of $3.9 billion for the three months to the end of June. The figure excludes $3.2 billion of items directly related to the impact of Covid-19. These including fleet-related restructuring charges, write-downs related to equity investments, and the benefit of the CARES Act grant recognised in the quarter. The carrier reported total adjusted revenue of $1.2 billion for the quarter, which excludes refinery sales. This is a decline of 91 per cent versus last year, on a system capacity reduction of…

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Croatia tourism demand gradually returning | News

Croatia welcomed over 600,000 international visitors in the first ten days of July, around half the figure seen during the same period last year. In numbers likely to create a measure of confidence in the sector, 4.4 million overnight stays were registered from July 1st-10th. This was around 53 per cent of the numbers achieved last year. Istria, Primorsko-Goranska and Zadar were among the most popular destinations, followed by Split-Dalmatia County, Šibenik-Knin County and Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Currently, foreign guests are mostly from Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Slovakia and…

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Swatch Group Posts Its First Half Year Loss | News & Analysis

ZURICH, Switzerland —  Swatch Group, the world’s biggest watchmaker, reported its first ever half-year loss on Tuesday but Founder and Chief Executive Nick Hayek said he looked forward to a quick rebound from the Covid-19 pandemic. Swiss watchmakers have seen their sales slide due to store closures around the world and as Chinese tourists, their most important customers, could not travel and shop. Swatch suffered a net loss of 308 million Swiss francs ($327 million) in the first half of 2020 on sales down 46.1 percent to 2.2 billion Swiss…

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