Travel Weekly Issue 5

In the fifth issue of Travel Weekly, we feature news about Italy, Turkish Airlines, Colombia, Emirates, Japan, Southwest Airlines, TSA, Lufthansa, Hawaii, Pakistan International Airlines, Air Canada, France, Hertz and Spain.

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Travel Weekly Issue 5

In the fifth issue of Travel Weekly, we feature news about Italy, Turkish Airlines, Colombia, Emirates, Japan, Southwest Airlines, TSA, Lufthansa, Hawaii, Pakistan International Airlines, Air Canada, France, Hertz and Spain.

Spain Opens For Travel July 1st, Says “Plan Trips”

For weeks, Spain was rumored to be considering a longer outlook on the return of tourism, with one minister quoting end of 2020, at the earliest.

Read more at https://www.godsavethepoints.com/spain-travel-2020-july-opening-details/

Hertz Global Holdings Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Hertz Global Holdings, Incorporated — which includes certain subsidiaries of its operations in the United States and Canada — has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware in an effort to create a strengthened and more robust financial capital structure that best positions the rental car company for the future as it navigates its way through what could be a prolonged recovery for both the travel industry and the global economy overall.

Read more at https://thegate.boardingarea.com/hertz-global-holdings-files-for-chapter-11-bankruptcy-protection/

France imposes matching lockdown for UK Visitors from 8 June

In a tit-for-tat move the French Government imposes matching restrictions on arrivals, to those imposed by the UK. This includes travellers on the Eurostar tunnel train services.

Read more at https://milesfromblighty.boardingarea.com/2020/05/23/france-imposes-matching-lockdown-for-uk-visitors-from-8-june/

Air Canada Will Let You Convert Cancelled Tickets Into Aeroplan Miles

Air Canada hasn't exactly been the most forthcoming airline when it comes to refunds in situations where they cancelled flights throughout this pandemic. However, the airline has just introduced a generous new policy for those who book a ticket with Air Canada and want to make a voluntary change down the road.

Read more at https://onemileatatime.com/air-canada-convert-ticket-into-miles/

Air Canada still won’t refund canceled US flights despite new rebooking options

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, almost all major airlines have added flexible waivers for those looking to change or cancel upcoming travel plans.

Read more at https://thepointsguy.com/news/air-canada-rebooking-options-canceled-flight/

15 U.S. Airlines Plan To Suspend Service To 62 Airports (Full List)

The U.S. Department of Transportation has tentatively given 15 U.S. airlines the approval to drop service to 62 airports. The CARES Act requires that all airlines maintain service to all U.S. airports they served pre-COVID-19, but the DOT has begun to loosen that mandate. With demand weak, airlines have lobbied to secure service exemptions.

Read more at https://liveandletsfly.com/cares-act-route-suspensions/

Pakistan International Airlines Crashes in Kirachi

Pakistan International Airlines flight PK 8303 took off from Lahore and was due to land at 2:30 p.m. local time in Karachi but went missing from the radar.

Read more at https://milestomemories.com/pakistan-international-airlines-crash/

Hawaii is enforcing 14-day self-quarantines with single-use hotel keys

Hotels in Hawaii have come up with a way of enforcing the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine rule for visitors entering the country. They are helping to ensure that guests comply with the regulation by giving them a single use key when they check in.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/hawaii-single-use-hotel-keys

Lufthansa A380 Operations Won’t Return To Frankfurt

Lufthansa has retired seven of its 14 Airbus A380 aircraft in response to COVID-19. Now the carrier has revealed that the A380 will not return to Frankfurt. Lufthansa Faces Same A380 Issues As Other Carriers Carriers around the world are retiring A380 aircraft.

Read more at https://liveandletsfly.com/lufthansa-a380-frankfurt/

TSA’s New Plans For “Touch Free” Airport Security

The TSA, everyone’s favorite non-governmental agency which screens passengers at US airports, is changing things up in response to new recommendations for health and hygiene in airports.

Read more at https://www.godsavethepoints.com/new-tsa-screening-rules-covid-19/

Southwest Airlines Resumes Limited Inflight Service

Southwest Airlines is slowing adding back amenities that they’ve slashed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first being canned water and a snack mix onboard all flights over 250 miles.

Read more at https://pointsmilesandmartinis.boardingarea.com/2020/05/southwest-airlines-covid-inflight/

Japan May Cover Half The Cost Of Your Visit

Japan is one of the places I'm most excited to eventually return to, and it looks like the country has quite a plan to lure tourists once borders reopen. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, but Japan saw a 99.9% drop in tourists for the month of April 2020. April is typically one of the most popular months of the year to visit Japan due to Cherry Blossom, but this year the country only saw only about 2,900 foreign visitors. It's the first time since at least 1964 (when these statistics started being compiled) that Japan has seen fewer than 10,000 monthly foreign visitors.

Read more at https://onemileatatime.com/japan-may-cover-half-the-cost-of-your-visit/

Emirates Adds Bathroom Attendants To All Flights

Yesterday I wrote about what kind of service changes we should expect in Emirates first class as the airline resumes regularly scheduled flights. Today Emirates has announced additional changes they'll be making, and there's one feature in particular that all passengers will likely appreciate.

Read more at https://onemileatatime.com/emirates-bathroom-attendants/

Colombia Travel Ban Extended Through August 31

Colombia Travel Ban Extended Through August 31 Last month, Argentina announced the strictest travel measures in Latin America when it blocked the sale of commercials flights through September 1, 2020.  Now, Colombia announced its own travel ban extension through summer.  On Wednesday, the country announced the extension of its travel ban through August 31, 2020.

Read more at https://thewinglet.boardingarea.com/colombia-travel-ban-extended-through-august-31/

Turkish Airlines Cancels International Flights Through June 10, 2020

We're quickly approaching the start of summer, and Turkish Airlines has just extended cancellation of all of their flights even further once again. Turkish Airlines is arguably the most global airline in the world, so I'd consider this to be pretty significant, especially as airlines like Emirates and Qatar start to ramp up operations.

Read more at https://onemileatatime.com/turkish-airlines-cancels-international-flights/

Italy's borders will reopen to tourists in June

Italy entered Phase 2 of the coronavirus outbreak management on 3 May, and the country has been slowly reopening since then. After restaurants, shops, museums and gyms, Italy is now close to once again opening its borders to international tourists.

Read more at https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/italy-reopening-borders