Qantas prepares to resume international flights from late October

Qantas and Jetstar are now planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from 31 October 2021, including flights to Johannesburg. The announcement is a four-month extension from the previous estimate of July, which had been in place since mid-2020. The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout […]

Dubai to implement digital verification of passenger medical records

Emirates and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims to position Dubai as one of the first cities in the world to implement digital verification of traveller medical records related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination. Under the MoU, Emirates and the DHA will work to link the IT […]

2021 is shaping up to be a much tougher year than previously expected – IATA

IATA has released new analysis showing that the airline industry is expected to remain cash negative throughout 2021. Previous analysis (November 2020) indicated that airlines would turn cash positive in the fourth quarter of 2021. At the industry level, airlines are now not expected to be cash positive until 2022. Estimates for cash burn in […]

Mauritius launches COVID-19 vaccination campaign

Mauritius has launched its vaccination programme and is prioritising health care workers, the elderly and around 25,000 islanders who work in the tourism sector. The government is readying itself to restart the tourism industry on the island and make it as safe as possible for guests. Mauritius has had one of the world’s best responses […]

Thailand to ease restrictions for vaccinated tourists (IOL)

Thai authorities are preparing a plan to ease restrictions for travellers vaccinated against the coronavirus, senior officials said on 24 February, as the country looks to revive a tourism industry battered by travel curbs. Measures for vaccinated visitors would be introduced step-by-step and could include shortening the mandatory quarantine for all arrivals from two weeks […]